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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Newport City Council
Members of the Newport City Council meeting Tuesday passed an ordinance restricting the use of fireworks. Alderman Jeff Fancher asked Police Chief Maurice Shults his opinion of the plan. The chief said he expects most residents will abide by the restrictions and those who do not will be cited into court. City Manager James Finchum reiterated the regulation with regard to leaf pickup in the city. He stressed that it is illegal for city workers to do labor on private property. "Folks are raking their leaves, and we will remove leaves and limbs provided they get them to the street. Alot of cities charge a fee for that service, we do not. But we can not legally go onto their property," he explained. Firefighter Mark Ramsey pointed out that this is Fire Prevention Month. He encouraged local residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when the change their clocks. And for those who are elderly or disabled, firefighters will assist with the battery change. The council hired a part-time general laborer for the Parks and Recreation Department. And Director Tim Dockery said a splash pad may be added at the city park, and operated in conjunction with the pool. But he said such a pad likely would cost $500,000. The council agreed to a recommendation from Dockery that the city parks, basketball courts, and mini-parks, close at 10 pm. Meka Henderson of Keep Cocke County Beautiful reported as a matter of interest that the Tennessee General Assembly is looking to reduce litter by adding a five cent deposit to drinks sold in metal, plastic and glass. "It will encourage recycling and reduce litter, but it is confined to just one type of litter. There is concern however that the legislation may impact the TDOT grant we receive for picking up litter," Hendrson said. Alderman Jeff Fancher applauded Vice-Mayor Mike Proffitt who received this year's Cocke County Citizenship Award earlier this month from Senior Citizens Home Health Assistance. The council recognized Fruit Jar Alley, a new downtown specialty shop, as well as Fire Department Month. The members voted to employ Steven Nall as a new firefighter to replace the retiring Tim Pack. Fred Myers who operates a recycling facility in the former Wood Products location, asked the council to de-annex the site so that he will not have to pay city property taxes. The council took no actions. And another resident expressed concern about smoking and other tobacco usage at the city parks.


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