published Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Hamilton County: Commissioners approve grant, talks elections


by Dan Whisenhunt

Hamilton County commissioners approved a $144,000 grant application today to help a local business expand.

They also spent time discussing Tuesday’s elections.

The grant, which will come through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will help Southern Tool Steel with a $1.7 million expansion expected to create 25 jobs within a year of completion.

The commissioners also offered preliminary goodbyes to Commissioner Richard Casavant, who lost his re-election bid to James Fields, and congratulated Commissioner Bill Hullander, who won the GOP primary for county trustee.

But commissioners also blasted the low voter turnout in the elections.

“I was really surprised and disappointed there wasn’t a bigger turnout yesterday,” said County Mayor Claude Ramsey, who easily won the Republican primary. “It’s a privilege and a responsibility.”

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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