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Byrdstown Senior Center Move Should Be Complete By Spring

The Byrdstown Senior Center relocation could be complete by spring. County Executive Stephen Bilbrey said the county is in possession of the deed for the old Methodist Church property on Highway 111. Senior Center Director Jessica Wilson said the current location is not handicap accessible. She said many of the seniors have to park across from the center and cross ... Read More »

New Emergency Equipment Headed To Pickett Thanks To Grant

New emergency service equipment coming to Pickett County through a new $357,000 grant approved by the Pickett County Commission. The grant can be used for items such as CPR machines and heart monitors. Community Consultant Amanda Mainord said the grant was not easy to come by. “It allows us to purchase from the state contract,” Mainord said. “It kind of ... Read More »

Pickett Commission Passes $95K Tourism Budget

The Pickett County Commission passed the Tourism Committee’s budget Monday night even with some members expressing concern over how the budget can be spent. The proposed $95,000 budget is funded from the county’s occupancy tax. Pickett County Executive Stephen Bilbrey said the occupancy tax brought in around $100,000 last year. Commissioner and Committee Member Deborah Garrett said she thinks the ... Read More »

Pickett Reassigns Alternative Courtroom Location Due To Impact On Seniors

Pickett County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday designating the Pickett County Library’s community room as a temporary alternative courtroom for the county. County Executive Stephen Bilbrey said the community center has housed the courtroom since 2004. Bilbrey said that was beginning to have a negative affect on the county’s senior citizens. “The court proceedings takes precedence,” Bilbrey said. “Like down ... Read More »

Pickett Approves TDEC ARP Funding For Byrdstown Water Project

The Pickett County Commission approved a partnership with Byrdstown to replace settling basins in the town’s water system. Byrdstown Mayor Mayor Sam Gibson said commissioners voted in favor of using its $2.7 million of TDEC ARP funding for the project. “We got 10 votes for it and had one person absent that night,” Gibson said. “I felt real good about ... Read More »

Pickett To Take Initial Steps Towards Developing Plans For New Jail

Pickett County will begin actively pursuing plans to build a new county jail. County Executive Carey Garner said at Monday night’s Commissioners Meeting, the project has been some eight years in the making. “We weren’t financially able to start it,” Garner said. “And so we’ve just not got to where we think we can afford one, so it’s time that ... Read More »

Pickett Co. Commission Fixes Tax Levy, Reviews Financial Reports

Pickett County Commissioners voted seven to five to approve fixing the tax levy at $2.41 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year at their meeting last night. This amount is the same as the previous levy. County Executive Carey Garner said they ear-marked five cents for construction at the county jail. “It had a certain amount of money in it, which I ... Read More »

Current Pickett Co. Commission Approves Future Raises For Commissioners

The Pickett County Commission approved giving commissioners raises for both regular and committee meetings Monday night. The raises are an extra $100 for regular meetings and $50 for committee meetings. Commissioner Joey Harden made the motion after stating he had been on the commission for 10 years on the same pay. The raises were approved in a 9-3 vote. Commissioners ... Read More »

Pickett Co. Declines Byrdstown’s Property Offer

The Pickett County Commission voted against the purchase of the Regions Bank property in Byrdstown. Commissioners voted nine to four against the $278,500 purchase Monday. County Executive Carey Garner said the 6,500 square foot building was being explored as a new office location and jail project. “We met up there when I first took office with Bob Bass, the Fire ... Read More »

Pickett Commission Approves Track Loader Purchase

The Pickett County Commission Monday approved the purchase of track loader for its transfer station equipment. County Executive Carey Garner said the 2020 Takeuchi TL8 compact track loader would be purchased at $46,500. The commission also approved applying for a Community Development Block Grant. Garner said the funds would be used for housing rehabilitation. “This is a grant if we ... Read More »