A good deal awaits jobs-producing business growth just up the road in Union County.
Gov. Bill Haslam and the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, headed by Knoxville guy Randy Boyd, have reclassified Tennessee counties to create a designation that helps rural counties recruit new business. In 17 so-called “tier four” counties, the state will double down on incentives.
An overflow crowd showed up for last week’s Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association meeting to hear the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s plans to improve traffic flow in the East Towne area (and yes, not once during the hour-long presentation did anyone call it by its official name, Knoxville Center).
For the TDOT engineers, the emphasis was safety and traffic flow.