Archive: March-April 2007
Youth Leadership class members meet governor
The Haywood Youth Leadership Class of 2006-07 has completed its year of leadership training. Members of the class, all Haywood High School juniors, were chosen by their teachers and have been attending different training sessions each month since last September. Class members, pictured with Gov. Phil Bredsen during their recent trip to the State Capitol, are Alex Edwards, Morgan Dennis, Savannah German, Amy Olmedo, Adam Marlar, Maggie Gardner, Brett Stoots, Ricky Taylor, Melanie Dennis and Robert Callery. Alan Callery of InSouth Bank and Ken Hall of Brownsville Baptist Church accompanied the group to Nashville. The Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the Brownsville-Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.
City Ordinance 780 prohibits any Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherds, Husky types, Malamutes, Wolf dog hybrids, Doberman Pinscher, Chows, or any mixture of any of the above or any other exotic breed of animal that may cause injury to, or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or other domestic animals.
A vicious dog is “unconfined” if the dog is not securely confined indoors or confined in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure upon the premises of the owner of the dog. The pen or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the side. If the pens or structure has no bottom secured to the side, the sides must be embedded into the ground no less than one. All such pens or structure must be adequately lighted and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
Nine graduate from Leadership Haywood County
Leadership Haywood County held its graduation banquet Thursday night, March 29, at the First South Bank Community Center. Presented with certificates were (from left, front row) Debra Greenway (MTD/Cadet) and Karen Shaw (First South Bank); (second row) Dennis Evans (Haywood Company), Ervin Turner (Haywood Company), Bobby Bell (Dynametal), and Michelle Sills (InSouth Bank); (third row) Martin Zalte (Lasco Fittings), Jamie Parchman (Fastenal), and Yvette Blue (Haywood County Schools). Ervin Turner (Haywood Company) was presented the “Outside of the Box” award and Yvette Blue was selected as the 2007 Board Member. Leadership Haywood County was organized in 1993 and is led by the Leadership Board of Directors that is comprised of a member from each prior graduating class. Areas of study for class members include economic development, law enforcement, health, welfare, and culture, education and state government. The goal of the class is to promote knowledge, participation and leadership in the community.
Haywood County unemployment rate down in February
The state released its figures this week, and Haywood County’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.1 in January to 6.9 percent in February. The total estimated workforce in Haywood County is 9,980, of which 9,290 are working. Tennessee’s rate is 5.3 percent, and the U. S. rate is 4.9 percent without seasonal adjustments.
Several surrounding counties are following the trend, showing a decrease over January’s figures. Fayette County’s rate is 6.4 percent, down from 8.7 percent in January. Lauderdale County’s rate is 7.0 percent, down from 7.1; and Hardeman County decreased to 6.9 percent from 7.7. Crockett County’s rate actually increased from 7.5 percent in January to 7.8 percent in February, while Madison County stayed the same at 5.7 percent and Tipton County remained at 5.9 percent.
For a look at the entire Tennessee Labor Force Estimates document, go to http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/february2007county.pdf
Leaders want to spend a half-million dollars on Stanton
Megasite in focus
Stanton could get over $500,000 for clean-up, fix-up, according to Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith at the commission meeting on Monday night, March 19. The cash will come, local leaders home, from multiple grants.
Commissioners agreed to apply for a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce. The federal grant requires a 100% match. Matching funds could come from a hoped-for $60,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority and $40,000 from local government. The cash will be used for the “purpose of planning and providing preliminary engineering for infrastructure” for downtown Stanton.
Mayor Franklin Smith said Stanton has applied for a $320,000 community development block grant that will help them clean up.
The efforts to make Stanton more presentable comes on the heels of information the county got from Toyota. Smith said Toyota executives, touring the megasite neighborhoods, were “shocked” at the condition of the community nearest the megasite. Industry locating at the megasite will have a Stanton address, according to Smith.
Roads happy with McCarley
Commission adds additional appointments
Greg McCarley will continue to run the highway department. Haywood County Highway Department commissioners unanimously agreed to reappoint McCarley to his supervisory position in the department for four years, and March 19, the county commission confirmed his appointment.
Other board members confirmed
County legislators also confirmed three appointments to the Emergency Communications Board. Joe Stephens, Kizzie Boyd and Patricia Herron will serve four-year terms. Betty Robison has been appointed to a term on the Equalization Board.
New fire truck could lower fire insurance rating
County Commissioners agreed March 19 to purchase new firefighting equipment. The water truck/pumper approved in a $137,000 purchase is capable of delivering 4,000 gallons of water to rural fires.
County Mayor Franklin Smith says the new truck could pave the way to lower fire insurance rating and lower insurance premiums for rural businesses and homeowners.
4-H, UT, considering huge investment in Haywood
The 4-H Club – via the University of Tennessee – is considering investing $16 million in Haywood County. The club is looking for a place to build a new 4-H camp.
County Mayor Franklin Smith said he’s told UT officials he thinks the county commission might be willing to offer up part of a farm county government owns located on Shaw’s Chapel Road as a location for the camp.
The club needs 30 acres – and the farm – just east of the landfill on Shaw’s Chapel Road – has plenty of room, according to Smith.
Mayor Smith says the 4-H club holds only a few camps for kids annually. A larger attraction is the corporate retreats that would likely also be held at the camp, which is expected to be capable of housing 400 people.
Locals give thousands to local charity
The local Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse was a winner Saturday night, March 10, at its annual dinner and auction. Guests at the annual affair and other contributors – through their purchase of tickets or their donation or purchase of auction items, raised $22,500 for the center. All of donations are used for operating expenses at the local center.
Leaders hopeful bridge will honor Halbrook
If city fathers get their way, the bridge crossing I-40 at Exit 56 will be named the Jimmy Halbrook Bridge. Mayor Banks has asked state representatives to name the bridge as a memorial to the late Mayor Halbrook.
Halbrook served as vice-mayor and as an alderman for 28 years before being elected as mayor. He served as mayor from 1990 to 1994.
Halbrook’s accomplishments included preservation of the Carnegie Library. His legacy also includes sound financial management.
Central Business District protected
Downtown Brownsville gets new protection if, next month, new historic protections reach final passage. The first reading for the protections ordinance passed March 13. The new rules place the downtown area (known as the Central Business District) in the city’s historic zones. The rules mean stricter guidelines for new buildings or remodeling.
New junk car ordinance about to be enforced
Mayor Webb Banks said during the March 13 city board meeting that he cruised two streets in Brownsville spotting 38 vehicles out of compliance with the junk vehicle ordinance passed last month by the city board. The mayor didn’t say which streets he surveyed.
In February, the city strengthened its derelict vehicle rules, hoping to clean Brownsville of broken down vehicles.
Banks says he fears there may be “three or four hundred junk cars in town.”
He said the city will begin notifying those in violation right away.
City approves liquor by the drink; adds beer
You’ll be able to buy beer in restaurants that have liquor by the drink licenses in Brownsville.
An historic decision Tuesday night, March 13, by the city board changed the city’s ordinances to comply with the decision made last fall by voters approving liquor by the drink.
It wasn’t without controversy though. The city’s four aldermen are split on the subject. Just like last month Aldermen Leon King and John Simmons voted against the ordinance because they, apparently, don’t want beer added. Aldermen Carolyn Flagg and Joe Taylor stuck to their affirmative vote and Mayor Webb Banks broke the tie – opting for beer.
The public hearing on the subject was brief. Baptist pastor Grover Westover said he fears the measure paves the way for package beer sales next. That, so far, hasn’t been a topic of discussion.
The new ordinance requires licensees to pay the city half of what they’ll pay the state for a local license.
City utility hits record February; new credit rules
Brownsville Vice-Mayor Joe Taylor said more propane was sold during February by the city’s utility department than any other time in history. The utility sold 131,607 gallons of gas.
The utility has adopted new credit rules, too. The utility board, Taylor says, will charge deposits to new customers ranging from no-charge up to $250, depending on credit worthiness.
City sets salary rules for 07/08 budget
Brownsville’s city board members like City Clerk Jerry Taylor’s suggestion that all city employees “from the lowest paid to the highest” get a dollar an hour raise next year.
Taylor made the suggestion at the March 13 meeting of the city board.
The city does not grant annual percentage raises. For a number of years, under the Banks administration, a “scale” has been set for raises. Taylor said the scale is out-of-date and needs revising, and he said the $1 an hour raise would be a good way to raise salaries next year while the scale is revisited.
The raises, Taylor said, will cost taxpayers $240,000.
County to get state clean-up grant
A state grant will help Haywood County pay for needed equipment for the solid waste department. Governor Phil Bredesen and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced the state is awarding $379,000 for projects to help reduce landfill waste across Tennessee.
Haywood County Solid Waste Department Manager Clinton Neal said Haywood County will pay for skid loaders, a trailer and waste containers with the $25,000 local award.
State street aid helps city streets
The city will spend $270,000 on city streets in the coming months. That’s how much cash they’ll get from the state’s gas tax. On the agenda are improvements to about nine streets according to a letter Mayor Webb Banks sent to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
- Hatchie Street starting at South Washington to the bypass (paved and striped).
- South Washington staring at Hatchie to Jefferson Street (paving).
- Anderson Avenue starting at Cynthia Drive to the bypass (paved and striped)
- East Main Street starting at Boyd Avenue to the bypass (paved and striped)
- Dupree Avenue starting at East Main to Welch Street (widen, curb, pave, stripe and to include a turning lane)
- Thomas Street starting at Mclemore (paved and striped).
- Key Corner starting at Thomas to Meadow (good condition no work required).
- Meadow starting at Key Corner to Briarcliff Street (paved and striped).
- Briarcliff Street at Meadow to Highway 19 (paved and striped).