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Chattanooga Indian mound gets new name, fresh face

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Finding evidence of American Indian remains on a business property is rarely cause for celebration for owners or developers, but it's not really very unusual in this region.

Still, a few years ago when an Amnicola Highway food manufacturer learned the property he'd just bought contained one of Chattanooga's oldest Indian mounds, he was surprised. So Kenny Wilhoit listened intently to local American Indians when they called him, seeking a conservation easement on the mound.

Then he did something very unusual -- he welcomed visitors to what they told him was a very sacred spot.

"It means something to them, and it's not hurting me," said Wilhoit, president and owner of Atlantic Distributors Inc. on Amnicola.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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