Two vie for empty commission seat

Friday, June 6, 2008

At least two residents of District 5 in Marshall County have asked to be appointed to succeed Jennifer Harris, the county commissioner who resigned last week, citing conflicts between work, family and public service.

The applicants are Billy Spivey of Phillips Street and John Coleman Williams of Mooresville Highway. Neither has held public office, but Williams was one of five candidates in the 2006 race for the commission seats won by Harris and Don Ledford.

Williams, 48, compliments Ledford's service as chairman of the County Commission's Solid Waste Committee, adding, "We need to make sure that Waste Management is accountable."

Waste Management's Cedar Ridge Landfill is along Mooresville Highway, the road that fronts Williams' home.

Spivey, 39, lives in the part of Lewisburg where recycled collections have started. He was "sad to say" his household had not previously recycling much in the past, but has embraced the effort to reduce the flow of trash to landfills.

"I was pretty active in the anti-landfill movement," said Spivey, who opposed the now-abandoned plans for a landfill at Cornersville.

Williams holds similar views. "The county should look closely at recycling to minimize what we send to a landfill, and I think we should monitor closely what Waste Management brings into our county," he said.

Spivey and Williams are asking the County Commission to appoint them on June 23 to serve as the District 5 commissioner until a special county election is conducted Aug. 7. Winners of this election and one to elect a successor for Sam Smith, another commissioner who resigned, would serve two years. The next regular County Commission election is in August 2010.

County Commissioner Jimmy Wolover was appointed to succeed Smith until Sept. 1 when winners of this year's county elections are sworn in. Wolover and Georgeann Blackburn are candidates in the Aug. 7 s . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, Friday, June 6, 2008, for full story.