JACKSBORO, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – In an email this morning, Campbell County Mayor E. L. Morton announced, “I am pleased to inform you that Campbell County has been awarded a $600,000 Brownfields assessment grant in partnership with Anderson and Scott Counties to provide Phase 1 Environmental Assessment for the RJ Corman Railroad that transits the southwest corner of the county, in your 4th District.”

The railroad is under consideration for abandonment by the US Department of Transportation.  Several options exist, including an excursion rail line, bicycle trails or both.  The Phase 1 assessment will help determine risk to the public in any business case.

“My team, including Keisha Howard, Jennifer Spradlin, John Vanover and now April Berry, have worked closely with the East Tennessee Development District and the EPA throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to address medical needs, but also pursue this grant.  They did outstanding work in securing Campbell County’s largest Brownfields Grant to date.  I look forward to bidding for assessment services soon, said Morton. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/12/2021-11AM)