Louie Alford gets his own room

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 12/6/18

With the reopening of the Bradley County Courthouse following a fire and 14 months of restoration work, the Bradley County Commission honored one of its own by naming a room after him.

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Louie Alford gets his own room

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With the reopening of the Bradley County Courthouse following a fire and 14 months of restoration work, the Bradley County Commission honored one of its own by naming a room after him.

During Monday’s commission meeting, the board voted to honor longtime Commissioner Louie Alford in naming the Louie Alford Commission Conference Room. The space is part of the suite of offices used by the commission. The Finance Committee held the first meeting in the space Monday morning.

Chairman Johnny Mull asked Vice Chairman Jeff Yarber to take over the commission meeting so that he could offer the motion to officially name the conference room.

“We recently presented our former chairman Louie Alford with a gavel recognizing him as the longest-serving Bradley County Commission chairman,” Mull said. “During his tenure as chairman, Louie continuously sought ways to improve services for our residents, support for our employees, guidance to each of us, and efficiency for our government.

“Almost two years ago, Louie learned the Veterans Services Department planned to move into the space to be vacated by Misdemeanor and Probations at the completion of the Workhouse and administrative offices. Ever the visionary, Louie quietly spoke to the mayor about an idea to expand the commission space to include a conference room for committee meetings. Louie then presented a plan to rework the space to Building and Land Committee. The commission confirmed the committee recommendation to move forward with the plan.”

Mull noted that the Alford was the catalyst for this new space and conference room.

“I proudly make a motion that the conference room be known as the Louie Alford Conference Room,” Mull said. “I know each of you have watched, just as I have, the chairman’s dedication to our community and trust you will join me in this request. Thus, I took the liberty of ordering a plaque to commemorate this dedication.”

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas Crye and received 13 “yes” votes, with Alford saying “pass” on his turn to vote.

“I appreciate this, but things usually get named after people when they’re going to die,” Alford said after the vote, joking he hopes it’s no indication.

In other business, the commission:

• Heard a request from Alford on an update related to the county’s recent request for the city of Cleveland to annex property including the Bradley County Recreational Park. He asked if there is any movement on getting sewer service to the park’s ballfields.

“I haven’t seen anything from the city that they will accept (the annexation),” Alford said, adding he also hasn’t seen a commitment for the city to pay half of a utility bill for the Bradley County Senior Activity Center.

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said he has sent the annexation request but has not heard back from the city.


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