Hello Folks,

 

Here we are with Spring officially underway. It is nice to see everything budding and blooming, but that grass getting ready to be cut is another story.

 

Many have asked about the property being cleared on US64 at the County line. That is a 1500 acre tract mostly in Fayette. However, there are 30+ acres of in over in Shelby. The new driveway is access to that 30+ acres. You probably noticed the County line is between the two driveways. The owner is Mr. Bragg and he says the property in Fayette is simply expanding his farming operation. They plan to sell the 30+ acres in Shelby and they will retain architectural approval rights, so the buyer must build what Mr. Bragg is agreeable to. He says a buyer has not emerged yet, so he does not know what will eventually be there. However, he views this as the entry to Fayette County and he plans to approve only something that will compliment and welcome people to our community.

 

Governor Haslam has proposed a tax increase. I am very skeptical of politicians who wait until they are term limited out and do not have to run for reelection and then propose a tax increase. Remember Governor Sundquist, on his way out of the Governor's mansion, tried to impose a state income tax on us. He told us of all the bad things that would happen to Tennessee if we did not approve the tax, but we didn't approve it and the bad things didn't happen and, in fact, things have improved greatly for Tennessee. Additionally, the State is running a large surplus, plus, they have been spending TDOT's money for many things other than its intended purpose. Yes, I'm against a tax increase.

 

County business if presently routine as we prepare for budget discussion. However, we did approve the purchase of more CPR equipment for four ambulances. Our schools continue to make very good progress in all areas. In fact, read the next paragraph and come and learn, first hand what is taking place with FCS.

 

Our Fayette County Republican Party meets tomorrow night, Thursday, March 23. Our schools’ superintendent, Dr. Marlon King is our speaker. We meet at 2735 Hwy. 64, Suite 101, in the Deer Creek Crossing Center. It is, of course, on Hwy. 64, a quarter of a mile west of Hwy 196. Do not be concerned about the republican word if you are a democrat. This is our School Superintendent and a non-partisan event, so come and learn about our schools. It is pot luck so bring a desert or bread or salad or chicken leg or vegetable or something and join us. We eat at 6:30 and speaker at 7:15 and out before 8:00.

 

Pleased to be of service to this community. If you need me, email or call 901 496-0247.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Homer Bunker


 

Hello everyone,
     The Commission is doing the preliminaries for us to begin the budget process. We are doing a reasonably good job of managing spending, so it is my opinion we will not be looking for more money in the form of tax increases.
     Even so, there are good things happening  in Fayette County Schools. They are starting "Star Academy" in one or more schools for AP Elementary students; expanding the vocational school at Fayette Ware; improving the athletic programs, equipment and coaching staff; and students who are 18 and over will be separated from the younger students and placed in a school where they can either graduate or get a GED. Many other good things are happening as our schools are now being directed by the right leadership.
     You probably saw in the news that TDOT has now funded the ON/OFF ramps at I40 & 196. That will represent tremendous progress for Fayette. For a time line, even with it funded, expect fruition in probably three years.
     Following are some things to support; The Vesta Home Show Ground Breaking Ceremony will be held Thursday(the 7th) at 10:00am, in Ainsley Manor. Renaissance is the developer of this year's show. You may recall Renaissance did the Vesta Home Shows in 2005 & 2006 and they gave a big boost to Fayette. If we all participate, we can expect this to also make Fayette proud. Hope to see you at the groundbreaking at 10:00am, Thursday.
     The Hickory Withe Community Association will meet this Thursday, April 7th, at 6:30 for a pot luck dinner. Referencing the above paragraph, Joe Callaway, the Homebuilders "head man", for the Vesta Home Show, will be there to give us a brief overview of that upcoming show. Then, our speaker will be Alexandra Wardlaw, Executive Director of Fayette Cares. She will tell us about their plant show on April 16th, which is a fundraiser benefiting the less fortunate, abused and homeless in Fayette. We meet at First Baptist Church Hickory Withe, which is about a half mile north of US64, on Hwy 196.Hope you will join us there.
     I appreciate you and the opportunity to serve this community. Regards,
Homer Bunker

 

Hello My Fayette Countians,
Several have asked about all the trash that has accumulated on many right of ways and other areas in general. We are again planning a Spring Cleanup and hope we can entice good participation. More on that as it comes to fruition.
We recently made several re-appointments to fill positions that were vacated for various reasons. However, in one case, I failed to say what needed to be said and what deserved to be said in my monthly events report. Our Fire Chief, Jerry Ray died in December. Chief Jerry was a dear friend, not only to me, but to all of Fayette County. Years ago, he took the reins of our fledgling Fire Department and built us a highly regarded Department. For all of us, it means we live a safer life each day and our insurance rates were reduced because of shorter response times. Building fire stations, buying the right equipment to be most effective and manning those stations was a tremendous responsibility and he did it with a very meager budget, volunteers(another organizing feat), but probably his biggest asset was his love of the citizens of Fayette County and his desire to accomplish something for their good and he was tremendously successful. at doing so. Chief Jerry was a good man and left big shoes to be filled by his successor. I previously told you the qualifications of Chief Jerry Crawford, who we have hired for that position. Once again, we feel blessed to have found a highly qualified man to fill that position and we look forward to working with him.
In committee, we approved $250,000.00, to help secure a UT Martin satellite school in Somerville. It will be located in the vacated Methodist Hospital building. We feel that having a State school in Fayette is a great step forward for education.
Our new Schools Superintendent, Dr. Marlon King, is doing some very positive things for our Fayette Schools. He hired Mr. Vincent Harvell as Assistant Superintendent of Finance and together, they are making very meaningful changes(benefiting our students' opportunity to learn) and they have advised us that they will not be asking the Commission for more money this year. Announcements, regarding these positive changes, are normally made by the Superintendent, so I will not preempt him. I am pleased with the progress in that department.
Last, but not least, there is a community breakfast, benefiting Zackpack Ministry serving our Faye3tte County Schools. A very worthy cause to help hungry children. This is late notice as the breakfast is in the morning(Saturday the 12th) from 7:30 until 10:00 at Hickory Withe First Baptist Church at 17675 Hwy 196, which is about a half mile north of US64. The money goes for the kids, so donate as you feel led. Have been there before and the food is great, so I hope to see you around 7:30 and get to visit with you.
It is a pleasure to be one of your Commissioners and if I can be of assistance give me a call 496-0247.
Kindest regards
Homer Bunker

 

Hello everyone,

 

     Your County Commission met last night. We appointed Mr. Walter Brewer, the brother of the Late Commissioner Charles Brewer, to serve the remainder of that term. Also, Mayor Taylor had asked Mr Jerry Crawford to be our new Fire Chief and we approved that hire. Jerry started his firefighting career in his home county of Fayette and then went to Memphis, where he moved up through the ranks and was about to become Director of Memphis Fire when Collierville persuaded him to become their Director. Consequently, he retired from Memphis and has been Director in Collierville the past 12 years and when he was asked about being our Director, he was ready to come back home. Jerry and his wife are native Fayette Countians and we are fortunate to have him on board.
     Bob Doll, School Board Chairman, came before us to clarify a request and he was very upbeat about what is happening in the School System. Controlling the money in the School System has been a major problem for many years. Bob said Superintendent King and Asst. Superintendent of Finance, Vincent Harvell, are really getting a handle on the accounting. And, of course, Bob, being a CPA, is very helpful in accomplishing what needs to be done. We are in the budget process and Bob said he did not believe they would need to ask us for any more money for the upcoming year. And without more money, he says more good programs, to educate our students, are being implemented and the salary structure for the System is being addressed, so we can attract the best employees.
     Business wise, that is about it for the moment, but please take a look at the following announcements and I plan to be at all three, so come introduce yourselves, because I want to know who all you good folks are. Oh yes, be sure to read the below announcement that John Pitner, Fayette County Director of Planning, will speak to us about a potentially serious problem.
     The West Fayette Republican Club meets tomorrow, Thursday, January 28, at 2735 Hwy 64, Suite 101, (in the Deer Creek Crossing Center). It is pot luck at 6:30 and our program starts at 7:00, so bring a desert or salad or chicken, etc and join us for a fun time.
     The Hickory Withe Presbyterian Church, located at 2420 Donelson Drive (a few hundred feet west of where Donelson crosses Hwy. 196), is having a pancake breakfast this Saturday morning, January 30, from 8:00 until 10:30. All proceeds go to help build an animal shelter for our little four legged friends. Funds collected in this manner keeps us from having to tax our citizens, so everybody wins, plus you get a great breakfast with fellowship. I like early breakfast, so I plan to be there at 8:00 and hope you will come and eat with me.
     Finally, The Hickory Withe Community Association will meet Thursday, February 4th, at Hickory Withe First Baptist Church on Hwy 196, about a half mile north of Hwy 64. It is pot luck, which starts at 6:30, so bring a dish of something good and join the good fellowship with your neighbors. Our speaker will be John Pitner and he is going to tell us about a piece of legislation that may cause very serious problems for Hickory Withe. You need to hear this from the Planner's mouth.
     Looking forward to seeing you.
Kindest regards,
Homer Bunker
Greetings as we begin 2016,
     America is a wonderful Country, because of we the people who are its makeup. This year is somewhat more important than some years, because it is an election year. No, I will not get into politics in this public letter, as to avoid areas where some may have different opinions. All I ask is since each and every one of us have a responsibility to participate in the process of electing those who will lead our Country, please accept that responsibility. Do your homework or research and then volunteer to help the candidates and then, surely, go vote. If you have political information or questions you would like to personally discuss with me, I will be glad to hear from you. You have my email and my cell is 901 496-0247.
     I told you last month that Representative Leigh Wilburn resigned.  We  met January 7, to appoint a nominee to finish the term which I believe ends in August. We had two nominees, namely Attorney Hal Rounds and Dr. Jamie Jenkins. They are both very fine people and either person could serve us well. Dr. Jenkins prevailed in the vote.
     As earlier stated, Commissioner Charles Brewer died last month. Also, our Fire Chief Jerry Ray died last month.  Please remember those families in your prayers. We will appoint a replacement Commissioner at our meeting on the 26th of this month, 7:00 PM, in the Criminal Justice Center. I'm not sure, but we may also hear from the Mayor in time to also appoint a new fire chief.
     We enter budget season next month and I am optimistic that we can avoid a tax increase again this year. Reason being, our new Schools Superintendent, Marlon King, is getting a handle on the finances of the School System. Not only do things sound favorable regarding their finances, but other good things are taking place which will enhance the education opportunity for our students. Helping the education process in Fayette is the reason I ran for this office, so seeing positive results is very pleasing.
     Always a pleasure to hear from you. Thanks for allowing me to serve you.
Kindest regards,
Homer Bunker

Hello everyone,

 

     Another year is coming to a close and let's try to end it well. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving as we all have so much to be thankful for with family and friends. Now let's plan for a great Christmas celebration and on into the New Year of 2016. Happiness can be elusive and I won't preach to the choir, but allow me to say, I have always been the happiest when I was serving or doing for others and hopefully, you experience the same.
     Now to business. The County Commission appointed Jim Mitchell to fill the remainder of the term on the School Board vacancy. Congratulations Jim. That term ends next August when the voters will elect a member for a full term.
     Commissioner Charles Brewer passed away and our prayers are with his family. The Commission will appoint his replacement in District 5. If you have thoughts or recommendations, let me know.
     Two days ago State Representative Leigh Wilburn resigned, effective 12/31/15. Leigh is a young, hard working lady with a good grasp of our American ideals and what needs to be done to sustain our way of life. She will be tremendously missed. Her district covers Fayette and a couple of other counties, but she is a resident of Fayette, so our County Commission will appoint her replacement to fill the remainder of her term, which I believe is until next August also. Advise of your thoughts and recommendations. Nothing else to report, as December is a quiet month for politics.
     Note, tonight(Thursday) is the Hickory Withe Community Association (HWCA) meeting at First Baptist Hickory Withe, on Hwy196 about a half mile north of US64. We meet at 6:30 and The Association is providing the ham, but attendees are asked to bring a dish of something. RSVP will entertain us tonight and if you have never heard them, you don't want to miss it. They will get you in the Christmas spirit. Plus, see old friends and meet new ones. Hope to see you there.
     Also, our West Fayette Republican Club Christmas Get Together is December 10, at Deer Creek Crossing Center at 2735 Hwy64, Suite 101. That is on US64 a quarter mile west of Hwy196. The Club is providing the main course, but attendees are asked to bring a side and some suggestions are dressing, sweet potatoes, pies, etc. Please RSVP to Kathy Bryson at kathbryson@yahoo.com or call her at 901 489-7153. Hope to see you there.
     Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Homer Bunker



Hello Everyone,

     Little of significance is taking place, except things of a routine nature, but I'll touch on a couple of things.
     We apparently stopped the Dollar General store from being built on US64, just east of 196. we are still hopeful we can get Oakland to create a Design Review Committee, so we can prevent unregulated and undesired building in our community. Bob Munns, the President of our Hickory Withe Community Association, is heading up that effort.
     The Fayette County Board of Education lost one of its members. It is the County Commission's responsibility to appoint a replacement, but Superintendent King and Board Chairman Doll told me the System could function at 100 percent without filling that position before the election next fall. Therefore we decided to take no action and let our voters choose their person at election time. Superintendent King and his Deputy Superintendent of Finance, Mr. Vincent Harvell are making progress with changes that I believe will really advance education in Fayette.
     You need to help identify a good candidate to run for that school board seat next fall, here in District 2. District 2, from the Shelby County line at US64, runs south to Raleigh Lagrange, east to Murrell Road, north to Mebane Road, encompassing most of Oakland and back north to Fields Drive, west on Harrell Road to the Shelby County line. Think of someone, maybe you.
     couple of announcements: 1.)Cancelled====>>Hickory Withe Presbyterian Church Craft Sho w and Family Festival at 2420 Donelson Drive, Hickory Withe, this Saturday, October 31, from 9am-4pm. In addition to all the activities and crafts, there will be bluegrass music by Cypress Creek Band from 12-2.  2.) the Hickory Withe Community Association will meet Thursday, November 5, at 6:30pm, at First Baptist Church, at 17675 Highway 196, about a half mile north of US64. The association will furnish the turkey, so please bring a dish of vegetable, desert, bread, etc. Oakland Mayor Chris Goodman will speak and we're out by 8:00. Good time to ask questions about a Design Review Committee. See you there.
     Good to be at your service.
Homer Bunker

Hello Folks,

     Our new Schools Supt., Dr. Marlon King, got off to a good start by bringing us a balanced budget and we did not have to ask for a tax increase. He is a very intelligent young leader and I believe he will make the needed corrections and improvements which will provide our students the education they need to be successful in today's world.

     We approved the purchase of a chipper/sealer piece of equipment with which we are assured improvements will be forthcoming on many of our roads. This machine should arrive within two or three months.

     ALERT! I found out by accident that Oakland has approved zoning for a Dollar General store on US64 at Hwy. 196 joining the Exxon Station on the East side. Many concerns have been expressed, such as; robberies; property values being negatively impacted; construction being a metal building with only a brick front, etc. By state law, the County can not have a Design Review Committee, as those committees are established by towns. Oakland does not have a Design Review Committee, so they can not control design or construction materials used by a developer which may lead to a hodgepodge of structures up US64, which may not be attractive.

     Oakland needs a Design Review Committee and a friend by the name of Bob Munns, telephones: 466-7973: cell 831-2413 and email: rmunns01@comcast.net (these given with permission), is heading up a group to appear at the Oakland Planning Meeting at 7:00PM, Tuesday. September 1. Contact him with questions as he hopes to limit the number of speakers who will be addressing our objections to this structure, as well as inquiring how to submit a request for Oakland to establish a Design Review Committee. I plan to be there and we need numbers of people there to emphasize our concern, so I hope to see you.

     Also, our next HW Community Association meeting is Thursday. September 3, at 6:30PM, at Hickory Withe First Baptist Church, at 17675  Hwy. 196 just north of US64. You do not need to bring food this time as The Bank of Fayette County is providing the food and our speaker. Always good fellowship and updates on happenings in our community. Come and join us.

Kindest regards,

Homer Bunker


Hello Everyone,

     We are nearing the end of our budget process and will finalize it later this month. It appears we have avoided a tax increase again this year. Some of our Departments are not funded to the level that we would like, but I believe we should spend within our means. I would like to see we Commissioners do a better job of luring businesses to Fayette, so we can get our tax base increased to adequately fund each of our Departments. When businesses fund our tax base they bring the fringe benefit of jobs also. When we rely on taxing the property of our citizens, there are no jobs produced and it reduces the funds with which we provide for our families and retirement. A county with this much potential should be bringing in a big volume of businesses.
     Our Growth Plan is being amended. Mayor Taylor presented the latest amendments at our meeting July 28, and we approved same. There were other landowners, in the Megasite area, who spoke requesting to also be amended into the plan and I understand Rossville, Piperton and Oakland may come forward with requests for amendments. Looks like an ongoing process. A growth plan is not the rezoning of property. It only identifies what may be zoned in the future. The plan basically identifies city boundaries and the surrounding areas the city may wish to annex within the next 20 years.
     Education in Fayette County is changing. The School Board terminated Mr Teague's contract and employed a new director of schools, Dr. Marlon King. I am on the Commission's Education Committee and I believe Dr. King will make some changes which will bring about real progress. My reason in running for office was to help improve a broken education system in Fayette and I believe good things are about to happen.
     Our Hickory Withe Community Association monthly meeting is tomorrow night, August 6, at 6:30PM, at First Baptist Church on 196. This is a fellowship with old and new friends and the Association is providing drinks, chips, ice cream and toppings and asking attendees to bring finger foods, sandwiches, relish trays, fruit or vegetable trays, cookies or other light items. First timers just come as you are and we will take care of you.
     It is a pleasure serving with you.
Kindest regards,
Homer Bunker

Greetings Everyone,


     Wow! We have already had some very hot weather. Be cognizant of the dangers and use all precautions if you must be outside for any length of time.
     Paul Dickinson found a set of keys on Cherry Road and asked that I mention it to you. If they belong to you, just contact me and I'll give you his email.
     The Budget is taking most of our time right now. We are about $800,000.00 from balancing the budget and the three means to solve the problem are 1) cut spending; 2) take the money from our fund balance; 3) tax increase. I am against a tax increase until we exhaust all other options and such options have not been accepted as of this time.
     As an example, we contribute to nonprofits on an increasing scale. While I love what nonprofits do for our community and the wonderful people who work in them, nonprofits are private business and are not a government entity. I personally donate my money to them and believe they are to be supported by private donations of individuals, churches, civic organizations, fund raisers, etc. However, I do not believe government should take money from one taxpayer and give it to another taxpayer. That is redistribution of wealth and is Washington type politics. Yes, this includes Chambers of Commerce.
     The argument was made that some of the nonprofits do services for the County which are worth what we donate to them. In response, let's take a hypothetical situation and say the Sheriff's Department needs a service valued at $10,000.00, that a nonprofit can provide. Rather than donating the $10,000.00 to the nonprofit, we should put the $10,000.00 in the Sheriff's budget and he pays the nonprofit. That way, we discontinue the "give away money" line, which is getting longer.
     Earlier this month, Ronnie McCarty resigned from the School Board. Following the procedure of law and advertising the position we appointed Willie Odeneal to replace him and are confident Mr. Odeneal will do a good job for the School System.
     Your participation in making our community a better place to live is always appreciated, so let me hear from you 496-0247. Our Hickory Withe Community Association monthly meeting is this Thursday, July 2, 6:30 PM, at First Baptist Church on 196. It is potluck and we would love to see you there.
     I love Hickory Withe, because you are great people to live among.

Kindest regards,
Homer Bunker



Hello Everyone,

     Here we are on a fast track and about to enter the month of June already. Hope you are ready for a good summer with perhaps some vacation with family time.
     We are in budget mode at the County Commission. The way that works is directors of each department of our County Government bring their budget requests before their respective County Commission budget committee and we negotiate until we confirm the needs are valid and we can afford to fund them. There has been no tax increase in Fayette in 21 years and we are trying to avoid an increase this year.
     However, we have some very serious needs we are trying to find money for and one is our roads. Some of the roads are in extremely poor condition and we must make some progress in getting them repaired and paved. Schools always seem to need more money and they came to us asking for an additional $2,300,000.00. After researching we found that of the many school systems, in Tennessee, of the approximate same size as Fayette, ours was funded more than most of them. Other charts from the State, showed where other systems were paying their teachers more and operating other departments with far fewer people. There was a 19-0 vote against funding their request for additional money. It may yet be rehashed.
     Fayette teachers are being paid far less than teachers in surrounding districts, but the County Commission can not set their pay. By law, all responsibility for education, in a county or city, rests solely on the board of education (BOE). The BOE hires one person, the superintendent. The superintendent then hires and sets the pay of his staff and all other employees. The County Commission is the funding body, but we have no say in how the schools spend the money.
     Many people have requested that we give the teachers a raise, so we are hopeful the Superintendent will give serious thought in that regard, but again, we can not tell that branch of government how to spend their money.
     It is a pleasure working for you. Email or call me, 496-0247, if I can be of help.
Kindest Regards,
Homer Bunker

Hello Everyone,

     Well, here we go into budget season again. All departments of Fayette County Government are preparing their budgets and presenting them to us, so we can bring them all together and reconcile them all to balance with revenue(tax). That is the tricky part, because revenue is estimated, based on historical amounts of taxes collected. Don't worry, I'm against tax increases, because if we are running it right we will be receiving additional revenue from an improving economy. At this point business is improving and consequently so is revenue. You are welcome to come to our meetings and show support for your government. Our next Commission meeting is April 28, at 7:00 PM.
     The consultant we hired for medical consultation, regarding our medical facility needs, will be presenting some recommendations in the near future. I'll keep you posted. We thought we may need five ambulances, but Mayor Taylor commented that present call volume may only require four. The equipment and personnel to man it costs about one half million per year.
     We are beginning to discuss amendments to the Fayette County Growth Plan. You may know that plan shows town boundaries and the area each town may anticipate annexing in the next twenty years. Remaining property is rural. Also fine tuning some things involving the mega site.
      In closing, let me again remind you, I am interested in growing this list, especially for our citizens in District 8. If you have friends or neighbors you think should be more involved in their government, please put me in touch with them, 496-0247.
      Call or email me with suggestions or questions. Thanks,
Homer Bunker
Fayette County Commission, District 8, Position 1  

 

Hello everyone,
     Congratulations on being informed enough to vote against a tax increase three months ago. We are working through this problem of Methodist closing their hospital and I still believe we can do it without a tax increase. We will have our fourth ambulance ready in a matter of days. Our fifth ambulance should be on line within ninety days. It is being bought by Piperton; based in Rossville in their new fire station and being manned by Fayette County. We are finalizing an agreement with a medical consultant to identify our other medical deficiencies. Meanwhile, urgent care facilities are opening around the County. One in Oakland is Health First Urgent Care at 6250 Hwy 64, beside Lenny's Sandwich Shop. It is owned and operated by Daryl and Tina Miller and their telephone is 901 235-4777. They are really nice people.
     We are also considering changing the law regarding fireworks. My stance is in free America, we should have minimal restrictions on where stands are placed, but information regarding the danger should be prominent.
     Beginning our new policy next month of honoring anyone who excels in the education arena. The Mayor and I will present the first honor to Fayette Ware High senior Denisha Patrick next month. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and her list of accomplishments is nothing short of tremendous. Let me know if you become aware of someone who should be recognized.
     Some of you may be interested in coming to our West Fayette Republican Club meeting Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 PM, at 2735 Hwy 64, Suite 101, which is in the shopping center three blocks west of Hwy 196. State Representative Leigh Wilburn is our speaker. It is pot luck and we eat at 6:30, listen to our speaker and out before 8:00. Come, bring a chicken leg or pot of peas or a dessert and join us for fun and fellowship.
      Also, Hickory Withe Presbyterian Church at 2420 Donelson Drive, which is about two blocks west of Hwy 196 on Donelson, is having its annual pancake breakfast this Saturday, February 28, from 8:00 until 10:00 AM. This is a benefit for Fayette Cares, which also does good things for our community. I'm going to be there for the first hot pancakes and hope to see you there----yes you!
     I'm enjoying serving you in Fayette.
Homer Bunker   
     

Hello everyone,

     January has flown by! The older I get the faster these months go by. Maybe it's the extra business of the Commission work causing me to feel like I have less time.

     The Commission met Tuesday at 7;00 and most of the agenda was housekeeping, but following are some items I need to comment on. The State now requires every county to have an audit committee. The committee was formed and their main charge, as I see it at this time, is to decipher what the State Audit is saying about our bookkeeping or the lack thereof. Each department of government, we fund, is then called in to correct their errors. I believe this is a good thing.

      The Medical Committee met regarding hiring a medical consultant to give us professional direction as to what medical facilities are needed in Fayette. As you are probably now aware, Methodist is closing its hospital March 27. We are diligently working to get something finalized in this short time frame. Will update.

       As you remember, I ran my campaign with emphasis on helping with our education problem in Fayette. I am on the Commission's Education Committee and I have met privately with each School Board Member to establish rapport with them. Chairman Bob Doll is a great school board chairman, and I'm looking forward to lending support and being helpful with his requests. Remember, the Board of Education, solely, is responsible for education in the County and we can only do two things-------- fund them and encourage them. I am working with the Mayor to come up with forms with which the Commission can  give recognition to students, teachers, principals, superintendent, staff, employees or  anyone  else who accomplishes good for education in Fayette.

        Have a great 2015. Regards,

Homer Bunker  

 

Hello Folks,

     Well, here we are with the election behind us. Hope you dug out the facts and voted accordingly. Personally, I was glad to see the tax increase fail, because we did not need an increase. Now, probably in January (we don't normally meet in December), we will contract with a professional consultant and determine what medical facilities/services are needed in our County. I am against any branch of government subsidizing private enterprise and hospitals are in that category. The consultant recommendations should help us get through the many decisions to be made and hopefully, this will not involve spending taxpayer money.
      Thanksgiving is next week and even though sometimes we feel overwhelmed, I find so much to be thankful for. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving season. Also, since the Commission does not meet in December, I probably will not have current events to report to you until January, so I also wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
       This email goes to about 360 addresses. I would like to increase that number, so please ask your neighbors and friends if they would like to be added. You have my email and telephone, but in case you misplaced it, my number is 496-0247.
        Following is a thought someone had about taxes; A fine is a tax for doing something wrong; a tax is a fine for doing something right. All I can add is, we don't need either, so let's try to avoid either fine.
         Wishing you the best in the remaining days of 2014. Kindest regards,
Homer Bunker

Hello Folks,

 

     Hickory Withe Presbyterian Church, located at 2420 Donelson Drive, will host a craft show and Family Festival on Saturday, October 25 from 9am till 5pm. There will be booths selling art, burlap, candies,jams and jellies, purses, pottery woodwork and many more items. There will also be a kids corner with a duck pond, cupcake walk, train rides and more. They will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, bbq bologna, sausage, beans/cornbread, nachos, chips and drinks. Music will be provided by Cypress Creek Bluegrass Band from 12-2.
      For everyone interested, The West Fayette Republican Club will meet Thursday, October 23. We will be discussing the Sales Tax Referendum, which is on the November ballot. Meeting is at the New Life Church, at Deer Creek Crossing Center, located at 2735 Hwy. 64, Suite 101, Eads. We meet for pot luck dinner at 6;30pm and the program starts at 7;00pm. Please bring a dish to share.
       Our next Fayette County Commission meeting is Tuesday, October 28, at 7;00pm, at the Criminal Justice Center. The meeting is general business with no contentious issues. You are always welcome at our meetings.
        Also, several of you have asked about the four amendments on the ballot. Neither would you ask me, nor would I tell you how to vote, but as a conservative Christian, I will tell you how I voted. Amendment 1 I voted YES, 2 I voted NO, 3 I voted YES and 4 I voted YES. If you would like more information go to http;//www.fayettetn.us/ and pull up your precinct and review the ballot and amendments.
 
Regards.
Homer Bunker