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Cornersville swears in new police officer

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Town of Cornersville swore in a new police officer at the meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week.

"I was tired of being an SRO," said Eli Stuard, formerly a Marshall County Sheriff's Department Deputy, about why he took the job in Cornersville. Ironically, the officer he is replacing, Shawn Jones, is going to be a School Resource Officer in Rutherford County.

Stuard was unsure last Thursday about when he would be starting work for Cornersville. He was still in a Marshall County patrol car Friday afternoon, investigating who had illegally dumped trash after hours at the convenience center on Ostella Road.

According to sources at the Marshall County Sheriff's office, a 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force agent, Billy Ostermann, is taking the SRO job at Marshall County High School so that he can work there in the daytime and take law school classes at night. The former SRO at MCHS, Travis Childers, will be assigned to other duties.

In other business at Cornersville's meeting, the mayor, Amos Davis, was pleased to announce that the town had ended the year with its budget in the black.

"With the economic situation as it was, this year a good job was done on Taylor's part," Davis said. "He thought we might come up short."

Taylor Brandon, the town manager, pointed out that the budget for next year does not include raises for anyone, but it does not include an increase in property taxes either.

"Hopefully we'll never have an increase in property taxes as long as I'm mayor," Davis added.

The board of mayor and aldermen has asked their attorney, Quinn Brandon, to help them create a policy regarding new roads that are handed over to the town for maintenance when a subdivision is opened.

"We don't need ever again to accept another street like Tarpley," exclaimed Davis. "The town needs to take over a good road."

"Yes," agreed alderman Frank Pickens. "Paving streets eats up the money."

Still on the subject of roads and streets, the state Department of Finance has told Cornersville they have to address the matter of returning $14,000 to the street fund.

"This has been going on for a least four years," Brandon said. "This is from before any of us were here."

Plans have been made to get this taken care of over a four-year period.

"What I'm looking at is the bottom line," Davis said. "As long as everything's legal and we have a positive number on the bottom line, that's all I care about."

There were no citizens' comments, and the meeting, including administering the oath to Stuard, took less than 20 minutes.