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IT Saves County $400k

There are many people helping to save the Anderson County taxpayers money by reducing cost in government spending. The Director of the Anderson County IT Department, Brian Young, is definitely one of them. Through extensive research, he has been looking to switch vendors where necessary and to unify the IT department’s systems. It was revealed at the County Commission meeting Monday, June 18, that Young has succeeded in making the correct changes in Anderson County’s expenses, leading to savings of more than $400,000. Commissioner Theresa Scott said, “You’ve more or less taken a box of shoe strings that was held together with band – aids and bubblegum and you’ve made sense out of it. You’ve cleaned up a lot of the offices and the departments in the county and I appreciate it very much.” Commissioner Chuck Fritts stated that he was one of the commissioners many years ago that was hesitant about hiring an IT Director because of the cost. Fritts then said, “You are showing every one of us that we can’t afford to not have you.” Young finished by saying, “There is more to come. I’ve got some more plans to save a little more money for us.”

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Girls Inc. plans to expand in Briceville

Rhoni Basden, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, went in front of County Commission Monday, June 18, to discuss a new expansion program they are bringing to the Briceville community. Girls Inc. has been in Anderson County since 1978. They offer after school, summer and sports programs. “A couple of years ago we started administering an outreach program in Briceville Elementary School,” Basden said. It was identical to a program that already had success in Oak Ridge. “We had enough funding to do one day a week and we served about 45 girls a day on that one day we were there.”

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