BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Records Committee welcomed its newest member on Wednesday, new CountyHistorian Earl Fletcher.
The Greene County Commission approved Fletcher's appointment to that position in September.
Fletcher is the current director of the Nathanael Greene Museum. He is former president of Washington College Academy, as well as a graduate from the school.
Moreover, he is a Tusculum College graduate and a 9th-generation Greene Countian, he said.
"I'm in love with the county," he told the committee.
Members welcomed Fletcher and also discussed plans to recognize former County Historian Marie Harmon.
Harmon served in that position from 2000 to 2013, according to the committee discussion.
In other business, the committee appointed Commissioner David Crum as chairman and Commissioner Ted Hensley as vice chairman.
Much of the meeting was spent in discussion concerning new technologies available for record-keeping and the value still found in microfilm.
Clerk and Master Kay Solomon Armstrong said that she is exploring the possibility of online access to some scanned records of closed probate documents.
The committee urged her to seek guidance from the state in this matter due to some confidential elements of these files.
Greeneville-Greene County Public Library Director Don Miller said that he is in need of help moving items at the T. Elmer Cox Genealogical Library in order to make room for additional records.
The records would be moved from one part of the Cox Library to another part, but not out of the building, Miller said today.
Register of Deeds Joy Rader Nunnally recommended using trustees from the jail, while Commissioner David Crum noted that Tusculum College may have volunteers willing to help move the records.
In final business, Budget Director Mary Shelton informed the committee that she is running short on space in the county's storage warehous, and in the coming months will be purging certain paid invoices that are five years old or older, as is allowed by state law.
The committee formally approved allowing Shelton to purge the documents.