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AssociaTION OF TENNESSEE VALLEY GOVERNMENTS,

Nashville, TN.

RESOLUTION WHEREAS, Swain County, North Carolina is a political subdivision of the State of North Carolina and is one of the 201 counties which comprise the Tennessee Valley region; and

WHEREAS, Swain County, North Carolina is a member of the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments, which is comprised of 201 counties and 201 municipalities located in the States of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, Swain County, North Carolina is designated as an economically distressed county by the U.S. Government; and

WHEREAS, Swain County, North Carolina consistently maintains one of the highest rates of unemployment in the Tennessee Valley region; and

WHEREAS, over 83% of the land in Swain County, North Carolina is owned by various agencies of the U.S. Government and, as a result, is exempt from taxation by local government; and

WHEREAS, this ownership has prohibited economic development similar to that realized by other counties in the Tennessee Valley region; and

WHEREAS, a portion of the property in Swain County, North Carolina which is owned by the U.S. Government is that commonly known as Lake Fontana, one of the largest T.V.A. lakes in the Tennessee Valley region; and

WHEREAS, although over 40% of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in Swain County, North Carolina, much of this area is designated as wilderness area and, as a result, Swain County, North Carolina has been cut off from much of the “tourist dollars” commonly realized by other counties in the Tennessee Valley region; and

WHERĚAS, Lake Fontana was constructed in the early 1940's as part of the U.S. Government's effort to be victorious in World War II; and

WHEREAS, in 1943, the U.S. Government, and its agencies, entered into a contract with, among others, Swain County, North Carolina, pursuant to which, in partial consideration for the occupation of the land now known as Lake Fontana, the U.S. Government agreed to construct a road from Bryson City, which is the county seat of Swain County, North Carolina, along the North Shore of Lake Fontana, to Deals Gap, Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, this Agreement has commonly become known as the “1943 Agreement"; and

WHÉREAS, although the U.S. Government commenced construction of the abovementioned road, it ceased construction of the road after finishing approximately seven miles, thereby leaving over 28 miles of the road unconstructed; and

WHEREAS, the seven mile stretch of the road which was constructed has become commonly known as “The Road to Nowhere”; and

WHEREAS, much of the Road to Nowhere was constructed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, thereby prohibiting economic development along the road; and

WHEREAS, at present, the U.S. Government has refused or otherwise failed to complete construction of the above-mentioned road; and

WHEREAS, at present, the U.S. Government has refused or otherwise failed to abide by the terms of the 1943 Agreement; and

WHEREAS, the failure of the U.S. Government to abide by the terms of the 1943 Agreement has contributed to the economic stagnation of Swain County, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, in order to aid Swain County and its efforts to regain some economic stability subsequent to the failure of the U.S. Government to comply with the terms of the 1943 Agreement, U.S. Representative Charles Taylor has proposed the creation of a "Heritage Route” to traverse portions of Western North Carolina, including Swain County, to promote tourism and economic development in this region;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments supports the efforts by the citizens of Swain County, North Carolina to enforce the original terms of the 1943 Agreement with the U.S. Government, includ. ing, but not necessarily limited to, the construction of the remaining portions of "The Road to Nowhere" and the compensation of Swain County, North Carolina for any economic damages that the citizens of Swain County have incurred as the result of the continuing breach of the 1943 Agreement by the U.S. Government.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments supports the efforts of U.S. Representative Charles Taylor to create a "Herit

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age Route", designed to promote economic development in Western North Carolina, including Swain County. ADOPTED THIS SECOND DAY OF JUNE, 1995

Bill HARMON, Sequatchie County, TN,

President.
Attested:
MILES MENNELL, Davidson County, TN,

Executive Director.

[The following petition was received with approximately 115 signatures.]

CITIZENS FOR THE 1943 NORTH SHORE Road AssociATION As a business person in Swain County, I support Senate Bill S. 1849, the Swain County Settlement Act of 1991.

The bill asked that the Federal Government complete the road as called for in the 1943 Agreement and pay Swain County $16 million to compensate the county for the destruction of North Carolina Highway 288, and orders the Park Service to erect an historical marker at Soco Gap to honor the Cherokee nation.

We also asked that Senator Sanford co-sponsor Senate Bill S. 1849.

[The following petition was received with approximately 63 sig. natures.)

As a business person in Swain County, it is my plea that the Swain County side of the Smoky Mountains National Park remain out of wilderness and that the 1943 Agreement be fulfilled as promised.

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