Commission approves sheriff’s cars

Sandra Clark

Sheriff Earl Loy Jr. has more friends on the full County Commission than he has at the Budget and Finance Committee. That’s the best conclusion to draw from the ease with which the Union County Sheriff’s Office got approval to purchase four new Ford SUVs at the commission’s Feb. 10 meeting.

Or maybe commissioners just got tired of haggling about it.

The commission voted to borrow the money from New South Credit Union at 1.99 percent interest for three years and repay from budgeted funds over the next two fiscal years.

Loy’s office already has purchased two used SUVs from this year’s budget, giving the department six new-to-them vehicles, all capable of moving through snow.

Fully equipped, the new vehicles will cost just over $30,000 each.

Hallmark Cedar Apartments and Hallmark Stonegate apartments will be getting a $2 million each upgrade, based on information given to commissioners. No public funding is involved.

Twisted Gables: A lingering problem was laid to rest with the commission’s acceptance of a settlement of $5,000 and back taxes to release a lien against property in Twisted Gables subdivision where the county had cleared a burned house. The property was sold at auction.

Meth: The commission approved a resolution to support SB 179 in the state Legislature, a bill to require that drugs with ephedrine and pseudoephedrine be dispensed by prescription only. This request was brought by Aaron Russell of Stand in the Gap Coalition.

Performance pay: The specter of performance-based pay, which has created dissension in counties such as Knox, is coming to Union County. The state is mandating it.

Dr. Jimmy Carter will outline a preliminary plan at the school board workshop 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. The regular monthly meeting will follow the workshop, all at the Union County High School auditorium.

Baseball: The board will discuss baseball in elementary schools, and board member Brad Griffey has asked to discuss baseball field maintenance.

Calendar: The board will vote on the school calendar for 2014-15.

Field trips: The school board will vote on three upcoming field trips:

Sharps Chapel Elementary Beta Club – 12 students to Nashville Convention at Opryland, March 2-4, sponsors Angela Collins and Cheryl Roark;

Paulette Elementary Beta Club – 25 students to Nashville Convention at Opryland, March 2-4, sponsor Jocelyn Hyde;

Union County High FFA – 20 students to FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg March 23-26; sponsors Linda Baxter, John Fugate and Matt McGinnis.

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