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Google to develop solar farm in Hollywood, Alabama Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:20

         

               Google just announced a solar farm in Hollywood, Alabama in an article that reads, " Hundreds of engineers, electricians and construction workers are building two new, energy-efficient Google data center campuses in the Southeastern U.S.—one in Tennessee and another in northern Alabama.

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Parsons announces retirement Friday, 11 January 2019 16:17

J.P. Parsons, Vice President - Destination Marketing of the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, has announced his retirement. Parsons has been at the Chamber of Commerce for more than 16 years.

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Scottsboro City Schools kicks off Safter School initiative Thursday, 20 December 2018 14:44

The Scottsboro City School Board is kicking off  its  “Safer Schools=Safe Students initiative.

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 Kristie Crabtree, Director of  Jackson County Department of Human Resources spoke during the recent Jackson County Commission meeting.

Crabtree explained that the DHR building is set up to best serve the community. She went on to explain the building is secure, has a playground for families and visitation rooms for those families who require supervised visitation. There are 42 employees located within the office. In Jackson County there are over 100 in foster care, over 6,000 families receive food stamps.
Information received by The Clarion shows that  in 1993, the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources  and the Jackson County Commission entered into an agreement that a bond issue would be obtained to build the building which currently houses Jackson County Department of Human Resources.   The State of Alabama Department of Human Resources  paid the bond payments in full for 15 years until the building was paid off, although the county would own the building due to restrictions placed on the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources, which does not authorize them to own property or buildings.
After the bond was paid off,  in 2008, a lease agreement was signed stating that the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources  would lease the building for $1  per square foot per year, totalling $1,555  per month.   The same lease agreement was signed again in 2013. Since the expiration of that lease agreement the Jackson County Commission has requested rent of up to $5 dollars per square foot ($7,775) plus maintenance and upkeep of the building.  Since 1993, the Alabama Department of Human Resources  has been responsible for all maintenance and upkeep of the building.  Air conditioning units, carpet replacement, daily cleaning, yard upkeep  and monthly maintenance have all been paid for by DHR.
The State has agreed to pay more money to maintain the lease on the building. However, the State refused to agree to continue paying the upkeep of the building. DHR has paid $186,620 to the Jackson County Commission in a lease agreement for a building that was originally paid for by the Alabama Department of Human Resources.  
Commission Chairman Tim Guffey stated the contract has come to an end and they would like to take another look at the rates, no one has said they’d evict DHR.
J.P. Parsons also spoke during the recent Commission meeting. Parsons stated that a travel writer for the American Crappie Trail recently stayed in the Jackson County Park cabins, wrote about them and highly reviewed them. Parsons stated that they (Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce) pay $3,000-$5,000  for small ads in magazines he writes in.
The writer is asking for a 14- night stay from February 3 through February 17 at Jackson County Park in return for articles written by him about Jackson County.

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