County must adapt to changing times, Nave says

By Kathy Helms-Hughes

STAR STAFF
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   Phil Nave started not to seek another term as county commissioner because of family responsibilities, but events changed, he said. "I feel a duty to use the experience I have acquired over the last 20 years to guide new commissioners and help the new county executive."
   Nave, a candidate in the 4th District, said he wants to do what he can to ensure the people of Carter County maintain a good quality of life, and he is concerned about future growth. "Yes, Carter County needs industry. Yes, Carter County needs new jobs. Yes, this would help financially. Yes, I would love to see the return to a time when factories employing thousands would venture into Carter County," he said.
   But, "time, jobs, training, and financial situations are different. We are living during a time of history that will be marked by lots of changes. We need to adapt to these changes."
   Nave said the county needs the best educational facilities and systems to attract modern industry and their managerial families. "The better the educational system, the better jobs we attract. In the United States, the state of Tennessee is ranked No. 3 in roads but 48th in school expenditures per student. Does this tell you anything?"
   Carter County has many positive attractions that are luring retirement people, Nave said. "Evidently, the good about the county outweighs the bad. If there is any candidate who can personally, on their own, without any organization behind them, bring industry into Carter County, then I urge you to disregard my candidacy and vote for that person. We need their expertise on the commission!" he said.
   There are many issues involved in obtaining industry. Nave cited some examples: "Companies look at the type and amount of land available; the proper supply of utilities that they will need; the work force and their training; housing, education and health care for their staff and families; access to highways and airports; cultural opportunities; and, of course, any tax incentives they could receive. It is not a cut-and-dry situation. I will continue to do whatever I can to make our region attractive to industry."
   The majority of people in Nave's former district were against zoning, Nave said, "therefore, I voted not to zone that area. But for the areas that wanted zoning, I voted for them to be zoned," he said. "Personally, I was in favor of zoning all of the county. I truly feel that most people in Carter County weren't thoroughly informed on the zoning issue and didn't understand the meaning and value of zoning."
   The idea of having a county financial director has been under consideration for several years, according to Nave. "I feel we need someone who can take over this part of the government and devote their time to keeping up with the new methods and laws proposed by the state. Eventually, I hope that this will be a cost-effective measure."
   By having a finance director, Nave said, "The executive can devote more time to learning and fulfilling the duties of the office and also will have more time to work with agencies in soliciting industry."