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HUNTINGDON (September 22) — During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Huntingdon Town Council and Mayor Dale Kelley presented a commendation to Lori Nolen for more than a decade of service to …
HUNTINGDON (September 22) — During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Huntingdon Town Council and Mayor Dale Kelley presented a commendation to Lori Nolen for more than a decade of service to the town.
Nolen served as executive director of The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center from July 2009 until she departed the position last month to focus on a new role, co-owner and co-founder of LiLo + Company, a social media management company.
Before presenting Nolen with a plaque inscribed with the official commendation, Mayor Kelley said, “There are so many wonderful things I can say about her and her tenure her with the Town of Huntingdon. I don’t have enough words to address all of the things that could be said about [her].”
After receiving the honor, Nolen said, “I just want to thank all of you for letting me be creative for 12 years...I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve loved everything I’ve done. I’m thankful for the time that I’ve had here. I love the town. I may be leaving ‘the Town’ as [far as] working here, but I will always be part of this town and I love it. So thank y’all for the opportunity to do that. I’ll miss it.”
The board also heard from Khrystian Bynum, coordinator of the Carroll County Prevention Coalition, an organization with the mission to educate the public and prevent substance abuse in the county. It is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Bynum relayed to the council the coalition’s latest initiative. $1,000 was granted for compliance checks to be conducted in partnership with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.
She said, “The goal of compliance checks is to deter the illegal sale of alcohol to underage youth to reduce underage drinking by educating the business who fails a compliance check and ask for community support.”
Bynum explained the Sheriff’s Department would issue warnings to businesses that fail a check. Chief David Bunn, who joined Bynum in addressing the council, emphasized the program was about helping businesses and not about punishment. Bynum noted the results of the checks would be presented to the Beer Board.
She concluded, “The Carroll County Prevention Coalition and Carroll County Sheriff’s Department look forward to working with city councils, county councils, beer boards and the local police departments to prevent harm to underage youth and strengthening Carroll County through compliance checks.”
Council members took action on three items during the meeting.
Members approved a request by coaches Kevin Hollingshead and Cameron Morey for their BOOSTERS soccer team to use the field at Kelley Sports Complex for practices.
Also approved was a request from the police department for authorization to purchase from the Drug Fund a 2017 Ford Explorer police vehicle from the Missouri State Highway Patrol for $20,500.
The final item approved was the addition of four temporary part-time fire department personnel positions. The additional manpower is needed because three full-time employees are on sick leave, one for approximately three months. The added positions will be PRN, or “as needed.” Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers noted it would be better to pay for these hours than to pay overtime to the current staff.
The meeting adjourned after ten minutes. Council member Andrew Maddox was absent.