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Published: January 15, 2021


A LAWSUIT REQUESTING AN INJUNCTION RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL EVENT CENTER WAS DISMISSED WEDNESDAY BY A LAUDERDALE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE. THE TIMES DAILY REPORTS, THE SUIT WAS FILED BY JOHN SUTHERLAND ON AUGUST 26TH AND CONTENDS THE USE OF GAS TAX REVENUES CITING IT AS A VIOLATION OF ALABAMA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 354. SINCE THE GAS TAX IS BEING LEVIED BY LAUDERDALE COUNTY AND NOT THE STATE, THE JUDGE CHOSE TO DISMISS THE CASE CITING LEGISLATION THAT PASSED IN 2002 THAT ALLOWED THE COUNTY THE AUTHORITY. PLANS FOR THE PROJECT INCLUDE AN EVENT CENTER, AN EXPO HALL AND A VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER. LAND IS PRESENTLY BEING CLEARED OFF OF U.S. HIGHWAY 72 EAST OF FLORENCE.