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101.5 The One FM Like it previously did in Slayden and Cumberland Furnace, the U.S. Postal Service is now reviewing the possibility of reducing hours or even closing the Charlotte Post Office. In a letter sent to all residents and businesses in the 37036 zip code, the postal service is conducting a survey to determine a preference for changes to the office. The options in the survey are: keep the Charlotte Post Office open but reduce its weekday window hours from 8 to 6 hours a day; close the post office and switch to roadside mailbox delivery; close the post office and find a local business to be a postal service contractor; or close the post office and move services to a nearby location. If the post office remains open with reduced hours, residents are asked to indicate their preference for hours of operation on weekdays, keeping in mind that it could affect the time at which mail is delivered to the postal boxes. Saturday window hours and access to mail receptacles would not be affected by the reduction in hours. The postal service previously reduced the hours of operation at the Slayden Post Office to two hours a weekday and adjusted the hours in Cumberland Furnace as part of its nationwide plan to reduce costs to overcome a multi-billion dollar deficit in the operation. Residents of the 37036 zip code are asked to return the survey with their responses by tomorrow and a public meeting is planned for noon Aug. 7 at the Charlotte Post Office to answer questions and provide additional information about plans for the location. The letter says postal officials will share the results of the survey at that meeting and solicit input regarding the time of day the post office will be open. However, it says a final decision regarding the fate of the Charlotte Post Office will not be made until after the public meeting. “This will enable the postal service to obtain all community input and opinions, from both the surveys and the meeting, before making a final decision,” says the letter from Tracy Mofield, manager of post office operations. At Tuesday night's meeting, Mayor Bill Davis and Charlotte Town Council members said they encourage everyone in the 37036 zip code to respond to the survey and urge as many people as possible to attend the public meeting at noon Aug. 7 at the post office on the Courthouse Square. Charlotte “is the county seat and we need a full-time post office,” Davis said.23.07.2014 at 10:07 amLike
101.5 The One FM Dickson Municipal Court Judge Reese Holley has asked the Dickson City Council to consider giving him a raise. Holley told the council's Finance and Management Committee Monday night that the only time the salary for an elected position can be changed is at the start of a new term. After successfully challenging Mitch Dugan's eligibility to be on the Aug. 7 ballot, Holley is unopposed in seeking a second eight-year term as judge. Dickson Mayor Don Weiss Jr. reminded the committee that the fiscal year has already started and any change to the $24,000 annual salary set for the judge will require the city's new budget to be amended. While Holley did not request a specific amount for his salary, he suggested the council consider an option used by many other cities, which is to set the municipal court judge's salary at a specific percentage of the county General Sessions Court judge's salary. Holley presented data on the number of arrests in Dickson and Dickson County based on the latest report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other historical data that he says indicates the municipal court handles about 80 percent of the total civil and criminal caseload of Dickson County General Sessions Court. Based on county population and other statutory criteria, the current salary for the Dickson County General Sessions Court judge is $158,635, according to City Administrator Rydell Wesson. If the city judge's salary is established at 80 percent of the general sessions judge's pay, then it would increase from $24,000 to $126,908. Holley conceded that that would be high for a part-time position where court is currently held once a week. But he said the city could look at what other cities that have a similar caseload in their courts are doing to determine a fair salary and added that as an attorney in private practice any healthcare and retirement benefits that the city could offer the judge also would be important. Holley said the city court could produce additional revenue by increasing its current $99.50 court costs to be in line with other similar courts and there are other revenue opportunities currently being missed. The judge said he believes Dickson is “leaving $200,000-$250,000 on the table” each year. By tying the municipal court judge's salary to the general sessions court judge's pay, Holley said the position would receive automatic cost-of-living adjustments that are defined by state statutes. With the new term for the judge scheduled to begin Sept. 1, the council must act on any changes to the compensation prior to that date, meaning if the judge's salary is to be adjusted it must be done next month or wait until 2022 when the next term will begin. An elected officials compensation cannot be altered in the middle of a term. Weiss said the Finance and Management Committee could take no action on the request, which would have to be considered at the Aug. 4 council meeting.23.07.2014 at 10:07 amLike
101.5 The One FM Today marks the first of two days of extended hours for early voting in Dickson County. Early voting is being offered 8 am-7 pm today in Charlotte, Dickson and White Bluff. Four years ago the Dickson County Election Office began staying open later on Wednesdays during early voting periods and they have become the biggest days for voter turnout. Early voting will be open until 7:00 tonight at the Dickson County Election Office on the Courthouse Square in Charlotte, at Restoration Church on Henslee Drive in Dickson and at White Bluff Town Hall, the county's newest early voting satellite location. Registered voters can cast their ballots at any of the three early voting locations regardless of where they live. With early voting being conducted only at the election office Tuesday, the county saw its lightest turnout so far with 152 ballots cast. That brings the total turnout for the first four days of early voting to 1,174. Of the ballots cast to date, 54.9 percent have chosen the Republican primary, 35.3 percent the Democratic primary and 9.8 percent have skipped the primaries to vote only in the county general election. Election officials are urging all voters to become familiar with the races on the ballot before entering the voting booth and to review their choices carefully before hitting the button to cast their ballot. At least two voters in Charlotte reported they were not provided the ballot for the town's municipal election of a mayor and six council members and hit the button to cast their votes before addressing the mistake with poll officials. After consulting with Dickson County Administrator of Elections Linda Medley and Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goins, the residents were allowed to vote in the Charlotte election on a paper provisional ballot. Other than that one issue and some lines on the first day of early voting last week, election officials say early voting has gotten off to a smooth start. After offering the extended hours at three locations today, early voting will be 8 am-4 pm Thursday in Charlotte only, 8 am-4 pm Friday in Dickson and Charlotte and 9 am-noon Saturday in Charlotte, Dickson and White Bluff. Early voting continues through Aug. 2.23.07.2014 at 10:06 amLike
101.5 The One FM In a brief special session Monday, the Dickson City Council completed the process to increase the city's hotel/motel tax from 2.5 percent to 5 percent on each night's stay in a hotel room in the city. It took the council less than two minutes to call roll then unanimously approve on second and final reading the amendment to increase the city's privilege tax on the occupancy of any rooms, lodgings or accommodations originally created in 2001. There was no discussion before the council voted on a motion to approve the increase by Vice Mayor Mike Legg with a second from Councilman Dwight Haynes. City Administrator Rydell Wesson previously said the new tax rate will take effect Aug. 1. Owners of hotels, motels and any other businesses that rent rooms or accommodations must collect the tax from customers and remit it to the city monthly. In preparing its 2014-15 budget, the city projected an additional $160,000 in revenue from doubling the hotel/motel tax. At a public hearing on the budget in June, the president of the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association said the owners of hotels in Dickson, who recently formed the Dickson County Lodging Alliance, object to the increase because it will drive customers to other nearby counties where the occupancy tax is lower. Combined with the county's 5 percent hotel/motel tax and the state and local sales tax of 9.75 percent, the taxes on a night's stay in a Dickson hotel room will now be 19.75 percent, which on an $80 room is $15.80. The council approved the hotel/motel tax increase along with a 5-cent increase in the city's property tax rate to generate over $309,000 and projects using just under $200,000 from reserves to balance its $16 million budget for 2014-15.23.07.2014 at 10:06 amLike
101.5 The One FM State officials are urging residents of the 615 area code to start getting used to dialing 10 digits for local phone calls. Telephone numbers with the new 629 area code will start being issued next spring and beginning Feb. 28, 2015, all local calls will require dialing 10 numbers. In a statement issued Friday, the Tennessee Regulatory Authority is recommending that all 615 area code residents begin using 10-digit dialing this Saturday, giving them seven months to get into the habit before it becomes required. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator predicts that the sharp increase in demand for telephone numbers due to wireless phones, computers, readers, security systems and other devices will exhaust the supply of numbers available in the 615 area code by the second quarter of 2015. Based on responses from surveys, the TRA chose to create Tennessee's first overlay, meaning a second area code will be added to the same geographic area currently served by 615, instead of splitting the area into two area codes. TRA officials say it means no existing 615 area code phone numbers will have to be changed. Beginning March 28, 2015, new phone services may be assigned the 629 area code. One month earlier, on Feb. 28, all residents of the 615 area code will be required to dial the area code and seven-digit phone number for all local calls. Callers will not have to dial a 1 before a local call and there will be no additional charges. The TRA statement says anything that is currently a local call will remain a local call, even with the new 629 area code. The TRA is suggesting residents begin getting used to 10-digit dialing. “Effective July 26, 2014, you should begin using the new dialing procedures for local calls,” the TRA statement says. For the next seven months, it will not be required and if you forget to dial the area code your local calls still will be completed. But effective Feb. 28, 10-digit dialing will be required and if you forget you will get a recording saying your call cannot be completed and to hang up and try again. The TRA also urges businesses to review their advertising and marketing materials to make sure they begin incorporating the area code with phone numbers and recommends all 615 residents review their pre-programmed numbers to make sure the area code is included. For more information on the new area code or 10-digit dialing, contact the Tennessee Regulatory Authority at 615-741-2904 or visit state.tn.us/tra.23.07.2014 at 10:05 amLike

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