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Ramsey resigns from board

The Town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen held its monthly meeting for the month of August Monday night in front of a packed house.
Under the order of new business, the board began discussion of the bids for the new mowing contract for the town. Only one bid was received and it was from Mark Ramsey’s company. Ramsey was formerly an alderman with the town.
Per legal and ethical requirements, Ramsey had as of Monday, resigned from his post as alderman as to not create a conflict of interest.
Mayor Lynch wanted to make sure that those in attendance knew that the proper protocols had been followed in conjunction with the board’s attorney to ensure that the process for Ramsey resigning from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and, consequently bidding for and winning the mowing contract with the town, was handled correctly and according to proper protocol.
At the start of the meeting, local citizen Reese Brackins, grandson of Russell Brackins, was recognized with a proclamation for his quick thinking that likely saved his mother’s life. When his mother experienced a medical emergency, Brackins immediately called the authorities for help but also began emergency mouth-to-mouth treatment and stayed on the line with the dispatcher, following their explicit instructions.
Former Erwin Mayor Russell Brackins said that there was no doubt that Reese’s actions saved her life. Reese was awarded with a plaque followed by a round of applause.
Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch said that it is important to recognize the town’s youth whenever they go the extra mile for the town and its citizens. The board also approved a 911 road change for Bowman Road to become known as Easy Street.
Additionally, the board discussed the implementation of an ordinance requested by the Unicoi County Animal Shelter. No motion was made on the ordinance, there was only discussion.