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The James White Parkway Is Totally and Forever DEAD

It's dead. It's really and truly dead.

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That's how dead the James White Parkway extension is after this morning's vote by the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization's Executive Board to kill the 50-year project for once and for all. 

After a public hearing that lasted for over an hour, with about equal comment from people on both sides of the issue, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters made a motion to add the JWP extension back into the region's Transportation Improvement Plan (or TIP) -- the board had voted at the end of August to remove it. (Waters wasn't present at that meeting, and boy, was he upset about it.) Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, in a complete flip-flop from his previous position in opposition to the project, seconded the motion, saying the people needed "openness" and "transparency" and "more input" and mentioned some crazy thing about members of the media taking oaths of openness. (We don't take oaths. Politicians, however, do.) Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said the process had already gone on long enough. 

Then there was a roll-call vote. The amendment failed, 10-3, with only Waters, Burchett, and County Commissioner Brad Anders supporting it. The board voted on the TIP itself. It passed. And that means the James White Parkway extension is really, truly, inconvertibly, finally, totally, forever dead. Go on a hike or something to celebrate. (And if you don't want to celebrate, we suggest you drive up and down the Pellissippi Parkway or something and dream about what could have been. You're allowed to indulge yourself in the early stages of mourning.)


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