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Sale of former Sullivan County school still drawing questions

September 11th, 2013 11:24 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sale of former Sullivan County school still drawing questions

BLOUNTVILLE  — Some Sullivan County commissioners said Wednesday that they’ve heard at least one of the two churches interested in buying an old county school has withdrawn, or will withdraw, their bid on the property.

Two of the County Commission’s committees met Wednesday and each talked about the proposed sale of the former Cedar Grove Elementary School.

One committee voted “no action” on the proposal. The other had three members voice support for the sale, while two members passed on the vote and another voted “no.”

Several members of the two groups  said they expect a proposal from the floor Monday to reject all current offers and start the process over, allowing the surrounding community more input on the old school’s future use.

Two churches have shown interest in the property.

One wants to turn it into headquarters for an organization called “Save the World One Child at a Time”  — which already has a Facebook page that lists the school property as its address.

The other church, located next door, wants the property converted into a community center jointly operated by several churches and civic groups.

Commissioners who represent the surrounding neighborhood have said there are doubts either group has the long-term funding to achieve either vision.

Read more in Thursday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded electronic edition.  

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