Commission calls for help in preventing derailments
Blount County Commission last week authorized a resolution calling on state agencies to intercede on behalf of residents in the vicinity of hazardous CSX railroad tracks where trains continually derail in the Bangor- Blount Springs area.
The resolution also asks that speed limits be enforced. Copies of the resolutions will be sent to all appropriate agencies.
City, county to work together to provide for juveniles
Oneonta has given the go-ahead to the county commission’s plans to build juvenile detention quarters at the old armory, provided the lease is worded to protect the town as much as possible from potential liability.
Mayor Danny Hicks took no part in the discussion nor did he vote, though as county juvenile probation officer he has worked on the project. Except for his abstention, the vote was unanimous.
District Judge John Dobson placed the request for use of the space before the council.
Sale of store will benefit drug enforcement
For the first time in this county, a business has been seized and will be sold at auction by the U.S. Marshal’s office. Proceeds from the the sale will go to the sheriff’s drug enforcement fund.
According to Sheriff Ernie Sosebee, the owner of Mill Creek Grocery – located on U.S. 31 near the I-65 exit ramp – was indicted on three counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substances (marijuana).
New teeth in drug enforcement laws enable lawmen to confiscate property of dealers not showing a state-issued tax stamp.