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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CLB session
The Cocke County Legislative Body(CLB)agreed Monday evening to ratify an agreement with the Friends Animal Shelter, but only for a month. Prior to the meeting, Linda Daniels of the Steele Away group pointed out that her group has adopted out 800 dogs and previously were self-sufficient. But in recent months since the Friends Shelter was closed, her group has taken in sick and injured animals and so she asked for assistance from the county. The shelter was closed in July for renovation after Newport opted out of an operating agreement. Another resident, Angie Chandler said she believes tax dollars should go only for animal control, and should not go to rescue and foster programs. Anne Fontaine of the Friends group said she would like to see the veterinary clinic at the shelter revitalized, and she said if the county would contribute $25,000 toward that project she would match that funding. The Friends group had agreed to house the cats and dogs if Newport and Cocke County each agreed to provide funding of $100,000 annually. Although Newport has not yet inked the agreement, the CLB was told the city will come on board if the county approves funding. Last week the Steele Away group had asked for county funding, arguing it has rescued, fostered and cared for animals while the Friends shelter was being renovated. And so the Finance Committee had voted to recommend $25,000 in funding for the group. Last evening however, the full CLB defeated that motion. CLB Chair Clay Blazer also had concerns saying while both groups do great work in the community "the issue of them not getting along is a problem." He went on to say he doesn't think the city will sign on to the proposed agreement with the Friends Shelter. "And that is upsetting to me. I'm not sure that while we were going through our budget talks, we would have reached this agreement with the Friends, if we had not thought we would have a joint venture, so that is problematic." Blazer went on to say he believes both the Steele Away group and the Friends provide important services to the community. The initial vote on the pact with the Friends was defeated when Commissioner Mitch Fine voiced objection to the agreement because of a recent conflict between the Friends group and the Steele Away Rescue and Foster group. Fine said he would vote for funding only if the opposing groups agree to work together. Mayor Crystal Ottinger then asked the body what to do with local aggressive animals because without the shelter agreement there is nowhere to house them. After Sheriff Armando Fontes agreed to attempt to broker an agreement, between the Friends and Steele Away, Fine agreed to funding for one month. In other action, the body agreed to transfer funding from two sheriff's department employees who have retired, to fund four jail employees. They also transferred $97,500 to jail medical needs, but the body was told by Finance Manager Anne Bryant-Hurst that another $100,000 likely will be needed before the end of the fiscal year. The body approved the appointment of Brittany Vick to the position of County Attorney at the recommendation of Mayor Ottinger. Vick who is in private practice in Newport, replaces Carter Moore who recently was appointed to a Circuit Court seat. Daryl Brady was introduced as the new Field Representative for Congressman Phil Roe. He said a Roe representative will be in the Cocke County annex to assist local residents, from 2 till 4 this afternoon. Larry Roosa of Campbell Road talked to the commission about issues he is having with his road. He said he has not been able to persuade the highway commission to address the problems, and so he asked the CLB to study the issues. And Sara Carraway expressed similar concerns regarding Summer House Hollow Road in Del Rio. She argued her road is dangerous. Commissioner Love Henderson in response to the road concerns suggested it would be helpful if a road commission member was to attend each CLB meeting, to address citizen road issues.


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