Mayor Bobby Stooksbury opened last night’s monthly meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on a somber note.  WATCH HERE  Stooksbury requested prayers for the three family members from Georgia who lost their lives on Sunday afternoon and one family member who is currently in critical condition, after an accident near the 141-mile marker on I-75. Stooksbury urged that people need to be more attentive when driving.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen accepted a bid of $195,369 from Rogers Group for the paving of 13 city streets. Those streets include Posey Lane, Gardner Lane, Madison Lane, Crabtree Lane, Cotton Lane, Ward Lane, Pearl Street, Hollow Lane, Phillips Street, Lake Lane, Wallace Street, Walnut Street and Lough Lane.

Previously the board discussed some much-needed upgrades to the library equipment. Library Director Rashay Bolton presented the board with bids on a circulation desk and storage cabinets. The lowest bid received was from A New Beginning who will make the desk and cabinets from maple wood. A New Beginning is based in Jacksboro and provides job and training opportunities to those who are having or will have difficulty obtaining sustainable employment due to being incarcerated.

Code Enforcement Officer Tessa Simmonds and Building Commissioner Lisa Crumpley can now write citations per the 2018-08 ordinance, this ordinance will also allow the fire chief to write citations, should the need arise.

The city is currently advertising for a full-time fireman. Aldermen Eric Smith discussed the requirements for the position which pays $11/hr plus benefits.  Applications are available at city hall. Board members agreed to advertise for bids on air bottles for the fire department. Currently their bottles are about 15 years old and at the end of their life span. A public meeting will be held at 5:30 pm prior to next month’s board meeting (August 13) to discuss changing the fire hydrant maintenance fee.

Holly Green who is the chairman of the fundraising committee for Pathways Resource Center spoke to the board requesting permission to hold a roadblock on Saturday, July 21. Green said that a census was done for the homeless in Campbell County recently with a tentative number of 300 people currently homeless. The center will be allowed to hold the roadblock in front of Shoney’s. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/10/2018-6AM)