Wal-Mart story series coming

From Staff Reports

   After years of speculation, a Wal-Mart Supercenter has arrived on the doorstep of Carter County.
   The Certified Properties property management firm based in Knoxville submitted a site plan in January to develop a supercenter on the 22.69-acre tract where the North American Corporation building presently stands. As of Thursday evening, the property had not been sold to Wal-Mart or any other holding company.
   The Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission approved a site plan for the supercenter development on Feb. 4. The site plan did not request a rezoning of the property.
   The Elizabethton Star is seeking to provide an in-depth analysis of what the opening of a Wal-Mart Supercenter could mean to the community and its citizens. As a result, in Sunday's Feb. 26 edition, the Star will present a series of articles concerning the topic.
   Articles will include responses from downtown and local business owners, a review of the Wal-Mart corporate structure, and municipal concerns pertaining to tax revenue and safety issues of the development.