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Kingston holding 4:30 p.m. meeting to discuss fly ash disaster

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By The Staff

The Kingston City Council is holding a special-called meeting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 28) to discuss impacts and the city's response to the TVA fly ash impoundment break. The emergency meeting at the Kingston Community Center was called by Councilmen Kevin McClure and Brant Willians, and the public is invited.

At this meeting, the city of Kingston will begin the process of formulating its official reaction and response to the massive TVA fly ash spill, according to Williams.

All concerned citizens may attend.  Everyone who wishes to speak or comment will have that opportunity. 

"We cannot place enough emphasis on how vital public input will be in helping

us to understand the nature and full magnitude of this disaster," Williams said. "We must be diligent and vocal, in order to retain our voice in the formulation of a reclamation/recovery plan.  This will be a laborious and costly process.  There will be good news and bad; great progress, as well as disappointing delays.  "We simply cannot sit back and allow those with vested interests in minimizing the public perception of the impact of this spill to dictate the clean-up and reparation process," Williams added.