It was a bittersweet occasion for some at today's fiscal court meeting. Not only was it the final meeting of the year, it was also the last one for Judge Executive N.E. Reed, a 21 year veteran of the office, as well as county treasurer Ann Bullock, District 2 Magistrate Willie Lindsey, and District 6 Magistrate Neil Vincent.
As today's meeting began, Parks and Rec Director A.B. Webb addressed the court and gave a heartfelt goodbye to Judge Reed, Treasurer Bullock, and both outgoing magistrates. The court then heard from county road foreman Ray Page. Page reported current projects in operation, such as backhoe work, multiple rocking areas, mowing and clearing, as well as ditching and road tiles in the various districts. Both Reed and Bullock praised Page for his leadership and the workmanship from the road department during their respective terms.
There was recognition of the outgoing magistrates and treasurer as Reed presented plaques to Willie Lindsey, Neil Vincent, and Ann Bullock. Judge Reed was also the recipient of plaques himself, as he was presented awards from Keith Sanders, director of the Ambulance Service, and from Ron Lafferty, director of the Drug Task Force.
Coroner Michael Alexander gave the yearly coroner's report. In addition to the report, he also explained the duties of the office of the coroner. He said that he must determine the cause and manner of death and that in some incidents, he and staff members are on a case for 16-20 consecutive hours. With specific detail, he reported that the county had 31 deaths in 2014.
The court also approved:
Ann Bullock also gave an emotional goodbye as she addressed the court. She thanked everyone for all their work and cooperation over the years. She said she plans to spend more time with her grandchildren. "I've enjoyed my 16 years as county treasurer," she said. "I've been by Judge Reed's side through thick and thin and I really enjoyed working with the court. I expect Edmonson County to keep making progress in the future." She also added, "It's bittersweet...I didn't think it would be, I thought I'd leave here jumping for joy! But I was a little sad because you make a lot of friends here. I wish all the new court the best."
Darren Doyle, Story and Photos