These are photos of our Christmas Program for the Hickory Withe Community Association as we met at Hickory Withe Baptist Church on December 1. We enjoyed music performed by R. S. V. P., The Mid-South’s Premier Men’s Chorus. This was the 4th year R.S.V.P., an Acapella group, has performed for HWCA. If you are interested in contacting R.S.V.P. they can be reached at RSVPCHORUS@gmail.com for further information.
HWCA wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This month's meeting was held in Rossville, TN. President Munns opened the meeting 6:00 p.m. in the court room in Rossville, TN. Dinner was provided by Lenny's and enjoyed by all.
A brief business meeting followed. Jane Mitchell asked for $250 to purchase food for the Relay for Life and this was approved. Sandra Brewer, benevolence chairman, asked for $50 to send as a memorial to Fayette Cares in memory of Tom Nelson, this was also approved. Minutes from April were not approved and the budget report was not presented.
As we were eating Mayor Judy Waters gave a brief presentation on what was going on in Rossville. We all then followed the Mayor in our cars to the Inter Model rail yard, the Tire and Battery Company and the Volvo factory (in MS).
Everyone then made their own way home.
Secretary, Joann Allen
Every year I live in Fayette County, I appreciate it more. We are blessed with a great community to live in. Just think of those people in Phoenix with 120 degree temps, drought, forest fires and all the dangers and inconveniences those create. You may not agree, but I believe winter is best, because we can put on enough coats to get warm.
Summer is slow time for the County Commission with schools out and people vacationing and out of town. We will vote and finalize our 2017/2018 budget Tuesday night, the 27th, at 7:00 PM, in the Justice Center, in Somerville. I previously mentioned this being a tax reassessment year and the requirements thereof. Still do not believe there is any need for a tax increase.
Our improving schools are something I like to mention. We are trying to gear up to be in position to hire the very best teachers for our students and this year raises will elevate them from being $3,000 under average teacher pay in Tennessee, to being $1,300 over average teacher pay in Tennessee. Some of that money is coming from the State BEP. Dr. King and the School Board are doing many things to transform our schools into what our students need and deserve for our tax dollars spent. Incidentally, they are not asking us for more money to do these things. They are simply correcting the misspending of previous administrators. My typing is not good enough to explain all they are doing, but they are planning and rebuilding our School System as this is being typed.
Points of interest: There is a public hearing regarding The Major Road Plan, Monday, July 3, 2017, at 6:30PM, at the Criminal Justice Center in Somerville. You can speak if you wish to. It is about the proposed roadways running east from Sammons Road. Now, you know as much as I do.
The West Fayette County Republican Club meets tomorrow, June 22, at 2735 Highway 64, Suite 101, in the Deer Creek Crossing Center. Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer, will be our speaker. Pot luck dinner starts at 6:30, so come and join us.
The Hickory Withe Community Association will be honoring the Hickory Withe and Elba Fire Departments on July 6th at 6:30PM, at Hickory Withe First Baptist Church, 17675 Hwy 196, one half mile north of 64. the Association will provide hamburgers, chips and drinks. Please bring sides or desserts and join us. We will be entertained by "Cole Train Gospel Band". Hope to see you there.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your commissioner. If you need me, email or call me at 901 496-0247.