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Councilman would like tourism director to resign

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Tourism matters also on tonight's city council agenda

By Stephen Lega

The ongoing controversies over the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission aren't over yet.

Councilman Kenny Marrett has requested that Tourism Executive Director Chris Hamilton resign before today's Lebanon City Council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, March 7, at city hall.

Marrett said he met with Mayor Gary Crenshaw Monday to discuss that possibility.

“I was hoping that Gary Crenshaw could convince Chris to resign so it wouldn't be so public,” Marrett said.

Marrett added that he is tired of getting beat up over this by the community, which wants something done about tourism.

Crenshaw confirmed that he met with Marrett and that Marrett had asked him to convince Hamilton to resign.

"I told [Marrett] I don't have the authority to make Chris resign, only the tourism commission does," Crenshaw said.

Two other tourism issues are already on the city council's agenda.

Jackie Sheperson is on the agenda to speak to the council about tourism.

The council will also consider approving the appointments of Dennis George and Brad Lanham to fill vacant seats on the commission. The vacancies were created by the resignations of Kenny Marrett and Jim Richardson from the board last year. Both terms will expire in June of 2012.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes of the previous council meeting, payment of bills, department reports and old and new business.

New business items include the second reading of an ordinance amending the city's budget to include a grant for Wilbert Plastics and the second reading of an ordinance to annex 1795 Campbellsville Highway.