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Knox County Mayor Michael Ragsdale and his staff have accomplished what no other Knox County executive has managed to do.

He has prompted legislation to bring representation from Knox County to the the board of LCUB.

LCUB, for those that donít know, provides electric power to a large portion of West Knox County including the entire footprint of the town of Farragut.

In fact, about 70 percent of LCUBís rate payers are residents of West Knox County and have been for years.

Many have voiced the opinion that with so many rate payers in Knox County, it wasnít fair to have the elected officials of Lenoir Cityís city council serve as the board for LCUB, leaving Knox Countians with no voice.

This summer that scenario will change with the appointment of a nominee provided by Ragsdale to the board ó the first of two appointments, the next coming next summer.

Mayor Ragsdale, through his Chief of Staff Michael Arms, a farragut resident, said one of those first two appointees would be a citizen of the town of Farragut.

Arms assured farragutpress that Knox County would meet with Farragut Mayor W. Edward Ford III, probably this week, and discuss possible candidates for the position.

Well done, Mr. Ragsdale.

Itís nice to see that some officials still believe in representative government and fairness.

Letís hope that whomever is chosen to represent the town will have the wisdom to continue to help LCUB provide the quality service to the town as it has in the past.

 

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