Giles County Hazardous Waste Clean-Up April 21

by Rebecca Bryant

Giles County Solid Waste is holding its Spring Great American Clean-Up April 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ag Convenience Center located at 2030 Elkton Pike. This is a chance for residents to collect and drop off their household hazardous waste items for free in a safe and responsible manner. Cleaner water and land for people, game and other wildlife use is helped by the proper collection and disposal of hazardous materials. Volunteers are also needed to pick up litter in Giles County. Bags of litter may also be dropped at the convenience center.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) records data such as household participation rate and pounds of waste by specific classifications each time a collection event is held. Each year, Giles County submits a written request to TDEC, who then assesses the number of events to be held each year based on need. Giles is one of the few participating counties that have recently held two events each year to help residents properly dispose of hazardous wastes. In 2016, 233 households participated in spring and 182 households in fall. 200 households participated in spring 2017 and the fall numbers are published yet. Heavy participation by Giles County residents helps ensure further collection events. TDEC reviews each county's participation by household count and actual pounds collected to determine future program dates for best use of the department's resources.

Household hazardous waste items are materials that are corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive and used around the home. These materials are harmful to the environment including local water sources if not disposed of properly. Items that can be dropped off for free include: household cleaners (such as drain and toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants, oven cleaners), home maintenance chemicals (such as oil paint, adhesives, paint strippers), automotive products (grease and rust solvents, refrigerants, putty, coolants, engine cleaners), lawn and garden chemicals (herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer) and miscellaneous items (pool chemicals, medicines and drugs, mercury thermostats and thermometers, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, lead).

Elkton Police Chief Ike Bearden, Elkton Mayor Carolyn Thompson and  new Elkton Officer Josh Davis

Elkton City Council April Meeting

by Rebecca Bryant

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Thompson at 6 p.m., followed by the roll call, pledge and prayer. In attendance were Aldermen Payton Blade, Bill Bonjour, Bill Cary, Frances Neal, Mayor Carolyn Thompson, City Recorder Margie Brooks and City Attorney Joe Fowlkes. Alderman Darren Shockney was not in attendance.

A motion to approve the March minutes and financial report was made by Blade, seconded by Cary, vote was 4/0 and motion passed. Blade then made a motion to approve the financial report, seconded by Neal, vote was 4/0 and motion passed.

Police Chief Ike Braden provided the police report including 75 citations: 64 speeding, six for no muffler, three for financial responsibility, and two registration violations. Nineteen warnings were also issued: 13 vehicle tag and registrations, five for financial responsibility and one driver's license not in possession. Additionally, four arrests were made. One funeral escort, one domestic call and two dog complaints were also handled. Chief Braden welcomed Officer Josh Davis to full time duty having earned his certification for the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), a requirement to be a fully sworn in officer in the state.

Fire Chief Payton Blade provided the Fire Department report. Blade and the Elkton Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) were on scene for six calls: three motor vehicle accidents, two grass fires, one unlawful burn. Residents may burn on their property only after notifying the fire department and obtaining a fire permit. This ordinance is in effect year round in the City of Elkton. Blade also invited everyone to the EVFD's Fish Fry this Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds go to the fire department for equipment upgrades and ongoing education.

Mike Watridge had nothing to report for this month's Street Department Report.

For a five dollar fee, electronics including computers, televisions, stereos, microwaves and other electronic items can also be dropped off.

There are some items not accepted including explosives, ammunition and radioactive waste including smoke detectors and empty containers.

 Representatives at the convenience center will be able to provide residents with contact information for disposal of these items. While the date is arranged to accommodate residential households, organizations such as schools, farms, churches, and businesses must make an appointment at 615-643-3170 and to receive a quote.

The event is sponsored by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Keep TN Beautiful and Giles County Solid Waste. For additional information, contact Julie Phillips at 931-424-7035 or at gcsolidwaste@

Tammy Helton

Tammy Helton Announces Candidacy For Register

Tammy Helton has announced her candidacy for the office of Giles County Register of Deeds.

Helton is currently serving as Chief Deputy Register of Deeds and has worked in that office for 22 years.

"Since working in this office, I  have actively participated in updating the office with the addition of computers in 1998, updating computers again in 2006 and, in 2015-18 converting the old deed books from microfilm to a computer image, making the records available back to1896," Helton said. "This makes it more convenient for customers to obtain the records online without using the books, which causes constant wear and tear to the old deed and index books. A website has been created for customers to remotely gain access to the records as well."

Improvements have constantly been made to the office to better serve the customers, Helton said, noting she intends to continue that standard.

"If elected, I will continue to make improvements and stay up-to-date as technology changes, while still preserving the old records," Helton said. "I know how this office operates and I will continue to offer assistance to our customers as Tennessee law allows."

Helton has completed numerous hours of training as a Certified Public Administrator with CTAS through the University of Tennessee, which offers training on the operation of local county government offices.

The daughter of Dean and Mary Boatright of Pulaski, she was born and raised in Giles County. She is a 1982 graduate of Richland High School and attended Columbia State Community College.

She is married to Kyle Helton, and they have two children.

"I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve as the next Giles County Register of Deeds and I would greatly appreciate your vote," Helton concluded.

Courtney Dunavant

Courtney Dunavant Seeks Giles Register Of Deeds

In announcing her candidacy for the office of Giles County Register of Deeds Courtney Dunavant said, "I never really thought about running for public office, but after encouragement from my family and friends and giving it a lot of careful consideration, I have decided to run for Register of Deeds in Giles County.  I feel my education, work experience, management skills and overall love for Giles County make me the perfect fit for this position, and I hope the voters of Giles County agree."

Dunavant graduated from Giles County High School and earned a business degree from Martin Methodist College. Courtney's 23 years of business employment experience includes 9 years in the business office at Martin Methodist College as the associate controller where she is currently employed and seven years with First National Bank.

Courtney who is married to Ryan Dunavant, for 11 years and the couple are the parents of two children, Barrett 5 and Dakota 2.  Barrett enjoys Tee-ball, soccer, riding his bike and will start kindergarten this fall.  Dakota loves being outdoors and trying to do whatever her brother does.  Ryan is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, in Giles County, and has been with them for 15 years. Ryan also loves all things outdoors including everything from hunting to beef cows.

The daughter of Donnie and Gwen Moore, Courtney's grandparents are the late Earl and Ethel Moore, and the late Bertrand Hannah. Her grandmother, Martha Rene Hannah currently resides at Ivy Crest.

"By the way, if you are not sure who to vote for, go talk to my Mam-Ma and she will set you straight," Courtney added. "My husband's family, my parents and grandparents are all longtime residents of Giles County. There is a very good chance that if you do not know me, no matter where you live in Giles County, you will know or have known one of them."

"I hope to see as many of you as possible before the election and have already visited with some, but please know that I would very much appreciate your vote and any other support you can offer in my campaign for Register of Deeds," Dunavant concluded.

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