Board urges closing of club
By SUE WATSON
club where one man was shot dead and two others were injured by
gunshots was a topic discussed at last week’s board of supervisors
board voted over a year ago to go to court to close down the club on
Jamison Road, but the case has not been heard.
hope to ask a circuit court judge soon to order an injunction to close
the club, according to supervisor George Zinn III, who said it was
opened under the disguise of a sandwich shop.
was stipulated that it not be an establishment to serve alcohol, Zinn
citizens had come several times before the board of supervisors
complaining about problems arising out of the club’s operation.
lost a life this weekend,” said Zinn. “It is my position we move to
close it down today pending the outcome.”
then motioned to close Bossman’s Barbecue on Tuesday, but board
attorney Kent Smith shook his head – meaning due process had to be met.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said the club could not be closed without a
said the county’s original request for an injunction to stop the
operation of the club had not been heard because it had originally been
added that a circuit clerk judge had been contacted and the case could
go to court sometime in February.
can ask for an injunction,” Smith said. “We have some dates reserved
and can ask the judge (to hear it).
think the judge would be concerned because of the death and would hear
it. I do not think an injunction would have been appropriate before,
but now after this death, it could elevate it strong enough to ask for
the discussion a
citizen appeared before the board saying she is concerned that underage
children have been allowed on the club premises.
is going on there,” she said.
asked the citizen if others in the community would know of things that
were going on at the club who would come forward.
parents of the deceased are here,” she said.
said he would like to hear from anyone in the community who would be
willing to step up and express their concerns.
hearing is expected in circuit court Thursday, January 31.
other business, the board:
discussed a transfer of a beer
permit for a Barton convenience store and approved it.
heard about a concern about a brick or concrete mail box located on
Higdon Road. Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett said the board gets written
up every year regarding the mail box and asked zoning director Conway
Moore to send out letters to the property owner and a tenant asking for
removal of the concrete or brick supporting the mail box.
discussed a concern brought before the zoning office regarding the
moving of a burned out mobile home from one property to another.
man who bought the mobile home had tried to move it to his property
when the trailer got mired in mud and the tongue broke. Moore said she
had advised the man not to move the mobile home until he got a permit
“He had no authority to move it
in,” Moore said.
Zinn asked if zoning had a right
to deny the owner the right to move and work on the mobile home.
“I’m not,” she said.
Zinn clarified that the problem
was not about the man’s permit but his right to move it and asked the
owner to explain.
purchaser of the mobile home said he had permission from the property
owner to move it one day and on the next day the man called zoning.
“I think he should have the right
to move his trailer, and as far as setting it up, it can be decided
later,” said Zinn.
acknowledged that the buyer did have an easement but she recommended he
not move the stuck mobile home because it is too wet and would damage
the property when it was moved from where it sits.
“The landowner does not want it
moved because it is so wet,” said Moore.
“There must be something between
him and the man who owns the land,” said Bennett.
The buyer said the land owner had
called the sheriff who then came to him at his job to discuss the
Bennett said the county has
nothing to do with the conflict over getting the mobile home moved.
“But he does have to have a
permit to set it up,” he said.
buyer then explained that the property owner had denied him the right
to repair the trailer tongue. He said he was trying to get the mobile
home through Pegues Road when it got stuck, bogged down and the tongue
Bennett reiterated that there
could be a disagreement between the land owner and the buyer.
“The landowner may have a
legitimate concern about it being wet and tearing land up,” he said.
“I just want to establish the
county has no position on moving the trailer,” said Zinn.
The buyer called the area over
which he was attempting to move the mobile home “treacherous to cross.”
“My car is stuck there now,” he
heard a brief report from Zinn on his recent visit to the Legislature.
Zinn said a resolution was requested from each county regarding U.S.
Forestry lands that affect school district revenues.
administrator Larry Hall elaborated, saying 33 counties stood to lose
revenues off Forestry lands unless the legislation which was pulled out
of the energy bill is resubmitted by Congress under the Farm Bill.
will strengthen Sen. Thad Cochran’s hand if all 33 counties and the
school districts participate (send resolutions),” he said.
authorized a request for $3,900
to purchase a computer backup system for electronic filing at the
learned from chancery clerk Chuck Thomas that most departments were
within 3 percent of their first quarter budget ending December.
One-fourth of the year’s budget has been spent, he said.
received copies of the county four-year road and bridge plan.
Supervisors were asked to pencil in work they believe is needed in
learned from Hall that on a
recent visit to the county by Ann Pope, co-chairman of the Appalachian
Regional Commission, the county may be eligible for a co-chairman
grant. The county can apply for a $30,000 grant to be spent on the
The board authorized the grant
approved bids for supplies and