Friday, March 15, 2013

Crooked Road Straightens Out

Patricia Evans shares more about the Crooked Road tourism-promoting organization's withdrawal from its hasty and, to our minds, inappropriate effort to designate all of southwestern Virginia as basically a national park...

The Crooked Road has withdrawn their request for the National Heritage Area. Sweet Victory for Liberty! Thanks to everyone, The People spoke up and won! - Bill Gibson, Washington County Board of Supervisors

Crooked Road drops bid for National Heritage designation!!!

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:24 pm | Updated: 4:07 pm, Thu Mar 14, 2013.
ABINGDON, Va. - The Crooked Road dropped its quest for a federal heritage designation Thursday, saying the pursuit was too divisive and becoming a distraction.

"We find ourselves in a position where we feel we're losing our focus," organization president Woody Crenshaw said at an afternoon press conference.

A regional designation as a National Heritage Area would have opened the Crooked Road to federal dollar-for-dollar grants to help promote tourism.

Despite the financial opportunity, some localities expressed fear a federal connection, in this case with the National Park Service, would lead to national control of local private property.

Find out more Friday in the Bristol Herald Courier.
Look for the story here later today:

March 14, 2013 202-225-3861

Griffith Comments on Decision Made by the Crooked Road Organization

Thursday March 14, 2013 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today commented on the Crooked Road organization’s decision to discontinue its efforts to seek a National Heritage Area (NHA) designation:

“I respect the organization’s decision to discontinue its efforts to seek a National Heritage Area (NHA) designation. It was never the intent to have any local jurisdiction placed into an NHA without its approval. No matter what you think about NHA, the Crooked Road has been and will continue to be a great asset to our area. It provides a good opportunity for folks to visit numerous sites that embrace our musical heritage across the district.

“As I have previously stated, I do not support any legislation that does not respect the private property rights of individuals"(????)

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