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Sherry Butler named Interim ...
Sherry Butler named Interim Executive Director of EDC
Photo by Duay O'Neil Sherry Butler, front, was unanimously named Interim Executive Director of the Newport/Cocke County Economic Development Commission
and Acting Administrator of Cocke County Partnership on Monday
.With Butler, from left, are Lonnie Jones, Cocke County Partnership Vice-Chairman; Parrottsville Mayor Ronnie Hommel; Newport Mayor Connie Ball; and Cocke County Mayor Iliff R. McMahan, Jr.
...NEWPORT - Sherry Butler, a 30-year employee of the City of Newport, who has simultaneously worked for the Newport/Cocke County Economic Development Commission as Executive Assistant to its executive director and served as office manager for 19 years, was unanimously named Interim Executive Director of the commission and acting administrator of the Cocke County Partnership on Monday by the partnership's board of directors.Butler will serve in these positions until the partnership names a new director to replace Don Hurst, who recently resigned to accept a similar position in Carter County.
All three local mayors voiced high praise and support of the Partnership's selection of Butler
to fill the positions. Parrottsville Mayor Ronnie Hommel said, "Sherry is a great choice.
I couldn't think of anyone more qualified, more proactive, and more progressive to handle this job than Sherry Butler
has my full support, and I look forward to working with her
." Newport Mayor Connie Ball added, "Sherry has been very efficient in working in this area.
...A life-long resident of Newport, Butler holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Management Technology/Business Administration from Walters State Community College and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in Organization Management at Tusculum College with a planned May, 2008 graduation date. She
Basic Economic Development Certificate from Georgia Tech Institute of Technology
in 2006.She is also a Licensed Real Estate Affiliate Broker in Tennessee. A graduate of Leadership Cocke County and East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association, Butler currently serves on the Board of Directors for the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association, on the Governor's Three-Star Advisory Council, as Treasurer of Library Friends of the Cocke County Library Board, and as a member of the Mid-East Tennessee P-16 Regional Council. She also served as secretary for Leadership Cocke County's Administrative Board from 1999-2002, served as facilitator for Youth Leadership Cocke County from 1998-2001, and as facilitator for Leadership Cocke County's adult class in 2001.Butler
husband Terry, a mold technician at Phoenix Closures, and their son, Seth, a graduate student at East Tennessee State University
and Plain Talk sports writer, are active members of Northport Baptist Church
serves on the finance committee and has assisted in the coordination of the church's annual Christmas Meal Ministry.
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From left are Dr. Fred Valentine, EDC Executive Assistant and Recording Secretary Sherry Butler, Chair Tommy Bible, Richard Harwood, Roger Butler, Cocke County Mayor Iliff McMahan, Jr., and Jim Graham.
...EDC Executive Assistant and Recording Secretary Sherry Butler made the request of the Cocke County Partnership to combine the accounting for the three entities.
"We need to combine the accounting, including payroll, so that it will all be done under the Cocke County Partnership
," said Butler
In other business, Butler
presented the director's report and said everything is proceeding as anticipated. She
said that Cocke County President Don Hurst and herself attended the governor's 3-Star
meeting on Nov. 17 and she
reported that some changes have been made to the 3-Star program.
"We should be on the same level as last year, but there is a possibility that we could move up," said Butler
."They've increased the incentives, adding bonus points to those who participate in the program," said Butler
."If you are a 3-Star Community
, then you'll be able to apply for more grants than in the past."She
said the Partnership has to have a local workshop by March 31 to identify three key issues in the five-year plan and then develop goals to address the issues by April 15.She
added, after the goals have been established, the Partnership has until June 15 to implement them. Butler
also informed the EDC
that the Lowe's Home Improvement Center
is scheduled to open its doors to customers on Friday, Jan. 13."The spec building loan is being reviewed and we're waiting for the loan approval to move forward on that," said she
...Commissioners present at the meeting were Chair Tommy Bible, Cocke County Mayor Iliff McMahan, Jr., Newport Mayor Connie Ball, Tip Williams, Henry 'Skip' Gregory, Roger Butler, Dr. Fred Valentine, Jim Graham, and Richard Harwood, as well as Sherry Butler.
Lisega, located in the Newport ...
Lisega, located in the Newport Industrial Park, is reportedly considering a move to either Sevier or Knox counties, according to Economic Development Council Interim Director Sherry Butler.Butler made the announcement during Tuesday's regular EDC meeting.
"They're apparently looking at some other locations and they've told their employees," said Butler
."It's really out of our control.
pointed out that Cocke County
doesn't own the building Lisega occupies.
"They have a buyout option," she
said, should the company leave, she
thinks many of the employees would continue to work for the company and make the commute.
In other business Tuesday
reported two industrial prospects have expressed interest in locating in Cocke County.
"One company is looking at the Ace Products building and we're on the short list for another company," she
said."We are one of 10 communities on the list.That company is looking is looking at the spec building."Butler
also reported that the state Department of Economic and Community Development was planning to move Cocke County
from the Knoxville service area to Blountville.Butler
and Cocke County Mayor Iliff McMahan Jr.
, however, submitted a letter to the state requesting Cocke County stay in the Knoxville area.
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Butler to represent Cocke County on Governor's Three-Star Program Advisory Board(c)2006 NPT PHOTO BY STEVE BLANCHETT The Cocke County Partnership's executive assistant, Sherry Butler, has been appointed to serve on the Governor's Three-Star Advisory Board for the State of Tennessee.
...NEWPORT-Cocke County Partnership Executive Assistant Sherry Butler has been appointed to serve on the Governor's Three-Star Advisory Board for the State of Tennessee.Butler will represent Cocke County on the Three-Star Advisory Board, which reviews the Three-Star Program guidelines and its impact on the economic growth of Tennessee.
"I am very honored that I've been asked to serve on the Three-Star Advisory Board," said Butler
Three-Star Award Program is a great program that serves as a tool to help communities become successful by creating a favorable climate for economic development activities."I very much look forward to serving with my peers from all three grand divisions of our great state and assisting the Department of Economic and Community Development in reviewing the current guidelines of the Three-Star
program and hopefully enhancing the program," continued Butler
.Butler concluded by saying that serving on this advisory board presents me with the opportunity to represent Newport and Cocke County as well as working toward the betterment of the state as a whole."
understands the Three-Star
Program as well as anyone in the state," said Hurst.
said the Governor's
Three-Star Program, which is administered by the Development Division of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
, is designed as a road map to assist local communities in preserving existing employment, creating new employment opportunities, improving family income, and creating a strong leadership base for economic development."We are pleased to have Sherry
join the advisory board and help us meet the goals of the Three-Star
Program," said Economic and Community Development Assistant Commissioner of Business Services and Community Development Rick Meredith.
said in 2006, 83 counties and four cities in Tennessee were certified through the Three-Star
Program and last year, the Three-Star
Program was recognized by the Southern Growth Policies Board, as a national best practice.
Sherry Butler, Acting ...
Sherry Butler, Acting Director of the Cocke County Partnership/EDC, said, "I'm not saying we're opposed to it.