Local youths help put up the pool domw at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center last year. The foundation that funds it is hoping to keep the facility open year round.

The February 7 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out ... County left to pay $37K at pool center, Man dies in tree-cutting accident, Smoky Mountain Conference hoops and more

   Murphy – Cherokee County covered more than $37,000 in funds for the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center on Monday night after the foundation that had been covering the bills for 2½ years “reneged” on payment, as one commissioner put it.
   The dispute is over funds owed to new wellness center operator Ralph Robinson from December that were promised in the lease signed a month ago between the county and his newly formed LLC.
   On Jan. 22, county finance officer Candy Anderson informed Dr. Brian Mitchell of the Hiwassee Valley Recreation Foundation that there was a deficit of $37,365.45 of a total $52,111.59 due that was not covered in the facility’s remaining account. The letter cited concerns about Robinson making payroll and asked for a check by Jan. 24 to cover it.
   Later the same day, Mitchell responded to Anderson’s email and said the foundation was “prepared to send the county the amount requested.” However, more than a week later on Jan. 30, Mitchell sent a message to Anderson indicating that the foundation board voted not to pay the money after all.
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   Other headlines in the Cherokee Scout this week:
   * Lindsay out as county attorney by 3-2 vote
   * Courthouse lantern project back on
   * Man killed in tree-cutting incident
   * Cherokee gets even with Lady Bulldogs in hoops

   Click here for the Smoky Mountain Conference basketball tournament schedule at Murphy High School.

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