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Anderson Commission meets Monday Aug. 15th

The Anderson County Commission will meet Monday evening at 6:30 pm in room 312 of the Courthouse in Clinton.

Last week’s report of a possible security breach of the main computer server at the Courthouse will be on the forefront of the agenda. As part of the Finance Committee report this evening, Finance Director Natalie Erb will present a proposal to beef up the county government’s internet security protocols. The proposal calls fro the county to immediately implement measures to secure the system, reformat or replace equipment and software and hire an independent IT specialist.

The plan, which was endorsed by the Finance Committee last week, will give Erb in her role as Finance Director oversight of securing and operating the IT system and authorize her to contract for technical expertise to make the system secure.

The proposal also calls for a comprehensive solution with a coordinated approach to, over the next three months, perform needs assessments with the different departments across the county, identify ways to make the IT system more accountable and more efficient. Part of those longer-term goals also include determining an email retention policy and update employee policies with respect to acceptable IT practices.

Tonight, commissioners will be asked to approve the short-term plan and allocate $31,800 from the county’s undesignated fund balance to implement the proposal.

Commissioners will also consider a recommendation from the Operations Committee to adopt a resolution authorizing the county to provide matching funds for and an extension of the grant contract to extend waterlines to the Tennessee Hollow and Upper Vowell Mountain areas of the Briceville community. The grant is already in place and this measure would allow lines to be extended to additional home not include in the original contract.

Commissioners will also revisit a resolution establishing Tax Increment Financing—or TIF—guidelines for the county that was vetoed last month by County Mayor Terry Frank and a measure to secure access to the Purchasing and Finance Departments in the Courthouse.

The Commission meets Monday evening at 6:30 pm in room 312 of the Courthouse and the meeting will be carried by ACTV, Comcast Cable Channel 95.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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