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Caryville aldermen are sworn in, dive into business

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By Natasha Colbaugh

Four aldermen took the oath of office Monday night in front of a standing room only crowd.

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Raising their right hands they promised to uphold the constitution and the interest of Caryville citizens.

The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen promptly discussed business following the swearing in ceremony of retuning aldermen Vickie Heatherly, Chris Stanley and Mark Stanley. New board member Mike Miller eagerly repeated the oath then claimed his seat at the table.

Heatherly gave the financial report, saying expenses were more than revenue in October. Mayor Robert Stooksbury confirmed the financial statement by saying revenue is at 31 percent and it should be at 33 percent.

“We are right on course,” said Stooksbury.

The large audience was quiet during the citizen’s input portion of the meeting. Ronnie Daugherty was the only one to make a comment, congratulating the aldermen on their election.

“I think because of the actions of the citizens of Caryville six days ago, that ya’ll are going to have a chance to take this town in a new direction,” said Daugherty. “And I think we are going to take our rightful place as the number one town in this county.”

During discussion of new business, Stooksbury recognized the large crowd.

“We do have a large issue that’s on everybody’s mind, the 800-pound elephant in the room,” said Stooksbury about the liquor by the drink and package store referendums that received a majority vote. “We are going to deal with it but everybody is going to have to be patient with us. This is a complicated issue.”

The passage of the liquor referendums is new to Caryville and will have to be examined thoroughly before any action is taken, said Stooksbury.

“It’s not going to happen overnight. Just be patient with us and we’ll get it done,” said Stooksbury.

After Stooksbury addressed the audience concerning liquor referendums, the board began discussing regular business.

Caryville Street Department Director David Muse recommended the promotion of Greg Marshall to full-time status. Marshall is replacing Freddy Stagnolia who left the department several months ago. The board approved the promotion.

“He is well qualified and a good man,” said Muse.

The board also approved the payment of $4,901 to Stower’s Machinery for repairs to a backhoe. The payment was over $1,000 less than the original cost for repairs.

In other business, the board approved another payment to fix a police department vehicle. Repairs had already been completed and were due in the amount of $525.

The board discussed the burden of fixing aging police department vehicles every month. While the board was distressed about paying high costs to fix vehicles, it was informed that a new vehicle would be too costly to purchase.

“I have checked on two and they would be between $23,500 and $24,000,” said police chief Johnny Jones.

Lastly, the board approved the audit payment to Brown, Jake and McDaniel. Since a large crowd was in attendance, Stooksbury said the audit was required by the state and the payment was due about every three month in the amount of $5,800.

After a brief recess, the board meeting continued with attorney Reid Troutman discussing liquor ordinances. The attorney said Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission representative and the board of mayor and aldermen will host a workshop to discuss liquor by the drink and package store ordinances in the near future.