April 10, 2013 Edition

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Justices honor Keith Freeman

County Judge Dale Freeman (right) presents a plaque to Leah Morgan (left) in recognition of her father, the late Keith Freeman, for his service to the county. Also on hand for the presentation was Leah's husband, Ben Morgan.

Susan Johnson
Contributing Writer

Justices paid tribute to longtime employee Keith Freeman by presenting a plaque in his honor during Monday evening's Lawrence County Quorum Court.

Freeman had dedicated years of service to Lawrence County, serving as road foreman until losing his battle to cancer in March.

"He always said I got the credit and he did the work," Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman said of his brother who had pulled a full shift on the job before the evening of his death.

Accepting the honor was Freeman's daughter, Leah Morgan of Portia, and her husband, Ben, who stated this was an honor that should have been bestowed later down the road.

"If Keith was still here, and would have been able to retire as planned, he would have been honored," Ben said. "He enjoyed his job with the county. He enjoyed helping people. This means a lot to our family. It really means a lot."

"The county came first with him," Leah added.

In matters of business, justices gave the go-ahead for the preparation of an ordinance that would erase accounts from the 1997 tax assessment books for residents who had failed to reassess. Lawrence County Clerk Tina Stowers said the unpaid assessment charges consisted chiefly of residents who were now deceased or had since moved from the area.

The Court appointed justices Jim Jones, Lloyd Clark and Junior Briner to a committee to research the feasibility of forming a District Court Probation Program.

Justices also heard a report from Judge Freeman concerning the Rails to Trails project. Judge Freeman stated the trail was a quarter mile from completion.

Judge Freeman also said that preparation for the county's shooting range would soon be underway. The range will be constructed near the Black Rock rest area and will be utilized by 4-H Clubs and the local schools.

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