You're right, Silvercreek. It had to do with a new facility near Elizabethton. Seems no one, including the public, thought highly of that spending.
I found a more informative article in the Johnson City Press
on the possibly of closing the Erwin and eight other hatcheries in the country and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s reasoning. The closings may not happen, but if so, in addition to the concern over economic impact, I am wondering if the lack of trout in the tailwaters and lower sections of southern Appalachian streams might lead to dangerous pressure on the wild trout streams higher up. Anglers, myself included, tend to follow our passion. As you say,..."Here fishy fishy."
I shouldn't get too far ahead of the story though. Has anyone heard anything from the TWRA or NCWRC on the matter?