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Outstanding students honored at this month’s county commission meeting

By:  Rebecca Herman

Freelance Writer

On Thursday, the Johnson County Commission and Mayor Larry Potter began their monthly meeting by honoring two groups of outstanding students from Johnson County High School and Johnson County Middle School: The JoCo Robotics Team, who won the VEX Tennessee State Championship, and students from the CTE Solar Cart Team, who placed first in all four races at a recent race. These students were given certificates of achievement for exemplary representation of Johnson County.  “We are very proud of these students and this is just a glimpse of what’s going on in the school system,” said Director of Schools, Dr. Mischelle Simcox. Commissioner Mike Taylor said that this kind of success comes from “good parents and grandparents who help support these students.”
The commission voted to approve several notaries: Tina Fay Arnold, James R. Grayson, Erin Sue Miller, Anita Jean Perry, Sandra Arnold Snyder, and Leticia Marie Thomason.
The commission then voted to approve a resolution for the library building fund, which needs additional space. The resolution is supported by the Town of Mountain City and both the county and the Town of Mountain City will commit matching funds in the amount of $5,000.
The commission also voted to approve a litter grant resolution, which allows for Mayor Potter to apply for a Litter and Trash Collecting Grant for 2017-2018 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Jerry Jordan spoke to the commission about updating the 911 map on a road in order to keep the address the same of a homeowner that lives on the road. The first half-mile will Mountain Lake Road and the second half of the road (one mile) will be Deer Path Circle. Only a couple of signs will be moved and the county road list will be updated to reflect the change.
Al Gryder addressed the commission about animal control in the county. Gryder wanted to know why he had not received a response from the letter he had given the commission in December in which he requested guidelines for citizens in how to deal with strays and animals at large. Perry Stout, county attorney, explained that there are liability issues with having animal control that is run by the county. He explained that the surrounding counties that have animal control are getting money from other sources in order to avoid financial responsibilities. Stout said that people should just continue what they are already doing, as far as reporting these cases. “We have spots at the animal shelter,” he said.
The final item discussed dealt with the sudden departure of Southwest, the company that hauls solid waste from the Johnson County Transfer Station to the Bristol landfill. Mayor Potter announced that as of April 1, Johnson County would no longer have a way to get the solid waste transported to Bristol if they were not able to quickly find a replacement. He explained that an advertisement had already been placed in the Tomahawk and that he needed approval to contract negotiations with the person/group who offers the lowest bid. The commission approved this request.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 20 at 7pm.