Freight rail access is important for the Cates Landing port in Tennessee's Lake County, and a proposed expansion would boost the port's competitiveness in the global market, said John Lannom, the port's legal counsel. The estimated $12 million to $15 million expansion includes a 5.5-mile connection to Canadian National's rail line in the area. "We always knew the day would come that we would have to build a rail. That day is here," Lannom said.

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