Apparently Deal was encouraging and supportive, telling local leaders, in the words of his spokesperson, that Georgia has been doing everything it can “but the federal level is where we need movement.” Huh? Isn’t it the Rollins family level that has always been the main obstacle where movement is needed?
The Rollins position has always been pretty easy to understand: “Stop building highways going our way or no highway.”
Perhaps most interesting was Albert Shelby, the Georgia Department of Transportation project manager, revealing engineers have made a slight adjustment to D-VE, the latest of the many past preferred routes, and it is now route D-VEA. Someday they’ll run out of alphabet and actually have to build the thing.
“It is a slight modification of the alignment in the Dobbins Mine area,” Shelby said, “to try to minimize harm to the Dobbins landscape. It basically utilizes an existing transmission line that’s through there because it’s already graded.”
Good grief! How did that cleared transmission line route —such things are usually about as wide as a highway — get on the Rollins Ranch land to mar the scenic view of old mine pits without the family’s knowledge in the first place? They surely didn’t give permission, did they?
Perhaps that electricity supply should be removed so that the Rollinses, and probably much of Cartersville, have to rely on candles and whale-oil lamps, just like in the times when magnesium mining was king.