More than 200 river rats, advocates, conservationists and economic stakeholders from a seven-county region filled Ferguson Auditorium to celebrate their successes and discuss ways to continue cleaning up one of the world’s oldest water ways to maximize its environmental and economic sway.
Canton is losing its paper mill after more than a century. What will the future hold for the Haywood County town?
House Bill 412 would enable the two Haywood County municipalities to levy a 2% occupancy tax on accommodations like hotels, motels and Airbnbs, which would then be managed by new town-specific tourism development authorities.
In town known for a foul smell and a river that used to run black, the Canton paper mill has made strides in cleaning up, and jobs depend on the facility. But environmentalists say concerns persist.
Canton is a mill town — and that’s just fine with residents, who embrace its industrial smells and sights as part of the town’s heritage and identity. As new transplants move in, drawn by Canton’s lower housing prices and ample vacant downtown commercial space, longtime residents seem optimistic the town can both welcome growth and maintain its authentic appeal.