Catoosa County Residents Oppose New Cell Phone Tower on Watoosa Ridge

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 4/18/2014 6:45 pm
(WDEF) A proposed cell phone tower on Watoosa Ridge raises red flags for some residents of Catoosa and Walker Counties.
     People living near the rural, wooded site started a website to speak out against the proposed 180-foot tower.
     Officials with say the tower would be visual from surrounding sites like the Chickamauga Battlefield, negatively affect property values in the area and is just too close to nearby homes.
     Chris Gilligan is a Catoosa County resident who opposes the new cell phone tower.  He said, "This is a residential area so Catoosa County code says that antennas and communication towers can't be any closer than 1,000 feet to the nearest residence.  And we feel that at least three homes in this residential area are nearer than 1,000 feet to where the tower would be."
     Catoosa County officials will take up the proposed cell phone tower at a Tuesday zoning hearing.
     It happens at 6:00pm at the county administration building in Ringgold.
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