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New Alderman Take Oath Of Office For Woodbury Council

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

State Rep. Stratton reads resolution honoring Mayor Cope.
The new mayor and alderman are ready to go to work.

Woodbury officially has a new Board of Mayor and Aldermen following Tuesday evening’s swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. Members recognized the two new and two outgoing members of the Board along with former Mayor Ricky Cope. Cope presented LuAnn Curlee and Adam Melton with plaques thanking them for their many years of service to the Town. Curlee and Melton will be replaced by new members Lois Larmier and Clayton Cason when the Board has its first official meeting in January.

Vice-Mayor Charlie Harrell presented Cope with a plaque honoring his 25 years of service to the community. Cope first joined the Board in 1983 and continued as a member until being elected Mayor in 2000. State Representative Stratton Bone was also on hand to present Cope with a framed resolution passed in his honor by the Tennessee General Assembly. The resolution commended Cope for all his years of service to Woodbury, Cannon County and the State of Tennessee. Cope then addressed the crowd and told them he appreciated and enjoyed his time on the Board and said he would always be available to help if anyone needed him.

Following the presentations, City Attorney Bill Bryson swore in all the members of the Board. Charlie Harrell, Dottie Duggin, Faye Northcutt-Knox and JoAnn Davis were all re-elected to the Board during the November election.

The full Board will have its first official meeting in January.

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Auburntown Council Meets

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

The Auburntown City Council met Tuesday, December 2, 2008, for their regular monthly meeting. All Councilmen were present, including the newly elected councilman, Beth Hancock. Jessica Thompson and Josh Underwood, students from Cannon County High School, were present to monitor the session as a class project.

Rita Davis, Treasurer, gave the financial report, which showed a balance of funds in the amount of $36,908.37.

The Mayor gave a progress report on the extension of utility water lines up Hurricane Creek Rd. A drive through by State Engineers, DeKalb Utility District personnel, the Mayor of Auburntown and possibly others will be conducted in this area in the near future. Hopefully the contract can be let in the spring and work on the project started early next summer.

Roy Sullivan, Director of Cannon County 911 Service, presented a proposal for video surveillance of strategic areas in the city. It seems criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their approach to crime. So to, must those who protect us become more diligent in employing the latest crime-fighting technology. The Council was given the information that will allow 911 Service to be involved on an on-going basis, should the city desires to participate. No action was taken on the proposal but will be brought up for review at next month’s meeting.

The Mayor commended the Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Lion’s Club for their hard work and expertise in erecting the City’s Christmas lights.

The meeting started at 6:00 P.M and ended one hour later.

Thanks to Winfred Gaither, Auburntown Bureau Chief

Economy Dominates Governors' Meeting With President-Elect Obama

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Concern over how the national recession will impact state economies was the main topic of conversation when members of the National Governor's Association met with President-Elect Barack Obama in Philadelphia. Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says they're all looking to Washington for help in providing necessary services like Medicare and unemployment benefits during this critical time. Bredesen says governors from a few especially hard-hit states made the case for help in the form of block grants. Tennessee's governor notes that such a request isn't the formal position of the National Governor's Association. He adds that the new administration was noncommittal about what sort of aid they may offer.

Cannon County General Sessions Court Activity

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Judge Susan Melton presided over Cannon County General Sessions Court on Tuesday. Some of the results from the various cases which appeared on the docket included:

Roy Howell was bound over to the January, 2009 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. He is charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

Sheila Simon was bound over to the January, 2009 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury. She is charged with driving under the influence.

Troy Lee Adams pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence 3rd offense. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, serving 150 days in jail, paying a $1,100.00 fine and paying the court costs. In addition, he will lose his driver’s license for 3 years.

Todd Herlong pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

Paul Hutchins pled guilty to the charge of driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. That sentence was partially suspended upon an equal amount of time on probation, serving 48 hours in jail, paying a $350.00 fine and paying the court costs. In addition, he will lose his driver’s license for 1 year.

Michael N. Barrett pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail.

David B. Young pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his entire sentence.

Tammy Henley pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. Her probation was revoked and she was ordered to serve her entire sentence.

James B. Blankenship pled guilty to the charge of violation of probation. His probation was extended and he was ordered to pay the court costs.

Patrick Sworn In As Woodbury Mayor

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Judge Susan Melton gives the oath of office to Harold Patrick as wife, Sue holds the Bible.
Mayor Patrick gives the audience a view of his goals as the new city leader.

Woodbury’s new mayor says plans to move forward on initiatives to improve community prosperity and quality of life. In a speech last night, Harold Patrick said he would reach out to merchants for input on how the city can help them to be successful and encourage people to shop at home. He said he planned to work with County Executive Mike Gannon on phase one of the downtown revitalization project, and when it’s complete, lend his support to completing phase two. Patrick says these efforts are key to the economic health of the community.

Patrick also announced plans to appoint and activities committee comprised of General Sessions Judge Susan Melton, and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Center to develop ideas for things to do to bring people into town to patronize local businesses. He will direct the panel to bring their ideas to the town council.

Patrick, a former Cannon County Executive who currently works as Clerk and Master of the court system here, says he looks forward to working with the council as a full partner in strengthening the city of Woodbury. He also praised outgoing Mayor Ricky Cope for his work and 25 years of service on the council. And he thanked his parents, his wife, his father-in-law and Chancellor Bob Corlew for their support as he begins this process. “I’m a blessed man,” he told the crowd assembled for the swearing-in ceremony. Included in the crowd were members of the Board of Alderman, State Representative Stratton Bone, local judges, County Executive Gannon, and other civic leaders and friends.

Holiday Home Tour This Saturday!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

The annual Lions Club Christmas Home Tour will start Saturday, December 6 at 4 o’clock, according to Bill Smith, chairman of the event. Five homes plus Cannon Inn are on the list this year and of course, the Lions Club Building where the tour starts. Tickets are available from any Lions Club member at $5. All proceeds go to the Lions Club fund to help in their work to prevent blindness.

Homes to be visited include:
Bobby and Brenda Francis home just past the old shirt factory building in Auburntown,
Martha Rolman’s home (known by many as the Leonard Banks home) at 213 College St., Woodbury,
Grady and Carol George home at 2362 Short Mountain Road in the Center Hill community,
Trent and Cassandra Hancock home on Smithtown road just off Cherry Springs Road in the Center Hill community,
The Cannon Inn is in Edgefield. This is the Rilla McFerrin Massey home with the annex added.

The first Saturday in December is starting to be known as “Super Saturday.” In addition to the home tour, the day begins with a Lions Breakfast with Santa. At noon the Lions Christmas Parade will travel thru Woodbury.

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