North Carolina county officials get first installment of long-delayed payments to settle dispute over road in Great Smoky Mountains NP

The U.S. Department of Interior, under the new leadership of Secretary Ryan Zinke, finally coughed up a payment to Swain County as part of the North Shore Road settlement agreement.

A $4 million installment may not seem like much considering the federal government still owes the county another $35.2 million to meet its $52 million obligation, but the payment gives Swain County commissioners hope that the rest of the money will be forthcoming.

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