Ira Cox honored in county action
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Jan 08, 2013 | 1372 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Bradley County Commission made a presentation to Virginia Cox honoring the memory of her late husband, Ira, during Monday’s voting session.

The resolution highlighted the role he had played in keeping Bradley County residents safe throughout his life.

Cox served as an emergency service volunteer for many year with Bradley County Rescue service before becoming a constable.

“Ira Cox was instrumental in raising funds to purchase the Jaws of Life for Bradley County and was the first person in Bradley County to use this equipment,” 5th District Commissioner Jeff Yarber read from the resolution.

According to the resolution, Cox served more than 14 years in the position of 5th District Constable.

Yarber called the resolution “just a small token” of appreciation the county feels for Cox.

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said it had been good to see the pride Cox took in his position during a Commission vote in support of constables shortly before his death.

The Commission had officially passed the memorial resolution as part of the consent agenda during a meeting before Christmas.

- Upcoming school safety legislation was also discussed.

Seventh District Commissioner Bill Winters said the legislation to be presented by state Rep. Eric Watson for additional safety measures seems to be “a balanced, thoughtful approach.”

“Bradley County is far ahead — I think the state of Tennessee is far ahead of many other states for safe schools,” Winters said.

“I think our director of schools is very proactive in some of the things that he is already doing (to keep students safe),” 1st District Commission Terry Caywood said.

Additional safety measures were a highlight of a teacher in-service Monday, according to Caywood.

The potential legislation would give local governing bodies the opportunity to allow teachers to undergo training that would allow them to carry concealed weapons on school property.

The legislation would provide an option, not a requirement.

County resident Dan Rawls said he thought if there could be unknown armed people in a school it would be a deterrent for potential school shooters.

- Also during the meeting, Rawls expressed concern that state or federal government may try to limit citizens’ right to bear arms. He asked the Commission to enter a memorandum of agreement with the Constitutionally Concerned Citizens of Bradley County to guarantee Second Amendment rights.

“The Second Amendment was never about hunting … it predominately had to do with the opposition to tyrannical government — the ability of the citizenry to defend itself from that tyrannical government,” Rawls said.

Fourth District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe said state law does not give the Commission the power to enter such an agreement. However, Lowe said he is planning to introduce a resolution to give the Commission’s stand to state and federal representatives.

Lowe’s resolution would state support of any legislation that upholds current gun laws.

“As a community, we support the citizens’ right to bear arms, to protect themselves,” Lowe said.

- The Bradley County Homebuilders Association will meet with the Commission during its next work session. Fourth District Commission Charlotte Peak-Jones brought the association’s request to speak during the meeting to the Commission during Monday’s meeting.

- The commission will hold its Feb. 11 noon work session at the Cleveland/Bradley County Public Library. Elkins asked about the subject of the meeting. Third District Commissioner Jeff Morelock said he thought the library just wanted to give the commission an update, in light of discussion that nonprofits receiving funding from the county budget should give a yearly report on services.