Norman Christian addressed the Sequatchie County Commission.
May 21, 2018 – Commissioner Tommy Johnson stood and announced “no news” on the proposed regional hospital, at a special called meeting of the Sequatchie County Commission Monday night.
Commissioners met in closed session with legal counsel prior to the May 21 meeting to discuss hospital plans.
Listed on the agenda as “Erlanger Update,” the statement turned out to be scripted and short.
“The County Commission and Erlanger are continuing negotiations,” Johnson said. “There is no news at this point. We hope to have news come out in coming months.”
County Executive Keith Cartwright added, “We are working hard to perfect the lease.”
Sequatchie County and Erlanger Health System are hammering out a plan to build a regional hospital in Dunlap that would serve Sequatchie and surrounding counties. The county would purchase the land and build the hospital, and then lease the facility to Erlanger. Both entities have their legal teams working on the agreement.
Norman Christian, of District 2, also addressed the commission, to bring up several issues that concern him. In particular, he has approached the commission several times about improving some of the outlying roads.
When he found out the problem needed to be taken to the state, he went to Nashville to try and talk to State Representative Ron Travis and State Senator Janice Bowling, but found they were reluctant to help him.
Christian also brought up the issue of county jobs: “You can't get a job in this courthouse unless you're hooked up or kin to somebody.”
He also alleged that the county writes checks to employees for expenditures without requiring a receipt.
Cartwright took issue with that statement, saying, “I can assure you, our office doesn't reimburse anybody without a receipt.”
Christian conceded that in general the county is well run.
“It's in better shape than it's been since Skyline (Mine) shut down,” Christian said.
In other business, the Sequatchie County Commission:
- Received a packet of information documenting plans for improving Sequatchie County's tourism industry. Sequatchie is ranked number 86 out of 95 counties in the state with regard to tourism development, according to Ben Farmer, of Farmer-Morgan design.
- Approved a low bid for maintenance of the county ball park of $30,900 per year for two years, offered by Hudson Landscaping. The only other bid was by R & A, for $64,800 per two years.
- Proclaimed May National Mental Health Awareness Month in Sequatchie County.
- Announced a budget meeting for June 11 at 5 p.m. CDT.
- Approved three Notaries.
All votes were unanimous. Commissioners Jimbo Breland and Terry Dishman were absent.