The DeKalb County Commission Monday night adopted a resolution honoring Neil Dudney, long time President and Coordinator of the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival.
County Mayor Mike Foster read the resolution which states as follows:
"Whereas, it is appropriate that the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor should announce their pride, respect, and admiration for people who so ably serve DeKalb County."
"Whereas, those who volunteer their time and abilities to unselfishly serve our communities should be recognized for the positive work they do."
"Whereas, Mr. Neil Dudney and many volunteers helped establish, nurture, and expand the Smithville Jamboree into a nationally recognized music and crafts event. The two-day gathering is honored as one of the top tourist events in the country."
"Whereas, the Jamboree helps perpetuate our local mountain music and craft history. This event also helps finance many of DeKalb County charities, volunteer organizations, county functions, and churches from food booth sales and sales tax receipts."
"Whereas, DeKalb County's many attributes are presented to a National TV audience because of the Jamboree committees' and Mr. Dudney's years of work,"
"Now, therefore, be it resolved by the DeKalb County Commission that July 3rd, 2009 be officially named ‘Neil Dudney Day'"
"Be it further resolved that this resolution and a presentation be also given to Mr. Neil Dudney as part of the opening ceremony of the Smithville Jamboree on July 3rd, 2009."
"Be it further resolved that this resolution of appreciation be spread across the records of this meeting and preserved as a lasting part of our respect and pride in the Smithville Jamboree and Mr. Neil Dudney."
Due to his health, Dudney has had to step down as Coordinator of the Fiddler's Jamboree.
Meanwhile, in other business, the county commission adopted a resolution establishing maximum speed limits on Holiday Haven Road and a portion of Old Sparta Road.
The resolution states that "Whereas, persons living on Holiday Haven Road from Highway 56 north to the split on the east end of the Holiday Haven Road and persons living on the old Sparta Road from the eastern city limits of Smithville to the intersection with Highway 70 east wish to enhance the safety and livability in their communities by asking the DeKalb County Commission to establish a maximum speed limit in these areas."
"Whereas, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has looked at Holiday Haven Road from Highway 56 North to the split toward the east end of Holiday Haven Road and at the Old Sparta Road from the eastern city limits of Smithville to the intersection of the Old Sparta Road and Highway 70 east. A maximum speed limit of 35 miles per hour has been recommended by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for these roads."
"Whereas, it is the desire of the DeKalb County Commission to help provide a safer living condition by establishing speed limits of 35 miles per hour on these two roads as requested by people living in the area and the Tennessee Highway Patrol."
"Now, therefore, the DeKalb County Commission hereby establishes a maximum speed limit of 35 miles per hour on Holiday Haven Road from Highway 56 north to the eastern end of Holiday Haven Road near the split of that road and a maximum speed limit of 35 miles per hour on the Old Sparta Road from the eastern city limits of Smithville to the intersection with Highway 70 east for that portion of the Old Sparta Road."
(Click here to listen to the County Commission meeting in it's entirety as broadcast LIVE on WJLE Monday night. http://www.wjle.com/node/6918)