Pipeline’s economic impact key issue for county, town
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
A major component of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is its impact on economic development, a point not only made by the companies involved in constructing the line, but by Franklin County and Rocky Mount officials as well.
County Administrator Rick Huff told the board of supervisors Tuesday afternoon that one of those benefits is being able to tap into the natural gas line for local use, an option that may soon be granted in an agreement with EQT, the Pittsburgh-based energy firm that will own the line.
Huff said one of the questions the county asked is, "If this line gets built, what's the best that we can do for our citizens to benefit Franklin County?"
Lawsuit settled in shooting death of 7-year-old boy
Mother claims neighbor who was watching him was negligent
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A wrongful death suit filed by the mother of a 7-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed last April at a neighbor's house was settled Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court.
In her $10 million lawsuit, Jamie Everett claims that her neighbor Jeffery Carl Ireson, 56, was entrusted with the care of her two children while she was gone for several hours.
During that time at Ireson's Burnt Chimney residence, Everett said her children gained access to a loaded firearm, which resulted in the death of her 7-year-old son.