Considering the tumultuous economic climate of the past few years, there has been little development and a great deal of business lost in Johnson County in recent months, but County Mayor Larry Potter is working hard to pursue opportunities as they come along. One of the big projects underway concerns the status of Doe Mountain, a large section of land that runs right down the heart of the county and may jumpstart its future.
Currently the more than 8,600 acres that make up Doe Mountain are in foreclosure. Several years ago a group of investors headed by developer Charles Osborne began purchasing the mountain from the various landholders who had claims to it. Proceeding with plans of creating a grand subdivision called Daniels Trace which would run all the way from near the city limits of Mountain City to the shores of Watauga Lake, the project quickly hit trouble. The final straw proved to be Osbornes untimely death just months ago.
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