|McGuire: 2013 holds promise for Obion County |
|Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 9:03 pm |
|By CHRIS MENEES |
Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire believes there are some good things on the horizon for the county in 2013.
The past year brought Obion County officials some difficult and sometimes controversial decisions, including the rural fire issue and budget woes, but they are ready to look ahead to the future.
Last year ended with several county commissioners calling for unity as they seek to heal city-county relations that were sometimes strained over the past 12 months.
McGuire told The Messenger he is thankful to municipalities across the county for providing subscription services to the residents who want rural fire protection and he appreciates their cooperation.
He is also appreciative to Titan Tire and all the other local manufacturers “for their continued support of the county.”
“Some of them have increased employment, which helps to reduce our unemployment,” he said. “Hopefully, the present manufacturers and businesses will keep trying to help us reduce our unemployment rate.”
McGuire said he is looking forward to the completion of both the Cates Landing riverport project and Discovery Park of America during 2013 and he, like other local officials, would like to see the spec building filled in the coming year.
In addition, he said he would like to see some activity on the Interstate 69 project in the next year, although the project is currently stalled, and he noted West Tennessee is the only one of the state’s three divisions without a north-south interstate.
“And we have the second highest unemployment rate in the state,” he noted.
McGuire told The Messenger there were several accomplishments countywide during 2012, including the completion of the runway extension project at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport and the new airport road entrance; final payment of the 12-year jail note; and the recent transition of the Obion County Nursing Home to a skilled care facility.
All of Obion County also celebrated the safe return of the Union City-based Tennessee Army National Guard’s 913th Engineer Co. from a year-long deployment to the Middle East during 2012, he added.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 1.2.13