Former JC official accuses local plant of Tweetsie Trail encroachment

Published 9:34 am Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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To the Editor:
Snap-on Tools has proven it would rather be the neighborhood bully rather than a civic partner by plowing a driveway across the Tweetsie Trail without the owner’s (Johnson City) permission. Carter County hopes to extend the “Tweetsie Trail.” There will not be a Tweetsie Trail if this trespass is allowed to stand. The Tweetsie Trail was purchased and developed under specific terms and conditions of the federal Rails-to-Trails Act. Disruption, alteration of the rail grade or creating additional driveways across the railroad grade is not permitted.
I am sure Snap-on has plenty of the usual excuses for trespassing – of course, all in the interest of business development, etc. It is now time for the community to speak up and tell this company to restore this public property to its original condition, without further delay.

Thank you
Charlie Stahl
Former Ass’t City Manager
Johnson City

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