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County Honors Retirees
7/24/2012 7:28:07 PM
Last Updated:
8/13/2014 3:12:34 PM

Retiring Commissioners: Ben T. Surber, Bill Kirk, (back) Gaylon Sydnor, T. Richard Goodwin, Harold Baker, and Brian Edwards.

Freddie Balentine was honored upon his retirement from the Carroll County Recycling Department. Left to right are Jeff Heyduck, Balentine, and Mayor Kenny McBride.

One county employee retired and six commissioners, with service ranging from four to 44 years, attended their last meeting during the Monday, August 11 session of the Carroll County Commission.

Freddie Balentine was honored upon his retirement with 10 years service with the Carroll County Recycling Department. Balentine was presented a proclamation by Mayor Kenny McBride and a gold watch by McBride and department supervisor Jeff Heyduck.

Plaques to commemorate their service on the Carroll County Commission were presented to: Brian Edwards, four years; Harold Baker, 12 years;  Bill Kirk, 12 years; T. Richard Goodwin, 16 years; Gaylon Sydnor, 20 years; and Ben Thomas Surber, 44 years.

Surber followed his father, Ben B. Surber on the commission. Ben B. served at least 30 years, said the younger Surber. The family tradition continues with Surber’s son-in-law, John Austin, who begins his elective service on the commission in September in the same district as Ben T. served.

A $25,000 donation to the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery was approved with 20 commissioners approving and Brian Edwards abstaining.

The Carroll County Budget Committee had voted unanimously to make the donation if the cemetery was located in Parkers Crossroads. Two weeks ago, Governor Bill Haslam made the announcement and broke ground for the cemetery at Parkers Crossroads.

In other business, the Commission approved a resolution presented by the  Tennessee Department of Transportation. It requires the county to approve the proposal for U.S. 79 to be constructed in a four-lane between west of Cades-Atwood Road to East of SR-77, essentially bypassing the Atwood business district. The town of Trezevant has already approved the measure for a future expansion of U.S. 79 that will eventually bypass both Atwood and Trezevant and provide a four-lane highway from McKenzie to Milan.

A report from the Carroll County Indigent Care Board was presented. The Fund has a balance of $3,153,909.01.

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