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Jackson County Getting New Outdoor Recreation Area

Jackson County will add to it’s growing number of outdoor recreation sites along the Tuckasegee River. The Barkers Creek put in was approved by County Commissioners this week. The lease is on a 3-acre piece of property owned by Duke Energy which the county will get for the bargain price of  $10 a year.

The property sits along U.S. 74 known as the Tuckasegee Gorge. It already has a boat put-in and small parking lot, but Jackson County plans to expand the area for more recreational users. A parking lot expansion, picnic shelter and the addition of 6 picnic tables will be added. Also, there is discussion about a basketball court which County Manager Chuck Wooten compares to East LaPorte Park. The county would be responsible for making these other improvements.

Wooten says the county will be able to build the park amenities with money set aside in a special county recreation fund provided by Duke Energy though some additional local funds may be required.

Wooten adds that Duke Energy will also be responsible for the property taxes on the site.

Flooding In Jackson County

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50 Ton Crane in the Tuckaseigee River

With rivers at their banks all across Western North Carolina, Jackson County was no exception. At left, a picture of a 50 ton crane that was doing bridge work in the Wayehutta community was washed into the river over the holiday weekend as a result of a landslide. The Slide temporarily shut down the road. Leaving residence without access for a short period of time. The 50 ton red crane toppled into the the Tuckaseigee River. Duke Energy was forced to open flood gates at Thorpe Lake, dumping large amounts of water into the river.  Flood waters were also blamed for the death of a Kyaker in Haywood County. The Haywood County Sheriff’s office says the body of 36-year-old Richard Bradfield, of Lexington, KY was found near a riverbank in the Shining Rock Wilderness area around 7:20 p.m. Friday.