Archive: October 2007
Haywood County recognized at Governor’s Conference
Tennessee Department of Economic and Development Commissioner Matt Kisber announced in mid-September that Haywood County, Brownsville, and Stanton have achieved certification under the state’s Three-Star Program. The awards were presented at the Governor’s Conference. Pictured (from left) are Commissioner Matt Kisber, City Alderman Carolyn Flagg, Katrina Ing, JoAnna Morris, Chamber Director Joe Ing, Pat Cummins, Governor Phil Bredeson, Glodine King, Leon King, State Representative Johnny Shaw and Tim Stokely.
Stanton receives donation from Federal Express Corp.
Stanton officials received a check for $3,000 from Federal Express Corporation last week as a match for the amount of money the town raised during the recent school supplies drive bringing the total to $6,000. Presenting the check was Rev. Timothy Bowers, Jr., pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Stanton. Rev. Bowers also serves as manager of the Manager’s Executive Protection Unit at Federal Express Corp. Patricia Gruenewald, president of the Haywood County Board of Education, accepted the check on behalf of the board. Also pictured (from left) are Alderman Emma Delk, Debbie Sterbinsky, Alderman Allan Sterbinsky, Alderman Ruffie Jones, Rev. Timothy Bowers, Jr., (Gruenewald) and Stanton Mayor Royce Barnett.
Jail committee chooses construction professionals for justice complex
Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith announced September 27 that the Jail Committee selected the group when they met the day before that will be responsible for building the county’s Justice Complex.
South Build of Memphis, a group of construction professionals, received the majority of the committee’s votes. In the group, Henson Construction will provide the construction management, Spirit Architecture will provide its service, and Askew, Hargraves and Harcourt will provide the mechanical, structural and civil engineering on the project.
The Jail Committee will meet with representatives from these firms on October 15 to decide on the next steps. “The committee has worked hard; took this job very seriously,” Mayor Smith said. “They took three trips to other counties to look at other facilities before they made a decision.”
Family Fun at the Hatchie Fall Fest
Where can you take the whole family and enjoy a day full of free fun activities? The Hatchie Fall Fest October 20, on the square in Brownsville promises all that and more.
From scarecrows to rock climbing and everything in between, hometown folks and guests will have a great time. This festival truly has something for everyone, even the family pet. While the kids are busy decorating cookies, getting their face painted and enjoying other kid’s games, you can find great bargains at the many arts and crafts booths and shop the local merchant’s sidewalk sales.
But that’s not all. There are lots of things you can do as a family. Ever climbed a rock wall? Now’s your chance to show the kids how it’s done, or maybe they’ll show you. Have fun picking your favorite scarecrow on the courthouse lawn, view the quilt display at First South Bank and take a carriage ride through historic downtown Brownsville. Pets get in on the act at the 10 a.m. Pet Show, followed by the Blessing of the Pets.
Want more? How about outdoor laser tag? Try a little family competition in the 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., or one of the many other contests, like pie and cake baking at 10 a.m., gumbo cooking at 2 p.m., and Hot Salsa making and eating beginning at 3 p.m. It’s all happening Saturday, October 20.
After all that, then you can find seat near the sound stage area and take a load off while listening to local and regional entertainers. Local favorite Blues Berry Jam and Kickin’ are among those scheduled to perform, along with everyone’s favorite Singing Fireman, Captain David Smith. And anytime that day will be a good time to try some of the great food that will be available.
You’ll also want to check out the mini-tractor pull, 5 p.m., before you call it a day. You will delight in all that the Hatchie Fall Fest has to offer.
Admission to the Hatchie Fall Fest is free. For directions and more information about the day of fun-filled activities or to participate in the many contests, call Sonia at 731-780-5144, the chamber of commerce at 731-772-2193, or visit online atwww.allaboutbrownsville.net.
Haywood County unemployment rate decreases in August
The Tennessee Department of Employment released the unemployment figures for August on September 27, and Haywood’s rate dropped from 7.9 percent in July to 7.3 percent in August. The national rate remained the same for both months at 4.6 percent, and the Tennessee unemployment rate dropped from 4.1 percent in July to 4.0 percent in August.
All but one of Haywood’s surrounding counties also experienced decreases. Crockett (5.1), Madison (4.1), Shelby (4.4), Lauderdale (5.7) and Tipton (4.5) counties were down in July while Fayette County saw an increase in its unemployment rate from 4.7 percent to 5.4 percent.
The highest rate in the state was recorded in Maury County at 8.5 percent, and Knox County had the lowest rate at 3.1 percent.
City on hunt for more industrial property
Just a few years ago the property in the Brownsville-Haywood County industrial park was mostly planted in cotton, soybeans or corn. Today the industrial park is so full that, Mayor Webb Banks says, there’s practically no room for new industry.
New industry locating here and expansion of existing industry has used up hundreds of acres in the last 10 years.
Mayor Banks told city board members during a meeting on September 11 that city and county government must find new property suitable for industrial expansion or risk being passed over by prospects.
The mayor said the West Tennessee Industrial Association has already bypassed Brownsville numerous times with prospects this year because of the lack of available space.
Banks told board members he expects to “bring you options” within a short period of time.
City utility to raise rates
Vice-Mayor Joe Taylor, who sits on the city’s utility board, says increases by the city’s power provider, Tennessee Valley Authority, means electric rates in Brownsville will increase October 1.
Residential utility rates will increase from between 6.2% and 6.4%.
Industrial and business rates will also increase.
City considering parades
The tragedy earlier this year in Selmer, Tennessee, has the Brownsville Mayor and Aldermen examining the city’s liability when issuing permits or participating in parades. Mayor Webb Banks and City Clerk Jerry Taylor say that officials with the Tennessee Municipal League, the city’s liability insurance carrier, don’t have an immediate answer.
The city has halted the issuance of parade permits until an October 1 meeting at which TML will address a specially call meeting of the board.
Mayor Webb Banks says he doesn’t want to stop having parades in Brownsville but can’t ignore the liability issues.
The issue threatens Brownsville’s two biggest parades, the Haywood High Homecoming parade and the Christmas parade.
Board annexes North Washington Street tract
City board members increased Brownsville’s corporate limits by a little more than three acres when they met September 11.
The property includes two homes and a sliver of commercial property. The land is located north of Highway 79 North near Tammbell Street.
Haywood and Tipton working together
Mayor Franklin Smith told county commissioner September 17 that governments in Haywood and Tipton County are working on funding a Joint Economic Development Board. The board would help develop economic strategy for the two counties. Officials are soliciting funds from local governments and utilities. Haywood County’s mega-site will be central to the work of the Board.
Progress continues on county jail/criminal justice project
At a meeting of the Haywood County Commission September 17, County Mayor Franklin Smith was authorized to “execute contracts for the design and construction of justice complex based on the recommendation of the jail committee.”
The action means, except for passing on final funding, the commission’s jail committee can now plan and execute the multi-million dollar project.
Early in October Mayor Smith will represent Haywood County before the state board that certifies jails. The jail inspector has recommended our present jail be decertified. Smith hopes the county’s current course will allow a delay in decertification.
More water in the county
Construction of a new rural water line project will be getting underway soon in Haywood County. A preconstruction conference is scheduled for late September, according to County Mayor Franklin Smith. The new rural lines will carry water to residents on Briar Creek Road, Cane Creek and Binford roads.
4-H camp here a good possibility
County Budget Committee Chairman Allen King told county commissioners when they met September 17 he attended a meeting in early September at which state officials spoke encouragingly about the prospects of moving a multi-million dollar UT-funded 4-H camp here.
Leaders have said the camp might be located on a farm owned by county government located on Shaw’s Chapel Road. In addition to an annual statewide 4-H retreat for children, the facility has the capacity to be a major meeting destination.
Chamber receives business grant
The Brownville/Haywood County Chamber of Commerce recently received a $10,000 Rural Business grant from USDA Rural Development. The grant will be used to upgrade computer and communications equipment. Among the new equipment is a computer accessible to visitors and members to the chamber office.
Haywood County recommended for a $60,000 DRA grant
Gov. Phil Bredesen announced the recommendation of a $60,000 Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Grant to assist Haywood County in developing the 1,720-acre I-40 Advantage Mega-site located along I-40. According to a press release from Gov. Bredesen’s office, the business development design plan will identify available resources including labor force needs, infrastructure needs, transportation needs, and environmental issues.
Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith said that a portion of the grant will be used to implement a plan for Stanton as well as the mega-site. The project will benefit by providing jobs for citizens of Haywood County as well as citizens of nearby counties. Funding for the $200,000 project will include $40,000 from Haywood County, $60 from the City of Brownsville UDAG fund and $100,000 from the Economic Development Authority.
Carver Alumni Association holds “Super Saturday”
September 1 was a “Super Saturday” for the Haywood Training/Dunbar/Carver High Alumni Association as members and guests gathered at the old Carver High School, now used by the Brownsville Boys and Girls Club, to open their Museum/Cultural Arts Center. Ms. Carrie Parker is the museum curator.
Boys and Girls Club fundraiser a success
The annual Boys and Girls Club Steak and Burger Dinner fundraiser was again a success this year on August 30 as a big crowd gathered to recognize the club and the achievements of its members. Guest speaker was Haywood County native Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, an educator and author. Her message, “Go where your dreams will take you.” In addition to the funds raised at the dinner, Insouth Bank made a donation of $15,000. Hayden Hooper received the “Friend of the Youth Award” for her volunteer efforts at the club, and Katora Holmes received the “Outstanding Youth of the Club” award.