Local NewsProposed bonding strategy could be a game-changer

An idea has sparked serious talks between Johnson City and Washington County that could provide the county government with the monies it needs to meet the educational requirements for their schools.

Two weeks ago, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge met with the mayors from Sullivan, McMinn and Roane Counties, along with the city managers from Oak Ridge, Maryville, Alcoa and Johnson City Manager M. Denis “Pete” Petersen during a trip to Nashville.

The group met in order to discuss options to help county school systems — which also have city school systems within their boundaries — overcome bonding issues that limit their abilities to provide their schools with the needed capital.  More...

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