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Spring Hill's future waits on GM's word

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SPRING HILL, Tenn. - General Motors officials on Monday will notify 14 factories they are being shutdown.

Workers at the GM plant in Spring Hill are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. 

The concern extends far beyond the assembly line.

Theresa Sparks moved to Maury County 15 years ago.

The wife of a retired GM worker, Sparks remembers what Spring Hill was like back then.

"It was all farms, all the way to Franklin.  There were a few older homes and a few small businesses, but that's about it," she told News 2.

Nine years ago, only 7,000 people lived in Spring Hill.

Today, the total population has grown to exceed 25,000.  There are fewer pastures and more businesses.

Much of Spring Hill's growth is due to the GM plant, formerly Saturn.

To accommodate growing families, five new schools have been built and three more are in the works.

Now that the plant's future is unknown, city leaders are concerned about the economic blow to the community if GM shuts down.

"There's a lot of ripple effect to the closing of the plant, if that should happen," said Jim Smith, interim city administrator.

Shop owners worry about a loss of business and residents, like Sparks, fear home values will drop.

The city could lose the $250,000 it gets from the plant each year, instead of property taxes.

Smith said there could possibly be some layoffs of government employees if that happens.

On June 8, the plant will temporarily halt production, leaving around 3,400 employees out of work.  The shutdown is supposed to last five weeks.

"We'll see how long that five weeks lasts," said Sparks.  "It could last longer."

City leaders said current construction projects, like the schools, will continue as planned.

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