County clerk can now renew licenses

Friday, May 27, 2011

Drivers licenses can now be renewed in Lewisburg, according to an announcement made at the County Commission's meeting Monday night.

County Clerk Daphne Fagan told commissioners and a small audience that her office in the Courthouse Annex is now "up and running with drivers licenses," including taking the pictures. They have done almost 100 since the beginning of the month.

She quickly qualified the statement by explaining that they could not do anything with commercial drivers licenses, or issue first-time licenses. The people the county clerk's office can serve are those who need their name or address changed on their license, or need a replacement license because theirs is lost, or want to renew their license with an up-to-date picture.

"Technology has arrived in Marshall County," exclaimed chairman Tom Sumners.

"Trust me, your picture will look good," said Fagan. "We won't let you leave with a bad picture."

The remainder of the commission's business was purely routine, with all resolutions passing by a unanimous vote of 17-0. Commissioner Barry Spivey was absent.

One of the resolutions was to re-appoint Freda Terry as director of accounts and budgets.

"I heard you might retire," said commissioner Dean Delk.

"I told them a date," Terry confirmed.

"We still have to reappoint her," Sumners said, adding that a committee was already working on finding a replacement.

"I'd like to give her a vote of confidence and express our appreciation for her work," said commissioner Rocky Bowden, and this was greeted by applause.

The meeting adjourned 20 minutes after it started, with Sumners' final word a request for everyone to remember Bowden's brother, who is seriously ill, in their prayers.

The Emergency Medical Service committee, meeting immediately after the county commission, unanimously approved the EMS budget presented by director James Whorley.

"An ambulance is a necessity right now," Whorley said. There is $100,000 in the budget for a new ambulance, but it might not cost quite that much, he said. Whorley explained that by next year they will have three ambulances with over 200,000 miles on their odometers.

"We do maintain them well," Whorley said. "That's how we've kept them on the road for so long."

"If we get a new ambulance, we'll have one for sale," he added, and the sale of an old ambulance would produce money to be put back into the general fund.

The committee was satisfied with Whorley's explanation of how he had budgeted less for office supplies, but more for diesel and medical supplies, and all business was concluded before 6:45 p.m.