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Commission looks to fill vacant seat on school board
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The county commission voted Monday night to accept applications through noon on Feb. 6 to fill the vacancy on the school board left by the recent resignation of board member Bruce Parsley.Residents who reside in the 6th District and are interested in serving the remainder of Parsley’s term on the board may submit a letter of interest to the county mayor's office before that date to become part of the process.Interviews for the position will be conducted during an all-committee meeting on Feb. 23.Boyd Trapp and Doug Stephens expressed interest in the job at last week's all-committee meeting of the county commission.The two were also in attendance at Monday night’s regular meeting.School board members from both the 5th and 6th Districts will be up for election during the August general election. The full term of the office is four years.The qualifying deadline for the school board positions is April 5.Parsley tendered his resignation as of Dec. 31. His term expires Aug. 31.The commission adopted a resolution asking the state legislature to make the sale of synthetic drugs a felony.Many surrounding counties have adopted such resolutions recently in an attempt to coerce the legislature into acting on the problem.The resolution reads;"Whereas, synthetic marijuana and designer stimulants have created a public health problem in DeKalb County as witnessed by the DeKalb County Emergency Medical Services and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department; andWhereas, during a recent raid in September 2011 conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, State Attorney General's Office, Rutherford County District Attorney's Office, Murfreesboro Police Department and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department 36 convenience stores in Rutherford County were found to be selling synthetic marijuana and designer stimulants for up to $30 per package; and“Whereas, currently in the State of Tennessee some of these products are being sold legally while some are covered under current legislation making them illegal but is a misdemeanor charge.“Now, therefore, be it resolved by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, that the DeKalb County legislative delegation be asked to write and pass comprehensive legislation to make the manufacturing, distribution, and selling of synthetic drugs a felony in the State of Tennessee," the resolution concluded.The commission also adopted a resolution expressing their disapproval of the new state redistricting plan, which splits DeKalb County between the 40th and 46th districts.The resolution reads; "Whereas DeKalb County has always been represented by one State Representative and one State Senator;“Whereas, DeKalb County cannot have an effective voice in state government when its citizens are split amongst multiple legislative districts (especially given the size of the county and of the newly carved segments);“Whereas, there is both a constitutional and case law requirement that lawmakers avoid splitting counties into multiple legislative districts;“Be it resolved that the Democratic Party of DeKalb County hereby asks the Tennessee General Assembly to amend the redistricting plan to keep all of DeKalb County in one Senate and one Representative district."DeKalb County Democratic Party Secretary Joyce Hendrixson requested in a letter to County Mayor Mike Foster that the commission adopt this resolution as approved by the Democratic Party's Executive Committee and mass attendees on Saturday."The party voted to request help from the Tennessee State Legislature to address the injustice that has recently been done to the county by the proposed redistricting,' Hendrixson wrote."I am asking that the county commission vote to voice their opposition to the newly proposed carving up of the county.