Ford re-elected Commission Chair
From left, Hamblen County Commission Vice Chairman Howard Shipley and Chairman Stancil Ford were chosen to retain their seats.
Stancil Ford and Howard Shipley will retain their seats as chairman and vice chairman of the Hamblen County Commission after Thursday evening’s monthly meeting.
Ford has served on the commission for a total of 24 years.
Hamblen County attorney Chris Capps will also retain his seat.
Following the nominations, and appointments, Ford told commissioners he would next make committee assignments. He added that if any commissioners wanted to change which committees they are on, they should call him and let him know.
There were two rezoning resolutions passed following a break in the meeting for a public hearing.
The first rezoning was for a family to place a trailer on a piece of property on Old Whitt Road. The property was rezoned from an R-1 to an A-1.
The second rezoning request was to amend the zoning map on Cedar Creek Road in Russellville from an R-1 to an I-1.
A company named Synchronized Logistics made the request, which passed the vote.
The commission also voted to accept two buses donated from Douglas Cherokee Head Start to the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department.
The Hamblen County Department of Education will receive a budget amendment of $721,581 after the resolution passed the commission vote.
On Oct. 1, the commission will meet will three finalists in the bidding competition to conduct a needs assessment study of the Hamblen County Jail.
Each company will have 30 minutes to present their bid and be interviewed. The commission is expected to make a decision following the interviews. The meeting will be held at the courthouse beginning at 4 p.m.
-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer