|Published: 9:48 AM, 07/01/2013
||Last updated: 9:49 AM, 07/01/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-The unemployment rate may
be hovering around 10 percent in Monroe County, but that doesn't
mean jobs won't be available soon.
In an Economic Community Development
Board meeting Wednesday morning, Economic Development Director Shan
Harris there is a company looking at Niles Ferry Industrial that
could bring 100 jobs to the county.
"Large companies are always coy about
what they want to do," Harris said. "But I can tell you it would
be a $75-$80 million project and it's really the only site the
company can use in Tennessee, so if they don't locate in Vonore,
they won't be in Tennessee."
The county has seen a boost in recent
months with the opening of Food City in Vonore and the upcoming
Walmart in Sweetwater. Vonore Mayor Larry Summey said he has been
told the Food City in Vonore is already fourth in sales for the
"It's only behind the stores in
Seveirville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg," Summey said. "And
that's expected to change once tourism season winds down."
Harris said the two new stores are
bringing a total of 400 jobs to the county, and there are other
businesses still looking at the area.
See full story in the Sunday, June 30, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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