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New TN Corridor K Environmental Impact Schedule

Posted by on October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

TDOT is preparing its federally required draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and they expect to release a draft in winter 2014. In September 2013, TDOT updated its schedule, indicating that the DEIS would first be circulated amongst the 7 state and federal agencies that must approve (“concur”) with TDOT’s plans. NOW is a critical time […]

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Who is “”?

Posted by on October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments appears to be a road construction firm masquerading as a grassroots advocacy group.  As recently uncovered in the Hiwassee River Coalition WATR column (, their address is exactly the same as Phillips & Jordan highway contractors (191 P&J Road, Robbinsville).  This firm worked the recent wash-out on N.C. 441 in the Great Smoky Mountains […]

Filed Under: Corridor K, Our Work, Stop I-3

Public Input Needed in North Carolina

Posted by on October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

NCDOT, FHWA, and the Appalachian Regional Commission are funding a comprehensive economic planning process for the 7 counties, including Graham and Cherokee, in the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission.  The study, called Opt-In, is broader than transportation, focusing on finding a vision for western North Carolina’s community health and environmental quality.  In […]

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Goforth Creek one of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s top 10 endangered places in the South

Posted by on February 8, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), the largest environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the Southeast, today released its fifth annual list of the top 10 places in the South that face immediate, potentially irreparable, threats in 2013. Included on the list is Goforth Creek Canyon, Tennessee: A scenic spot on the Ocoee Scenic Byway will […]

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WaysSouth Strategy Moving Forward: Updated Strategic Plan

Posted by on February 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Updated October 15, 2013 Read the updated WaysSouth Strategic Plan here. To the Supporters of WaysSouth: Our sincere thanks to you the supporters of WaysSouth for your generous donations of personal energy and dollars over the past year. The work of WaysSouth has been able to continue because of your continued interest and involvement.  Together, […]

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Action Alert—Corridor K Comments Needed

Posted by on May 10, 2011 with 0 Comments

. Public Hearing May 17 in Robbinsville or Written Comments by June 20 We need reasonable improvements, not a 4-lane through our mountains . The North Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing on May 17 at Robbinsville High School regarding Corridor K, and afterwards will accept written comments until June 20 (see […]

I-3 alternatives threaten Southern Appalachians. Your comments needed now!

Posted by on March 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

As you know, the Federal Highway Administration has begun the long-anticipated study for I-3, and WaysSouth is serving as the only nongovernmental representative to the Expert Working Group that is monitoring the progress of the study. The good news is that there are many obstacles to building this devastating project; the bad news is that […]

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Tell Congress to Cut Highway Funding, Not Economic Development!

Posted by on February 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Recently, as part of the new Congress’s efforts to rein in federal spending and cut the deficit, there have been proposals to cut funding to the Appalachian Regional Commission. Many of us transportation advocates know ARC as the agency that enables highways like Corridor K in North Carolina and Tennessee and Route 515 in Georgia. […]

WaysSouth Urges Tennessee to Improve Existing Roads in Polk County

Posted by on November 19, 2010 with 0 Comments

For Immediate Release For more information, contact: Jim Grode, WaysSouth Executive Director, 706-508-3711 (June 24, 2010) — WaysSouth Urges Tennessee to Improve Existing Roads in Polk County New Road Not the Answer to Community’s Needs The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s quietly released Transportation Planning Report (TPR) for proposed improvements to the U.S. Highway 64 corridor, […]

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Learn About I-3

Posted by on October 29, 2010 with 0 Comments

October 30th fundraiser at Ezzard Farms in Tiger, GA Take a beautiful October sky, add autumn leaves at their peak on the mountain behind the farm, four magnificent bands each playing a different type music from the others, four authors with great books to sell, good food, news of the Stop I-3 and other WaysSouth […]

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