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Warren County continues to get interest

It doesn't appear Project Rock will come to fruition.

The McMinnville-Warren County Industrial Development Board met Thursday and was provided with an update on a variety of projects by executive director Don Alexander.

"Project Rock was working on locating in the Novares building," said Don. "The company representative we'd been working with took all the information to his board of directors and the board has decided it's not interested in expanding at this time."

The Novares building is viewed as a hot commodity because it's completely ready to go with all infrastructure in place.

Representatives with Project Sharp continue talks to purchase Spec Building 4. One of the main issues is sewer and the company is currently in discussion with West Warren-Viola Utility, according to Don.

"They are talking directly to each other so West Warren-Viola knows exactly what their needs will be," said Don.

It's been estimated the necessary sewer work will take a full year to complete.

Project Bottling is inching closer to an announcement at the old McCormick Warehouse building in Morrison. This is expected to bring about a dozen local jobs initially.

"I think we're just around the corner from being able to make an announcement on that," said Don.

The Industrial Development Board held a specially called meeting on June 9 to discuss incentives for a company looking to create 410 new jobs in Warren County. The IDB voted to help this company in any way possible.

"The consultant thanked us for our efforts and said he has all the info he needs," said Don. "He should be away for a little while on an international trip and I hope to learn more when he returns."

In another positive development, Don says TVA engineers have been in town to evaluate Elam Industrial Site, which is a 218-acre site at the Coffee County line. He says TVA is doing a cost analysis on the site to determine whether to pump money into it in hopes of creating new jobs.