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Crooked Road drops bid for heritage designation

Monday - 3/18/2013, 4:18am  ET

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- The Crooked Road has dropped its bid to become a National Heritage Area.

Crooked Road president Woody Crenshaw tells media outlets that the move had become too divisive.

Boards of supervisors in Washington, Wythe and Russell counties recently voted not to support the music heritage trail's bid for the designation.

Opponents voiced concerns about property rights and zoning issues. Crooked Road officials have said the designation would provide the trail's 19-county region with federal funding, more recognition and marketing tools.

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