published Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Hamilton County expected to OK land sale for firm's expansion

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Hamilton County commissioners next week are expected to approve the sale of four acres of land near the Tennessee Riverwalk for a nuclear power support company to expand in Chattanooga.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger plans to sell a lot in the riverfront industrial park there for $70,000 an acre to Babcock & Wilcox Intech Inc. The company plans to consolidate its three local locations, expand into the new 30,000-square-foot site and add 50 high-wage jobs.

During the commission's Wednesday agenda session, county officials didn't have any questions on the sale, but assured company officials they plan to approve it.

"That's a win-win for Hamilton County and the city of Chattanooga," Commissioner Joe Graham said.

In other developments:

• The commission is expected to approve two resolutions to accept funding from the Tennessee Department of Health for a breast and cervical cancer screening program for $189,000 and sexually transmitted disease education program for $416,700.

• The Governor's Highway Safety Office will award an additional $100,000 to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for a driving under the influence program to run from the time the commission approves the grant through Sept. 30. The sheriff's office said $80,000 of the grant funds will be used on overtime to patrol roadways and the remaining $20,000 will go to law enforcement equipment.

• The commission will reappoint Jim Folkner to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Health Council and appoint Charlene Kilpatrick to the council. Commissioner Warren Mackey has appointed Bruce O'Neil to the Hamilton County Health and Safety Board.

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