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HOW MANY BLANK CHECKS $$$$

CAN TAXPAYERS AFFORD?

BY: PAT HUNTER

Feb. 15, 2011

Previously, at the January 24th Commission workshop meeting, three elderly family members (one sister and two brothers) requested Commission’s assistance to gravel a road (3/4 mile long) to a family cemetery. The family had written to Congressman Duncan and Senator Alexander for help; letters of support were sent from their respective office to Mayor Estelle Herron and Road Superintendent Eddie Simpson. The cemetery is part of the old family farm, which is located on TVA property. The original farm was taken from the family by TVA for the Tellico Lake/TRDA land deal. The request by the family members was sent to Commission for their consideration and vote.

At the Feb. 7th Commission meeting, Road Superintendent Eddie Simpson presented the County 2011 Road list for Commission’s approval with few changes including leaving off Notch-in-Hill Rd. The road was annexed by Loudon City and then de-annexed. Simpson informed Commission that there was no funding in his budget to fix the road, which he estimated to cost $50,000 - $60,000.  It can be added to the list if Commission wishes. Commissioner Harold Duff made the motion to accept the 2011 Road list, which was seconded and unanimously approved by Commission. 

Road Superintendent Eddie Simpson also requested an addition to the agenda, Blankenship Cemetery Road. Simpson asked for a “directive” from Loudon County Commission to gravel the road to the cemetery estimated cost $2,000-$3,000. Since the road is not an approved County Road list, State law does not permit the  use of taxpayer money to fix the road according to Simpson.  Chairman Roy Bledsoe requested a recommendation; Simpson replied that he had no recommendation but that he would do it.  

Commissioner Shaver spoke “without sounding cold and callous”; he appreciated the historic nature and the sentimental importance but if the precedent was set to paying even a small sum for a private cemetery that would open the County to “many” other similar requests, for the short or long term. Commissioner Austin Shaver motioned to decline the request but he received no second from commissioners and the motion was declared dead by Chairman Bledsoe.

Instead, Greenback Commissioner Bob Franke motioned to take care of the road, which was seconded by Loudon Commissioner Brian Jenkins.   

What other commissions’ as a whole have done is to accept those roads as county roads as a “blanket,” commented Simpson. Simpson did not disclose who he spoke to about this matter. He didn’t know of any other cemeteries that did not have access but he wasn't sure.  There was some back and forth discussion as to whether it belonged to TVA or the County.

Commissioner Don Miller said that he was sympathetic but he wanted to know how many more (cemeteries) do we have? Miller wanted to know, are we writing a big blank check for the next 10-years?

Miller asked if Simpson could get that information and Simpson agreed to do so. Simpson had not researched and he didn’t know the number of cemeteries.

Franke asked to “table” his motion until Simpson could bring back information to Commission; Jenkins agreed.

Commissioner Sharon Yarbrough asked if this would be brought back to the next workshop but Eddie Simpson said that it may take some while to research the matter. Simpson said that he would check with other road superintendents to see how this addressed in other counties.    

 

 

(NOTE: With a quick search, THE HUNTER REPORT found the following Loudon County Cemeteries)    

 

LOUDON COUNTY CEMETERIES

Abbott Cemetery

Axley Cemetery

Blankenship Cemetery

Bowman Cemetery

Breazeale Cemetery

Browder Cemetery

Carter Cemetery

Coffman Cemetery

Crandall Cemetery

Davis Cemetery

Douthit Cemetery

Eldridge Cemetery

Harris Cemetery

Harrison Cemetery

Hickman Cemetery

Huff Cemetery

Jackson Cemetery

Johnson Cemetery

Lakeview Cemetery

Lay Cemetery

Leeper Cemetery

Lenoir City Cemetery

Loudon County Memorial Gardens

Marney Cemetery

Matlock Cemetery

McDonald Cemetery

McKee Cemetery

McKelvey Cemetery

Moreland Cemetery

Morganton Cemetery

Pickel Cemetery

Potters Field Cemetery

Prater Cemetery

Reed Springs Cemetery

Richardson Cemetery

Roberson Cemetery

Rollins Cemetery

Russell Cemetery

Simpson Cemetery

Smith Cemetery

Tipton Cemetery

Unitia Cemetery

Wadkins Cemetery

Watson Cemetery

Watts Cemetery

Wear Cemetery

Wilson Cemetery

Wyly Cemetery 

CHURCH & OTHER CEMETERIES

Corinth Cemetery

Curd Cemetery

Dixie Lee Baptist Church Cemetery

Dixie Lee Junction Baptist Church

Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery

Hackney Cemetery

Hickory Valley Cemetery

Lenoir Family Cemetery

Martel Memorial Cemetery

Martel United Methodist Church Cemetery

Mt. Zion Cemetery

New Providence Cemetery

Philadelphia Cemetery

Pine Grove Baptist Cemetery

Prospect Cemetery

Riverbend Cemetery

Riverview Cemetery

Rollins Cemetery

South Holston Cemetery

Steekee Cemetery

Thompson Cemetery

Watkins Cemetery

Watson Cemetery

Watts Family Cemetery

Woodlawn Cemetery

Fooshees Cemetery

Keener Cemetery

Unnamed Cemetery

Wright Cemetery

 

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