The director of Dickson Electric Service is among at least three new members of the Leadership Hickman board, chairman Rob Mitchell announced at the panel’s recent meeting.
Darrell Gillespie, who oversees the five-county utility, which serves nearly 4,000 Hickman County residents, attended the March 24 meeting.
Mitchell said that he expects the Hickman County Industrial Development Board to appoint a members, and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital also will provide a person for the board. Others are being sought.
The 18-member panel is designed to include representatives of the county’s major sectors, and meets monthly to explore economic and community development possibilities and projects. It oversees the work of a full-time executive director, Patrick Hite.
At the March 24 meeting, Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory presenting Vision Hickman with a $5,000 contribution from the South Central Tennessee Railroad Authority, which supports economic development in Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Dickson counties.
The mayor said the economic downturn has left the railroad operating only in Dickson County. In addition, he said annual state railroad maintenance funding – usually $300,000 to $400,000 a year -- is on hold due to a tax issue and likely will require a legislative remedy.
Gregory said the state transportation commissioner, John Schroer, told him that he believed railroads “were a thing of the past,” and might not get further funding.
The South Central Tennessee Railroad Authority, which leases its tracks to the South Central Tennessee Railroad, is “in decent shape” in terms of maintenance at this point.