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Commissioners kill move to adopt nepotism policy

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By The Staff

By JUDY UNDERWOOD

Morgan County News Editor

It doesn’t look like Morgan County will be adopting a nepotism policy for county offices anytime soon.

County commissioners shot down a recommendation from the Intergovernmental Committee Monday night to ask the State General Assembly to approve a Private Act for Morgan County.

Such an act once finalized by the county commissioners would have prevented future elected officials from hiring their immediate family members to work with them in the office.

County Commissioner Fred Snow was the first to speak out against the proposal. Snow described it as one of the worst pieces of legislation county commissioners have ever considered.

Commissioner David Hennessee said his idea is that if voters are not happy with the way an office holder manages an office then voters can replace him at election.

The matter was defeated by 11 votes “no” and 5 votes “yes.”

County Commissioners did approve a motion to ask the Tennessee General Assembly to approve a private act allowing Morgan County to issue business licenses.

This requirement is expected to help the county better track exactly how many businesses there are and where they’re located.

That motion was approved without any dissension among commissioners.

During the meeting of the county commissioners, County Executive also recognized the basketball teams from Sunbright and Petros-Joyner middle schools for their performance in the state tournament held recently in Pigeon Forge. They placed first and second.