CAPPE to host forum for Senators - 2004-10-09

by Darren Dunlap
of The Daily Times Staff

Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension will host a state Senate
candidate forum on transportation and planning issues at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, at
the Blount County Public Library.

``We wanted to give community residents an opportunity to hear the
candidates answer questions on roads and transportation planning, which are
topics that concern us all,'' said Nina Gregg, chair of CAPPE's
communication committee and board member at large.

The group invited candidates for the state Senate, state House and U.S.
Congress to come prepared to answer six questions about local transportation
planning and funding for maintenance and improvement of the existing road
system, the proposed Southern Loop and the proposed completion of the
Pellissippi Parkway Extension, and preservation of open space for
recreation, watershed, protection, agriculture, wildlife habitat and

According to CAPPE, two state Senate candidates for the 8th District have
agreed to attend, including Democrat Linda Jo Dees and Independent Jim
Melton. Republican Raymond Finney, who has a scheduling conflict on Oct. 25,
will be represented by his campaign manager.

State Rep. Joe McCord, a Republican running unopposed for the 8th District,
and state Rep. Doug Overbey, running unopposed for the 20th District, also
will attend.

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