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TAX AND SPEND, SPEND, SPEND... 

By: PAT HUNTER

The cost of fuel is quickly inching to the $4.00 per gallon mark while prices on groceries and other goods increase steadily.

While other county governments and school systems tighten their belts and make cuts, Loudon County contemplates:

Local government's solution - a big tax hike after property reappraisals in a depressed economy.

The budget process is underway and the county commission budget committee met in April and will continue through the month of May.

Here's the schedule for the commission budget committee meetings:

 

Loudon County Commission

Budget Committee Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:00 PM

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 1:00 PM

 

The budget committee is required by law to hold a public meeting to accept public input on the budget proposal before the budget is finalized and sent to commission for their approval but this law has not been followed.

CLICK TO VIEW  BUDGET PROPOSAL - PUBLIC COMMENT- COMMITTEE  REVISIONS - T.C.A.5-12-108 ... (2)  The publication shall also contain a notice of a public hearing to be conducted by the budget committee at which any citizen of the county shall have the right to appear and state such citizen's views on the budget.  (3)  Such public hearing shall be held by the budget committee not later than ten (10) days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year.

Will the budget committees trim the fat, or spend like the federal government, with no end in sight? 

Get involved; attend meetings and hear all the details of these proposed budgets that the newspaper isn't willing to print.

Send an email to commissioners and school board, or write a letter to the editor and share your opinion and concerns.

All the information is at your finger tips. If your friends or neighbors don't have computers, print out the information so they may contact their elected officials. 

 

Loudon County Budget Committee 2010 - 2011

Mayor Estelle Herron (Budget- Chair) - Phone 458-4664;  E-mail: herrone@loudoncounty-tn.gov

Austin Shaver - Phone: 816-3298; E-mail: Austin_shaver@yahoo.com

Don Miller - Phone: 458-0658; E-mail: tvdrmiller@aol.com

Sharon Yarbrough - Phone: 988-7772; E-mail: slyarbrough@charter.net

Bob Franke - Phone: 856-0303; E-mail: rdfranke@msn.com

Tracy Blair - Director of Accounts and Budgets - Ex-officio secretary

 

Loudon County Board of Education - Budget Committee 2010-2011

Lisa Russell - Budget Chair - Phone: 229-2045; E-mail:  LRussell917@aol.com

Rick Best - Phone: 986-0205 - E-mail: bestr@loudoncounty.org

Van Shaver - Phone: 986-6984 - E-mail:  SarahlCcom@aol.com

Craig Simon - Phone  458-6626 - E-mail: simonc@loudoncounty.org

Bill Marcus  - Phone: 458-8581 - E-mail:  marcusb@loudoncounty.org 

Scott Newman  - Board Chair & Budget member - Phone: 458-1479;

 Email: slenewman@charter.net

 

Loudon County government operates under the 1957 Budget Law. Here are some laws that apply to our county and budget process. Did you know...

CLICK TO VIEW  BUDGET COMMITTEE - T.C.A. 5-12-104 ... (a)  A county budget committee is hereby created. (b)  (1)  The committee shall consist of five (5) members, one (1) of whom shall be the county mayor, and the other four (4) shall be appointed by the county mayor with the approval of the county governing body at its regular January session of each year or at any subsequent session. (The members of the committee need not be members of the county governing body.)

 

CLICK TO VIEW  FISCAL YEAR - T.C.A. 5-12-105 ... a)  There is hereby created a fiscal year for the counties and for each office, department, institution, activity and agency thereof, which fiscal year shall begin on July 1 of each year and shall end on June 30 next following.

 

Loudon County & Municipalities Websites

Greenback City gov http://www.greenbacktn.com/
Lenoir City gov

http://www.lenoircitygov.com/

Loudon City gov

http://www.cityofloudontn.org/
Loudon County gov

http://www.loudoncounty-tn.gov/

Philadelphia  gov http://www.philadelphiatn.com/

 

How to contact your elected officials:

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Loudon County Mayor

Mayor Estelle Herron

Budget Committee Chair

100 River Road, Suite 106
Loudon, TN 37774     

Phone: (865) 458-4664

Fax: (865) 458-6508                                                                                                                          

EMAIL: herrone@loudoncounty-tn.gov

COMMITTEES:

Budget Committee Chair

Court Security

Financial Advisory

Loudon County Economic Development Agency (EDA)

Loudon County Volunteer Fire Service Implementation Task Force

GIS

Purchasing

Roane State

Safety

Bio:

EMPLOYER: LOUDON COUNTY (FORMER TRUSTEE - 12 YEARS)

Employment: September 1, 1985

Elected County Mayor - September 1, 2010

Political Party: Republican

 

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Loudon County Commission

4-year term - September 1, 2010

 

 

Brian A. Jenkins (District 1, Seat A)
 

5482 River Road
Loudon Tn. 37774
PHONE: 865-660-6074
 

EMAIL:bajenks@charter.net         

 

COMMITTEES:

Adult Oriented Business Board

Capital Projects

Ethics Committee

Bio

OTHER:

EMPLOYER: CITY OF LOUDON, LOUDON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: September 1, 2010

 

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David Meers (District 1, Seat B)
 

645 Fort Hill Street
Loudon, TN 37774
(865) 458-2414


EMAIL: dmeers2414@charter.net

Committees:

Agriculture Extension

Blair Bend Industrial Board

Capital Projects

Financial Advisory

Government Affairs

Litter

Purchasing

Sheriff's Merit Services Board

Senior Citizens Executive Committee

Loudon County Air Quality Task Force (AQTF)

OTHER:

EMPLOYER: ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Adjunct Faculty Social Science, Business & Education

Retired Highland Park School Principal, Loudon County

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: September 1, 2002

 

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Commission Chair pro tempore

Earlena Maples (District 2, Seat A)
 

609 D Street
Lenoir City, TN 37771
(865) 986-6772

EMAIL: emaples@lcub1.com

Committees:

Financial Advisory

Government Affairs

Liter

Biography:

EMPLOYER: LENOIR CITY UTILITIES BOARD

Political Party: Democratic

Elected to office: September 1, 1986

 

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V. Austin Shaver (District 2, Seat B)
 

Budget Committee member

276 Hardin Drive
Lenoir City, TN 37772
(865) 816-3298

EMAIL: Austin_shaver@yahoo.com

Committees:

Adult Oriented Business Board

Budget Committee

Biography:

EMPLOYER: ATTORNEY - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, Berkowitz, PC

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: August 18, 2008

Father: Van Shaver, 5th District Loudon County Board of Education

 

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Bob Franke (District 3)

Budget Committee member

100 Southcove Drive
Greenback, TN 37742
(865) 856-0303

EMAIL: rdfranke@msn.com

Committees:

Adult Oriented Business Board

Agriculture Extension

Animal Control Authority Advisory Board

Budget Committee

Government Affairs

Senior Citizens Exec. Comm.

 

BIO:

EMPLOYER: RETIRED MILITARY

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: September 1, 2002

 

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Commission Chair

Roy H. Bledsoe (District 4)
800 Sunnyside Road
Philadelphia, TN 37846
(865) 458-2829

EMAIL:

Committees:

Agriculture Extension

Capital Projects

Ethics 

Government Affairs

Maintenance

Purchasing

Roane State Maintenance

BIO:

EMPLOYER: FARMER

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: July 1, 1973

Spouse: Sarah Bledsoe, 2010 Chair Loudon County Republican Party

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Harold Duff (District, Seat A)
 

132 Executive Meadows Drive
Lenoir City, TN 37771
(865) 988-6647

EMAIL:  superhbd@aol.com

Committees:

Adult Oriented Business Board

Blair Bend Industrial

Capital Projects

Government Affairs

Maintenance

Purchasing

Roane State Maintenance

Senior Citizens Exec. Comm.

Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA)

http://tncountycommissioners.org/index.html

BIO:

EMPLOYER: LOUDON COUNTY JUVENILE CENTER

Former Lenoir City School Superintendent

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: September 1, 1994

 

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Sharon Yarbrough (District 5, Seat B)

Budget Committee member

3536 Virtue Road

Lenoir City TN  37772

PHONE: (865) 988-7772
 

E-MAIL: slyarbrough@charter.net

Committees:

Budget Committee

Ethics

Maintenance

BIO:

EMPLOYER: PELLISSIPPE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Director of Instit Effectiveness, Research and Planning

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: September 1, 2010

Spouse: Gary Ubben, Vice Chair Loudon County Board of Education

 

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Stephen (Steve)  Harrelson (District 6)
 

827 Leeward Way

Lenoir City, TN 37772

Home Phone: 986-5211

EMAIL: steveharrelson@charter.net

Committees:

Blair Bend Industrial

Financial Advisory

Litter

Purchasing

BIO:

EMPLOYER: CITY OF LENOIR CITY, DIRECTOR RECREATION DEPARTMENT 

Former 6th District Loudon County Board of Education - 4 years (September 1, 2006)

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: September 1, 2010

 

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Don Miller (7th District)
 

Budget Committee member 

298 Cheestana Way
Loudon, TN 37774
(865) 458-0658

EMAIL: tvdrmiller@aol.com

Committees:

Adult Oriented Business Board

Budget Committee

Maintenance

Sheriff's Merit Services Board

Loudon County Economic Development Agency (EDA)

Loudon County Air Quality Task Force (AQTF)

BIO:

EMPLOYER: RETIRED EXXON EXECUTIVE

Political Party: Republican

Elected to office: September 1, 2002

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Sheriff's Merit Services Board:

John R. Johnson, Term expires - Aug. 31. 2011

Commissioner Don Miller, Term expires - Aug. 31. 2012

Commissioner David Meers, Term expires - Aug. 31. 2013

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Contact List 2011 Directory

How to contact your elected officials:

Loudon Board of Education School Board

  

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District 1 - Loudon

 

 

Scott Newman  - Board Chairman

Budget Committee member                                

102 Huffs Ferry Rd.

Loudon, TN 37774

Phone: 458-1479

Email: slenewman@charter.net

Profession: Loudon City Police Dept. -City of Loudon

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District 1 - Loudon, Seat 

 

 

Bill Marcus 

Budget Committee member                                           

300 Edwards School Rd.

Loudon, TN 37774

Phone: 458-8581

E-mail:  marcusb@loudoncounty.org

Profession: Pharmacist with Bi-Lo (formerly Red Food)

 

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District 2 Lenoir City, Seat

 

 

Bobby Johnson, JR. 

402 C St.

Lenoir City, TN 37771

Phone: 988-8008

E-mail: johnsonb@loudoncounty.org

Profession: Lenoir City Recreation Dept. - City of Lenoir City

 

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District 2 Lenoir City, Seat

 

William Jenkins

120 Hidden Valley Rd., Lenoir City, TN 37771

Phone: UNLISTED

E-mail: jenkinsw@loudoncounty.org

Profession: Lenoir City Recreation Dept. - City of Lenoir City

Phone: 986-1223 - Work phone number

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District - 3 Greenback

 

Lisa Russell 

Budget Committee Chair         

6670 Morganton Rd.

Greenback, Tn  37742                                         

Phone: 865-229-2045

E-mail:  LRussell917@aol.com

Profession: Part-time Bookkeeper

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District 4 - Philadelphia

 

 

Leroy Tate   

2072 Circle Drive

Loudon, TN 37774

Phone: 458-4834

EMAIL: ltate43@aol.com

Profession: Retired employee Tate & Lyle Manufacturing

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District 5 - Eaton - Harrison Rd. area

 

 

Van Shaver 

Budget Committee member 

568 Ford Road

Lenoir City, Tn 37772                        

Phone: 865-986-6984

E-mail:  SarahlCcom@aol.com

Profession: Self-employed

 

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District 5 - Eaton - Harrison Rd. area

 

 

Gary Ubben - Vice Chairman BOE

13536 Virture Road

Lenoir City, Tn 37772

E-mail:  ubbeng@loudoncounty.org

Phone: 865-988-8882

Cell: 865-850-7772

Profession: Retired UT Professor

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District - 6 Highland Park

Mayor Estelle Herron (l) Rick Best (r)

Rick Best

Budget Committee member  

3889 Leward Way

Lenoir City, TN 37772

Phone:  865-986-0205

E-mail: bestr@loudoncounty.org

Profession: Retired Lenoir City Band Director

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District 7 Tellico Village & Piney

 

 

Craig Simon 

Budget Committee member 

369 Cheestana Way

Loudon, Tn  37774                                   

Phone: 865-458-6626

E-mail: simonc@loudoncounty.org

Profession: Engineer

 

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School Board Administration

 

 

Wayne Honeycutt School Director

Phone: 1. 865.458.5411 ext # 1001

Loudon County Board of Education

County Office Building - BOE Central Office

100 River Rd.,

Loudon, TN 37774 

E-mail: honeycuttw@loudoncounty.org

 

 

Jason Vance - Assistant School Director

Phone: 1.865.458-5411 ext # 1004

Loudon County Board of Education

County Office Building - BOE Central Office

100 River Rd.,

Loudon, TN 37774 

E-mail: vancej@loudoncounty.org

 

Joan Lovelace Administrative Assistant

Phone: 1.865.458-5411  #1000

Loudon County Board of Education

County Office Building - BOE Central Office

100 River Rd.,

Loudon, TN 37774

E-mail: lovelacej@loudoncounty.org

 

Dawn Cox - Transportation Director

Loudon County Board of Education

County Office Building

BOE Central Office

100 River Rd., Loudon, TN 37774

Phone: 1.865.458-5411 ext # 1014

E-mail: coxd@loudoncounty.org

 

Loudon County School Website http://www.loudoncounty.org/

 

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