Issuu on Google+

Thursday, August 18, 2011 brownsville 146th Year • No. 26 Haywood County, Tennessee One Section, 16 Pages Sonia works towards being a tourism marketing professional $1.00 Special Football Section Sonia Outlaw-Clark, director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is among three area tourism professionals who have completed their second year of STS Marketing College in Dahlonega, Georgia. See Page 2 See Pages 7 - 9 Committee votes on property tax hike By CALVIN CARTER After many weeks of meetings and planning, the Haywood County Budget Committee may have finally come up with a final budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The committee wrapped up their string of meetings Tuesday, August 16 at the Haywood County Court House at 9 a.m. Although budget committee members had initially anticipated a raise with the property tax, the final figure presented may not have served as the conclusion they were initially aiming for. The budget committee made a 5-1 vote to raise the property tax rate from $2.38 to $2.90 per hundred dollars of assed value, which is basically an increase of 52 cents. Although members could describe the vote as “reluctant,” committee member Joe Stevens was the member that cast the no vote. The tax hike would cost property owners $1,850,940 a year. The county is also expected to produce $10,426,894.90 in gross revenue. Breaking the 52-cent increase down, 32 cents of it would go towards the county general fund, while 20 cents would go towards the debt service, which is meant to help with payments of projects like the Haywood County States-Graphic welcomes new Sports Editor Justice Center, and the building improvements deal with the high school. While it’s arguable if inmate healthcare is a contributor to this year’s budget woes, it may not have certainly helped matters. The county had contracted Conmed for inmate healthcare, originally set to pay $360,000. Conmed has reached a new deal, with the county paying $351,000 but also an additional $40,000 for mental health services and prescription medication. Before Conmed’s new deal, the county had anticipated paying approximately $75,000 in prescription medication alone. While raises and bonuses had been in discussion during the budget meetings, the committee whittled the idea to onetime bonuses for county employees. The committee voted 5-1—Stevens once again voted no—on providing a one-time $500 bonus for full time county employees to be paid in December. Parttime county employees will receive a one time $250 bonus in December. Proposing to have one of the highest tax rates in West Tennessee, the committee will present the budget to county commission members. A public meeting will take place Thursday August 25 at 7 p.m., with a special called meeting to follow Tuesday August 30 at 7 p.m. Construction on courthouse extends; Will not interfere with Fall Fest By CALVIN CARTER There’s a lot of positive currently flowing within Haywood County Schools Athletics, with much more expected to occur. Fortunately, the Brownsville States-Graphic has the right sports editor ready to tackle any of the games and activities Haywood County has to offer. Jeff Ireland Jeff Ireland is the new Sports Editor, though many in the area may already be familiar with his work. After all, Ireland brings a plethora of skill and experience to the position. He entered into the Journalism program at the University of Memphis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996. Many years later, he would become an adjunct professor for his Alma Mater. Since graduation, Ireland’s journey in the sports journalism field has presented an impressive climb. Ireland served as sports/news editor for The Covington Leader from 1996-2006. Afterwards, he became editor of On The Ball magazine, a publication dedicated to high school sports in the West Tennessee area, from 2006-2009. Ireland also freelanced for The Commercial Appeal and The Memphis Daily News for the past few years. Ireland is enthused to have the opportunity to cover the sports scene in Haywood County. “I am really looking forward to covering the sports scene in Brownsville and Haywood County,” he said. “Haywood High School has a tremendous sports tradition and I can’t wait to get to know all the coaches, administrators and athletes, as well as other members of the community.” If you have any potential story leads for Ireland, you can contact him at By CALVIN CARTER Residents of Brownsville have tried to adjust as best possible to the current construction work taking place on the court house square area. And while the city had originally planned on having the project done by September Marathon to take Applications 30, a minor extension of the project will take place instead. During this month’s City of Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Mayor Jo Matherne announced October 17 as the expected new date of completion. The contractors on the project, Wagner General Contractor, asked for the extension, although they expect the project to wrap up earlier than that date. The extension has already met approval from the city and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Although the project, figuratively and literally, hit dirt in May of this year, it’s actually been in the works since December of 2007, Mayor See CONSTRUCTION pg.3 By CALVIN CARTER can also still drop off resumes at the Haywood Element building. The city and county have agreed to give a total of $50,000 to the Brownsville Industrial Board to help cover the moving expenses for Marathon. The state will also provide Marathon with a number of various tax credits and special incentives to operate in Brownsville. Marathon was founded in 1996 as a manufacturer of industrialgrade heating elements and temperature sensors. With news spreading quickly about Marathon’s buying of Haywood Element, many have inquired about job applications. At the current moment, the industrial business is in the middle of cleaning and moving, to prep for a hopeful production run in the mid to late September. Besides a new owner, not too much will really change with the business. Marathon will still produce the same type of product as Haywood Element: mainly tubular heaters. John Finn Jr., who was Haywood Element Plant Manager for approximately 30-years will remain in the same position. Those interested in working for Marathon will get the chance to try next week. Applications should be available at the Tennessee Career Center, located at 140 South Wilson Avenue starting next Monday August 22. Applicants See weather on page 16

The Brownsville States-Graphic August 18, 2011

Related publications