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10News reporter Jeff Mondlock explains some options Roane County has for spending the last $1 million dollars in recovery money it has for the ash spill that happened five years ago.
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00:00 Trying to separate. Our efforts. It makes it's difficult thing.
00:05 Five years ago TVA gave a million dollars to -- counting
00:09 following historic ash spill. Now the county is deciding who gets
00:12 to use the money good evening thanks for watching I'm here
00:15 and write a little more than five and a half years
00:17 ago if you stewards ponting Kingston coal plant. Burst spilling more
00:21 than a billion gallons of waste into the surrounding communities the
00:24 coal -- seeped into the Emory and clinch rivers with enough
00:27 force to destroy boat -- well upstream. And it -- homes
00:31 from their foundations the resulting aftermath drove many people to leave
00:34 the area with clean up costs topping the billion dollar mark.
00:38 It's been more than five years since -- county felt the
00:40 devastation of a larger ash spill. In an effort to fix
00:44 the damage that Tennessee Valley Authority offered -- county 43 million
00:47 dollars. That money was divided up and for the most part
00:50 used. Now -- county leaders are deciding how to use at
00:53 last million reporter Jeff monologue joins us. -- they have one
00:56 million to distribute to repairing the county's public image after the
01:00 spill affected it. That's right there in county executive Ron what
01:03 he says this has become a point of discussion of recent
01:06 commission meetings and the point of contention. Who gets this million
01:10 dollars they're coming up with a plan looking into whether the
01:13 money is divvied up. Between municipalities in the and the county
01:16 or put all those 21 fund to help the county has
01:18 a hole. It's another great day and Jason -- trees world.
01:24 He opened up paddle board Knoxville in Kingston this year he
01:28 said he did this to help people realize the ash spill
01:31 is a thing of the past and that the water is
01:33 there to be used. It's affecting tourism here we don't have
01:36 too much truer than residents. Looked -- With the fact that.
01:41 We have a negative public image right now it's makes a
01:44 really hard even for gas stations and restaurants stay open. He
01:46 wants to see part of these public image funds going toward
01:49 the beach and Kingston city park. Saying it will help people
01:52 see the natural beauty of the lakes they have right in
01:55 town. To bring people in. This is beautiful this late this
01:59 water to -- help bomb with the image of Rome counting
02:03 any shares in general. The problem is the county doesn't know
02:06 where the money will go at this time. There is discussion
02:09 of the money will be divided up in between the cities
02:11 in the count. Something that the -- alliance says wouldn't be
02:13 their first option is here internally we're about to go through
02:16 re branding process with the alliance. Our ideas that would love
02:20 to see all of municipalities and accounting. Including Iran alliance go
02:25 through that together re branding and image those formed from the
02:28 ash spill to show everything that the county has to offer
02:31 would include. The brand itself would include new web site's new
02:36 collateral materials. That good this focus on economic development tourism. Helping
02:41 boost tourism a golden Crabtree would help to do if Kingston
02:45 gets a slice of the pie. One of the proposed plans
02:50 gives 375000. Dollars each -- and impairment 100000 going to Rockwood.
02:56 And the remaining 150000. Going to the county but right now
02:59 Aaron there's no set deadline for the final decision but around
03:03 the -- alliance president. -- Kress well says TBA is most
03:07 likely looking to finish this project since.