Council declines to reverse appeal on West Knox Tennova developm

City council declines to reverse appeal on West Knox Tennova development

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The plan has been met with resistance from some in the community who are concerned about increased traffic, noise, lights and potential environmental hazards. The plan has been met with resistance from some in the community who are concerned about increased traffic, noise, lights and potential environmental hazards.
"I think it was a shameful disregard of the will of their constituents, and it angers me," said Rocky Swingle, who opposes the Tennova development. "I think it was a shameful disregard of the will of their constituents, and it angers me," said Rocky Swingle, who opposes the Tennova development.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The movement to prevent a hospital from being built in a West Knoxville neighborhood gained little ground Tuesday evening.

Tennova intends on building a hospital on a 110-acre stretch of land on Middlebrook Pike near Old Weisgarber Road.

That plan has been met with resistance from some in the community who are concerned about increased traffic, noise, lights and potential environmental hazards.

Members of the 16-person group turned out on Tuesday night to voice their concerns once more, but their opposition garnered little support from the Knoxville City Council, who declined to offer a motion on an appeal to a recent use-on-review request.

"I think it was a shameful disregard of the will of their constituents, and it angers me," said Rocky Swingle, who opposes the Tennova development. "I'm sure it angers everyone else out there, the lease they could have done was have a vote, and they chose not to do it."

Tennova still needs final approval from the state to move ahead with construction.

Swingle said he plans to continue the fight at a Health and Human Services hearing in Nashville.

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