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Inaugural Washington County 101 Class Debuts to Positive Reviews


Mayor Joe Grandy welcomes participants to Washington County 101.

The inaugural class of the Washington County 101 program launched Tuesday evening July 11 at the Historic Courthouse in Jonesborough. Twenty participants selected on a first-come-first serve basis, by district, were welcomed by Mayor Joe Grandy who acted as emcee for the event.


“You are a select group,” Grandy said. “There was tremendous interest in this pilot program. Applications were only open two weeks and by the time we cut off applications June 9

we had 40 applicants for 20 slots.”


The mayor provided an overview of county government including its major budget

expenditures. “The number one priority for the county is education followed by law

enforcement and roads,” he said.


In addition to the mayor, speakers heard from the following department heads and

elected officials:

Angie Charles- Planning Director

Teresa Bowman- Register of Deeds

Robbie McGuire- Assessor

Rick Storey - Trustee

Sarah Lawson – Clerk & Master


Participants took part in some fun, interactive games to test their knowledge before and

after the program. The evening concluded with an optional stroll through Jonesborough led by

Joe Spiker of Heritage Alliance.


“I have really enjoyed this evening,” said participant Mitzi Frutiger who moved to

Washington County in 2017 from Arizona. “It was everything I hoped for in terms of gaining

knowledge about how our government operates and meeting other people who also love living

here. I look forward to the next three classes.”


“I am very appreciative of all those who took the time last evening to share with us, and

educate us about what goes on within that $100M+ complex of Washington County,” said class

member Frank Hahne. “I learned many facts and history of my adopted town that I had not

known before.”


All Washington County 101 class members are residents of the county, 18 years of age or

older and had to pass a security check by the sheriff’s department. Pilot program participants

will take part in three more classes where they will learn about: Justice Center, Elections,

Health and Sheriff’s Office. They will graduate at the August 28 Washington County Commission

meeting.


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