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Knox County Commission Changes Road Rock Policy
Recently the Knox County Commission announced that as of May 7th, 2010 Knox County would no longer match every one-truck load of rock bought by residents. This fading system also included the county hauling the rock at their expense.
Knox County is the only county in the region to still offer this to their residents but due to and the high cost of fuel and the lack of state funding this program will be lost. “The tax dollars from the state are there and hard times has hit us,” Stated Eastern District Associate Commissioner Terry “Red” Callahan.
In the recent April 6th, municipal elections eight five percent of voters passed Proposition A, supporting the existing levy rate of .3500 on the hundred dollar valuation for a period of four years for the propose of road and bridge upkeeps and repairs in Knox County.
Presiding Commissioner L.P. (Pete) Mayfield noted that the county roads are in need of attention and that the wet spring weather has put a halt to the county’s maintenance and aided in the defacing of the county’s roads. “ It’s (damage to the roads caused by weather) the worse it’s been in years,” state Mayfield, “The more we worked on the roads the harder it got.”
Among the list of repairs the county faces along with the general spring maintenances are; ditching, tubing, repairing bridges and filling in a growing number of sink holes around Knox County. The commissioners estimated that ninety nine percent of the county’s roads have sinkholes, but in order to amend these problems “We will have to wait until it dries,” explained Terry Marble, Western District Associate Commissioner.