By Ben Lawson
At their monthly meeting on Monday, the Sevier County commission approved a resolution to participate in the state’s Three-Star economic program, appointed a new Senior Center director, approved the use of state funds for resurfacing roads and other points of business.
The Three-Star Program, which is administered by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, aims to aid communities in establishing a strategic plan for future development. By participating in the program, Sevier County will implement a Five-Year Asset-Based Strategic Plan with the aim of being awarded incentives and grants for future development issues.
According to a report by the Sevier County Economic Development Council, some of the goals for the county include the development of New Industrial Park, improving road systems, enhancing the public education system and jump starting a workforce development project.
The commissioners also approved the appointment of Jane Foraker as director of the Sevier County Senior Center. Foraker, who has four years service with the center, has been serving as interim director. The committee charged with finding a new candidate reviewed several applicants but ultimately decided to stay with Foraker.
“The committee unanimously recommended her,” said county mayor Larry Waters.
Also approved was an authorization to use state aid in resurfacing county roads. The funds would cover 75 percent of the project’s cost for Dripping Springs Road, Dumplin Valley Road and Old Newport Highway.
“We have three quarters of a million in funds to be spent on designated roads,” said Road Superintendent Jonas Smelcer.
Other business included approval of Federal Title VI regulations of the Civil Rights Act, approval of all notaries, and the selection of Larry Waters to resume his position as commission chairman for the following year.
“I thank you for your vote of confidence,” Waters said.
Plan, Director Approved
By Ben Lawson