ATV Festival may soon become nonprofit

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By Deidre Wilson

LaFollette’s council members will vote on Tuesday whether or not to seek nonprofit status for the Big Creek ATV Fall Festival at the recommendation of City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries.

“It’s actually growing so big that it needs to be able to do some things that nonprofits do to generate some money for itself,” Jeffries said during the council’s monthly workshop meeting on Monday night.

“There’s more and more expense. Everybody is really generous, but, this next year will be the fourth year, and we can’t continue to run it off of donations, so I spoke to Reid. The money is in the account. It will cost approximately $2,500 to make it a nonprofit. After that, they can do fundraisers for themselves and stuff like that, so we just need to vote to start the process.”

Employee Insurance

David Rutherford and Jonathan Finley from E.E. Hill & Son, Inc. addressed the council about the city’s employee health insurance and said they would have spreadsheets ready for the council within the next few days.

The council switched to a Humana HRA from their BlueCross BlueShield HRA last year.

Rutherford said they are concerned the city hasn’t paid much out of its HRA at this point in the year.

He said he believes people aren’t sending in their explanation of benefits and bills to have the medical expenses paid.

Under BlueCross BlueShield, employees did not have to do this. Unlike BlueCross BlueShield, Humana does not administer the HRA. Instead, a third party administers it.


The council will have to vote to set up two new accounts because of new state laws. They will have to place library funds in the general fund but will have a special account in the general fund for library funds.

Additionally, the council has to set up an escrow account in the capital projects fund for some CDBG funds.

Jeffries said, “There’s a new rule where if it’s five percent over the limit, you have to set up a special account and put that five percent in that account.”

Sweat said the construction phase of a grant was over $500,000, which the city had never had before.

Sweat said, “They used to let us hold that on paper, but they won’t let us do that anymore.”


The county will vote on entering into a contract where they will pay $1 annually to utilize a canine under the care of Matt Forsyth, who has joined the LaFollette Police Department part time.

Forsyth works full time the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, and LaFollette Police Chief Bill Roehl said the canine has been used in Anderson County.

“We pay a dollar and then assume liability for any damage to the dog,” LaFollette Police Chief Bill Roehl told the council.