The city of Dickson will proceed with the purchase of the former Chevrolet dealership site in downtown at a reduced price as long as the cost of addressing environmental issues is not too high. At a special meeting Monday night, the Dickson City Council approved a contract to purchase the former Alvin Jones Chevy property for $585,000 contingent on the findings of a state program designed to help buyers deal with unexpected environmental issues. In January, the council voted to purchase the 1.65-acre site at the corner of Church and East College streets for $625,000. But negotiations to close the deal hit a bump when it was discovered there will have to be some remediation to address issues on the property, including underground gasoline storage tanks. At Monday night’s meeting, City Administrator Rydell Wesson said the city hopes to enroll the property in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Brownfields Program, which assists buyers in the development or reuse of property that might be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. City attorney Jerry Smith said the contract presented to the council allows the city to have inspectors go on the property to determine what needs to be done about the potential issues. TDEC and a consultant will present a plan of action for what has to be done to reduce the city’s liability for any future development of the site. Wesson said if the plan proves to be too costly, the city will not move forward with closing on the purchase. Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. said he believes the purchase and cost of remediation still will be under the $625,000 purchase price originally approved by the council in January. Wesson said the contract says the sale will close within 60 days. The Brownfields program will determine what the city needs to do to remediate the property for its initial plan to use the site as a parking lot as well as if any additional action is needed for future development. When the purchase was first proposed, Weiss said there are no definite plans for what to do with the property, but said it initially could be used to provide additional parking for downtown and the city would have it for any future needs. In January, Weiss said potential uses could include expansion of the Dickson Fire Department, additional city hall space or even a small convention center. The council unanimously approved the new contract with the three Jones heirs and Wesson said the city is ready to start the environmental assessment. Those findings will be brought back to the council before any action is taken. The money for purchasing the property is part of $3 million loan the city got for road projects and other purchases. The corner lot had been the site of a car dealership since Reeder Chevrolet opened in 1930 until the Jones family sold the dealership to the Alexander Group, which moved it to Highway 46.
A funeral service will be held Friday for former educator and long-time Oakmont Elementary School Principal Janey Thomas. Mrs. Thomas died Tuesday at the age of 67. A Montgomery County native, Mrs. Thomas spent 30 years in the Dickson County school system. She started her career as a history teacher at Charlotte Junior High School, then spent five years as principal at Vanleer Elementary School. She is most remembered for her 19 years as principal at Oakmont where she remained until she retired. Mrs. Thomas also was a Sunday school teacher and attended Calvary Baptist Church. Visitation with the family will be 4-8 pm Thursday and 9 am until the service Friday at Taylor Funeral Home. A funeral service for Janey Sue Kirkland Thomas will be at 11 am Friday from the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home with Joe Epley and Tommy Marvin officiating. Burial will be in the Dickson County Memorial Gardens. She is survived by a son, Jeff Thomas; a daughter, Kelli Miller; a brother, Don Kirkland; five grandchildren, Anthony Thomas, Michael Scott, Taylor Grace Thomas, Seth Mangrum and Greg Mangrum; a great-granddaughter, Katlyn Mangrum; special cousin, Millie Rittenberry; and several nieces and nephews. For those desiring, memorials can be made to the Humane Society of Dickson County or the American Heart Association. Arrangements for Mrs. Janey Thomas are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home.
Faced with playing four games in four days and with an important district matchup tonight, Creek Wood High School turned Wednesday’s seventh-place game in the Rossview Roundball Christmas Tournament into a junior varsity contest and came away with a 57-54 win over Montgomery Central in Clarksville. The Red Hawks had lost their first two games and were facing an Indians squad they had just played last week. With a visit from Waverly coming up tonight, coach Charles Taylor played his junior varsity squad and they held off a Montgomery Central rally for the win. Creek Wood led by 13 points going into the final quarter before the Indians fought back to pull within one point on two occasions. But the Red Hawks hit free throws down the stretch, led by Timothy Randolph who was perfect in six trips to the foul line in the fourth. Randolph led Creek Wood with 13 points while Andre Darden added 11. The Creek Wood varsity returns to action tonight to host Waverly in a District 11-AA doubleheader to wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule. Creek Wood-Waverly will be live on WDKN, 101.5 The One FM, wdkn.com and the WDKN app with coverage starting with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show at 5:45.
The Dickson County Commission has begun the process to eliminate the Dickson County Road Commission. The commission voted Monday night to send a resolution to the county’s legislative delegation requesting a private act be presented when the Tennessee General Assembly convenes in January that would allow Dickson County to do away with the six-member elected board at the end of their current terms in 2018. If approved by the legislature, the act would then return to the Dickson County Commission where it would have to be ratified by a two-thirds majority. If all that happens, the road commission would cease to exist Aug. 31, 2018. After passing a private act through the same process, Dickson County reduced the road commission from 12 to six members in 2014 by using the same combined districts for constables and school board members. Despite the fewer number of positions, there still were two districts that had only write-in candidates and only one district saw an opposed race. The 5th Road District seat has been vacant since the death of John D. Baggett in September. Dickson County Road Superintendent Jerry Burgess said Monday night the road commission has not conducted a business meeting for the last four months because it has not had enough members show up to have a quorum. County attorney Brian Ragan said under Tennessee’s County Uniform Highway Law, most of the authority of operating the county highway department is given to the elected road superintendent. And under the Fiscal Control Acts of 1957 adopted by Dickson County, the authority for establishing and approving the highway department’s budget rests with a five-member Budget Committee and the county commission. “It’s more of an advisory board than anything else. And so, with Mr. Burgess operating that department, having poor attendance and the fact that those decisions are made by him, I think that’s why it’s before this body,” Ragan said. Commissioner Cotton Dawson asked if the road commission is abolished, who will take residents’ complaints about roads. “When there’s a complaint, somebody in the districts, whatever, who do they go to? Do they come to us? Do they go to the road superintendent, or what?” Dawson said. Dawson said he has received complaints about the road department not answering or responding to complaints. Burgess said his office already receives the complaints about roads and took issue with claims that his office doesn’t respond. He said when they meet, the road commissioners bring the complaints to his office anyway. Burgess said he doesn’t see the sense in paying road commissioners $75 a month regardless of whether they show up for a meeting when all they do is present the complaints to him. The commission voted unanimously to send the resolution seeking a private act to abolish the Dickson County Road Commission to the Tennessee General Assembly, which convenes its 110th session Jan. 10.
With a new store opening last month on Highway 70 East and a new store under construction on Beasley Drive, a rezoning request approved on first reading Monday night starts the process for Dickson County’s 11th Dollar General store. The Dickson County Commission passed on first reading a request to rezone 1.5 acres on Highway 48 South from agricultural to commercial for the future site of another store. The Goodlettsville-based company just recently built and opened a store at 910 Highway 70 East in Dickson and is building a store at the corner of Beasley Drive and Cowan Road to replace the current store at 188 Beasley Drive. Dickson County Planning and Zoning Director Donnie Thiel told the commission Monday that Turner and Associates Realty of Nashville has requested the rezoning of property owned by Billy and Kathy Fussell for the future site of a Dollar General store. The 9,100-square-foot store is planned for a site adjacent to R&R Mobile Home Park across from Harris Road near Interstate 40. There were no speakers at a public hearing on the rezoning request at Monday night’s meeting and the commission approved the request unanimously on first reading. A second and final reading will be on the agenda for the Jan. 16 meeting. Dollar General currently has stores on North Main Street, Beasley Drive, Henslee Drive, Highway 70 East and Highway 46 in Dickson, Highway 70 West in Tennessee City, Highway 49 in Vanleer, Highway 48 North in Charlotte, Highway 70 East in White Bluff and Highway 96 in Burns.