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County Commission approves DHR lease Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:01

During the recent Jackson County Commission meeting, Commissioners approved the DHR lease agreement, valid until September 30, 2019. The lease was increased from $1.00 per square foot to $3.00 per square foot.

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Scottsboro changed department head ordinance Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:59

Scottsboro’s Ordinance 588 relating to the appointment of certain department heads was amended last week.

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Changes could be coming for U.S. 72 and County Park area Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:49

During the recent City Council Work session a resolution/agreement for the Highway Safety Improvement program for County Park Road and Highway 72 was again discussed.

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Morris Necklaus

1.  Please give a brief description about yourself include education, experience, and background.
I am a native of Scottsboro. My parents were Morris and Anna Necklaus. They moved here in 1952 from Cullman. My Dad operated O.K. Tire in the same location where my brother Eugene operates OK Muffler. I have a B.S. Degree from Athens State University with a major in Health Science
After graduating from Scottsboro High School I worked at Revere Reduction Plant for 9 years. After Revere closed I worked at Goodyear for 18 months and then to TVA Nuclear. I worked at TVA Browns Ferry from 1985-1996 and from 2000-2006. I was laid off from TVA in 1996 and managed the recycling program for the City of Athens from 1996-2000. I retired from TVA at Browns Ferry in 2006 as a Radiation Protection Supervisor and moved back to Scottsboro with a contract with the City of Scottsboro to provide recycling services, Recycling for Scottsboro. I had lived in Athens, Alabama for 21 years while working for TVA. While living in Athens I served on various volunteer boards. I was a member of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, President of Habitat for Humanity, Chairman of the Library Board, President of the FEMA Food and Shelter Board and President of the Athens-Limestone Recycling Board. In addition to operating Recycling for Scottsboro, I am a contract employee at TVA’s Central In-processing Training Center in Hollywood as a Sr. Instructor providing training for TVA’s nuclear workers.
 I have four children. Heather, a Corporate Attorney in Huntsville, Trey, who works in Operations at Browns Ferry Nuclear, Meaghan, who is an Advertising Manager in Nashville and Selena a sophomore to at Scottsboro High School.
2.    What do you feel is the single most important issue facing our city?
In one word: Decline. Recently Brownwood School was closed due to decline in enrollment in our school system. Everywhere you look there are buildings that are empty, some for many years, some in serious disrepair. Maybe the city could offer some form of incentive to new businesses that would remodel and bring back to life these buildings.
3.   What will you do to address that issue?
It starts with taking care of what we have. I will work with the other Council members and the Mayor and Department heads to provide the best possible basic services. I think it is important to keep the ditches cleaned out and the roadsides free of litter, making Scottsboro look good.  Taking care of what we have will go a long way towards attracting new industry and jobs as will making our school system the best it can be.

Gary Stewart

1.    Please give a brief description about yourself include education, experience, and background.
I am a lifelong citizen of Scottsboro. My parents were the late Garland and Louise Stewart.  My wife is Patricia Cobb Stewart and we have 3 children: Nina, 21, is about to start Pharmacy School at Auburn, Emma, 19, attends Auburn, and Thomas, 12, will start the 7th grade this year at SJHS. I am a proud graduate of the Scottsboro High School class of 1982 and I have a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Faulkner University in Montgomery.
2.    What do you feel is the single most important issue facing our city?
 Our biggest challenge for the future of Scottsboro is and has been luring new businesses into the city to create jobs. Job opportunities create growth and that is something Scottsboro hasn’t achieved compared to similar sized cities all over Alabama.
Keeping our infrastructure in good shape and updating/replacing aging facilities help in the recruitment of new businesses. This also helps our existing businesses grow and create new jobs.
3.    What will you do to address that issue?
The City Council is responsible to make sure the city finances are maintained in a sustainable manner. We should always be good stewards of the tax monies that are taken into the city.  With this in mind, balancing these finances and encouraging our various boards for recruitment of new businesses will be a key factor in growth for our city. We must think “outside the box” in these recruiting efforts and require accountability from our boards to achieve our goals and expectations.  I appreciate the opportunity to answer these questions and ask that you re-elect Gary Stewart for Place 5 on the Scottsboro City Council.


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