Carter Highway Committee will recommend leaving Teaberry Roan open

John Thompson • May 2, 2019 at 9:09 PM

ELIZABETHTON _ The illegal dumping of trash on Teaberry Road dominated Thursday’s discussions of the Highway Committee of the Carter County Commission on Thursday evening.

The dumping problem on one section of the road became a highly publicized matter throughout the Tri-Cities during April and led community volunteers to participate in a large cleanup effort last Saturday.

The Highway Committee discussed the problem on Thursday and debated whether closing a section of the road might stop the dumping, which is collecting on private property.

Several people from Roan Mountain, including all three of the county commissioners from that area, attended the Highway Committee meeting. All of the Roan Mountain citizens who spoke during the meeting said they were against the closure of the road.

“Closing the road would not accomplish anything,” said Roan Mountain resident Ralph McKinney. “They will just dump somewhere else on the road.”

Even Mark Forbes, the owner of the property where the dumping is taking place, said he was not seeking to have the road closed. He told the committee that he has cleaned up the property in the past and would appreciate any help the county could give to make sure his cleanup is not immediately spoiled by new dumping.

After hearing the comments from many of her constituents, County Commissioner Nancy Brown made a motion to keep all of Teaberry Road open. Brown is from Roan Mountain and is the area’s representative on the Highway Committee.

The motion also called for more patrolling of the road by law enforcement. The motion was unanimously approved. The Highway Committee will now take the recommendation to the full County Commission later in May.

The committee also voted 7-1 to recommend to the County Commission that the speed limit on Warrior Lane be reduced to 20 mph. Committee Chairman Charles Von Cannon cast the dissenting vote.

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