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ROANE COUNTY OFFICIALS DISCUSS “AQUATIC WEEDS” AT WORK SESSION

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Possibly the largest crowd ever attended a work session of the Roane County Commission Monday night. Most of the audience voiced concerns, comments and questions about the invasive plants and weeds growing in the water along the Roane shore. It was a joint meeting with the County Environmental Review Board. Chairman Ron Berry said that it was not something that the county commission could solve or control, but it’s information that needs to be put out there. Berry said that Aquatic Plants such as Hydrilla, Spiny-Leaf Naiad and Milfoil are reportedly on Watts Bar with many residents contending that the plants are unsightly also driving down property values. Some have called for the government to intervene while at a previous meeting, hunters and fishermen contend that the plants are good for their sport. The bottom line was that TVA controls the shorelines along that area and that residents get approval from a contractor of TVA’a choice before spraying.

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