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The year in review

The first Friday in January marked the official beginning of the campaign season in Johnson County, though it is still several months until the August 7th general election. Several interested candidates were already waiting to pick up their nominating positions when the election office opened at 8:00 a.m, with a steady stream coming in all that morning despite the bitter cold and poor weather.
Flu season had definitely arrived in Tennessee as the virus had been making its way across the state for several weeks. While the flu is typically active until spring, it is nearly impossible to predict the severity and length of the season as the viruses constantly change.
The alleged conspirators of the infamous “Facebook Murders” sat in a Washington County, Tennessee courtroom last Wednesday morning to schedule their upcoming trial. The murders of Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth of Johnson County occurred in January of 2012.
The first Johnson County School Board meeting of the new year had a full agenda and several items in need of board consideration. Paige Campbell Johns of Appalachia Service Project took the podium at the January meeting in an attempt to gain approval for a summer project in Johnson County.
The combination of freezing pipes and a total lack of communication created a crisis for the Carderview Utility District in Butler last week. After noticing water pressure dropping throughout the day Friday, most of the nearly 500 customers on the system were without any water at all Saturday.
Thursday night’s Johnson County Commission meeting opened on a somber note of reflection for County Attorney, Bill Cockett, who was at that very moment in the hospital going through heart surgery.
When Road Superintendant Tony Jennings came before the County Commission a couple months ago to request a potential $125,000 loan from county general fund to help cover several past due accounts, there was still some doubt about exactly where the funding to pay it back would come from. Only a few weeks out, it appears that the department will need very little and possibly none at all of the funds approved by the Commission.

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