Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield hit a lawsuit brought by a preservation group over a rumored chicken plant, saying the lawsuit will be very costly for the cash-strapped county and the group is using a smear campaign.
An hour before his scheduled public meeting, Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield accused residents in the Kensington community of trying to harm the county in court.
Members of the McLemore Cove Preservation Society, a non-profit, filed a lawsuit against Walker County on Wednesday afternoon, accusing Whitfield of hiding a business deal that would bring the Pilgrim's Pride chicken plant into their community. McLemore Cove is located just west of downtown LaFayette, in a farming area where Lookout and Pigeon mountains meet.
Residents of Georgia's Kensington community accused Walker County government officials of secretly "conspiring to install a large-scale chicken slaughterhouse" in their area Wednesday.
The McLemore Cove Preservation Society, a nonprofit in the rural region where Lookout and Pigeon mountains meet, filed a complaint for injunction in Walker County Superior Court. The group asked a judge to block the county and Pilgrim's Pride from opening a plant in the area.
A chicken-processing plant could become Walker County’s next big employer, according to reports.
WQCH in Lafayette reported this week that one of the nations larges poultry producers is looking to locate a processing plant at the former Barwick Archer Plant and Reichold Chemical property in Kennsington, just west of Lafayette.