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Signal Mountain residents fighting big business developers

Charlotte Davis moved to Signal Mountain less than a year ago to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. (Image: WTVC)

Residents of Signal Mountain are trying to block big business from infringing on local stores.

Developers have proposed grocery store in the middle of Signal Mountain's commercial area, just five miles away from a big chain grocery store at the bottom of the mountain.

Charlotte Davis moved to Signal Mountain less than a year ago to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

"One of the best things to do out here is walk out your front door and look at the stars at night," Davis said.

She's worried that view could be weakened if a grocery store goes up in the middle of town.

"Developers and industry are here to make money," she said. "We're here to preserve the environment and the beauty we have here."

Knox Campbell's company owns this property off Taft Highway.

He himself grew up on Signal Mountain and wants to bring these local businesses more foot traffic so they can thrive.

"We see this as a compliment to it," he said.

Campbell says building a neighborhood grocery store off Taft Highway would take rezoning three of eight wooded acres behind the current plaza.

Wednesday night, the Signal Mountain City hall was packed with people who don't want that to happen.

Anne Haygood is a lifelong resident.

She says, "I was really pleased to see such a good turn out at the meeting."

Davis says, "Hopefully they'll work with us."

Campbell says he will, but he doesn't want to see the town of Signal Mountain missing out on tax dollars they could easily be bringing in.

"We feel that a large majority of the dollars are being spent off the mountain," Davis said.

But residents say, that's kind of the point.

"You leave commercialism, and it's a relief to come up here," Davis said.

It's unclear at this point what kind of "neighborhood grocery store" would be built if the proposal goes through.

Campbell's plan still has to go before Signal Mountain's zoning committee and then be presented to the council for a vote.

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