Rogersville BMA meeting to be live streamed on Facebook

Jeff Bobo • Apr 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold its first public meeting since the COVID-19 shutdown Tuesday evening at City Hall, although only board members and select city officials will be allowed to attend in person.

City Recorder Glenn Hutchens told the Times News on Monday that the meeting will be live streamed on the municipal Facebook page, which is called Town of Rogersville TN, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The only complication with that plan is the fact that there's one public hearing on the agenda Tuesday regarding a proposed rezoning on West Main Street between Rogers Street and Armstrong Street from R-2 (two-family residential zoning district) to R-1 (single-family residential zoning district).

City Attorney Bill Phillips explained to the BMA last month that some affected property owners had requested the change.

Phillips said he sent out 20 letters to the lot owners and got back 13 responses, all of which were in favor of (R-1).

Hutchens said that if there are comments or questions during Tuesday’s public hearing, they should be made via Facebook in the comments section of the live stream.

The person who is operating the Facebook live stream camera will alert the BMA to those comments or questions, and board members can respond as needed, Hutchens added.

Following the public hearing, the BMA will consider approval of the final hearing on that rezoning ordnance.

A copy of Tuesday's agenda can be seen in the online version of this article at www.timesnews.net.

Hawkins 911 meeting to be live-streamed

A special called Hawkins County 911 Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Hawkins County Central Dispatch offices on East Main Street in Rogersville.

The Times News has agreed to live stream the meeting to the public on the Times News Facebook page. The 911 Board will also make meeting recordings available to the public upon request.

The main topic of discussion will be hiring a new 911 director. Board Chairman Mike Herrell told the Times News earlier this month there were approximately 10 applicants to replace longtime director Gay Murrell, who was dismissed last month.

Free COVID-19 testing in Sneedville on Saturday

Hancock County is the only county in Northeast Tennessee that hasn't had a confirmed COVID-19 case, a record that will be tested on Wednesday when free testing takes place in Sneedville for the first time.

Since the epidemic began, Hancock County has recorded 34 negative tests and no confirmed cases.

On Wednesday, the Northeast Regional Health Office and the Hancock County Health Department are hosting free COVID-19 drive-through testing 2-6 p.m. at Hancock County High School, 2700 Main St., Sneedville.

As of Monday evening, the Tennessee Department of Health was reporting that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hawkins County is 29, with 26 of those recovered, two deaths and 676 negative tests.

As for the rest of Northeast Tennessee: Sullivan county has 47 confirmed cases, 41 of those have recovered, one death and 1,077 negative tests; Washington County has 54 confirmed cases, 46 recovered and 1,547 negative tests; Carter County has 12 confirmed cases, six of those recovered, one death and 434 negative tests; Greene County has 41 confirmed cases, 27 of those recovered, two deaths and 716 negative tests; Hamblen County has 16 confirmed cases, five of those recovered, two deaths and 505 negative tests; Johnson County has three confirmed cases, two of those recovered, and 59 negative tests; and Unicoi County has one confirmed case who recovered and 142 negative tests.

Three openings on Hawkins Library Board

Hawkins County Library System, which has branches in Rogersville, Surgoinsville and Church Hill, is now accepting applications for new members to the Library Board of Trustees.

There are currently 3 available positions on the Board of Trustees with the following areas needing one representative each: Church Hill, Rogersville and Hawkins County at-large (not one of the three cities listed).

Trustees serve three-year terms beginning July 1.

Interested citizens may obtain more information and an application at www.hawkinslibraries.org.

The deadline to submit an application is May 7.

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