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Bristol, Va., backs regional airport authority

July 27th, 2011 9:28 am by Staff Report

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - A proposal to create a regional authority that would own and operate Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Tennessee has won the support of Bristol, Virginia.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports that the City Council endorsed the plan Tuesday.

The city owns 10 percent of the airport in Blountville, Tenn. The other owners are all in Tennessee - Bristol, Tenn., Johnson City, Kingsport and Sullivan and Washington counties.

Tennessee law limits potential damages at $400,000 for each Tennessee owner. Councilman Don Ashley says Bristol, Va., doesn't have the same protection from financial liability.

The plan also has been endorsed by Bristol, Tenn., and Johnson City officials. All five owners must approve the proposal.

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