The Marshall County Fiscal Court meeting last week was atypical, kicking off with a Marshall County Sheriff's Office activity report delivered by a "new sheriff" and a brief interruption from 'The Grinch.'
Jaden Cannon, 10, was "sheriff for the day," shadowing Marshall County Sheriff Eddie McGuire on Dec. 3. Cannon's mother, Melanie, said her family won the opportunity during the fall festival auction at Central Elementary with proceeds benefiting the school's PTO (parent teacher organization).
Melanie said McGuire picked up Cannon from school that morning and they started the day with the fiscal court meeting, drove around the county and had the opportunity to closely inspect the SRT (special response team) armored vehicle. After lunch, Cannon patrolled the school with Deputy Lofton Rowley and K-9 Fox. That evening, Cannon accompanied McGuire and about a dozen deputies to the gun range for required target practice.
"It was well worth it and he thoroughly enjoyed learning different things throughout the day. I was telling my husband, I wish more county leadership would offer this type of opportunity to more students to allow them to learn more about local leadership and daily things that go on--not just hearing about it when things go bad," she said. "We were able to pay to get that opportunity for him but not everyone has the financial situation to do that and those kids shouldn't get left out."
Melanie said Cannon reported enjoying his day and said he wished he could do it again. She also expressed gratitude for McGuire and his deputies, saying she believes community involvement should be a focal point for all elected officials.
McGuire said, "Jaden is a wonderfully polite young man and it was a pure joy to spend the day with him. I hope he truly enjoyed his experience as sheriff for the day."
In other business:
• Financial advisor Bryan Skinner with Ross, Sinclair & Associates, LLC of Lexington told the fiscal court there were three bids for their bond sale of $7.3 million and the lowest bidder was FHN Capital Markets out of Memphis, Tennessee. He said the bond secured a 2.41% rate and after all costs were paid, the net amount left for the county to utilize would be approximately $7.19 million.
• The fiscal court members reviewed a request submitted by the contractor overseeing construction of the multi-use facility in Draffenville for a 125-day time extension; they approved a 90-day extension.
• The fiscal court members approved a number of board appointments including: the reappointment of Paul Thurman to the Marshall County Public Library board for a four-year term; reappointed Jeff Futrell to the Marshall County Extension Board and appointed Eugena Seibert to replace Dianna Angle whose term expires Dec. 31, 2019, both for three-year terms; the appointment of Logan Robertson to the Fairdealing-Olive Fire Board effective Jan. 1, 2020 to replace current board member Robert Phelps, who Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal said intends to step down from the board at that time from a term scheduled to end June 2020.
• Marshall County Parks Director Britney Heath said The Grinch has been a successful and welcomed addition to the Christmas in the Park light show at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville, which is open each evening from dusk until 10 p.m. through Dec. 31. She reported a number of families and even classes from schools of neighboring communities have arrived donning The Grinch pajamas and fan-wear, searching for him in the park. As of Dec. 3, Heath reported the light show, which began the day after Thanksgiving, had resulted in more than $2,000 in monetary donations and more than 1,000 canned goods. For more information about the light show, visit the Mike Miller Park page on Facebook.
• Held a brief executive session to discuss opioid litigation; no announcements were made upon return to regular session.