CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Last night at the regular monthly meeting of the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Police Chief Brian Keeton read his resignation letter effective Aug. 26 and thanked the council for the past eight years. He talked about how he had enjoyed his time in Caryville and serving the citizens of the town.

Keeton was elected Scott County Sheriff on Aug. 4. Keeton recommended Michael Owens to replace him, however the board decided to appoint him interim chief and begin accepting applications for the next two weeks. Aldermen Eric Smith and Patrick Pebley will review applications and conduct interviews for the position.

The board approved call out pay for the street department. Aldermen Lloyd Lawson requested the street department employees receive a minimum of four hours call out pay and be paid time and a half when they go out. Anything after the four hours would count toward the employee’s regular hours.

Also approved was applying for the TML the Public Entity Partners Driver Safety Grant 50/50 match and Resolution No. 2022-06. This is done yearly.

In final business of the night, Brandon Johnson with Lions Club addressed the board about the Caryville Cares Playground. Johnson shared that the last fundraiser had raised $7,000, bringing the total funds raised to $340,000. Johnson stated this was about 60 percent of the $600,000 to be raised. He continued that this type of project typically takes three years to fund and the group has several upcoming events planned. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/09/2022-6AM)