The Scott County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing about the fee during its Wednesday meeting. No members of the public spoke during the public hearing, and the fee was unanimously approved.
During Wednesday’s regular meeting, the board approved an emergency ordinance for continuity of government, which will be in effect for the next 60 days.
With March being Red Cross Month, the Northeast Tennessee chapter is spreading the word about its services and its need for volunteers.
County leaders announced the emergency, along with several office closures, Monday afternoon. The office closures will begin Tuesday and will be in effect until further notice.
Director Johnnie Mae Swagerty said she’s proud of everything the group has already accomplished and is looking forward to another successful year ahead.
Founder Stella Robinette said the program has evolved since its early days and continues to grow each year.
The zoo launched a new video series for children, in which zoo staff will share educational videos each day focusing on some of the animals or projects going on at the zoo. For those who’d like to see the animals in person, the zoo’s outdoor exhibits will remain open during regular hours.
Due to COVID-19 and in cooperation with CDC guidelines, First Presbyterian Church has postponed all of its April concerts.
The Scott County Board of Supervisors declined to pursue a scenic river designation for its portion of the Clinch River. While the designation would not restrict development around the river, some supervisors expressed concern that such a designation would give off that impression.
Though shelter animals are currently adopted free of charge, the new proposal would establish a $30 adoption fee per animal, along with fees for rescue groups and others that remove animals from the shelter.