Raven Society presents growth and land use program

Balancing growth with preservation will be the focus of the next Raven Society meeting.

On Sunday, April 25, the Raven Society will present a program on Growth and Land Use Challenges in Blount County. The event will be at 2 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library. The program is open to the public and all the candidates running for public office.

The program includes a brief presentation, “20/20 Vision: Growth and Land Use Challenges for Blount County in 2010,” which highlights the challenges of population growth, growth patterns, the county budget, tourism, and the 2010 election. There will be an opportunity for discussion of these issues and reactions from candidates for public office.

“We want to share with the public and candidates for office what we are thinking about the election and land use issues, and this public forum is one way to do that,” said Gail Harris, chairperson of The Raven Society.

For 10 years, The Raven Society has been an organization of Blount Countians and supports political candidates and public policies that preserve the area’s rural, natural, and historic qualities, said Harris.

For information, contact Doug Gamble, secretary, at 865-982-3326 or email dagamble@att.net.

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