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Commissioners OK resolution for water restoration grant

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill celebrates his birthday by cutting a cake at the Dairy Queen after the commissioners meeting on Monday evening. Hill says he is blessed to have lived such a long life.
The Dyer County commissioners celebrated Mayor Richard Hill's 80th birthday at their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening. Hill, who is now the oldest mayor in the state, was slightly embarrassed by the attention but graciously accepted the commissioners and others in attendance singing "Happy Birthday" to him.

"I've been blessed to live a long life," said Hill.

The commissioners did attend to some official business at the brief, but lightly attended meeting, also approving a resolution that will allow the Southwest Dyersburg Utility District to pursue a $900,000 Community Block Development Grant for water restoration in the Southtown to Fowlkes area of the county. According to Hill, the grant application does not require the county to provide any matching funds but the county does have to act as the facilitator. The resolution was unanimously approved on a motion by Commissioner John Uitendaal and a second by Commissioner William Mallard. Commissioners in attendance voting for the resolution included: Commissioner David Agee, Commissioner Bill Cloar, Commissioner Rusty Grills, Commissioner Jimmy Hester, Commissioner Jim Horner, Commissioner Milton Magee, Mallard, Commissioner Larry Maupin, Commissioner Al Seward, Commissioner Kyle Reynolds, Commissioner Tommy Serratt, Commissioner Benny Spain and Uitendaal. Commissioners not in attendance included: Commissioner Debbie Bradshaw-Hart, Commissioner John Flatt, Commissioner Steve Moore, Commissioner Pam Newel, Commissioner Steve Sartin, Commissioner Vernita Turner and Commissioner Adam Williams.

Debra Rhodes, a student at Dyersburg State Community College, shared her life struggles with the county commissioners and how the Dyer County Promise Scholarship, which is funded in part by the county, helped her fulfill her dreams of going to college.
Also present at the meeting was Dyersburg State Community College President Dr. Karen Bowyer along with one of her students Debra Rhodes. Rhodes, who is a recipient of the Dyer County Promise Scholarship funded in part by the county, shared her heartwarming story of how life circumstances could have easily derailed her dream of going to college.

Rhodes shared with the commissioners how she graduated Dyer County High School with a 3.2 grade-point average and was set to attend DSCC when her father passed away. Despite always receiving encouragement from her parents that a college education was important, she was faced with the challenge of how to pay for her education. Her father's life insurance policy allowed her mother to pay the bills but it also meant that Rhodes no longer qualified for federal Pell grants. However, thanks to the Dyer County Promise Scholarship Rhodes is now well into her college career and is currently excelling in her studies with nearly a 3.9 GPA.

"This scholarship is benefiting all kinds of people," Bowyer said to the board in her closing remarks. "Not everyone is covered by the Pell grant."

Bowyer also provided commissioners with statistical information as to the impact DSCC students are having in the community. Bowyer also pointed out to the board that higher degrees mean higher income for students in the future.

In other business:

* The commissioners unanimously appointed Commissioner Kyle Reynolds to the Archives Committee.

* A bid presented by Raymond Ballard in the amount of $3,000 for the purchase of property located at 563 Mitchell St. in Trimble was unanimously approved on a motion by Commissioner Benny Spain and a second by Commissioner Larry Maupin. The bid was previously approved by the budget committee.

* The Dyer County Sherriff's Department presented its annual financial report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 for informational purposes.

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Old as the hills lol

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Tue, Oct 9, 2012, at 2:44 PM

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