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City, county glad to see local rail service staying on track
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City and county government have both passed resolutions expressing their appreciation for services provided by Caney Fork & Western Railroad.“The short-line railroads are in jeopardy of losing funding and they are the lifeline for our community right now,” said Mayor Jimmy Haley. “Bridgestone and DN Plastics are highly dependent on our rail service.”County Executive Herschel Wells says maintaining the railroad is important to existing industries, as well as critical for industrial recruitment.“The availability of rail service is vital to maintaining necessary transportation options for existing industries and is critical to industrial recruitment efforts,” said Wells. The two are concerned about a legal battle over railroad diesel fuel sales tax, a tax which has been on the books since the late 1940s.