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Washington County could get official flag

Washington County could soon have an official county flag, according to county officials.
At the Feb. 22 county commission meeting, two prototypes of what a county flag could look like were passed around to commissioners. Both designs feature red and white bars, a blue circle and a white star, and both were designed by Commissioner Janice White.
Commissioners voted to table the choice between the flags until the commission’s March meeting.
The commissioners also approved a request from Jonesborough to reimburse the Town for radios it purchased for its volunteer fire department, in the amount of $35,746.50.
Jonesborough was “inadvertently omitted” when money was handed out for volunteer fire departments to purchase radios, county officials said.
The commissioners also voted to enact an “animal nuisance” ordinance because of complaints commissioners have been receiving about barking dogs disturbing neighborhoods.
The ordinance, which includes homes and kennels, allows sheriff’s deputies or animal control officers to give a first warning, and then a fine, if a dog “barks, howls, or whines in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion; creates a nuisance; or adversely affects the health or disturbs the repose of any neighbor, or disturbs the peace and quiet of a neighborhood.”
The county’s Wellness Program was continued for another year through a commission vote as well.
Director of Schools Ron Dykes told the commissioners that the county schools’ anti-bullying program, EPIC, had won a Tennessee School Board Association Award of Excellence. Statistics from the program show that bullying, suspensions, and detentions have decreased significantly in schools using the program.
The commission also passed a resolution appointing two new members to the county Board of Zoning Appeals. Keith Rouse and Larry Sangid will join Billy Proffitt, Dale Fitzgerald and John Moore on the board.