Local NewsCommission to answer question of fair treatment

Whether city residents are receiving a fair return on the taxes paid to Washington County has come under question in the news of late, and Mayor Dan Eldridge has asked the county commission’s support in providing the answer.

During the Dec. 15 meeting, Eldridge referred to a recent editorial in the Johnson City Press that implied city residents are not getting their money’s worth because the county taxes being used to fund county fire departments are not also going to fund Johnson City’s fire department.

“The inference of this opinion is city residents pay county taxes to fund city services,” Eldridge said. “If that be the case, the entire funding structure for local government in Tennessee has just been thrown into disarray.” More...

Park to bear name of ISC founder

A man born right outside of Jonesborough in the Dry Creek, Lamar area was recently recognized by the Town of Jonesborough for his contributions as mayor, as well as for being the founder of the National Storytelling Festival.

In a meeting on Dec. 8, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved renaming Storytelling Park as the new Jimmy Neil Smith Park.

“I was surprised first of all,” said Smith, who is also the former president of the International Storytelling Center. “After the shock, I obviously had a great sense of honor and pride. I never thought about a park being named after me, but a park is a beautiful thing.” More...

Solid Waste sees savings from unpopular decision

Washington County’s decision to stop accepting construction and demolition waste at its five convenience centers is paying off.

“Cash Hollow was the biggest site for a long time, but it has now dropped to last,” Solid Waste Director Charles Baines told members of the Public Works Committee during their Dec. 1 meeting.

Approximately 100 tons were received at the Cash Hollow center during November compared to the more than 300 tons brought in during the month of March. More...

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