A second Greene County firm with ties to a member of the Industrial Development Board of Greeneville and Greene County has sold property to US Nitrogen, state and county land records show.
The 3.58 acre property on Pottertown Road was sold Dec. 11 by J and J Warehousing to US Nitrogen for $75,000. J and J is headed by Jerry Fortner, who is a member of the industrial development panel which has strongly backed US Nitrogen in its efforts to open a more than $200 million ammonium nitrate manufacturing facility.
Another Fortner company, C & C Millwright, is the lead contractor for the US Nitrogen project. As a result Fortner abstained from key IDB votes on US Nitrogen matters.
Fortner did not respond to emails requesting comment about the sale.
Records show J & J bought the property on Oct. 15 of last year for $69,000.
A company tied to another IDB board member, J W. Douthat, also sold property to US Nitrogen but Douthat did cast a favorable vote on a US Nitrogen matter in mid-July. He had abstained in an earlier vote.
Douthat Properties sold two parcels to US Nitrogen for a total price of more than $1 million. A 13.67 acre property was sold for $148,740 on Oct. 9 while a 78.7 acre parcel was sold for $851,257 on Oct. 24.
The US Nitrogen project, which includes a double barreled 12 mile pipeline to the Nolichucky River, has sparked four pending lawsuits challenging both the state and local approvals of the project.
Meanwhile C & C, US Nitrogen and Merkel Brothers Construction Monday announced they were offering a $10,000 reward for anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party or parties responsible for damage at a US Nitrogen construction site on the river. The damage to a cofferdam on Dec. 3 is currently under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff's department.
"The recent vandalism of the cofferdam jeopardized the safety of our workers, damaged specialized equipment and caused delays in construction," according to the company statement.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 423-798-1800.
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