Fire Substation Funding Passes Public Service Committee
The Jefferson County Public Service Committee
held a Called Meeting on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Historic
Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called to Order
by Acting Chairman Carmichael. Absent from Roll Call were Chairman
Tucker and Vice Chairman Tabor.
The purpose of the Committee meeting was for
discussion and action on a proposed Resolution to Provide for the
Funding of Fire Substations in Jefferson County. The issue was
passed from the Full Commission to the Public Service Committee for
recommendation of funding parameters. The Public Service Committee
previously brought a funding recommendation before the Full
Commission, which failed to pass. The Committee readdressed the
issues to include benchmarks necessary to achieve and maintain
Substation funding levels.
Upon a Motion from Committee Member Dockery and
2nd from Committee Member Patterson, the Committee
unanimously Approved the recommendation of the Resolution for
Funding as Written to be passed to the Full Commission.
Any further business was rolled to the next
meeting time. The Meeting was Adjourned.
2 Open Seats On County
The Regular Quarterly Work Session of the
Jefferson County Commission was held on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the
Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The Meeting was Called
to Order by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call were
Commissioners Tabor, Turner, Griffith, Tucker and Barreiro.
One citizen addressed the Commission regarding the need for a Fire
Department Substation in Swannsylvania.
The Commission received written reports from various Department
Heads, including Jefferson County Circuit and Sessions Court Clerk
Penny Murphy, who distributed the Fiscal and Calendar Collections
Under Reports of Committees, the Finance Committee had no
recommendations for the Full Commission. Budget Committee Chairman
Scarlett stated that the Committee would bring a recommendation for
approval of a Capitol Request Policy, Request and Guidelines for
Jefferson County. Public Service Committee Acting Chair (in for
Tucker) Carmichael stated that the Committee would bring a
recommendation for Fire Department Substation Funding.
Commissioner Dockery distributed information regarding ISO ratings.
Chairman Mills stated that, in addition to a seat on the Commission
that is open due to the resignation of Hubbard, another seat is open
due to the recent death of Commissioner Musick of White Pine.
Chairman Mills stated that any placement will require a seven day
public notice. Commissioner Beeler endorsed a candidate for
Hubbard’s seat and stated that, though the Commission had received
letters from a potential candidate, it did not ensure that the
candidate’s name would be brought before the Commission for a vote.
Commissioner Dockery informed the Commission that he would also be
bringing a candidate before the Commission for consideration.
The Meeting was Adjourned.
The Jefferson County Fair Coming
August 2 - 11
Hargett Invites Tennesseans to Vote Early
Friday, July 13, registered voters have the opportunity to cast
their ballots for the August 2 state primary and county general
elections. Early voting continues through July 28. Secretary of
State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of
early voting if they wish.
“The flexibility of
early voting gives Tennesseans one less reason not to exercise
their right to vote,” said Secretary Hargett. “Early voting has
proven to be quite popular, and I am hopeful that voters will
continue to take advantage of the opportunity.”
remember that whether they vote early or on election day, valid
state or federal photo identification is now required when
voting in person.
acceptable forms of ID, whether current or expired, include
driver licenses, U.S. passports, Department of Safety photo ID
cards, U.S. military photo IDs and other state or federal
government photo ID cards. College student IDs are not
questions about early voting or the new law should visit
www.GoVoteTN.com or call
the Division of Elections toll-free 1-877-850-4959.
counties conduct early voting at their local election commission
offices. Some counties also offer early voting at satellite
locations. For early voting locations, hours and sample ballots,
voters may contact their local election office.
By Jake Depew
On Sunday, July
15, 2012, Syrian diplomat and defector Nawaf al-Fares called for
international military intervention in the Syrian crisis. Fares then
went on to claim that the Damascus regime had collaborated with
al-Qaeda militants against opponents in both Syria and Iraq. Fares
is the most senior diplomat to defect from the Syrian regime, and
served as an ambassador in Baghdad. Fares stated that the killing
that took place during the last year eliminated any hope of reform.
He stated that due to the nature of the regime, that he, himself,
once served, foreign military intervention was a necessity. Upon
announcing his defection, Fares laid the blame for the regime’s
actions entirely on the country’s president, Bashir al-Assad. Syrian
opposition movements have praised the removal of such an influential
member of the Syrian regime, although they are hesitant to accept
Fares into the opposition. Fares went on to prove sincerity by
revealing that a U.S. border raid, which was targeting Abu Ghadiya,
a major facilitator of al-Qaeda forces in Iraq, did strike a
prominent al-Qaeda training camp. Previously, the Syrian government
claimed the raid was simply the killing of eight civilians. At the
time of this writing, no further news of the international reaction
to Fares’ call to arms is known.