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October 17, 2013

Tourists angry at James White Parkway extension shutdown

You can't get into Gov. John Sevier Highway from the proposed 5-mile extension of James White Parkway at the current Moody Avenue terminus. It's closed due to a 10-3 road shutdown vote by the executive board of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The closure has provoked anger -- and in some cases, defiance. Wednesday one motorist attempted to illegally enter the nonexistent extension by driving through the end of the parkway, but his vehicle quickly became stuck in a ditch. "A road like this, we should all be able to enjoy it," said Kyle Rountree, a frequent road patron. "I'm so disappointed by all these idiots in Knoxville. Concrete belongs to everybody. It should be free." "The end of the road is all closed up," added North Carolina resident Chip Evans. "They won't even let you stop and take a picture. You can only drive by. It's so upsetting and disappointing. We wanted to experience more beautiful asphalt, and now we can't."

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