Letters to the Editor

Cold Springs Utility customer is fed up and in search of support

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

We are a family of four people and we get our water/sewer service from Cold Springs Utility. Our last bill was $91.25, which says that we used 4,200 gallons of water. Well before we received this bill we had about $150 worth of plumbing work done and we took the plumbing receipt down to the office. Since we are allowed one adjustment per year, we requested that we get one. After adding everything up, the office told us that we would get a little over $2 off on this bill. For one thing these bills are outrageous and for another thing these adjustments should be a lot more than what they were going to give us.

Cold Springs Utility customers are going to have to get together and see what can be done about this company. One person cannot do it alone. Thanks.

Danny Nye
Mountain City, TN

FA leaders and students appreciative for extremely successful citrus sale

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Johnson County for once again supporting the FFA students through our citrus sale program.


This program was started by Howard Smith around 1968 to help fund the FFA program in Johnson County. We have been proud to carry on this tradition for over 45 years and hope that you will continue to support the FFA.


FFA Advisors
Tracy Dugger
Thomas W. Boyd
Jerry M. Agan, III

Flo Bellamy is thankful for unbiased and relevent reporting

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

I am extremely thankful for your unbiased reporting, you make us think beyond our comfort zone by looking at the real world as it is.

Thank you,
Flo Bellamy

911 Director Jerry Jordan discusses changes coming in 2015

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

The Tennessee General Assembly passed the 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 (“the Act”) on April 25, 2014. The Act, effective January 1, 2015, updates the existing model for funding 911 to account for changes in technology and consumer choice by establishing a single, uniform 911 surcharge rate.

The new uniform rate accounts for advancements in technology needed to provide Tennesseans with prompt and accurate 911 services and it is intended to adequately fund local 911 services in light of the ongoing reduction of landline use across the State. Accordingly, Johnson County residential and business lines, currently charged at $1.50 and $3.00 respectively, will be adjusted to $1.16 per month. The cellular 911 surcharge will also be adjusted from $1.00 to $1.16 per month.

Local Director of JCE-911 “Our highest priority is the public safety to the citizens of Johnson County and Town of Mountain City. 911 dispatchers remain dedicated to ensure the quality of 911 service and response.” Said the 911 Director Jerry Jordan.

The Act also supports the state’s Next Generation 911 program. Next Generation 911 will provide better information and data to first responders, which allows local 911 operators to more quickly assess an emergency and ensure that the necessary equipment and personnel can promptly respond to the scene.

“The 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 will provide the resources necessary to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee receive the best 911 service available,” said the Tennessee Emergency Communications Executive Director, Curtis Sutton.

The new uniform rate goes into effect January 1, 2015. Customers will likely notice a change reflecting the new rate on their January telephone and cellular phone bills.

Johnson County Emergency Communications E-911
Director Jerry Jordan