|At many meetings of local government whether city or
county hot debates, wild predictions and promises of all manner are
sometimes made by those hoping to get their way. But what I have come to
enjoy is letting time tell who was right. vanshaver.com has been
reporting on local government activities for more than three years now.
A quick look back to some of the old stories can shed
light on the outcome of past predictions and promises. From time to
time, I will be looking back on some of the past stories to see what the
If we don't learn from our mistakes, we are destined
to repeat them.
Three Years Later
The next Turkey Creek. That's what Loudon County
tax payers were promised. If tax payers would just build us a road from
Hwy 321 to Hwy. 70. Well, 6.5 million tax dollars later, the Creekwood
development hasn't quit turned out to be what Developer Ed Loy had
predicted. In fact it hasn't turned into anything but another white
elephant boondoggle paid for by Lenoir City residents and LCUB rate
payers. Will our elected officials never learn?
$250M project planned for Loudon Co.
April 5, 2006
Loudon County is getting its version of Turkey Creek.
Creekwood Partners LLC announced today plans to build Creekwood Park, a
$250 million mixed use development on 204 acres adjacent to Interstate
75 between Highways 321 and 70.
The development concept calls for marketing the site to local and
national retail stores, restaurants, banks, motels and at least one big
box store, said Alan Hale, a developer and spokesman for Creekwood
Hale declined to identify specific retailers, but said negotiations are
under way with several companies, including a "national home improvement
retailer such as Lowe's."
The site's interstate visibility makes it ideal for commercial
development, Hale said.
The partners have the land under contract and hope to start construction
in August on a four-lane divided road that would run parallel to I-75
linking Highways 321 and 70. Retail construction would begin in 2007.
"The rapid growth of Lenoir City makes this a good time for Creekwood
Park. We think it compares very well with Turkey Creek, only it's a
Lenoir City project," Hale said.