News From Swain County

This was in the Asheville Citizen Times. Looks to me like Heath Shuler is the only one who cares about the situation as Charles Taylor is never around.

Written by Clyde Cable, April 17
The North Shore Road is not a “cash settlement” issue. This ongoing controversy involves a deep-seated, broken promise made by government officials in the early 1940s to hundreds of broken-hearted families who were forced to leave their homes, their lands, their roots, their heritage, burial sites of their loved ones, etc. Their only ray of hope was to someday travel a new replacement road up and down the north side of Fontana Lake which would permit them to visit their treasured past and the graves of loved ones left behind. Interestingly enough, none of these folks had the resources to employ legal expertise for negotiating adequate renumeration or for creating a binding contract for the replacement road. And too, most were led to believe that the lesser settlement amounts would help to defray the cost of a new road.
The Swain County commissioners supposedly passed a resolution asking for a monetary settlement for the county in lieu of the road. Numerous families who were uprooted from their homes in the 1940s moved to various counties and some to other states. On a personal note, I have many relatives who live in the counties of Graham, Cherokee, Jackson, Haywood, Buncombe, McDowell and Gaston, and some who moved out of state. Cosequently, Swain, as a county entity, is by no means entitled to a monetary settlement/reward at the “expense” of hundreds of people who were driven from their homes and moved from Swain county in the early 1940s. Such a settlement would contribute nothing to those who continue the hardship of boarding pontoon boats on designated Sundays, regardless of weather conditions, throughout the year. Numerous shuttle trips must be provided during the course of a year in order to provide visitation to all existing cemeteries.
Comments have been made that this situation existed so long ago that the replacement road is no longer of significance, that many who were deceived are no longer living, etc. Yes, many who were adults at the time have passed on, but many who were children in the 1940s continue to relate deeply to their roots, the area, the old home places, the burial grounds, etc., and this will continue to filter down to their children.
A new road on the North Shore would not only correct the wrongful, deceitful acts made by our government officials to its people in the 1940s, but would open up a unique stretch of our park lands to be viewed and enjoyed by all citizens. Just as thousands now absorb the beauty of driving parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this would be another stretch of beauty for all to enjoy. Numerous miles of existing roads which wind through the GSMNP and the Blue Ridge have caused no destruction to our parks nor any significant detriment to our wildlife. After all, these type roads when properly engineered impact a miniscule amount of property.
Park service employees would have great access for monitoring, patroling and maintaining this area of our park lands and they would no longer be required to shuttle people via pontoon boat to various cemeteries throughout the year.
Clyde Cable’s great, great, great grandfather, Caspar Goebell, fought for the colonies in the Revolutionary War. Much of Clyde Cable’s family is buried at the Cable Cemetery near Hazel Creek, and he lives in Asheville.