Mitchell County commissioners close portion of River Road near church

One local church is asking community leaders and state officials to shut down a well-traveled road in Mitchell County.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

One local church is asking community leaders and state officials to shut down a well-traveled road in Mitchell County.

Hopeful Baptist Church is requesting that a portion of River Road near Highway 97 and State Route 65 be shut down permanently.

FOX 31 spoke with one member of the church who says it's only a matter of time before another accident occurs.

"For us it wasn't a matter of when a tragedy could strike us, it was just a matter of when a tragedy would strike us again," said Joshua Baggs.

Deacon Joshua Baggs has seen tragedy strike one too many times at his hometown church in Mitchell County.

"It's been roughly three years ago that one of our youth got hit by a truck," said Baggs.

The young girl was crossing River Road when she was struck by a vehicle.

"It was just a freak thing that happened and she suffered some broken bones, some bruises and just roughed up, shaken up a lot," said Baggs.

Church leaders want to make sure this never happens again in their small community.

On Tuesday, members of Hopeful Baptist Church spoke to county commissioners about closing down the road once and for all.

"A small inconvenience but it could make a world of difference as far as a lost life or another accident happening," said Baggs.

In a unanimous decision, county commissioners voted to shut down the small portion effective as soon as possible.

"The commission did what was in the best interest of those citizens asking for it to be done," said Mitchell County Administrator Clark Harrell.

The road should take about a month's time to close permanently.




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