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It's time for reps to protect our land from clear-cutting

Dear Editor:

I moved here about six years ago from central Illinois because I love the mountains and the climate here in northeastern Tennessee. Recently you have seen the strip mining of the mountains along Highway 167. They call it logging but the reality is whomever owns the 5000 plus acres along 167 has destroyed this pristine area and ultimately lowered your property values by clear cutting the trees for monetary value. I believe it's time for our state representatives to step up to the plate and have our properties reassessed and our real estate taxes lowered. I want to thank Larry Potter for saving Doe Mountain from this disgusting practice. Johnson County residents deserve better and we need to take action now to preserve this area for future generations before the mountains we so love are totally destroyed.

Dave Hanks
Mountain City, TN