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State Lawmaker Wants Answers Over Name Of Creek

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Salem Creek can be found along Union County's back roads, but the past connected to these quiet waters is causing a modern day storm.

It is an old title of the tributary that offends state lawmakers like State Senator Malcolm Graham.

"It is just politically incorrect. It's very offensive to me," he said.

Not just the name Negro Head creek, but the even more derogatory term.

Union County Planning Director Richard Black has the documentation from the federal government, after county commissioners made the name change in January of 1985.

"We have done what needed to get it corrected," he said.

Black first thought that the term did not show up on the North Carolina Department of Transportation's drafts for the Union County by pass, but we later discovered it is in the highway plans multiple times.

It also appears on documents connected to the federal E-P-A, and in public notices published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Even during the investigation by the into the ammonia leak at the Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant, National Response Center expressed concerns about toxic run off going into Negro Head Creek. 

"No one's paying attention, and no one is calling attention to details. I'm certain that should have jumped off the page," Graham said.

 His frustration is that some things seem to remain the same, and he wants answers.

The state senator plans to contact a number of state and federal agencies.

"Absolutely, and as soon as tomorrow morning in reference to when, but not if, but when these changes are gonna be made."

 

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