Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville at the Hwy 10 construction site.

Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville’s dream of orange barrels and bulldozers on the Hwy. 10 South hill has come true.

“When I received Gov. Haslam’s 3-year transporation plan in April of 2013, and our Highway 10 project wasn’t listed, I said then and several times after that I wasn’t going to be satisfied until I saw orange barrels and bulldozers on that hill,” said Mayor Linville. “Now I’ve got the opportunity to see them, and I couldn’t be happier. My dream has come true as I prepare to leave this office.”

The circumstances leading to the reconstruction project was a long road, but thanks to Mayor Linville’s persistence and many front page stories in the Chronicle, the groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 13, 2014 and work is now well underway on the Highway 10 South hill.

Mayor Linville’s last day in office is August 31, and when I asked him to sum up his term as county mayor and future plans he had this comment:

“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the citizens of Macon County as your county mayor over the past eight years. I appreciate the trust you bestowed upon me to elect me to this position. I feel that I am leaving office with the county in a sound financial position. Macon Couny has achieved much during these past 8 years. For instance, health insurance and raises for county employees, rural water lines even though many more are needed, recovery from a tornado, constructed the Welcome Center and a dog pound. Repairs have been made to several school buildings and much needed repairs have been made to the courthouse as well as other county buildings. We have retained and recruited some jobs for the area but more work is definitely needed. The 4-Lake Authority and construction of CCA prison will be a plus in terms of jobs. We have made noticeable improvements in our emergency equipment by means of a $3 million grant. And finally, the long awaited reconstruction of the Highway 10 hill is now underway.”

“With the help of the county commissioners, these are just a few of the accomplishments we have achieved over the past eight years. I am leaving office with mixed feelings. I realize there is still much to be done but I also feel good considering what has been accomplished. I now plan to relax and just take it easy.”