Stacey recommends Crowell to chair River Agency

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CHAPEL HILL -- The Marshall County man who's been leading a five-county river watershed agency that holds quarterly board meetings here says he won't continue as chairman and he recommends a Shelbyville man as his successor.

Freddie Stacey, a well-known homebuilder in Marshall County, has been chairman of the Duck River Development Agency for about 5-6 year. He doesn't remember exactly how many, but he remembers well the days in his youth when he'd catch catfish in the river.

Gene Crowell, the retired director of the Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System, is who Stacey says should be his successor. Calls to reach Crowell were unsuccessful.

Recalling fond memories of his childhood, Stacey said he and his father would use a trotline with dozens of hooks. He'd stand on the riverbank as a boat in the river would lay the line down the river, only to be retrieved with a number of catfish.

"I've been on the river all my life," said Stacey, who wants to remain active on the board.

Its members are appointed by the governor and they're charged with protecting the quality and volume of the water resource. That's become more important in the past year because of continued drought.

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