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Drug Court wins national essay contest Friday, 23 August 2019 21:11

The Jackson County Drug Court was founded in 1989 and has won the Sue Bell Cobb award for the best Drug Court in the state.

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Council reverses sales tax funding decisions Friday, 23 August 2019 21:08

Five items on the sales tax budget were reversed at the last Scottsboro City Council meeting held on August 12, 2019.

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County Commission receives voter precinct map Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:04

Commissioners were presented with the new voting precinct map at the last Jackson County Commission Meeting held August 5, 2019.

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Scottsboro City Council members voted no on the HSIP project for County Park and Highway 72 recently.

Scottsboro City Council members previously heard from Clarke Bailey with Volkert Engineering regarding the HSIP project for County Park Road and Highway 72. Bailey explained they have been working over a year to develop a study. He explained that safety funding was requested through the Federal HSIP program and awarded. City Council member Greg Mashburn asked if extending service roads was looked at, Bailey stated that it was not part of the study. Mashburn questioned the closing off of the driveway of Taco Bell. Mayor Shelton stated that they are very supportive of this plan. He stated that the upper drive would be widened. Shelton stated that all impacted businesses were consulted. He stated that the owners of McDonald’s were met with last week and were emailed a copy of the traffic studies. He stated that the owners are concerned and would like to see the service road extended, although that was not part of the project. Shelton stated that he was greatly disappointed in the vote.
Following the meeting, Mashburn, one of the three who voted no stated, “I did not think that limiting access in and out of Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Calvary Church and the Chevron was a valid solution to heavy traffic times, if anything this would only have been a short term fix and possibly even caused more issues. I wanted to see the red light at county park intersection and Highway 35 working properly before a decision was made on spending over $100,000.
I would like to focus on completing the service roads and look at putting a light at Byron road making 72 access safer. I will never be against any business willing to invest in Scottsboro or its citizens.”
Drew McNutt spoke to council members regarding the Castin’ ‘N’ Catchin’ tourism grant application at the previous work session. The tournament began in 2016 as a fund raiser to the Pediatric and Congenital heart center located at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Since 2016, the tournament has raised $350,000, all of which goes directly to the heart center. The grant application was approved.
A budget amendment for attorney’s fees was approved. Shelton stated that Erin Green, Human Resource supervisor  requested the amendment in the amount of $11,800 to her budget to cover professional services, including attorney’s fees. No other details were given.
Stephanie with Spay and Neuter Jackson County requested a tourism grant in the amount of $3,500 to help promote their upcoming May car show. Monies would cover advertising, rentals and other expenses.     

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