September 21, 2011 at 6:48am
Until our so called elected officials want to bring some work into our county, it does not make any difference if we receive money or not.
September 21, 2011 at 7:01am
You are absolutely correct. Every member of the Woodbury Board of Mayor and Aldermen, every member of the Cannon County Commission and the County Executive should be doing everything possible to support the efforts of Cobb Home Innovations to start a manufacturing facility here. If they do not do so they are turning their collective backs on the citizens of Cannon County.
Anybody who does not support this project is one who wants Cannon County to have a jobless rate near 10 percent - or higher. They want Cannon County property owners to pay higher property taxes every year. They want less sales tax revenue for the county. They want businesses to struggle and even close because they don't have enough customers. They want a lower quality of life for every citizen and less educational opportunities for our youngest citizens.
September 21, 2011 at 12:42pm
I've been saying it for years and I will continue to do so.
The responsibility and the power to change Cannon County lies squarely on the shoulders of the ten elected Commissioners and the County Executive.
Add this to the list of the many things they COULD and SHOULD be discussing on a MONTHLY basis instead of a quarterly basis.
We cannot afford to let this opportunity pass us up by dragging our feet and meeting four times a year in the hopes we can solve the issues that will certainly face the Cobbs as they try to start up this new business.
Is it not amazing that the City Of Woodbury needs to meet once a month, but the County Commissioners and County Executive don't feel the need to?
The idea that "we can meet in special session" is one that doesn't hold water any longer. We have issues, problems and troubles that require this elected body to meet every month.
To say any different is simply a lie that cannot be tolerated any longer!
I dare anyone to deny the idea that our county does not have enough problems that we don't need our elected officials to meet at least once a month.
September 21, 2011 at 1:00pm
Corey, please confine your comments on this article to the topic at hand. At this stage of the game the number of times the commission meets per year is not going to make a difference in getting those jobs here. Positive thoughts and prayer would be much more effective.
September 21, 2011 at 1:17pm
I think my comments do pertain to the article by what you yourself posted above.
If the County Commissioners do not support it as you say they should then they are in essence against it.
How else can they support it unless they meet to discuss it and make laws to help it grow?
Do you realize how long it takes to get something as simple as a fire truck repaired waiting on the County Commissioners to meet?
We don't have the ability to drag this out like a fire truck repair. The Cobb's and the county needs the help NOW!
All I am saying is the Cobb's need more help to get this business going than the four times a year the Commissioners meet will bring them in my opinion.
My prayers the Cobb's have and my prayers the county has, but without the support of the elected officials my prayers will be in vain I am sorry to say.
September 21, 2011 at 1:37pm
I was referring of the timing of your comments, not the validity of your points. At this present time it is not important how often the commission meets. What is important is I just received word that Governor Haslam called Hugh Cobb within the last hour and I am awaiting confirmation of that report and what, if anything, came of their discussion.
September 21, 2011 at 1:46pm
Good news from the Governor I hope! For the Cobbs, the County and the Citizens of our community who desperately need jobs!
I am just in a hurry to get new industry and new jobs started here, nothing more and nothing less.
You will have to excuse my pessimistic thoughts and comments considering the proven time it takes the County Commissioners and the County Executive to agree on or meet on items that have the potential to affect the lives of a lot of people in our community.
September 22, 2011 at 6:14am
Why can't they get a business loan?
September 22, 2011 at 6:22am
There is no indication that they can't or won't for some amount of the startup costs.
September 22, 2011 at 9:24am
@justasking: They can get a business loan, but with the economy the way it is at the moment they would not be able to get the full start-up amount, that is the reason to get Government loans or grants.
@Corey & Kevin: I would have to say you are both correct. Kevin we all do need to pray that jobs want to come to our county. Corey we need to have meetings that would insure that those businesses get a prompt answer.
I would encourage everyone in this county to change their mindset and support local business. I know this is an ongoing arguments and some people have made comments like the people of Cannon County don't support my business why should I, prices are higher in Woodbury than ______, you can't find a business open when you need it, and so many more excuses, but we have to support local in order to bring in revenue to our county and help keep our property taxes down.
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