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Kenton to search for new police chief

Kenton to search for new police chief
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Kenton city officials are looking for a new police chief to replace Steve Meeks.
Meeks, who has been on medical leave since April, has been with the Kenton Police Department since 1993 and has served as police chief for more than 11 years.
At the Kenton mayor and board of aldermen meeting Tuesday night, the board voted to “unappoint” him as police chief. They will begin looking for a replacement.
The board decided to advertise for a new police chief through area newspapers and will also consider applications from officers serving with the Kenton Police Department.
“We’ve got problems over there and we’re going to need somebody who can straighten it out,” Mayor Virginia Davidson said during Tuesday night’s meeting.
In a related move, the board also agreed to a recommendation from alderman Angie Choate, who serves as the board’s police commissioner, to have the Obion County Sheriff’s Department apply striping and decals to the police chief’s unmarked patrol car. The local sheriff’s department will also install a cage in the patrol car, all at no charge to the city.
In other action during Tuesday night’s meeting meeting, the board:
• Adopted a new ordinance governing the use of temporary buildings used to sell prepared foods. The three-page ordinance establishes clear and specific guidelines governing the use of such buildings. Under the new ordinance, a city permit is required to operate a temporary building selling prepared foods.
• Was informed by alderman Tim Johns that he will meet this week with representatives with Ford Construction concerning street patching work around town.
• Was informed by alderman Faye Sharp that work is progressing on the bridges along the city’s walking track, on the floor of the city’s gym and on the porch of the city’s youth center. She said the city has been using inmate labor from the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex and she has been very pleased with their work.
“I appreciate the inmates,” she said. “They’ve been super nice.”
Mrs. Sharp also praised the efforts of city employees involved in the maintenance work.
• Was informed by alderman Delores Agee that a new dancing club has been formed in the city, the Kenton White Squirrel Dancing Club, and already 30 members are involved in the club.
• Voted to purchase a new copier for City Hall from Howard D. Happy Co. to replace the aging copier currently being used at City Hall. Mrs. Davidson informed the board that fixing the city’s copier was going to cost about $800 and the new copier would be a better investment at a cost of $1,049.
• Voted to proceed with the demolition of a house owned by John Lee Mitchell.
• Briefly discussed a recent television interview with presidential candidate Ron Paul by ABC’s Dianne Sawyer in which Paul reportedly criticized wasteful government spending and he reportedly cited a federal grant approved for the city in the amount of $264,000.
“I wasn’t very happy about it,” Mrs. Davidson said.
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Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 10.5.11

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