Pilgrim’s Pride is trying to buy 300 acres in the middle of McLemore Cove for a chicken slaughtering mega site. It will ruin our land, fill the air with a terrible smell, tear up the country roads with all the trucks going through and pollute our drinking water and property. We're not against development and jobs, but McLemore Cove is not suitable for a chicken plant. The cove is on the National Register of Historic Places, and we want to continue to preserve its history, natural resources and way of life for its residents and visitors.
ROADS These roads cannot support the traffic of chicken trucks. Besides all the traffic, the trucks will tear up the roads, and taxpayers will be stuck with the bill. Our country roads are not built for chicken trucks - a crash with a chicken truck on a narrow road is much more dangerous than regular traffic.
CHICKEN PLANT IMPACT This is a proposed chicken slaughtering mega site. The chicken plant will ruin the land, polluting the surrounding area and our drinking water. It will attract infectious diseases and fill the air with an unbearable stench.
WORKERS’ CONDITIONS Pilgrim’s Pride forces employees to work in terrible conditions and does not pay fair wages. We are not against jobs, but we cannot allow a chicken plant in the middle of 50,000 acres of pristine, natural land. Walker County HAS an industrial park that is more suitable.
LOCATION The location is near Route 193 and Route 341 in Kensington, in the middle of McLemore Cove.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? We cannot allow Pilgrim’s Pride to slaughter the cove. Act now!
Mclemore Cove HIstoric District
The McLemore Cove Historic District near Kensington, Georgia, about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Chickamauga, Georgia, is a 50,141-acre (20,291 ha) historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes 262 contributing buildings, 15 other contributing structures, 15 contributing sites, and a contributing object, as well as 327 non-contributing buildings and structures. It consists of the roughly triangular-shaped valley, McLemore Cove, between the ridge lines of Lookout Mountain on the west and Pigeon Mountain on the east.
It includes a number of historic farm complexes, including the James W. Coulter Farm at the crossroads of W. Cove Road and Highway 193, and the Dougherty Farm, and many historic buildings. George Cornish and John B. Bell were stonemasons who each built one or more buildings in the area.