published Friday, November 8th, 2013

Rhea County economy panel awaits director candidate's response

DAYTON, Tenn. — Rhea Economic and Tourism Council members have weeded through nine applicants in their search for an executive director and are awaiting a response from their chosen candidate.

Newly appointed Chairman Gary Louallen said the council focused on computer literacy and sales knowledge to narrow the field of applicants.

In August, former Chairman Roger Panoz said that the board had reviewed qualified candidates for the directorship. He said they needed the "right energy and fortitude" from the next director. Panoz resigned as council chairman at the end of the last council meeting and announced Louallen as his successor.

Louallen said that he was the only nominee for the position and received a unanimous vote.

Also, MainStreet Dayton Executive Director Anna Tromanhauser said this year's annual PumpkinFest featured more than 100 vendors, an increase from the 68 that took part in 2012.

Executive Director Christine Ralph, with the county's United Way, said 29 pounds of prescription drugs were collected during the recent disposal events in Dayton and Spring City. The Rhea County Sheriff's Department's medication drop-off box, located in front of the county jail, has collected at least 300 pounds this year, she said.

Kimberly McMillian is based in Rhea County. Contact her at kdj424@bellsouth.net.

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