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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Newport City Council
Members of the Newport City Council meeting Tuesday, were told individuals who are panhandling on private property in the city may be arrested. Mayor Connie Ball also said there has been concern regarding the practice on busy street corners in the city. He said signs will be posted to prevent panhandling at busy intersections. Alderman Jeff Fancher said he was approached by Bill Weigel who wants panhandlers arrested if they enter onto his property at the intersection of the Cosby Road and Heritage Blvd. He asked City Attorney Terry Hurst to address that situation. "He wanted to know if he could put a sign on his property to prohibit panhandling, and if we would enforce it?" "Absolutely" responded Hurst. "The ordinance provides that panhandling is prohibited on private property so we can do that." Rob Watkins representing local veterans groups, thanked the various city departments who assisted in a recent event in which tattered flags were burned in a ceremony on the courthouse lawn. The council agreed to further discussions with Mike Brady Architects with regard to services in upgrades to the Tanner Cultural Center. Council members voted to apply for a TDOT Transportation Alternatives grant which is to be used to construct sidewalks in the city as well as extend the Riverwalk to the east. Alderman Fancher and Vice-Mayor Mike Proffitt complimented Newport Utilities(NU) on the progress being made to upgrade the water and wastewater lines on East Broadway. Said Fancher, "The bottom line is, NU had this project well planned, and it was executed just the way that is has been planned. NU is planning to be done with the project by the end of October. And then the city will take 60 to 90 days to install the needed storm drain upgrades, and then TDOT plans to repave in the spring unless weather becomes a big issue." The body appointed Linda Hampton Parker to the Stokely Memorial Library Board. The members also offered a moment of silence in memory of 9/11 as well as the memory of former Police Chief Buddy Don Ramsey who died recently. Mayor Ball also recognized WNPC AM/FM which this month is celebrating it's 40th. Anniversary of service to the region.


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