County starts process to eliminate road commission

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.

Property rezoned for 11th Dollar General on Hwy. 48

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.

Commission reappoints 10 judicial commissioners

The Dickson County Commission reappointed the county’s 10 judicial commissioners for new two-year terms. At Monday night’s meeting, the commission approved the recommendation of its Judicial Committee and Dickson County General Sessions Court Judge Craig Monsue to keep the same commissioners. At the work session two weeks ago, committee Chairman Shane Chandler said there were only nine applications submitted by current commissioners. At Monday’s meeting, Chandler said he still doesn’t know if Carol Harmon wants to continue serving as a judicial commissioner for the town of White Bluff after retiring as municipal court clerk, but recommended her reappointment anyway. Appointed for new two-year terms are general sessions court Deputy Clerk Leslie Shelton, on-call judicial commissioners Doyle Wall, Royce Hafner, Michael Adams, Ronnie Morgan and Becky Wright, and White Bluff judicial commissioners Jeff Martin, Brent Aulidge, Misty Rogers and Harmon. Judicial commissioners determine whether there is probable cause to issue an arrest warrant or search warrant and set bonds, among other duties. The new terms begin Jan. 1.

Back-to-back losses put Red Hawks in 7th-place game

Back-to-back losses have put the Creek Wood Red Hawks in today’s seventh-place game of the Rossview Roundball Christmas Tournament in Clarksville. The Red Hawks will face District 11-AA rival Montgomery Central at 11:30 am Wednesday to avoid last place in the tournament. Coach Charles Taylor announced Wednesday morning that the game would be switched to a junior varsity contest. The Indians handed Creek Wood a tough 54-41 loss just last week. In Monday’s tournament opener, host Rossview rolled over Creek Wood 64-25. The Class AAA Hawks used their superior size to dominate inside and Creek Wood’s normally reliable outside shooting suffered a cold spell. Rossview hit a trio of three-pointers in the first period to build a 13-5 lead and blew the game open with a 20-6 second quarter to lead 33-11 at halftime. A 24-7 third period put the mercy rule into effect as reserves played out the final frame of a 39-point Rossview win. Coulter Dotson led the Red Hawks with 10 points. Dropping into the consolation bracket, Creek Wood faced a Central Magnet squad Tuesday that was beaten by Cheatham County in the first round. The Red Hawks held the lead until the final five minutes of the game before the Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter for a 46-37 victory. In a defensive battle, Creek Wood led 24-16 at halftime and was up by six at the end of the third, 34-28. But Will Carver and Patrick Blair each scored 7 points in the fourth to key an 18-3 rally for Central Magnet. Carver’s three-pointer with five minutes remaining put the Tigers ahead 36-35 and the Red Hawks never recovered. Carver finished with 16 and Blair had 11 while Devon Higgins and Micah Westerman led Creek Wood with 8 points each and leading scorer Dotson was held to 7. The losses force Creek Wood into a rematch with Montgomery Central, which fell to Stewarts Creek 74-55 Monday and Northwest 68-61 on Tuesday. In their last game before the tournament, the Red Hawks suffered their second consecutive district loss to the Indians on Thursday. Creek Wood-Montgomery Central will be heard on WDKN, 101.5 The One FM, and the WDKN app starting with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show at 11:15 Wednesday morning. Creek Wood returns to District 11-AA action Thursday hosting Waverly for a doubleheader.

Hohl’s trey gives Lady Red Hawks win at Dyersburg

Raegan Hohl had a career-high 21 points including a game-winning three-pointer with six seconds left as Creek Wood beat Bolivar 55-53 in the Charles Cawles Classic in Dyersburg Monday. The host Lady Trojans handed the Lady Red Hawks a 56-42 defeat to end their trip to West Tennessee. In Monday’s opener, the Lady Tigers led deep into the fourth period before Hohl’s trey completed the rally. Bolivar was ahead 46-38 heading into the final quarter. After a nine-point second period, Hohl came back with seven in the fourth including the game-winner with six seconds remaining. Hohl finished with her best night as a Lady Red Hawk with 21 points including three treys. Taylor Moore added 12 points all on three-pointers. But Creek Wood couldn’t carry the momentum of Monday’s exciting win into Tuesday’s contest with Dyersburg. The Lady Trojans took a 32-16 lead at halftime and held on to the double-digit advantage for the rest of the game. Hohl had 13 with a pair of treys while Elayna Gass hit four of six three-pointers for 12 points and Moore sank three treys for 9. After their trip to West Tennessee, the Lady Red Hawks return to Charlotte to host Waverly in a District 11-AA doubleheader on Thursday. Next week the Lady Red Hawks head to the 4th annual Christmas Tournament in Summertown where they will face the host Lady Eagles Thursday and Community High School Friday to wrap up the 2016 half of the schedule.