Owners of four destroyed cabins on Co...

Owners of four destroyed cabins on Cove Mountain plan to rebuild

There are 28 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Mar 5, 2007, titled Owners of four destroyed cabins on Cove Mountain plan to rebuild. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

A Virginia family who owned four of the six burned cabins on Cove Mountain plans to rebuild.

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Tennesseematt

La Vergne, TN

#1 Mar 5, 2007
I personally think the view of the mountain has been improved since the fire. Its nature reclaiming what is rightfully her's. I believe that these cabins are an eye sore and do not belong in our hills.
Sevier County cabin owner

Murfreesboro, TN

#2 Mar 6, 2007
God burned down those cabins for a reason. I think he's unhappy that people are destroying the viewshed of all passers by.

How arrogant of these cabin owners to destroy the beautiful views of the mountains just so they can reap a profit at the expense of everyone else.

Shameful!
wonder

Huntingdon, TN

#3 Mar 6, 2007
all of the cabin, chalet building needs to be slowed down or stopped for awhile before lives are lost when there is a fire.
you do not see this out in the mountains in colorado.
Surprised

Knoxville, TN

#4 Mar 6, 2007
Some might say the same about what was once beautiful countryside where you now live.

I don't like the idea of stripping the mountain to make room for huge cabin developments either.

But have a little respect for the people during their time of loss.

I don't know anyone who lives in a place that wasn't once something much more beautiful before their houses were built.
Shameful

Murfreesboro, TN

#5 Mar 6, 2007
I don't have any respect for people who are so arrogant to think that they have the right to ruin God's work.

These people lost 4 cabins. What was gained on the mountain is worth more than every eyesore built on Cove Mountain.

I hope they decide to preserve Gods beauty instead of covering it up with tacky shacks.
Connie

Rockville, MD

#6 Mar 6, 2007
Surprised wrote:
Some might say the same about what was once beautiful countryside where you now live.
I don't like the idea of stripping the mountain to make room for huge cabin developments either.
But have a little respect for the people during their time of loss.
I don't know anyone who lives in a place that wasn't once something much more beautiful before their houses were built.
Thank you for your kindness. We're not developers; we are 4 hard working people who, over time, bought 4 somewhat run-down cabins with a beautiful view, improved the insides and share them with others. Our guest books were filled with people writing how staying there rejuvenated their souls.
bean

Knoxville, TN

#7 Mar 6, 2007
These people lost something they had worked hard for. How is building in the mountains any different than plowing every pasture field in the area and putting 400 houses on it? I get tired of seeing the "God's country" wiped out by housing developments but you just have to realize there are more people and they need to live somewhere. Cabins and Condo rentals is a business and some peoples way of life. If you are going to have compassion on home owners who lose everything in a fire why can't we have compassion in this case?
AmandaH

Lenoir City, TN

#8 Mar 6, 2007
Sevier County cabin owner wrote:
God burned down those cabins for a reason. I think he's unhappy that people are destroying the viewshed of all passers by.
How arrogant of these cabin owners to destroy the beautiful views of the mountains just so they can reap a profit at the expense of everyone else.
Shameful!
Are you really a cabin owner? If so where is your cabin? No matter where it is located at one time the area was grass and now you went and put a cabin there. If you are a cabin owner then you, of all poeple, should be sympathetic to these other cabin owners. If you really are a cabin owner then you too are reaping a profit form a cabin that destroyed God's country. How arropgant of you to think you are any better than anyone else.
Woman of the Lake

Nashville, TN

#9 Mar 6, 2007
AmandaH wrote:
<quoted text>&#13;&#10;Are you really a cabin owner? If so where is your cabin? No matter where it is located at one time the area was grass and now you went and put a cabin there. If you are a cabin owner then you, of all poeple, should be sympathetic to these other cabin owners. If you really are a cabin owner then you too are reaping a profit form a cabin that destroyed God's country. How arropgant of you to think you are any better than anyone else.
&#13;&#10;&#13; &#10;Amanda, I gotta agree. I own a home out on the lake. Many years ago, it wasn't even a lake, and my yard was merely a forest. That's the same no matter where your home is. I think a lot of these folks who complain have no idea that the tourist industry saved Sevier County and surrounding areas from destitution and poverty. I personally do not find the Parkway attractive, but I think our national park is beautiful. I don't think Dollywood is pretty, and I don't think the cabins at Caton's Chapel are necessarily gorgeous either. What I do think is that if it weren't for the tourists, the attractions and the cabins we'd all still be poor as church mice hacking out living (barely) on the steep sides of these mountains. I'd rather see our kids get an education, their parents make a living and the local government doing what they can to find a happy medium between the beauty and progress. All things considered, I love where I live.
Smoky Mountains

Murfreesboro, TN

#10 Mar 6, 2007
Beautiful cabinless mountains.
Dee

Knoxville, TN

#11 Mar 6, 2007
Maybe there is a lot of jeolosy going on with the people who are complaining about cabins in the mountains. Not everyone can afford this type of property so it makes some of us a little snipey and secretly happy when something bad happens to the ones who are fortunate enough to own property like this. Hmmmm?
Sevier County cabin owner

Murfreesboro, TN

#12 Mar 6, 2007
I live in WV tucked up under Sloan Ridge. I live here year round.

I suppose WOTL figures cabins all along ridges, neon lights, t shirt shops and funnel cake factories is a good thing.

It's my understanding that "poor church mice" are to inherit the earth. What ever might be left of it after it's covered with cabins and other things that detract from His beauty.

That's it for me. My mom always taught me not to argue with idiots.

Heaven help all of you!
Woman of the Lake

Nashville, TN

#13 Mar 6, 2007
Just because my opinion differs from yours does not make me an idiot. Evidently you misunderstood WOTL as I didn't say these things were good and wonderful, but I did note that there was a good side to the bad images. I do notice that you are from WV, so I wouldn't imagine that you could possibly know what my neighborhood was like 20 or 30 years ago. Regardless of the fact that you think I'm a total idiot, I respect your opinion. What makes us different is that I choose not to call you names.
mike

Fort Campbell, TN

#14 Mar 6, 2007
does anyone have any common sense left? these people did nothing wrong. owning a cabin is not a crime, whether you like them or not. in fact, if they were older cabins that they had remodeled, they should be commended for not allowing them to become dilapidated. the pros and cons of development can certainly be debated but that is not the issue here. these folks lost something they had invested time and money into. i am sympathetic to their loss and applaud them for acting so quickly to assess the situation and make a plan of action.

Since: Feb 07

Nashville, TN

#15 Mar 6, 2007
mike wrote:
does anyone have any common sense left? these people did nothing wrong. owning a cabin is not a crime, whether you like them or not. in fact, if they were older cabins that they had remodeled, they should be commended for not allowing them to become dilapidated. the pros and cons of development can certainly be debated but that is not the issue here. these folks lost something they had invested time and money into. i am sympathetic to their loss and applaud them for acting so quickly to assess the situation and make a plan of action.
I agree.
Nadine Hartke

Arlington, VA

#16 Mar 6, 2007
Fire! Burns down homes! Something no one ever wants to hear, let alone find out that it is your homes! A terrible loss for the Hartke families. No one really thinks twice about a house burning up until it is "yours". This is a horrible tragic loss but we are happy no one was hurt or died in the fire. Sincerely, The Hartke Families, Reston, VA
Nadine Hartke

Arlington, VA

#17 Mar 6, 2007
Connie wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for your kindness. We're not developers; we are 4 hard working people who, over time, bought 4 somewhat run-down cabins with a beautiful view, improved the insides and share them with others. Our guest books were filled with people writing how staying there rejuvenated their souls.
Connie my condolences for your loss of property. I know how hard you worked to improve those cabins and I know how much you love the area. I am shocked to see so many people writing bad comments and understand that not everyone has the same opinion of living in the mountains versus having a vacation property in their mountains. But no one will really understand the "LOSS" until they have a fire that burns down all of their possessions and hard earned work to improve something. No matter which way people look at it, everyone will have a different opinion, this is why we live in America, we have that right to freedom of speech. Our opinions all count, no one is right, no one is wrong. But everyone commenting must have some reason to do so. In the end, I hope everyone that is commenting lives safely and avoids wild fires such as the one that hit the mountain. It could have been worse and gone further than just cove mountain. Just think about the other side of the coin, what if it was worse! We are thankful it was not.
Worried in WV

Murfreesboro, TN

#18 Mar 7, 2007
Good morning.
Someone told me about some interesting blogging at WBIR.
I have been working with a group in Wears Valley that has been trying to have our elected officials enact guidelines to prevent losses like those over the weekend. 6 commercial rental units were destroyed by fire.
Our county mayor Larry Waters has heard citizens asking about improved protection. Nothing has been done.
During one public planning commission meeting, a Wears Valley firefighter got up and presented his case for the county to stop issuing road width and slope variances specifically because it makes it more difficult to fight fires. Dense cabins, steep narrow roads and no available water source are all issues that the fire department has voiced concerns over for years. As more people have moved into Wears Valley (and Sevier County), questions have been raised and public officials have been asked about fire protection. No one has ever addressed these concerns.
I imagine a good lawyer could uncover plenty of evidence that shows local officials have been negligent by ignoring citizens and firefighters call for action.

These folks who have lost their cabins might want to contact Larry Waters, their local commissioners, Ben Clabo and Philip King as well as the state fire marshall and ask what has been done in the past to follow recommendations by citizens to deal with the fire issue in Sevier County.
Worried in WV

Murfreesboro, TN

#19 Mar 7, 2007
One more thing......Why would a burn permit be issued in the mountains on a day when the wind was blowing 50 MPH and the conditions were bone dry?

Does a burn permit include adequate precautions (trained fire fighters on hand, water available or other protections)? Are there any stipulations when getting a permit?

With all this recent talk about accountability, I wonder:

Why allow steep narrow roads, especially when firefighters have expressed concerns about them?
Why allow densely packed commercial rental units?
Why are there no fire fighter friendly provisions: available water, training for commercial cabin renters, adequate "safe areas" around the perimiter of units, etc.?
Who issues burn permits and what does that "mean?"

Since: Feb 07

United States

#20 Mar 7, 2007
As usual, in Sevier County, money talks. If a person has the money, they can build any place they want, no matter what in may cost the tax payers. This problem is nothing new and the fire was no suprise to most of the people in Sevier County. The cabin owners should pay the bills for fighting the fires. Its time to stop building the cabins.

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