The most exciting moment of Cornersville's public hearing Tuesday night was the unexpected arrival of Don Nelson, the Marshall County government zoning administrator, just after the very short and sparsely-attended meeting had adjourned.
Nelson announced that he was "trying to get better relations between Cornersville and Marshall County" and brought with him copies of the part of the Tennessee Code Annotated 6-58-106, which details the legal requirements for the urban growth boundaries of a municipality.
"I came here to give y'all a heads up," he said. "This is the criteria you will be held to and you've got to be ready for it."
As zoning administrator, Nelson has seen some well-prepared municipalities' plans passed on the first try, while others were sent back for more work.
He knows from experience that these plans are "not something you can just throw together."
See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.