Annexation Dispute Over KOA Property Settled
The town of Tellico Plains approved a resolution in December to annex 25 acres of Stokely's property that is under development for a KOA camp- ground. Stokely owns about 1500 acres around Tellico Plains.
Major James Richey and Alderman Harkey Yates met with Stokely on the 13th. Stokely is willing to be annexed with a few stipulations. Stokely does not want to be assessed any taxes not levied on other businesses in the area, such as additional lodging taxes.
The town has agreed to supply city services to the KOA campground. Stokely has paid for installation of water and sewer lines at the campground. A meeting was held on the 23rd. to approve the final reading of the annexation of the Stokely property.
The KOA campground is scheduled to open on Memorial Day weekend and will have 103 campsites, a camp store and recreation area, and Kamping Kabins.
USFS Does A Controlled Burn In Coker Creek
The US Forest Service has been doing controlled burns in the Cherokee National Forest over the last few weeks, when weather conditions are favorable. The burns help benefit the wildlife in the area, and help keep down undergrowth. The burn pictured here is at the 40 acre Doc Roger's Fields, located in Coker Creek just off Joe Brown Highway.
In the photo above Crew Leader Rex Kelley oversees Yvonne Ledford as she starts the burn, while Jack Crowe waters a line to keep it from nearby trees. Also helping keep the fire in check was Tom Coppinger, Mary Jane Burnette, Robert Duggan and Jane Adler.
Laurel Mountain Speedway Cranks Up
Laurel Mountain Speedway gets cranked up for the season. They had a Play Day on March 24th. and will have another one on March 31st. The first race will be Friday, April 6th. The track is being called the "New Laurel Mountain Speedway" it is under new management, headed by Dwight Beals. The track has improvements including a longer track, better visibility for people in the grandstands; and improvements to the grandstands. They don't call it "Thunder on the Mountain" for nothing.
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