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Town Council; Heritage Square, tennis courts among issues discussed

Mountain City Board of Aldermen and Mayor Kevin Parsons meet on Tuesday, June 4. The Council was divided on the issue of adding convenience stores to the current Beer Ordinance, but came to a consensus on the proposed downtown home for the Johnson County Farmers Market. File photo

By Bethany Anderson
and Tamas Mondovics

Tuesday, June 4 the Town of Mountain City Board of Alderman met to discuss such matters as grants and new committees as well as other current affairs of the town.
Alderman Bob Morrisson proposed the new Heritage Square Development Board Committee, which would include leaders from all the businesses and organizations in the area.
These include the Library, Heritage Hall, Farmers State Bank, Arts Center, Senior Center, Community Center, and the UT Extension Office. The committee will now be able to apply for grants and other improvements for the area. It is unclear at this time who would head the committee or details of when they plan to meet.
Paul Maulden from the “Friends of Tennis” group was present to help explain the loan from the Town of Mountain City and the grant that would soon repay that loan. According to Maulden, the deadline for the city’s contribution is April 2020.
In years past, the Mountain City Budget Committee already approved the loan, so it would just be a completion of that pledge. The monies would be put to use resurfacing the tennis courts at the Community Center as well as replacing lighting and other equipment such as nets to get the courts up to standard for play.
It was also announced that there would be a blood drive on Thursday, June 20, from 8 a.m – 1 p.m. at First Christian Church’s Life Center. The blood drive is part of Taylor Parsons’ Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen platform of “The Color Red,” which includes her being the Red Cross Ambassador.
Taylor 16 of Mountain City, was crowned as the new Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen in April at Gallatin High School, and will now represent Tennessee in July at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, FL.
Taylor was also among
32 Johnson County High School students recognized by the National Honor Society in April witnessed by friends and family. The National Honor Society is one of the most prestigious organizations at Johnson
County High School. The Society stands for Character, Service, Leadership, and Scholarship.