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Stanfield plans for unity in 2009

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By Natasha LaFayette

In Mayor Mike Stanfield’s mind there are still about 700 people in LaFollette he still needs to win over. Stanfield he plans to do this by proving himself to them and showing he can do the job.

That is his goal, he said.

Though Stanfield is concerned with the number of citizens who opposed his being elected, he said his office has been busy with visitors.

Stanfield’s office is outfitted with a coffee maker and a big box of candies. It is a welcoming place for anyone to come, sit and talk awhile.

Stanfield said many of the complaints citizens have are easily fixed with a simple phone call or someone just listening.

As talked about his new position and the city, Stanfield sat proudly in the mayor’s office. Photos of his grandchildren line the tables and the wide desk he sits behind.

Regarding plans for LaFollette in 2009, Stanfield addressed the construction of the Greenway Trail with a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The trail will stretch through the city along Big Creek and provide an overlook area and handicap access.

“I remember playing on that creek bank when I was a boy,” said Stanfield adoringly of the childhood memory.

The trail could be started in the next month as contracts are already in the process of being approved and an engineer has been chosen.

Aside from the construction of the Greenway Trail, Stanfield also expects the possible construction of a new library within the next two years.

While projects for the city are currently being discussed by the city council, Stanfield discussed the problems citizens have expressed to him since being elected.

“The biggest problem right now is drugs on the street,” said Stanfield about the community’s concern for drugs in the neighborhoods.

Stanfield said that in 2009 he wants to see the different municipalities work together on bringing industry and jobs into Campbell County.

He said that Jacksboro, LaFollette, Caryville and Jellico are no longer separate entities. Stanfield said during this time of economic strain, where businesses are closing and people are loosing their jobs, the entire county needs to pull together.