It is an honor and a privilege to continue to serve the
citizens of Warren County as County Executive.
With my second term of office in full swing, my
commitment to represent the people of our county with
dignity and respect has not diminished.
I invite you to
call or stop by my office any time I can be of
assistance to you.
In an effort to remain informed
about local government issues and to maintain
certification as a Certified Public Administrator, I
regularly attend workshops and training sessions
provided by the University of Tennessee County Technical
Assistance Service (CTAS).
Statutory changes in local government operations
are presented at these sessions, making them critical to
the decision-making process of local legislative bodies.
My office maintains open lines of
communication with local, state and federal officials.
We have an excellent working relationship with
Representatives Charlie Curtiss and Judd Matheny, and we
look forward to establishing the same working
relationship with Ms. Janice Bowling, Warren County’s
new representative in the state senate.
with our state legislators to research statewide
legislation that could positively or negatively impact
our county and region.
Likewise, the staffs of our U.S. Senators and
Congressman are readily available to discuss any federal
legislation which holds the potential to directly affect
our citizens or our state and local governments.
County has a reputation for supporting and helping its
own when needs arise.
In addition to the large number of churches,
community organizations and private individuals that
always stand ready to lend a helping hand, there are
other local and regional service agencies that provide
The shared goal of these providers and contributors is
to ensure that the essential basic needs of the families
of Warren County are supplied.
Education remains a top priority of
The impressive resources available in Warren
County are evidence of the importance of education to
Public and private schools serve students in
Recently completed construction projects include
expansion and renovation at Dibrell Elementary School
and new construction at Morrison Elementary School.
Both schools are now fully operational and they
represent a significant financial investment into the
academic success of our children.
Advanced technical training is
available at the Tennessee Technology Center.
bachelor degrees may be obtained through Motlow State
The newly-implemented Mechatronics Program at
Motlow prepares students for highly-skilled positions in
the industrial environment.
The local Mechatronics Program, one of only two
programs of its type in the State of Tennessee, has
proven to be very successful and boasts a 100% job
placement rate for students who have completed the
Two scholarship fund
programs have been established to encourage local
students of all ages to further their educations.
The GED Scholarship Program covers the cost of
GED testing for Warren County students who have
completed preparation for their high school diploma
equivalency tests but are unable to afford the cost of
Citizens for Progress Scholarship Program (CFP), a
“last-dollar” scholarship program, is available to
qualifying local seniors.
The CFP scholarship provides students the
opportunity to attend Motlow or the Technology Center
for two years
Both the GED and CFP Scholarship Programs receive
funding from business and private donations.
of established industry and recruitment of new industry
is key to the economic vitality of our county.
Long-time industrial residents such as
Jarden/Oster, Yorozu Automotive, Bridgestone, and
Morrison Tool & Fab consistently maintain high employee
enrollment. The stability of established
industries—along with evidence of the growth of younger
industries—indicates a positive outlook for future
Activity within the Mountain View
Industrial Park continues to steadily increase, most
recently with the start-up of manufacturing in the
second speculative building which is leased to
Wisconsin-based Miniature Precision Components (MPC).
Employment projections for MPC have escalated and
bids have been awarded for expansion of the MPC facility
to accommodate the company’s growth in Warren County.
Bids have also been awarded for construction of a
third speculative building.
It is very
encouraging to note that the September 2012 unemployment
rate for Warren County was 8.6% as compared to the
September 2011 rate of 10.3%.
This indicates a 1.7% improvement within the past
tax revenues in Warren County are tracking to result in
a significant increase for 2012.
These numbers lead me to believe that our county
is beginning to rebound from the economic challenges we
have faced in recent years.
As we continue to experience positive progress, I
am thankful for the opportunity to work with you to make
Warren County the best it can be.