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County employees may get raise

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By Dwane Wilder

During Monday night’s monthly commission workshop, Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton proposed giving a 1 percent raise to all county employees for the 2017-18 budget cycle.

“Our most recently trained employees are our lowest paid,” said Morton. “The turnover is pretty high when you look at jailers.”

County commissioners will revisit the issue during Monday’s regular monthly meeting.

A 4 percent state-mandated raise for all Campbell County teachers has already been built into next year’s budget.

Other items discussed during the workshop session included:

• A resolution in support of primary (state) regulation of coal mining in Tennessee.

• Support of the Federal RECLAIM Act that would release $1 billion from the Federal Abandoned Mine Lands program in order to spark community economic development and diversification projects to clean up abandoned mining sites.

• Possible legal action against distributors of opioids, alleging they create a public nuisance. Tom Jessie, a Johnson City attorney, asked to represent the county on an individual basis and said there would be no filing of cases against local pharmacists and doctors. Jessie also said there would be no cost involved and the law firm would be paid only if it wins a case.