One thing that Cherokee County has is beauty. This beauty and tranquility bring many folks to our county to retire, hike, fish, hunt and enjoy the outdoors.
Wind turbines do not fit into this scenario. On the contrary, they are noisy, ugly, unreliable, and expensive. If the federal government did not subsidize these monsters, they could not even be considered. Many of the companies trying to sell these turbines are deep in debt or near bankcruptcy.
Aside from the obvious disadvantages, no one seems to remember the purpose of Cherokee Rock Village. The area was home to Native Americans almost continuously from 8,000 B.C. until 1838, when the resident Cherokee and Creek Indians were forcibly removed by the Indian Removal Act (and the resulting Trail of Tears). The site was believed to be of religious and ceremonial importance to these groups. In fact, the site lies along an old Indian trail that later became a route for white settlers. The trail also was used by both northern and southern troops during the Civil War, and is not know as Lookout Mountain Trail.
The Post is to be congratulated for informing the residents of Cherokee County of the wind turbine project. TVA, the Cherokee County Parks and Recreation Board, and Pioneer Green need to put this project on the backburner. Cherokee County does not need this project and many of the residents of Cherokee County don’t want this project.
Jane D. Bedford
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