Residents Sound Off on Road Closure Proposal

A public hearing was held Monday night at South Volunteer Fire Department to discuss the possible closure of a portion of Valley Road.

Economic development officials say it is needed to allow for expansion at Atlas Roofing and to make it safer for employees.

However, not everyone wants to see the road close, including a group that says the closure will hinder visitation to the grave site of slain civil rights worker James Chaney. The burial site is located at a church on a road off of Valley Road.

"It's time for our community to come together," said the Rev. Sam Thompson, pastor of 31st Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. "There are several issues, and this in my opinion, is one of the bigger ones. So we are meeting to try and change some minds when it comes to Valley Road. "

Along with this group, other residents also oppose the idea of closing that portion of Valley Road.

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