Agreement Reached to Cut Trees at Sewanee Airport

An Agreement has been reached to cut trees from the Franklin County/Sewanee Airport’s runway flight path.

The Airport’s oversight committee met with Jerry Mansfield and Jerry Jacobs who own the property the trees in question are located on January 11th to agree to conditions for the trees to be cut. That process will take place in April when weather conditions are more suitable.

The trees need to be cut to comply with Tennessee Department of Transportation safety regulations by reducing their height to clear the flight path. However, a disagreement over easements has delayed the process for nearly a year.

Mansfield and Jacobs objected to the affect aggravation easements would have on their land and would not agree to them. The plan agreed to on the 11th for the tree cutting does not use such easements.

Some in the area fear this could set predicant for imminent domain to be used to expand the airport in the future. There are currently no plans to lengthen the runway, but it could be widened, if need be, for safety reasons. According to oversight committee member and university trustee Doug Williams.

The cost of the project is being finalized and will be paid for by the University of the South who will also be the party working with the landowners on the tree cutting.

The county, per Mayor David Alexander, will not pursue an easement in the future so long as nothing grows into or is deemed a flight hazard moving forward.  This would in effect keep control of the land with the owners.

Will Rabb

Will Rabb

Will is a Middle Tennessee native having been born and raised in Winchester. His love of radio began as a child listening to local stations on the way to school or while falling asleep at night. After High School, where he was active in student media, he attended the University of Tennessee majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media while covering sports for the campus radio station. He then moved into the business professionally as a board op/producer for Cumulus of Knoxville and the Vol Network. His radio journey then took him to Louisiana where he was the lead producer for ESPN New Orleans. After returning home to Winchester, he spent several years broadcasting local sports for stations in Franklin County before joining the Bowman Family. When he’s not at the station, Will enjoys spending time with his wife Shaina and his two fur babies (Toulouse and Belle), cheering on the Vols, Preds and Saints and in the kitchen or behind the grill trying out new recipes.

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