Roane County Planning Commission rejects rehab rezoning request last night

According to a Roane County News report, The Roane County Planning Commission says no last night at Roane County High School following a meeting in recommending that the zoning for the former Cedar Grove Baptist Church remain A-2, which is Developing Agriculture and not pass a request on for the full commission to review and possibly take action on it. So, for now, the idea is dead.

Jeffrey Caudill had requested that the zoning be changed to O-I (Office/Institutional) so he can locate a drug rehab center on the property.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously against the rezoning during Wednesday’s meeting. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held at the courthouse in Kingston but had to be moved to the auditorium at Roane County High School to accommodate the large crowd, which included proponents and opponents of the rezoning. The Planning Commission heard from both sides prior to the vote.

Several citizens agreed there is a need for the facility but the area surrounding the church might not be the best place. Many were worried about their property values dropping and how the facility would transform the neighborhood.

For more on this story, read Friday’s edition of the Roane County News.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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