U.S. Court Official
Chosen To Fill Position
Of Retired Roger Jones
BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
A new member of the Greene County Board of Education received a nearly unanimous appointment on Monday.
Richard "Rick" Tipton, of 560 Kiser Loop, received 20 of 21 votes from the Greene County Commission, which met to appoint a member to the unexpired term within the 7th School Board District.
The position opened in October with the resignation of former chairman Roger Jones, who announced his resignation because of an upcoming move to Knoxville.
Tipton described himself as a native Greene Countian and a graduate of South Greene High School.
He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration in management/marketing, according to his cover letter.
Tipton has been employed at the U.S. District Federal Court in Greeneville for 23 years, the last 11 of which he has served as district manager.
"I sit every day and see young people that we're putting in jail," he said.
Often, these individuals do not have a GED, and say that no one cared about them, he added.
"I would like for the school board and commission to change that," Tipton said.
He is the current chairman of the local Gifts for Kids program, as well as a board member on the Comcare Board and the Greene County Fair Board.
He has no children currently in the school system and no relatives employed by the system.
Also under consideration by the commission for the position was Paul Burkey, of 2718 Warrensburg Road. Burkey received one vote.
Tipton will fill the position until the next election, scheduled for Aug. 7, during which both men said they would run to fill the 3-year remainder of the unexpired term to which Roger Jones was originally elected.
In other business, the commission approved establishing an independent, three-member Greene County Audit Committee in order for the county to meet al the qualifications to become a Three-Star Community.
Ashley Shelton, the Greene County Partnership's economic development manager, explained that the addition of an audit committee will make the county fully eligible for the state Department of Economic and Community Development's Three-Star Award.
This award would qualify the county for a four-percent discount on FastTrack and Community Block Development Grants, she said.
The commission also approved the following items without discussion:
* budgeting a Recover Drug Court Grant from the State of Tennessee for $50,000 for an additional employee in the Greene County Drug Court;
* budgeting a $40,000 Federal Highway Safety DUI Enforcement Grant for training or enforcement related to DUI cases into overtime, benefits, travel and law enforcement supplies and equipment within the Sheriff's Department;
* budgeting $34,000 in carryover funds for the Federal Homeland Security Grant;
* budgeting a one-time, additional contribution to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center totaling $20,000; and,
* budgeting a number of small revenues within the Sheriff's Department for maintenance, gasoline and law enforcement equipment.