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The Jefferson County Post Wishes Everyone a Very Merry Christmas
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Special Called Meeting - County Commission 

Staff Photo / Mayor Palmieri addressing Special Called County Commission Meeting

The Jefferson County Commission held a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.  The Meeting was Called to Order by Commission Chairman Mills.

Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri stated that he had called the special meeting at the request of Commission Chairman Mills. The Mayor said that it has always been his policy to call for special meetings when requested by the Chair. He reminded the Commission that the County has County Attorney representation to deal with questions of law suites and other legal issues and requested that the Commission address those issues to the County Attorney, rather than compromise the County by addressing them in open Committee meetings. Palmieri stated that the County Mayor’s office had never received any indication from Trane that there was a problem with the Trane contract or intention to penalize the County for any late payment. He said that under the Act of ‘81 Director of Finance Helton is charged with County purchasing and contracts.

Upon a Motion from Commissioner Tucker and 2nd from Commissioner Cureton, and on the advice of County Attorney Churchwell, the Commission agreed to suspend the rules and to by pass the Budget Committee on the issue of payment to Trane.

Commissioner Tucker made a Motion to pay $456,663 to come from School System Fund Balance to pay the remainder of the balance on the Trane contract. Properly 2nd

Tucker stated that the County can enjoy a 1% savings of $11,397 by paying the Trane contract.

Commissioner Scarlett inquired if the project was completed and was informed by Director of Maintenance, Transportation and Capitol Projects Phagan that it is complete and installed.

Commissioner Dockery directed a question to Mayor Palmieri and Director of Finance Helton regarding if this issue was in the boundaries of Helton’s discretion.

Mayor Palmieri stated that the Director of Finance was responsible for making payments for the County.

Commissioner Dockery stated that he was seeking clarification because the Commission had approved the Trane contract previously. He inquired if Director Helton was comfortable with the request before the Commission for up front payment to Trane.

Helton stated that, though there would be a small loss in investment revenue, the benefit outweighed the loss in this instance. The total loss in investment revenue totals $1,142 making the savings for payment $10,255.

Commissioner Scarlett, who Chairs the Budget Committee, stated that the offer of a 1% savings was not a part of the request that went before the Budget Committee, when Trane requested that the Committee pay a overdue bill at a pervious Budget Committee meeting.

Commissioner Turner stated that the County has a responsibility to save taxpayer dollars when possible and that if a contract can be paid up front and the County receive more in savings than we are making in investments then it should always be considered.

Commissioner Tucker’s Motion Passed Unanimously.  The Meeting was Adjourned.

With the approach of Christmas and New Year, Jefferson County residents will find that many City and County government schedules have been altered. Jefferson County Historic Courthouse hours for Christmas may differ slightly by elected official, however the Courthouse is officially closed December 22, 23, and 26, reopening for regular hours on December 27. Some offices will close at noon on December 21 and residents should check before making the trip to County offices on Wednesday afternoon. They will also be closed January 2, 2012 in observance of New Years but will reopen at regular time on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Dandridge Town Hall will close at 11:30 am on Friday, December 23 and reopen on Tuesday, December 27,2011 at regular time. They will also be closed on January 2, 2012. At the time of press, Dandridge had not determined what, if any, alteration to trash pick up would be needed. Live Christmas trees will be picked up roadside when they run brush routes. According to the Highway Department, TWRA often uses these trees for fish beds. Please make sure that they are free of decoration when they are placed roadside.

Jefferson City Hall will be closed for ½ a day on December 22, 2011 and will reopen for business at regular hours on December 27, 2011. They will be closed on January 2, 2012. Trash will be picked up on December 23 and December 30. Recycling will be picked up on December 23, and January 6, 2012. They will run their regular brush pick up routes, however caution that brush pick up could be delayed a day or two. 

White Pine City Hall will close at noon on December 23, 2011 and reopen on December 28 at normal hours. They will also be closed on January 2, 2012. The Highway department does not expect any changes in trash pick up and will be running normal schedules. They suggest taking discarded live Christmas trees for recycling or mulching.

New Market City Hall will be closed on December 23 and will reopen at regular hours on December 27, 2011. They will be closed on January 2, 2012. Garbage only pick up will be on December 30, 2011 and garbage and recycling will be on January 6, 2012.

Area Banks will be closed on December 26, 2011, though residents are advised to check with their local bank for any alteration in hours on Friday, December 23.

Robert V. Davis 

National Guard’s new Command Chief Warrant Officer

Command Chief Warrant Officer Robert V. (“R.V.”) Davis

NASHVILLE – Major General Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General, has named Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert V. (“R.V”) Davis as the new Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Tennessee National Guard. The Command Chief Warrant Officer is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General, and the Assistant Adjutant General-Army for the supervision, training and well-being of the Warrant Officer Corps of the Tennessee National Guard.

Chief Davis and his wife, the former Carolyn Kirby of Sevierville, make their home in New Market in Jefferson County. He is 1980 graduate of Sullivan North High in Kingsport, and is the son of Robert G. and the late Charlotte Davis. His step-mother is Mrs. Diane Davis.

Prior to his appointment CW5 Davis served with the Tennessee National Guard’s Operations and Training Division focusing on Domestic Operations. During his latest deployment, Davis served as the 101st Airborne (Airmobile) Division, Afghan Development Section’s Fusion chief in Bagram, Afghanistan.

He is a graduate of both the Quartermaster and Military Intelligence Warrant Officer Basic and Advance Courses. He is a graduate of the Warrant Office Staff and Warrant Officer Senior Staff Courses. He also attended and graduated from the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Officer Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course and numerous other military related courses. Davis has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Logistics Management with a minor in Military Science.

He joined the Marine Corps in 1980 and served as a Marine Corps Rifleman “Infantry”. He joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1984 and was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment as a Cavalry Scout. In 1986, he transferred to the Regimental Headquarters of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment as the Property Accounting NCO. Davis was appointed a Warrant Officer in the Tennessee Guard in 1988. He is qualified as both a Property Accounting Technician and All Source Intelligence Technician.

CW5 Davis replaces CW5 Thomas Gary Ensminger, who has served as the Command Chief Warrant Officer since 2008. Ensminger will assume duties as the Force Integration Readiness Officer, assigned to the Mobilization Readiness Office, Tennessee National Guard J-3 (Operations and Training) Division.

U.S. Soldiers Roll Out Of Iraqi Combat Zone

By Jake Depew, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

On Sunday, December 18, 2011, the last of the U.S. soldiers rolled out of the Iraq combat zone. The event marked the end, effectively, of an almost nine year occupation of the region. As they departed with the convoy, many soldiers expressed their happiness at finally being able to return home, where the terrain and weather is familiar. The movement that took place on Sunday is the largest withdrawal of American military forces since the withdrawal from Vietnam. Many have raised concerns about American munitions and other investments in the area. It is important to note that the United States will still maintain a presence in the area using non-military personnel. As many as 1700 law enforcement officers, diplomats, agricultural, economic, and other experts will remain in the area to protect American interests. In addition, as many a 5000 security contractors will remain to protect Americans, and as many as 4500 additional contractors will serve in unspecified roles. All the details of the United State’s plans for the region are currently unknown, but more information will certainly be revealed in the coming weeks. For the moment, soldiers and their families can take comfort in the fact that loved ones are out of the line of fire and are returning home as of the time of this writing.

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