ELIZABETHTON — The decision last week by the Carter County Commission to defer action on a state of Tennessee option to purchase agreement on the Workforce Development Complex has drawn a quick response from Flora Tydings, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The state is proposing to build a $40 million regional educational hub on the site, but the county commissioners expressed concern that the option did not mention that the Carter County School System would be a participant in the hub. During the commission meeting, county attorney Josh Hardin told the commissioners that the option to purchase was not intended to be an operational agreement.

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John Thompson covers Carter and Johnson counties for the Johnson City Press since 1998. He grew up in Washington County and graduated from University High and East Tennessee State University

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