Metro Council meeting postponed until March 1

MOORE COUNTY – Due to a Winter Weather Advisory and dangerous road conditions, Metro Mayor Bonnie Lewis postponed Monday night’s regular session Metro Council meeting until March 1. According to Mayor Lewis, the meeting was postponed rather than cancelled because there is a time sensitive zoning issue on the agenda. Zoning resolutions require three readings and a public hearing.

That zoning request involves .76 acres of land in the Hasty Hollow community belonging to Hobbs family. They are requesting that it be rezoned from A-1 agricultural to residential. The Metro Planning Commission reviewed and recommended the change.

In other new business, the Metro Highway Department will present their 2021 Roads Report. They plan to pave Ridgeville Road in 2021. The Metro Policy and Procedures Committee will also present updates to the Metro Employee Manual.

All Metro Council meetings are open to the general public. The March 1 meeting will be held at the Lynchburg Legion Building off Highway 129. If you have questions, contact your district’s council member or Mayor Lewis’s office. •

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Metro School Board meets Feb. 8

The Metro Board of Education will meet on Monday, February 8 in a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. (File Art)

LYNCHBURG — The Metro Board of Education will meet virtually tonight in a regular session meeting at 6 p.m. Virtual meetings are still open to the general public and login instructions can be obtained by emailing the mcdos@moorecountyschools.net. You can view a full agenda by clicking here.

In new business, the board will consider an Occupational Safety and Health Program Plan for all employees of the Moore County Department of Education including devising rules, regulations, and appointing a safety director. The Board will also consider the addition of a Moore County Volleyball Program and joining a purchasing cooperative.

Director Moorehead will also present bonus plans for Moore County School System employees. The General Assembly and Governor Bill Lee recently allocated $35,500 in additional funding for teachers and certified personnel in the Moore County school system. Director Moorehead and the MCBoE have full discretion as as to how to allocate these funds locally.

Director Moorehead will also name Moore County Schools Teachers of the Year. For MCHS, those teachers are Kim Harvey and Megan Smith and for LES, they are Karen Heflin and Janie Sanders. Director Moorehead also plans to announce Kenna Baumann as the new LES Art Teacher.

He will also give a MCHS construction progress report and present the LES playground project as completed. There will also be an update on the Class of 2021 Senior Trip.

All Metro School Board meetings are open to the general public and may also be attended virtually. To address the board with public comment, click here. For more information, contact the Moore County School Central Office at 931-759-7303. •

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Metro School Board meets on Dec. 14

PUBLIC MEETINGS — The Metro School Board will meet in a regular session meeting on Monday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at Moore County High School Library. The Board will meet in a work session immediately following the public meeting.

In new business, the board will be asked to approve Director Chad Moorehead’s participation in the cross-state Communities of Practice Grant designed for superintendents to share insights, recommendations, and action plans with peers. It’s sponsored by Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). To learn more about the organization, click here.

The board will also consider fencing bids for projects at Moore County High School and Lynchburg Elementary. There are currently two sealed bids: one from Dye’s Fencing in Lynchburg and a second from Maury Fence Company in Columbia. To see those bids, click here.

The Metro School Board will also discuss an internal audit, annual school board agenda, and discuss the designation of a systems testing coordinator. According to BOE policy 4.701 that coordinator “is responsible for administering, monitoring, and maintaining security of all tests to be administered within the school district. The principal of each school shall serve as or designate a building testing coordinator.”

Director of School Moorehead plans to give a construction progress report, discuss an installation schedule for LES Playground installation, and discuss the decision to postpone the Lynchburg Jr. Pro season. He will also address the school district planning retreat, the 2021-22 budget calendar, and the evaluations of instructional programs.

All Metro School Board meeting are open to the general public. Citizens who would like to address the board must make that request 10 days before a scheduled meeting. To view the complete agenda, click here. For questions or additional information, contact the BOE offices at 931-759-7303. •

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Metro School Board meets tonight at 6 p.m.

PUBLIC MEETINGS — The Metro Moore County Board of Education will meet tonight in a regular session meeting at the Moore County High School Theater beginning at 6 p.m. To view the full agenda, click here.

In new business, the board will hear the results of the 2021-22 Instructional Calendar Public Survey and consider bids for a new school system playground at Lynchburg Elementary. They will also discuss alternative MCHS senior trip locations based on the current COVID 19 pandemic.

Director of Schools Chad Moorehead will also present the resignation of Moore County Schools Supervisor of Special Programs Jennifer Penn who will be leaving the school system to work with the UT Extension Office.

The board will discuss the Tennessee State Board of Education Hold Harmless Resolution, which holds school systems harmless from BEP funding reductions in 2021-22 based on school enrollment numbers from 2020-21 due to COVID-19 absences.

The board will also discuss security improvements at LES and the Moore Department of Education Building including a door access control system, an improved visitor check in station, and adding window tint to all DoE windows.

Rules and safety regulations for use of facilities for the upcoming Moore County Jr. Pro season at the LES Gym will also be addressed.

All Metro School Board meeting are open to the general public. To have your item added to an agenda, contact Director of School Chad Moorehead’s office at 931-759-7303. •

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Metro Council meets tonight

LYNCHBURG — The Metro Council will meet tonight in a regular session meeting. The Highway Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. just prior to the Metro Council meeting at 6:30 p.m.

In new business, the council will consider a couple of recommendations from Metro Sheriff Tyler Hatfield and the Highway Advisory Board. The council will also consider procedural changes to Metro’s purchasing process. Lastly, the council will consider revision’s to Moore County’s cell tower ordinance.

All Metro Council meetings are open to the general public and take place at the Lynchburg Legion Building located on the Booneville Highway. If you have questions or concerns, contact Metro Mayor Bonnie Lewis’s office at 931-759-7076. •

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Metro Council meets tonight

LYNCHBURG — The Metro Council will meet in person for the first time since Governor Bill Lee issued the Safer at Home Order back in March. Both the April and May Metro Council meetings limited in person attendance to 10 people. All others attended virtually.

Prior to the June 15 meeting, there will be an unprecedented five public hearings. Two will deal with the upcoming fiscal budget and the other three will be an attempt to clarify language in the Metro Ordinances.

The first, at 6:05 p.m., will be to hear public comment regarding folding the Urban Services District (the former Lynchburg city limits) fund into the Metro General fund. The second, at 6:10 p.m., will be to hear public input on the Metro Budget for fiscal year 2020-21.

At 6:15 p.m., there will be a public hearing regarding the Metro Council’s intent to clarify wording on Metro Zoning Ordinance 7.7.100 regarding fines for violations of zoning ordinances. The Mayor requested clarified language to give the Sheriff’s Department and Codes Enforcer “teeth” when dealing with violations. At 6:20 p.m., there will be a public hearing regarding the Metro Council’s intent to clarify language of Metro Zonig Ordinance 7.7.030 regarding required building permits. According to Mayor Lewis, they’ll just be cleaning up the language. The final public hearing, at 6:25 p.m., will seek public input on the council’s intent to correct duplicate numbering in ordinances 6.4. 140-160.

The regular meeting will begin t 6:30 p.m. In new business, the council will consider new planning commission members, Metro Budget amendments, appropriations for non-profits, and adjusting the tax levy for fiscal 2020-21 to $2.38 and $2.40 for the Urban Services District.

The June 15 meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Building off Highway 129. There will be a special session meeting on June 22 to hear the second and third readings of the 2020-21 Metro Budget. All Metro Council meetings are open to the general public. •

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Metro Utility Board meets on June 9

LYNCHBURG — The Metro Utility Department Board will meet in a regular session meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the general public however due to COVID-19 precautions members of the general public will need to attend virtually.

Tuesdays agenda includes an engineer’s report, a review of the Metro Utilities Department handbook, and a manager’s report.

If you would like to attend the meeting, call the MUD offices at 931-759-4297 and someone there will provide you with a link and virtual access code for the meeting. The MUD offices are located at 705 Fayetteville Highway. The lobby doors remain locked to the general public due to COVID-19 precautions. They are available weekdays by phone and payments can be made at the night drop. If you need to meet with a specific staff member, you may do so by appointment. •

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School Board meets Monday … virtually

LYNCHBURG — The Moore County School Board will resume business on Monday night but not as usual. April’s regular session meeting will be held online. To listen, click here.

On the agenda for the April 27 meeting, the Board will review policies based on TSBA recommendations, as well as vote on as Board resolution to suspend some policies due to COVID-19.

Director Moorehead will present a request from the annual Bike to Jack and Back fund-raising ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The group requested the use of the LES campus for camping during their October 17-18 event. October’s set to be a busy month for Lynchburg. The second annual Lynchburg Music Fest will take place at a yet undisclosed location on Oct. 2-3 and the Jack Daniel World Championship Invitational BBQ will take place in Wiseman Park on a new date this year, Oct. 10. The Oak Barrel Half Marathon – which normally takes place in April – will happen on October 24.

Director Moorehead will present a letter of resignation from varsity boys head basketball coach Heath Hardin. He will also discuss with the Board how refunds for this year’s senior trip – which was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns – will be allocated. Varsity cheer sponsor Erin Rutledge will also request permission for the 2020-21 squad to attend cheer camp at Tennessee Tech University.

Driector Moorehead will give a report on the construction progress at MCHS, graduation plans, prom, and the LES Gym floor replacement.

To view a full agenda, click here. The online meeting is available to the public beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Moore County Schools website. •

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Metro School Board meet March 9

LOCAL NEWS — The Metro School Board will meet Monday night in regular session beginning at 6 p.m. New business on the agenda includes policy reviews, field trip to be presented of board approval, and an update on teacher resignations. Director of Schools Chad Moorehead will also give a MCHS and MCMS construction update, discuss budget priorities for the 2020-21 budget, and present system maternity leave. To view the complete agenda, click here.

All Metro School Board meeting take place at the Central Office located behind Lynchburg Elementary School. All meetings are open to the general public. To have your item added to an upcoming meeting or for questions, call 931.759.7303. •

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Metro Utilities Board meets March 10

LOCAL NEWS — The Metro Utilities Board will meet in a regular session meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Meetings take place at the Metro Utilities Department (MUD) Building located at 705 Fayetteville Highway.

There are two new items to be discussed: 1) a system-wide meter replacement program, and 2) the rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plant head works. Both items will require financing and thus will be presented for approval to the Metro Council at a later date.

For more information, contact the Metro Utility Department offices at 931-759-4297 or learn more at their website by clicking here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}