“The railroad does a good job guarding against problems while hauling hazard chemicals, and hazardous materials are hauled on our highways,” said Rogers. “But there is no reason to be afraid.”
Rogers obviously doesn’t want to talk about the controversial study to determine benefits of a unified city-county government in Pulaski County.
“This is a very local affair. I have no involvement in it,” said Rogers. “I’m more concerned about animosity between Republicans in Congress and the White House.”
About 1-66, a part of which borders Somerset as the eastern end of Cumberland Parkway, Rogers said he still has some hope the interstate can be completed.
“I-66 is my longtime ambition. I have confidence in the course of time it will be done,” he said.
Rogers said he had done several things of which he is proud, but probably the best is eliminating flooding along the Cumberland River.
“The Cumberland used to flood almost every year.” he recalled. Flood-control projects, including relocation of the river at points, has made flooding a thing of the past in the cities of Cumberland, Harlan, Middlesboro, Barbourville and Pineville.
Rogers also lauded the work of agencies he formed such as UNITE, PRIDE and several economic promotional groups. He praised his district offices for assisting thousands of people with Social Security and Veterans’ claims.
“Our district offices are the best operated in the country,” Rogers proclaimed.
“The Center for Rural Development is doing more than I thought it could,” said Rogers. “It has got more public use than I imagined ... it serves as an exhibition hall.”
About another term in office subject to next year’s elections,
Rogers remarked: “I’m not announcing now, but I will run again.”