Although the Loudon County Trustee's office will be led by a
new face in 2013, the last name will remain the same. Loudon County Commission on Tuesday voted
to appoint Chip Miller, who just completed a term as chairman of the Loudon County Chamber of
Commerce, to head up the office. Miller is the son of former county mayor and trustee George
Miller, who recently resigned his post citing health reasons. "I'm very honored and humbled
because I know that's a tough, tough vote," Chip Miller said. "In fact, from the commissioners that
I've spoken to I think that's the one vote that they probably dread the most is appointing a
position like that, and so I feel for them making those tough votes. They're elected to make some
tough votes, and I appreciate their votes and their service." The vote to appoint a new trustee
was nearly postponed when Commissioner Bob Franke made a motion to table the process to allow for
more thorough vetting. He recommended commission discuss the appointees at the next workshop and
take a vote at the February meeting. People who sent resumes to commission for consideration
included Chip Miller; Leo Bradshaw, county director of purchasing and maintenance; Sherri Colvard, a
staff accountant with Marriott Business Services; and city of Loudon Councilman Mike Cartwright.
The trustee position carries a salary of $64,977. Lou Ann Malone, chief deputy at the trustee's
office, has been overseeing duties in George Miller's absence. "I'm satisfied that the place
is not going to fall apart if we don't fill it tonight," Franke said. Commissioner Steve
Harrelson said he supported proceeding with the vote immediately. "I think it's crucial because
of this department that we go ahead and move tonight," Harrelson said. "... I think with tax
season being right in the middle of it now, January, February being so crucial to that time, I
think it's important that we get somebody in there as soon as possible to work alongside Ms.
Malone." Commissioner Sharon Yarbrough agreed. "We have made other decisions as a county
commission that cost our county more money than this appointment overnight, so I don't think we are
not on our feet making appropriate decisions," she said. "We are. That was our job. That's what we
were elected to do." The vote to table a vote failed 6-3. Commissioner Brian Jenkins
nominated Cartwright, while Commissioner David Meers tagged Bradshaw. Harrelson named Chip Miller,
and Commission Chairman Roy Bledsoe nominated Colvard. Commission then turned to the public to
ask for other potential nominees. Former state Rep. Julia Hurley nominated herself, but no
commissioners submitted her name as an appointee. "Just so that there's no confusion, but in
order for Rep. Hurley's name to be voted on by the commissioners, a commissioner will have to put
her name into" the running, County Attorney Bob Bowman said. Chip Miller, whose term expires Aug.
31, 2014, won the appointment with six votes. Bradshaw received two votes, and Colvard got one.
Commissioner Don Miller was absent. In other business, the board: * Approved an amendment
authorizing the Industrial Development Board to negotiate and accept payment in lieu of taxes from
DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts. The resolution stipulates that the annual lease payment in lieu
of taxes of $61,072 shall be paid over a five-year period. The county will receive $37,058 and the
city of Loudon would get $24,014. * Approved the following appointments to the Construction
Board of Adjustments and Appeals: Eric Good, Bill Hart, Mark White, Andy Ewing and Bob Maroney.
Mike Waller and Bill Cox will serve as alternates. * Elected Grazyna Gammons and Susan Goodwin
as notaries. * Approved numerous appointments to the Loudon County E-911 board. Loudon County
Sheriff Tim Guider, Commissioner Steve Harrelson and Loudon Police Chief James Webb will serve on
Panel A, with terms expiring Feb. 5, 2014. Daryl Smith, with Loudon County Emergency Management
Agency, Lenoir City Fire Chief Richard Martin and Lenoir City Police Chief Don White will serve on
Panel B, with terms expiring Feb. 5, 2015. Loudon Fire Chief Travis Gray, Loudon County Fire and
Rescue Chief Bill Hart and Greenback Fire Chief Ronnie Lett will serve on Panel C, with terms
expiring Feb. 1, 2016. * Approved a request to rezone 2.71 acres at 10395 West Lee Highway from
A-2 rural residential to C-1 rural center district.