Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was cool this morning.  For a brief time it felt a little like Fall.  We are going to be reminded over the next few days that Summer is still upon us.  Little River is getting low again.  We’ll probably get some more afternoon thundershowers over the next few days. 

I would fish up high in the mountains.  The water is cooler there.  Drive up highway 441 toward Cherokee.  There are plenty of streams up there and the fishing is fine.  The water is low though so you might need to find the right stream and the right place.  Dry flies, attractors, terrestrials and nymphs will work.  I would consider a hike to Fish Camp Prong then upstream from there today if it were not so darned hot.  It will be somewhat cooler there.  The high today will only be 92 down here they say.  Tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday are going to be really hot.  Then a cold front and rain should move in.  The cold front should drop temperatures to the low 90’s.  I can’t believe they would call that a cold front but they do.  I guess it’s a La Nina cold front.

The lakes are warm.  Fishing is better early.  Bluegill on poppers would be my game right now.  I might try to get a wooly bugger down 6 feet or so and catch a smallmouth. 

I saw an interesting article in the business section of the Knoxville Biz website.  It is about re-shoring or bringing manufacturing business back from India and China.  You can read the article HERE.  There are many advantages to building in America except for the labor costs that are higher.  I doubt if our workers will start sewing bluejeans again here, but making more complex and expensive mechanical parts that you can’t buy at big box stores may happen. I hope so. That would be good.  

Someone told me the other day “they didn’t blame companies for sending their jobs overseas”.  Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about but I thought it was the “consumers” who did that by refusing to pay more for clothing and opting for the less expensive products years ago.  Again, maybe I’m wrong.  I look at things differently.

I drove to work this morning at a speed of 35 miles per hour.  I wanted to see what it feels like.  To tell you the truth, I felt like I was going to get “run over”.  Thursday I am going to present on a list of ideas, lowering the speed limit to 35 in Townsend, down from 45 mph to the Planning Commission.  I’ll be interested in hearing the comments and I’ll certainly read about it in the newspaper Friday morning.  I’m just brainstorming.  The goal would be to make our big highway running through town, more friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, neighborhood electric vehicles and handicapped people.  Yesterday afternoon I witnessed what could have been a really bad accident.  Someone pulled onto the highway in front of another car.  We’ve had a couple of deaths in accidents here in the past year or so.  Slowing down would make our town safer too.  I’m not saying this is absolutely the thing to do.  I’m just bringing it up for discussion and thinking “out of the box”.  35 miles per hour is the magic number for Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.  I don’t think they are allowed on streets with speed limits exceeding 35 mph.

I’m going to mention burying all of our utility lines.  We’ll need some financial help with that.  A lot of financial help. 

I think new business developments should be required to landscape the back of the stores.  We did it.  There have been two strip shopping centers built in the past ten years.  The people who live on the streets facing the back of those centers are now looking at faded concrete block and sewer systems.  Trees and landscaping would help that situation.  Their homes have been devalued.  Who wants to buy a house with a view like that?  You should have seen their view before the centers were built.

I am going ask the commission to look into constructing sidewalks around town to improve walkability.  I think we can get grants for that since it falls in the category of “Complete Streets” and is illegible for federal funding.  We’ll see.

I’m working on the list.  I’m sure the Mayor will be here this morning for our Sunday briefing.  I’ll show the list to him, then to the Planning Commission Thursday night.

Have a great Sunday and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
August 8, 2010

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