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Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Billy Thomas talks about his land in Charleston, Tenn., is seen on Thursday. Thomas is seeking approval to rezone part of his 8 acres on the Hiwassee River for the development but had an archaeological survey to make sure no significant sites could be damaged after questions were raised.

CHARLESTON, Tenn. - A proposed luxury recreational vehicle resort on the Hiwassee River in Bradley County, Tennessee, ground to a halt this month after suggestions the property could hold Native American artifacts or burial sites.

Billy Thomas, developer of the RV resort, said he knows Native Americans lived along "every inch of the Hiwassee." He paid almost $6,000 for archaeological testing that did not find any significant artifacts or evidence of burial sites on his riverside tract on Upper River Road. The matter delayed a County Commission vote on the rezoning of his property.

Bradley County Commissioner Charlotte Peak was notified of possible relics or burial sites on the property.

"There's no question that Indians were on this property, but that doesn't mean there are burial sites," Thomas said Thursday as he stood on an old bridge on his 8 acres sandwiched between the Hiwassee River and Chatata Creek east of the town of Charleston.