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Residents push against proposed cryptocurrency mine move

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In June, Washington County, Tennessee commissioners approved a framework for settlement to move a cryptocurrency mine that plagued residents of one community with loud computer fan noise, but during Monday night’s commission meeting, residents near the new proposed location pushed back.

“I’m here to plead to you all. Don’t put it in this industrial park. Don’t put it near a school,” Randy Gilliam said during public comment.

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A crowd of people held signs outside the justice center before the meeting. The plan to move the mine is the result of a settlement after the mine’s noise plagued another neighborhood for months.

Residents are concerned about how close the new site could be to Grandview Elementary School.

“There’s just no way a teacher could teach like that, and the kids who are special ed or autistic, it’ll drive them insane,” Jim Boling said.

People who live near the future site say they learned about the move from news reports after it was decided.

“Without getting our concerns or anything, they just went ahead and did it,” Boling said.

“We began a petition immediately to stop it,” Gilliam told News 5 before the meeting. “and there was not one of our neighbors who knew anything about this.”

They’re vowing to fight.

“We will fight it all the way,” Gilliam said. “If it means taking it through class action lawsuits, whatever it takes.”

Commissioners did not take up the cryptocurrency mine during the meeting. Mayor Joe Grandy declined to comment.

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