Mailing Mix-Up Mars Corporation’s Quest For Comments On Proposed New Grocery Store, Shopping Center

resentation of Commercial Center Proposal Set For April 5 Signal Planning Commission Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - by Judy Frank
Signal Mountain residents opened their mailboxes Monday to find fancy brochures featuring colorful architects’ sketches of a proposed new grocery store and commercial center a North Carolina corporation hopes to construct along both sides of Taft Highway. 

The proposal by the Keith Corporation (TKC)  is expected to be formally presented at the April 5 meeting of the Signal Mountain Planning Commission.
 

Part of an ambitious marketing plan aimed at winning public support for the proposal, Monday’s brochures from TKC included a detachable card on which readers were urged to write their comments, then stamp and drop the documents in the mail. 

“We want to hear from you,” they trumpeted. 

A closer look, however, revealed – in smaller print, on another section of the brochures – these much less noticeable words: “All comments are welcome through March 15, 2018.”  

In no time, Signal bloggers were on League of Signal Mountain Voters talking about TKC’s latest effort to build support for its proposed development. 

“We got a mailing from The Shoppes At Signal today asking us to respond to their plans on an enclosed post card,” one woman wrote. “Look for yours and be sure to mail it back!” 

“Look at the dates,” another responded. 

“Got my card today, March 19,” a third woman noted. “So much for welcoming my comments!” 

Soon, however, would-be responders found their way to: https://www.shoppesatsignalmountain.com/comments/ 
where TKC reportedly still is accepting comments. 

Proponents of the proposed development defended TKC and said there was nothing sinister in the arrival of the brochures four days after the deadline for making comments. 

“Try to be open mined and not so paranoid that they’re trying to pull one over on you,” wrote Mindy Deutsch Sanders, who noted that the brochures were supposed to have been mailed out on March 1. 

“As the owner of Threads, one of the small businesses that rent from the Keith Corporation, I strongly support their proposed development,” she said.



Body Of Homicide Victim Thomas Rogers Found In Barrel By Road In Bledsoe County

The body of a man who had been reported missing by his family in Bledsoe County was located in a barrel north of Big Spring Gap Road. Authorities called it a homicide and had one suspect, Michaela Sullivan, in custody charged with criminal homicide. She was listed as the last person seen with the Thomas Rogers. Two other suspects were being sought in the murder. ... (click for more)

Grand Jury No Bills And True Bills

Here are the No Bills and True Bills from the Hamilton County Grand Jury for April 18: No Bills: BOYKIN, ANTRANIECE MAXCINE B 23 F 0 1 GS 1657169 POSS. OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR RESALE CALHOUN, BRANDON LOVELACE B 30 M 0 1 GS 1657175 POSS. OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR RESALE CALHOUN, BRANDON LOVELACE B 30 M 0 1 GS 1657174 POSS. OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR RESALE PRICE, ... (click for more)

Pluses And Minuses Of Tennessee's New Opioid Law

It was clear when Governor Haslam announced his TN Together plan in January that lawmakers were going to do something to try to address the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. With the passage of SB 2257/HB 1831, Tennessee now has one of the most comprehensive and restrictive laws of any state.   The Tennessee Medical Association was actively engaged in the process and appreciates ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘We’ll Lose The Senate!’

A guy who I admire and respect wrote me yesterday. He had just read my story defending Bob Corker for honoring “The Code” due to his true friendship with Phil Bredesen. He is also no stranger to my vivid dislike of the Republican choice to replace Corker in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn is no match against Bredesen on any tier and it is clearly the Republican Party itself that has ... (click for more)

Peyton Manning To Be Inducted To Academic All America Hall Of Fame

Legendary Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning will be one of the newest members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame when the four-person 2018 Class is inducted this summer.   The Academic All-America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on June 28 at the CoSIDA and NACDA ... (click for more)

Rahaan Gaulden Ready For 2018 NFL Draft

  Rashaan Gaulden is ready for the next level. His nearly four years at the University of Tennessee have prepared him for the NFL and the former Vol defensive back is expected to hear his name called this weekend at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “There’s a relief and a calmness about it all because of all of the hard work I know I put in ... (click for more)