Sheriff Department Makes Request
Gets Nod of approval from Budget Committee
By: Pat Hunter
Jan. 1, 2009
Assistant Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Department spoke about receiving an email from Gordon Harless, Director of the Emergency Management Agency (EMA). He made his pitch at the December Budget Committee meeting.
According to Asst. Chief Davis, last month, the Loudon County Sheriff’ Department had a large scale manhunt in the woods and fields. A company from Vonore provided the sheriff’s department with all terrain utility vehicles and trail Gator-type vehicles to perform that duty.
Davis was given a questionnaire for a donation from the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, which is now accepting applications to give away a Polaris Ranger. About 300 units are given per year to local governments and Assistant Chief Deputy Davis was asking for permission to fill out the questionnaire to try to get the vehicle. The only thing that they ask is to participate in the presentation; it it’s awarded to the Sheriff’s Department, they want pictures, Davis explained. Good luck with getting the newspaper there, they didn’t show up for $2,500, Budget Chairman Arp added. Mayor Arp didn't give any more information about the $2,500.
Commissioner Chris Park made the motion, which was seconded by Commissioner Harold Duff to give the sheriff’s department permission and all three budget members voted unanimously on the motion. Budget Committee members commissioners Don Miller and David Meers were both absent. Meers is a county employee, Highland Park Elementary Principle. Miller a retired Exxon executive.
According to the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company website, "U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) is now accepting applications for 2009 Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicles through its Operation Ranger program...
The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Operation Ranger program awards rugged, off-road utility vehicles to our nation’s emergency responders...The Operation Ranger program exists both to recognize the service of our nation’s emergency responders and to provide a versatile, practical vehicle that will enhance emergency response capability at the community level."