Lawrence County Receives Grant For Cyber Security

(BEDFORD) – Lawrence County has been approved for a $160,000 Cyber Security Grant according to Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Valarie Luchauer.

The grant will be used for data storage, firewall software, and laptop computers.

Luchauer also reported the training exercise in Oolitic went very well, with over 50 people and 12 agencies taking part in the drill.

In other business:

Approved Tim Morrow’s request for a “Back The Blue” Event to be held on the west side of the square on September 26th at 5:00 p.m. Several speakers will be on hand which will include Tamara Suzanne, Robert Hall, Red Neck News, and more are planned to speak that day. Donations to the Stone City FOP will also be collected.

Jim Deckard appeared before the Commissioners asking to be able to use the property again at the Saddle Club. The Club has not been active for the last three years and wanted to make sure a lease is current.

The commissioners asked him to research the group by-laws and the county will also check and see if a lease exists. The county owns the property the Saddle Club sits on. The matter was taken under advisement.

Lawrence County Saddle Club

Dr. Kamal Girgis was appointed to the Lawrence County Health Board following a vacancy.

The Lawrence County Highway report was read by Rodney Fish. David Holmes is reporting crews in District 2 are cutting grass on the right of way and paving projects are under way. District 1 received a grant for signage of $179,416 and bids come under that for the project. The county will have a ten percent match for the grant.

Armstrong Station Road Bridge is closed

The engineering and construction company will be releasing a timeline shortly on the Armstrong Road bridge closure of bridge #120. The decision for a repair or full replacement of the bridge will be determined based on the recommendations of the engineer.

Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham Jail report includes:

  • 148 Total Inmates
  • 116 Males
  • 32 Females
  • 3 Level – 6 Felons
  • 7 Department of Correction Holds
  • 2 Parole Holds

This year, Lawrence County received $254,000 lump sum for holding Level-6 felons and $32,737.50 for parole holds.

The ramp is just about complete at the Lawrence County Jail

The new LED lights are working well at the jail following the recent installation and work that is just about complete on the ramp at the entrance to the jail.