BLOUNTVILLE — After a lengthy debate Monday, the Sullivan County Commission voted by a narrow margin to change the time of its monthly business meetings from morning to evening. But apparently not all those voting in favor knew what they were voting on, and a motion soon followed to reconsider.
County Attorney Dan Street told the commission he had — with County Mayor Richard Venable’s support — filed an application for appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court on Feb. 26, the deadline for doing so.
"I did not violate any law and I take this as a character assassination," Sullivan County Commissioner Cheryl Russell said. "Some people talk really, or let their mouth go, before they kind of let their brain think.”
“They think if they can stop the road, they can stop the high school,” Sullivan County Commissioner Mark Vance said.
Bristol area commissioner says city would gain edge as only one of Tri-Cities to have hotel in its downtown.
BLOUNTVILLE — Swimming pools and access roads. Those two things, related to the new high school Sullivan County is about to construct, dominated much of the Sullivan County Commission’s monthly meeting on Monday.
Almost all elected offices in county government are on the general election ballot in August. Party primaries are in May.
The Boone Lake Association has lost much of its traditional income source — dues from lakeside property owners — since the Tennessee Valley Authority dropped the lake’s water level in order to repair Boone Dam.
There is a strong chance Sullivan County government will see a sea of change in upcoming elections.
Was it a serious attempt to reign in county spending, or political grandstanding?
For this Sullivan County Commission hopeful, helping others is a way of life and family tradition.
Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson picked up to seek reelection. Two others picked up to challenge him in the GOP primary. Kingsport Alderman Colette George picked up as potential candidate for Sullivan County Commission.
The backlog of offenders waiting to serve their weekend time numbers between 80 and 100, and none have been able to get into the jail since at least July.
Commissioners voted Monday to ask that the “super two-lane” connector be made a priority among the state’s planned road projects in Sullivan County.
UPDATE: Commissioner Bill Kilgore has since apologized to Commissioner Mark Bowery for a comment reported in the original version of the story below.
It was revealed Monday that Sullivan County no longer follows a specific split in cost with employees for health insurance premiums