Local NewsDelinquent property tax sale in county next month

By Paula Walter

The Chancery Court of Johnson County will hold a delinquent property tax sale on Monday, February 23, 2015, beginning at 10:00 am in the upper courtroom of the Johnson County courthouse. Sherrie Fenner, Clerk and Master for Johnson County, will be the auctioneer for the sale that includes parcels with unpaid taxes up to 2012. Owners have until 9:30 that morning to pay back taxes and be removed from the sale.

Registration begins at 9:00 am, and any interested parties must register and receive a number in order to bid on the properties. You must be present to bid. Each parcel is sold as is with no warranty. The opening bids include the amount of personal property taxes due, including interest, penalties, along with court costs and lawyer fees. There are houses on some of the parcels. It is up to interested buyers to review the properties in advance of the sale.  More...


Road issues lead discussion at county commission meeting

By Jonathan Pleasant

The County Commission faced several issues dealing with small road changes this month, leading off with a request by Mr. Wiley Roark of the Maymead Company who asked the commission to consider the abandonment of McCarty Road. A three-tenths of a mile segment that branches off of Prison Camp Road, Roark explained that Maymead is the only property owner that connects to McCarty, making exception for the small Potter Family cemetery that lies beyond the current end of county maintenance.

Mr. Roark assured the commission that Maymead will keep access open to the cemetery and although the company does plan on gating the road, would provide those maintaining the cemetery with keys. This was the only point of contention that members of the board raised, bringing up the fact that Mr. Earl Payne had come before the commission several months earlier to address the same issue.  More...


Family Ministries’ Hope Center receives donation from Mosheim Elementary

What started as a class project to teach students about being a part of something greater became an entire school initiative to help the Hope Center. This school-wide supply drive for the Hope Center included collecting diapers, wipes and baby clothes along with anything else needed to care for a baby. The estimated total collected for this Christmas miracle was $2,250.

Pamela Reedy, CDC teacher at Mosheim Elementary School, started a class tradition last year, organizing a supply drive to benefit a local non-profit. Reedy and her class enjoyed it so much she decided to do it again this year with a drive to benefit the Hope Center.

The Hope Center is a crisis pregnancy and resource center located on Tusculum Boulevard and an entity of Family Ministries. The center exists to serve the needs of those who may find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, as well as having resources available for mothers who need help in caring for their young children, such as diapers, baby wipes, clothing, etc. These resources include a 24-hour HOPEline, education about alternatives to abortion and fetal development, limited ultrasounds for the abortion-minded client, information on adoption and alternative homes, post-abortion counseling, as well as parenting and nutrition classes that are a part of the “Earn While You Learn” program. The Hope Center is completely supported by private donations from churches, businesses, civic organizations and individuals.  More...


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