Council rezones property, Mack wins logo contest

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[Featured image: A prototype drawing of the winning logo in the Town of Murphy Logo Contest created by artist and local resident Justin Mack.]

MURPHY, N.C. – The Monday, May 7, Murphy City Council meeting saw the council rezone property on the Hiwassee River and announce the winner of the City Logo Contest.

A public hearing on the rezoning of four parcels located on the Hiwassee River between Petrie Street and U.S. Hwy. 64 kicked off the meeting. The rezoning proposal of the parcels, owned by Charlene M. Smith, Noland Smith, William H. McKeever, William H. Forsyth Jr., Marion Forsyth, would rezone the property from R-2 Residential to H-B Highway Business.

When asked by a citizen of the reasoning behind the rezoning and the potential tax implications, Councilman Frank Dickey provided an explanation, saying the move updates the zoning in the city.

“The property owners requested it. The natural growth since the four-lane came through has been in that area. It’s not conducive for R-2 Residential,” Dickey stated. “Taxes will probably be the same, and hopefully, they’ll triple … We reviewed it and recommended it and passed it on to the board for this public hearing.”

Of the rezoning, Mayor Rick Ramsey stated, “It gives the town of Murphy (an opportunity) for that property being productively used in a way that current zoning would not really afford us as a town.”

Later in the meeting, the council approved the rezoning with Councilman Noland Smith, being one of the property owners, recusing himself from the vote.

The council also held a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the town charter to consider non-partisan council elections.

Melody Johnson, a resident, spoke in favor of the proposed change stating she felt a non-partisan election would attract more voters. “I don’t want to vote for the party; I want to vote for the person,” Johnson said.

City Attorney Ronald Cowan explained the council could vote to approve the amendment at its next meeting after publicly advertising the proposed change. That approval would change the elections to non-partisan without the need of a referendum. However, Cowan added if 10 percent of the city’s registered voters petitioned to have the issue presented as a referendum in an upcoming election, the referendum would have to pass before any changes could be made to the current election format.

The six finalist designs in the Town of Murphy Logo Contest.

Ramsey announced the winner and the winning design of the recent Town of Murphy Logo Contest. The mayor told of the success of the contest and a participation celebration held Thursday, May 3, which featured attendees U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows and state Representative Kevin Corbin. According to Ramsey, there were 42 entries in the contest that were narrowed down to six finalists by city employees. From those six, residents had the opportunity to cast their vote and there were 572 total votes.

Turning the presentation over to Councilwomen Karen Watson and Gail Stansell, an enlarged copy of the winning design was unveiled from underneath a black cloth revealing a colorful sketch from Justin Mack to be the winner. The circular design features the words “Murphy North Carolina” at the top and “The City of Flowers” at the bottom of the logo along with “Est. 1851” flanking the center on the left and right of the logo, respectively. In the center inset, a mix of warm and cool colors portrays a sunset scene with the mountains to the west of the city in the background, a shadowy skyline view of downtown Murphy with the prominent courthouse dome in the middle ground, and a colorful array of flowers in the immediate foreground.

Artist Justin Mack stands beside his winning design for the Town of Murphy Logo Contest.

“It was a great competition and the art was very competitive. Congratulations, sir. You were up against the best,” Mayor Ramsey told Mack, who was in attendance for the unveiling.

Described as a “forever-more brand” of Murphy by Ramsey, the design will be adopted as the city’s official logo. In addition to the honor, Mack received a cash award of $100 for his winning design.

In other business, the council approved a $4,500 budget request from the Cherokee County Arts Council for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The council announced a public hearing will take place Monday, June 4, at 5 p.m. during its regular meeting to address the proposed 2018-19 fiscal year budget. Following this, the budget is expected to be adopted at the meeting.

Councilwoman Barbara Hughes announced the city will have a Fourth of July parade this year. The route, according to Hughes, will start at the historic L & N Depot and will commence to Konahetta Park. Hughes stated the city is still in need of volunteers to help organize the event.

 

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Rep. Meadows moves on to November, Palmer to remain sheriff

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MURPHY, N.C. – Tuesday’s primary election yielded two tight local races and decided several other local races with no Democratic opposition moving into the November general election, according to unofficial results from the county Board of Elections.

Nationally, incumbent Mark Meadows won in a landslide over challenger Chuck Archerd both at the county level and district-wide in the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11. In Cherokee County, Meadows took 3,221 votes for 88.17 percent compared to Archerd’s 432 for 11.83 percent. Across the 16-county district, Meadows took 86.35 percent of the votes for a total of 35,438 votes while Archerd took 13.65 percent for 5,600 votes.

In the Democratic primary U.S. House District 11, Phillip G. Price edged out candidates Steve Woodsmall and D. Scott Donaldson. Within the district, Price garnered 13,403 votes for 40.58 percent while Woodsmall and Donaldson took 10,286 votes (31.14 percent) and 9,342 votes (28.29 percent), respectively. In Cherokee County, Price won with 204 votes (39.84 percent) compared to Woodsmall’s 162 (31.64 percent) and Donaldson’s 146 (28.52 percent). Price will go on to face Meadows in the November general.

With no Democratic opposition coming in the fall election, the sheriff’s race was decided last night as Republican incumbent Derrick Palmer defeated challenger Dan Sherrill. Sheriff Palmer received 2,732 votes for 71.50 percent while Sherrill picked up 1,089 votes for 28.50 percent.

The two closest races of the night were both for Cherokee County Board of Commissioners seats. Republican incumbent Dr. Dan Eichenbaum narrowly defeated Winfield Clonts by 40 votes for the Board of Commissioners District 4 primary. Commission Chairman Eichenbaum took a total of 1,919 votes for 50.53 percent while Clonts received 1,879 for 49.47 percent. No Democrat qualified to run the November election; therefore, Eichenbaum will retain his seat on the Board of Commissioners.

Another close commissioners race was for the District 1 seat. Republican incumbent Cal Stiles edged out challenger Tim West 1,938-1,863 (50.99 percent to 49.01 percent). Stiles will face Democrat challenger Gary James, who ran unopposed in the primary, in November’s general election.

The District 3 Board of Commissioners seat was also on the ballot last night as Republican incumbent Gary “Hippie” Westmoreland faced challenger Corey V. Bailey. Westmoreland won with 2,686 votes for 72.52 percent while Bailey took 1,018 votes for 27.48 percent. Westmoreland will also retain his seat on the board as there is no Democratic opposition in November.

Four seats on the Cherokee County Board of Education were also on the primary ballot. An At-large race featuring Republican candidates Keesha Curtis and Tylor J. Dockery saw Curtis win with 1,707 votes (51.59 percent) to Dockery’s 1,602 (48.41 percent). Curtis will face Democrat incumbent Tim Coffey, who ran unopposed in the primary, in the general election for the At-large seat on the board.

The District 3 Board of Education Republican primary saw three candidates vying for two seats from the district. In this race, the top two candidates received seats on the board. Overall, Joe Wood received the most votes with 2,481 and 42.47 percent while Mark Patterson took second with 1,767 votes and 30.25 percent. Incumbent Paul H. Brown lost his re-election bid as he finished with 1,594 votes and 27.29 percent. No Democrats qualified to run in the November general election; therefore, Wood and Patterson will assume seats on the Board of Education.

Rounding out the Board of Education races, Jeff Martin defeated Jeannie Gaddis in the Republican primary 2,397-1,175 (67.11 percent to 32.89 percent) in the District 2 race. Martin has no Democratic opponent in the general election and will take the District 2 seat on the board.

Overall, for the county, 4,391 out of 22,959 potential ballots were cast for a voter turnout of 19.13 percent.

 

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Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

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