BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Commission will consider on Tuesday a resolution presented by Commissioners Ted Hensley and Robert Bird in support of the United States Constitution and the constitution of the State of Tennessee.
The commission will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday in the Criminal Courtroom at the Greene County Courthouse.
The Republican commissioners' caucus will meet at 9 a.m. on the bottom floor of the courthouse. Democratic commissioners are often in attendance also.
The commission normally holds monthly meetings on the third Monday of each month. However, Presidents Day, a federal holiday, is Monday, Feb. 18, prompting the change in schedule.
GUN CONTROL CONCERNS
During the January meeting, the commission heard from numerous citizens concerned with nationwide discussions surrounding gun control and gun rights.
The discussions have been prompted by mass shooting incidents in recent years, especially the school shooting in December in Newtown, Conn., in whch an apparently-unbalanced young man killed some 20 children and six adults.
Hensley and Bird's resolution responds to the concern that local citizens expressed in January over potential federal gun control legislation.
The resolution reads as follows:
"Some politicians, desiring to appear to be responding properly to a demanding public by placing restrictions on personal decisions regarding one's own protection against such criminal activity, the result being the potential weakening of the Second Amendment Rights as set forth in the Constitution of the United States.
"It is the intent of this governing body to continue to follow and obey our Constitutions and the laws which flow from these documents until such time as they may be amended, at which time we would agree to perform our duties under any such amended statements therein."
The commission is also scheduled to consider these other items:
* discussion and a vote, if necessary, on roof repairs at the Greene County Detention Center;
* allocating $23,502 of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds reimbursed to the county for the use of cruisers during the 2011 tornado disaster;
* allocating $3,000 in supporting funds for the Landair Ladies Classic basketball tournament from the county's hotel/motel tax;
* movement of $303,182 previously budgeted within the Road Department's Highway and Bridge Maintenance category into the Asphalt Plant Operations category for reimbursements related to work performed under the State Aid Program, per recommendation by county auditors;
* authorizing submission of an application for a litter and trash collection grant from the state Department of Transportation;
* allocating $11,000 from the sale of equipment to the Sheriff Department's motor vehicle line item;
* allocating $11,200 from the sale of equipment to the Road Department's building improvements line item;
* allocating a $1,500 increase to the Civil Defense Reimbursement Grant made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the Greeneville-Greene County Emergency Management Authority; and,
* approving the operating agreement for the Kinser Park Baseball Complex between the Kinser Park Commission and the Greeneville Marlins Association, Inc.