By Richard Rourk

Town of Erwin officials named two new employees — Building Inspector Jim Sullivan and Code Enforcer Chris Baker — during a Feb. 22 board of mayor and aldermen meeting.

“We welcome both to the town,” Erwin Mayor Glenn White said. “They both come highly recommended.”

In addition, the BMA received an update from Unicoi County Search and Rescue.

Team leader Mike Adams said, “We currently have 25 members. We are the only unit in Unicoi County that is nationally certified to serve as a swift water rescue squad. “We train for both backwoods and urban rescue,” Adams added. “We are in dire need of vehicles.”

Adams made a request of $10,000 from the BMA to help fund replacement vehicles. “We will have to look at this closer to budget time,” White said. “I can speak for all of us, we thank you for all you do for the town and the county.”

For more information or to donate to the Unicoi County Search and Rescue Squad, visit or follow them on Facebook.

The BMA also heard from a representative of the Unicoi County Public Library who gave town officials an update from the library. “We offer free access to books, audiobooks, DVDs and free internet access,” Library Director Selena Harmon said. “The digital divide is real. Only 69 percent of the county have broadband in their homes while only 74 percent homes own a computer.”

For more information on programs available at the library or to donate, follow them on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok or visit

In closing, the BMA voted unanimously to approve the Unicoi County High School Boys Basketball Devils’ Dash 5K beginning at 615 South Mohawk and continuing throughout the area, on Saturday, April 10, from 7-10 a.m.

“This is a good fundraiser for both the boys and girls basketball teams,” said UCHS Boys Basketball coach John Good. The BMA is scheduled to meet next Monday, March 8.


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