By BRIAN GRAVES
First District Commissioner Terry Caywood announced Monday he will not seek a third term as a member of the Bradley County Commission.The former educator said he wanted to make his announcement …
First District Commissioner Terry Caywood announced Monday he will not seek a third term as a member of the Bradley County Commission.
The former educator said he wanted to make his announcement concerning not seeking re-election as early as possible, in order to give those who may want to run for the position the appropriate opportunity to make their decisions.
Under the new Commission election configuration, Caywood’s announcement will leave District 1, Seat A as an open seat during the county general election next year. Caywood’s term will officially end on Sept. 1, 2018.
“I want to thank the voters of the First District for electing me to two terms as commissioner,” Caywood said. “After much prayer and counsel from my family, I have decided not to seek a third term as commissioner.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the voters of Bradley County,” he said. “I express my heartfelt thanks to the mayor and my fellow commissioners for making my tenure an enjoyable one.”
Caywood said he would miss everyone, including his commission counterpart, 1st District Commissioner Mike Hughes who he described as “a good partner to work with.”
“May God send you a good Christian representative who has the best interests of Bradley County at heart,” he said receiving a round of applause from his colleagues.
Seventh District Commissioner Bill Winters was elected to the commission the same year as Caywood.
“It has been a pleasure for me to sit at this side of the table and look over and see Terry Caywood,” Winters said. “We don’t always agree on how we may vote, but I know his decision is coming from the heart of wanting to do the best for Bradley County, and the best for his family. I will miss you here and whoever sits there will have a very tough time filling your shoes.”
After the meeting, Hughes commented, “I feel like I’m losing my mentor. He’s a very good man.”
Turning to business on a light post-holiday agenda, Finance Committee Chairman Milan Blake presented a letter he wants to send to state legislators concerning a sales tax which the state charges on insurance sales.
“When I started looking into it, we are charged sales tax by the state on the premium that we pay,” Blake said.
He said part of that is due to the Affordable Health Care Act and most likely cannot be changed before any action is taken by the federal government.
“But, the 1.75 percent is a different thing,” he said describing the portion which is charged by the state. “I think the state needs to take a look at eliminating that and helping the county out.”
Blake said if the state responds with how will the revenue be replaced, “I’ll tell them that is for them to determine — just like when they eliminated the Hall tax and other stuff.”
Commissioner Howard Thompson recognized Lee’s Tree Service for its actions in cleaning up what had become a community eyesore along Highway 64.
“They spent several hundred dollars and used their own equipment while we were cleaning up that mess,” Thompson said. “They spent several hours working out there. I appreciate what they have done for the community, and they have always been willing to help out.”
Commissioners also agreed to vote next week on taking an unusual two weeks off as the Christmas and New Year’s holidays both fall on Mondays, which is the normal day of business for the Commission.
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