JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – At Thursday night’s Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen monthly meeting, the Campbell County Library Board was on hand with questions for the board.

A new librarian was hired in the past few months, and the library board expressed concern because it was not involved with the hiring process. Other concerns raised were that the Maintenance of Efforts (MOE) had not been maintained. The MOE keeps the library budget at a minimum amount yearly, and this year the town cut the library budget, which means the library will also receive less money from the state. Mayor Shayne Greene told the library board the town had to make budget cuts in all departments this year. Representatives from the library board reported that by cutting the budget the library could face a loss of state services, such as technical support for the computers, books that are a shared resource could be removed from the library, which is about one third of the books in the library. Greene appeared to be unshaken by the news. He reiterated several times that the town had to make budget cuts in all departments. The conversation lagged on for about 40 minutes without a clear resolution in sight.

In other business, the board approved a 5K Down Syndrome Awareness Race. Resolution No. 368 amending the budget was approved.

Two firemen were hired, Sean Brown and Nathaniel VanNorstran.

The board approved the bid for paving at Judge Asbury Court, $41,832 and Kentucky Street, $27,840. Rogers Group will do the work.

Police Chief Daniel Smith requested approval from the board to trade six shot guns and eight side arms (duty weapons) for eight new side arms (duty weapons). This will be an even trade with no money involved.

The Town of Jacksboro will hold a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event will start at noon and continue until 8 p.m. The festival will have live music, food, drinks and games. The festival will be held on Main Street.

Vendor set up will be from 8 am to 11 am.  For more information about the festival, call (423) 562-9312.

Aldermen Jimmy Snodgrass (above) showed the board the mockups for the t-shirts that the town will be selling at the fall festival. The T-shirts will sell for $16 each or 2 for $30. The shirts will be available in black, orange and Jacksboro Middle School blue. Proceeds will go to Shop with a Cop. The board approved purchasing 300 shirts for the festival. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/10/2023-6AM)