As you may know, the Mayors of Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Knox and Union counties recently joined together to form the East Tennessee Water Coalition. The Coalition was created to address public water service issues & overcome challenges related to droughts and inadequate water supplies.
Last week, the Coalition met with Congressman Zack Wamp, who said: “A regional approach is the only approach.”
Now, I assume we weren’t invited to this party because the Clinch River doesn’t enter our boundaries. For the record, I do think Clinch is close enough to make the exclusion downright unneighborly. We should have at least been invited to attend the meetings so Knox Mayor Mike Ragsdale could buy us all lunch with his p-card.)
Since that’s not the case and we still have hundreds of unserved folks in Hawkins County, I am wondering: has our our county or city mayor called you to inquire about getting a leg-up on this coordinated planning stuff… and possibly forming their own coalition? I mean if they can’t spell coalition that shouldn’t stop them… I am sure it would be okay if they wanted to just call it the Big Ol’ Water Group.