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February 2017 in review

Johnson County is the recipient of two state grants that will provide funds for the preservation of local archives that will be housed by the Johnson County library. The grant monies will be awarded by the State of Tennessee on Friday, February third, at the Johnson County Library. The local archives development grant is in the amount of $7,000, and the state board programming grant that will provide funding to hire someone to start on the preservation project is the in the amount of $4,500. According to Johnson County librarian, Linda Icenhour, the first order of business is to move the archives, mostly court records and deeds, to another location.
The Johnson County Middle School Robotics Team brought home two top awards at the competition this past week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first was the design award, which is awarded strictly on the engineering design journal documenting the engineering design Process, engineering methods, and teamwork. The teams were also awarded the judges award that is based on judges interviews. Teams were scored on how well they answered judges’ questions regarding individual contributions to the engineering design process, teamwork, and professionalism.
Representatives from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and a number of the Johnson County Commissioners came together February 7, 2017 to discuss the department‘s overcrowding situation and future revenue possibilities. Presently, the county jail houses approximately 57 state inmates at any given time. The Tennessee Department of Corrections pays the county $37 per day to house these inmates. Housing costs run close to $5 per day, giving the county revenue profit every day a state inmate is kept in county custody.
The Johnson County Health Department has earned Interest Level Recognition in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing role model performance through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership.