NEWPORT— The City of Newport’s Board of Mayor and Alderman spent time Tuesday evening receiving updates and hearing from citizens at Newport City Hall. Council members also voted on a new animal ordinance and to extend a water line on Rack Lane.
The council did not have lengthy agenda to tackle, but was in session for nearly 90 minutes. The majority of the meeting was consumed by the ‘New Business’ line item as well as ‘Citizen’s Comments.’
Alderwoman Louanna Ottinger advised council members that Jake Green, a city resident, approached her and asked if the council could pay to have water lines extended to three houses on Rack Lane, a road that runs behind The Grease Rack. According to Ottinger, the cost to extend water lines is approximately $5,000.
City Administrator James Finchum spoke during the discussion and stated the City of Newport ran sewage but the area has never had water.
Newport Utilities Water Works Manager Clint Hammons was present at the meeting and advised that sewage was present in the 1960’s but as the community continued to develop, water lines were not constructed.
Council members voted unanimously to pay $5,000 to extend the water line to Rack Lane.
Finchum advised council members that he has received a number of complaints regarding people speeding on English Street near Bryant Town Park. Finchum suggested implementing a mandatory speed limit of 20 M.P.H. near all community parks.
Finchum said by changing the speed limit, it will make park zones more secure.
City council members also heard the first reading of an ordinance amending the number of animals city residents are allowed to have per household. The original ordinance allows city residents to have up to four animals.
By amending the ordinance, it will allow city residents with hospice animals to apply for an exemption from the rule along with paying a $25 fee. Finchum said there would be an application process that would be reviewed by a committee.
The motion to amend the ordinance passed.
The city will have a public hearing next month along with the second reading of the ordinance.
Finchum advised that he is still gathering information and conducting research in regards to a new ordinance that will address residents who blow grass into roadways in the City of Newport while mowing.
Council members also voted to make a one-time donation of $1,000 to the Stokely Memorial Library in order to help repair the roof from storm damage it sustained earlier this summer.
In other news:
Arthur Morgan was appointed to serve on the Police Civil Service board. Morgan is replacing Conway Wilson.
Mitchel Webb was re-appointed to serve on the Newport Housing Board.
Council members also accepted a bid on a used Ford F-450 for the Newport Parks and Recreation Department. According to Parks & Rec Director Tim Dockery, the truck will be used as a small dump truck. The cost of the truck is $9,700.
For nearly an hour, council members heard from three Newport residents during the ‘Citizen’s Comments’ segment at the end of the meeting.
Kim and Paul Gregg spoke on the issue off vagrant criminals within the City of Newport. Kim Gregg assured council members that she was not criticizing police officers or homeless people who want help and emphasized the need for a homeless shelter in Newport.
Gregg pressured memebrs to continue to be “aggressive” towards vagrant criminals.
The board also heard from Jamie Dubin, who made the suggestion of Newport pursuing a public transportation option.
PARROTTSVILLE—A part of the Parrottsville Heritage Days this weekend will be several beauty pageants presented by Prestigious Pageant Productions.
They will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, with registration for younger children between 9:30–10:30 a.m. and for older age groups from 12:00–12:45 p.m.
Pageants will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the following categories:
Girls 0-11 months; girls 12-23 months; girls 24-35 months; girls 3-4 years; and boys 0-3 years.
The next round of competition commences at 1:00 p.m. for contestants ages 5 years and older in the following categories:
Girls: 5-6 years; girls 7-9 years; girls 10-12 years; girls 13-15 years; and girls ages 16 and up.
The king and queen in each category will receive a trophy, crown, and banner. The first and second runners-up will each receive a trophy. All contestants will receive a gift.
There is a $40 pageant fee.
Anyone donating a toy valued at $5 or more to the Parrottsville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual “Toys for Kids” toy drive will save on the entry fee.
For more information, call Angel Fowler, 332 St. Tide Hollow Rd., Newport at 423-721-1855 between 11:35 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or after 3:00 p.m.
PARROTTSVILLE—The Town of Parrottsville will celebrate the 22nd year of Heritage Days Oct. 11-13.
The three-day event will feature a chili cook-off, car show, beauty pageants and much more.
The festivities will kickoff Friday, Oct. 11 with a noon opening ceremony.
Judging for the chili cook-off will take place at 5:45 p.m., with registration beginning at 5 p.m.
Also at 5 p.m., there will be a welcome and invocation.
The Parrottsville’s Got Talent event will be held at 7 p.m. that evening. Registration for the talent show will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday morning’s events will kick off at 10 a.m. Craft and food vendors will be open at that time as well as the inflatables for children.
The annual flower show will begin at 10 a.m. as well. The car and tractor show will return for another year with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Judging for the event will begin at 5 p.m.
Music will begin to fill Parrott-Larue-Myers Park starting at 10 a.m.
This year’s lineup feature several groups performing throughout the weekend.
There will be performances by Carson Creek Singers, the Gospel Pioneers, Marcie Wilds, Chelsea Estes, London Keller, the Saturday Night Pickers and many more.
At 11 a.m. the beauty pageants will begin with winners being crowned in several age groups.
Sunday morning will start off with a church service at 10 a.m.
The musical entertainment will pick up again on Sunday at noon.
Parrottsville Mayor Dewayne Daniel encourages everyone to attend this year’s festival.
“We have something for everyone,” Daniel said.
“This is the 22nd year of the festival and we have tons of events each day. We will have homemade crafts and food from dozens of vendors. There will be live music on Saturday and Sunday.
“I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a weekend of family fun.”
NEWPORT—A Newport woman sustained serious injuries after she was ejected from a vehicle on Monday, Oct. 7. The driver of the vehicle is facing an array of charges including driving under the influence and vehicular assault.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Deer Foot Road and Country Square Road concerning a single vehicle accident around 2 a.m. Monday morning.
Upon arrival, THP Troopers found the vehicle in question with Brandy James, 33, Newport, underneath the vehicle.
According to the report, the driver of the 1998 Subaru Forester, identified as Melissa Potts, 49, Cosby, was traveling North on Deer Foot Road when she left the roadway.
The vehicle then traveled down an embankment and reportedly ejected James from the passenger side.
Trooper Gordon reported that the vehicle then rolled over partially on top of James before coming to a rest.
James sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to UT Medical Center for treatment.
Potts sustained minor injuries and was treated at the Newport Medical Center before being released to law enforcement.
She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, vehicular assault, failure to exercise due care, violation of probation (two counts), lane usage, seat belt violation, violation of financial responsibility, no registration and driving while license suspended.