TROUT FISHERMEN UNITE - Save the hatchery
One of the things that attracts people to Northeast Tennessee is that they want to enjoy the lakes and rivers - and the great fishing, especially trout.
Most of the high-quality trout eggs for hatcheries in the whole Southeast come from the Erwin National Fish Hatchery, which is in danger of being closed as one way to make a tiny cut in the budget.
I didn't realize until recently that this was more than just a local issue. The economic value of this facility has enormous effects all over the Southeast - on jobs, tourism, retail sales, taxes, etc. A recent study calculated the economic return was $67 for every tax dollar spent, including 3,277 jobs and $85.2 million in wages.
Fishermen everywhere can appreciate that it's more than a money issue. Please sign the petition at www.UnicoiCountyTN.gov . The petition that goes to US Senate, House of Representatives and Department of Interior. There’s a lot of interesting information also.
While you're at the Unicoi site, look at all the good things Unicoi County has to offer, and consider that county along with its neighbors, Washington and Carter and others, as places to enjoy great vacations and second homes, or for your retirement.
In addition to the lakes and rivers and fishing, Johnson City and the nearby communities are surrounded by beautiful mountains and enjoy milder weather in summer and winter than just about anywhere else.