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PENV still interested in Bellefonte site Tuesday, 13 November 2018 20:42

            Mr. Michael Dooley, managing partner and chief engineer of Phoenix Energy of Nevada,LLC (PENV), says, “There are other better, less expensive, safer, less toxic waste polluting, cleaner and more financially viable options for the expansion, build out / build up, completion and use of the TVA Bellefonte Site than to try to complete this Property Site as a 2019 state of the art design and codes compliant nuclear powered electric power generation plant facility.”

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Still serving his community Tuesday, 06 November 2018 19:50

Scottsboro native  Raymond Brandon currently spends his days serving the community he grew up and raised his children in.

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New councilors take seat next week Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:19

City Council members Keith Smith and Tony Wallingsford recently attended their last City Council meeting as members.

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Candidate Questions- Jackson County Sheriff 

George Lewis

1. Please give a brief description about yourself including educational/experience background.
I am married to Freida Guinn Lewis. We have four children,  Paige Parker, Adam Little, Jennifer Barrentine and Laura Hulgan. I am a University of Alabama certified fire fighter & hazardous materials specialist. I served on Supervisory Committee and Board of Directors for Goosepond Credit Union. I also served for the United Steelworkers Local Union 7468 as President, Financial Secretary, Grievance Committee Chairman and Chairman of Insurance & Pensions. I picked cotton for two cents a pound, and worked in the fields for three dollars a day. I was raised in Hollywood, Ala. and am a graduate of Scottsboro High School. I am a long-time resident of Scottsboro, Alabama.
2. What do you perceive to be the duties of the Sheriff?
To execute the processes and orders of the courts and judges. To secure the manpower, resources and funding to operate the office correctly and effectively. To supervise and assist in other duties as necessary.
3. What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office? What solution do you propose for this issue?
I feel the biggest challenge and the most concerning issue for our citizens and their children is school safety. We need to secure officers, funding and partner with cities where the schools are located to impart reasonable and effective solutions.
4. With the jail being the financial burden it is and the inmate food fund being a hot topic state wide, would you consider selling the jail to a private entity?
No. Every place I have ever known where people spend other people’s money operates like this: A service is provided, a bill is submitted, the bill is received and approved. Then the bill is paid. There is no overage and no underpayment. I do not understand why the inmate food fund does not operate like this.
5. What makes you the best candidate for the position?
I would never tell a voter that I am the best candidate. I tell the voters to study the candidates, study the job, find the problems in the job and vote for the candidate that is most likely to solve those problems. If they decide to vote for me, they have volunteered to work with me in identifying and solving the problems. You and I together can do what they say cannot be done. This campaign has a great big “You” and a little bitty “I”.

Chuck Phillips

1. Please give a brief description about yourself including educational/experience background.
I am currently serving my second term as Sheriff of Jackson County where I am in my 37th year of law enforcement. I worked my way through ranks from Deputy to Investigator, Chief  Investigator to Chief Deputy.  Years as Chief Investigator taught me to supervise and how to conduct/oversee thousands of cases. I am a 1982 graduate of Jacksonville State Police Academy and began my career at Scottsboro PD where I was supervisor 4 of 6 years there. I have hundreds of hours of specialized training from many agencies some of which are FBI, DEA, US Customs, US Dept. of Transportation and US Dept. of Justice.
2. What do you perceive to be the duties of the Sheriff?
Assisting and protecting citizens of this county, supervising 81 employees of the jail/office including animal control, courthouse security/SRO’s. We provide training and up-to-date equipment for all personnel within budget constraints. We serve thousands of civil/criminal papers such as court orders/subpoenas/arrest warrants. We serve on the election canvassing board. I also serve as guardian/conservator over individuals in nursing homes/mental facilities. This includes handling estates, wills, property and even planning funerals. I respond with Investigators/Deputies on major calls, continue the war on drugs, by sponsoring programs such as drug education for schools, church/industry security plans and women’s firearms classes. We also assist Rescue Squads/Fire-Police Departments. And last but not least, being available to citizens by phone and in the daily operations of my office.
3. What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office? What solution do you propose for this issue?
Definitely being understaffed is my greatest challenge. We need more employees in every division of the sheriff’s department. The commission and my office work together attempting to solve this problem the best we can. Being Sheriff requires having a good working relationship with the commission. Most of my employees go above and beyond what is asked of them, never asking for anything in return. Everyone knows the drug problem is prevalent all over the nation. I have an excellent narcotics and K-9 unit, but could use more resources. We continue to seek available grants for equipment funding.
4. With the jail being the financial burden it is and the inmate food fund being a hot topic state wide, would you consider selling the jail to a private entity?
According to current laws, the sale of the jail is prohibited unless there is new legislation/amendment to the constitution. Alabama Code states that it is the responsibility of the County Commission to erect/maintain the jail. Alabama Code further states the Sheriff is in charge of that jail/employees. Selling would mean having the entity’s/purchaser’s own employees and I would not have jurisdiction over them. Having said that, if the County Commission is one day able to get those two laws changed where I’m not responsible/liable and the county doesn’t suffer any losses, I would be in favor of selling it as it would relieve the biggest headache I have as Sheriff.
5. What makes you the best candidate for the position?
Because I am the current Sheriff, I won’t need on-the-job training. Being Chief Investigator and Chief Deputy prior to being elected prepared me immensely for my job. I worked my way through the ranks. I didn’t walk in one day as a Deputy and expect to be Sheriff.
As Sheriff, I have hands-on experience and I am a dedicated and mature leader. I have the experience and the know-how. I know this job inside and out and  don’t need to be trained in any aspect of it. So, I again ask for your vote on June 5th.

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