Pickett County Government

For more information contact the Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce.
Toll Free: 1-888-406-4704 • Local: 931-864-7195 • Email: dalehollow@twlakes.net

Johnie Neal, County Executive for Pickett County
Melissa Tompkins, Executive Administrator
Christa Tompkins, Administrative Assistant

1 Courthouse Square, Suite 200, Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3798 • Fax: (931) 864-6615 • Email: pickettcogov@twlakes.net

Chris Thompson, Mayor of Byrdstown
P.O. Box 325, Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-6215 • E-mail: byrdstown@twlakes.net

Pickett County Comnmissioners

County Commission meetings are held the 3rd Monday of Each Month at the Pickett County Library

County Commissioner Tony Beaty 
County Commissioner Darrell Garrett 
County Commissioner Joe Harden
County Commissioner Eddie Holt 
County Commissioner Colon Huddleston 
County Commissioner David Manis 
County Commissioner Doug Manis 
County Commissioner Daniel Masiongale 
County Commissioner Becky Matheny
County Commissioner Lana Rossi 
County Commissioner Forrest Tompkins 
County Commissioner Lowell Winningham

2011 Pickett County Planning Commission

Johnie Neal, County Executive • Chris Thompson, Town Mayor • Rhonda Elder • Debbie Cross
Opal Clayborn • Lana Baker Rossi • Debbie Garrett

2010 Pickett County Directory of Officials

Pickett County Executive - Johnie Neal
1 Courthouse Square Suite 200, Bydstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3798

Hwy Chief Admin Officer - Jimmy Cope
P. O. Box 429, Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3639

Circuit Court Clerk - Larry Brown
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 100, Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3958

Director of Schools - Diane Elder
Phone: (931) 864-3123

Trustee - Jennifer Anderson        
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 205, Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3956

County Clerk - Charlie Lee
1 Courthouse Square Suite 201, Bydstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3879

Adm of Elections - Johnny Lee
101 South Main Street, Room 5, Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3583

Assesor of Property - Kim Logan
1 Courthouse Square Suite 202, Bydstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3114

Clerk & Master - Sue Whited
1 Courthouse Square Suite 203, Bydstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3359

Register of Deeds - Letha McCurdy
1 Courthouse Square Suite 204, Bydstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3316

Sheriff - Dana Dowdy
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 300 Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3210

General Sessions Court Judge - Ronnie Zachary
PO Box 5, Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: (931) 864-3958

Infrastructure

Police & Sheriff Officers................................................8
Police Cars.................................................................10
Planning Commission.................................................Yes
Zoning Regulations..........................................In Progress
Industrial Development Corp......................................Yes
Fire Defense Equipment.......................................6 Trucks
Volunteer Firefighters.................................................60

Insurance Rating: 8 within 5 miles of the Station or Substation

State Taxes

Corporate Income or Excise Tax: Tennessee levies an excise tax of 6% on net earning of corporations, foreign or domestic from business conducted in the state, or on state apportionment of total earnings of interstate corporations.All taxes are deductible in determining the state excise tax base, except excise taxes and income taxes paid to the federal government or a foreign government.

Franchise Tax: The franchise tax applies to a foreign and domestic corporations doing business in Tennessee. The rate is based on the issued and outstanding stock, surplus, and undivided profits, apportioned to Tennessee, at the end of the fiscal year. The franchise tax rate is $.25 per $100 with a minimum of $10.

Gasoline Tax: The state levies a gasoline tax on gasoline at the rate of $.20 per gallon.

Sales & Use Tax: The sales tax applies to any person or company who manufactures, distributes, or retails tangible personal property within the state. The sales tax law places the legal incidence of the tax upon the seller. The Tennessee state sales tax rate is 7% and the local option sales tax is 2.75%.

Property Tax: Tennessee does not impose a state property tax. The property tax is levied on real and personal property by county and municipal governments. All owners of property are liable for property taxes.

Utility Gross Receipts Tax: The utility gross receipts tax of 3% is based in intrastate gross receipts. Gross receipts taxes are paid only by bottlers, utilities, gas, water, electric power and light companies, telephone and telegraph companies, and sewage companies.

Personal Income Tax: The State of Tennessee does not tax earned income. A 6% tax is levied on dividends and bond interest received by individuals or other entities, including partnerships and trust.

Unemployment Insurance Tax: Unemployment compensation taxes are collected by both federal and state governments with Tennessee's portion of the tax serving as a credit against a portion of the federal taxes owed. The rates for employers vary. For new employers the rate is 2.7% of the first $7,000 of employee pay.

Initial Corporate Organization Fees

Domestic For-Profit or Non-Profit Corporation

$100.00

Domestic Limited Partnerships

$ 50.00

Domestic Limited Liability Company

$50.00/member*

Foreign For-Profit or Non-Profit Corporation

$600.00

Foreign Limited Partnerships

$300.00

Foreign Limited Liability Company

$ 50.00/member

*$50.00 per member on the date of filing, with a minimum fee of $300 and a maximum of $3,000.

Corporations (for-profit and non-profit) and limited liability companies are required to file an annual report with the Tennessee Secretary of State.

Local Tax Rates

Property Tax

Town

County

Rate per $100 Value of Assessment 

$0.74 

$2.53

 

 

 

Rate of Assessment

Town

County

Residential

25%

25%

Industrial

40%

40%

Personal (Equipment)

30%

30%

School Tax

-0-

-0-

Sales Tax

2.75%

2.75%

Hotel/Motel Tax

-0-

-0-

Pickett County has Achieved 3-Star Certification!

The Three-Star Program is designed as a road map to assist local communities in their effort to achieve excellence in community and economic development. Participating communities are guided through a comprehensive plan of essential criteria developed by local economic development professionals and a cooperative collaboration of various state agencies. These combined efforts have made the Three-Star Program an important component of our state's economic strategy.

Committed to the Future of Tennessee
This program is designed to help communities take full advantage of economic development opportunities. The goals are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, increase Tennessee family income, improve quality of life and create a strong leadership base.

Certification Process
To achieve Three-Star certification, communities must complete a formal review and evaluation process conducted by a team of economic and community development (ECD) professionals.

Recertification Process
Three-Star Communities are recertified annually to ensure each has maintained the basic program requirements and added new elements to expand or enhance their development plans.

Five Steps to Three-Star Status
• An ECD team member works with the community to meet certification criteria. See Three-Star Community Criteria.
• The community develops, then submits to ECD a strategy documenting that the criteria have been met.
• The review team evaluates the community and makes recommendations on how to improve economic competitiveness.
• The review team recommends Three-Star certification to the Governor.
• The Governor personally presents the Three-Star Award to the community.

Leadership Pickett Program
For more information about the Leadership Pickett Program contact the Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce.
Toll free: 1-888-406-4704 • Local: (931) 864-7195 • Email: dalehollow@twlakes.net

 

Pickett County Adult and Youth Leadership Mission statement:
To provide an educational program where individuals practice leadership skills, deepen their understanding of community issues and prepare for leadership roles, thereby creating a network of individuals committed to the future of Pickett County.

Program Overview:
The Pickett County Leadership Program is designed to build community leadership. Participants meet for 7 half-day sessions and 1 full day session (September through August). Sessions focus on building community leadership skills (i.e. consensus building, decision-making, team building) and raising awareness of community issues (i.e. Healthcare, Economic Development). Participants also learn about the history, structure and resources of Pickett County communities. The program is made possible through a partnership of the Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce and Local Business and Government Stakeholders.

Don’t keep your leadership abilities bottled up!
Release your potential through Leadership Pickett - an exciting adventure in self-discovery, while examining the diverse world of social, economic, environment and political issues. The Leadership Pickett Program of Pickett County strengthens our community through preparing our leaders to effectively deal with today’s changing world. The social and economic issues facing our community require our best leadership. A simple definition of leadership is that leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal. Put even more simply, the leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction.

Five Keys to Leadership:
“Leadership is a winning combination of personal traits and the ability to think and act as a leader, a person who directs the activities of others for the good of all. Anyone can be a leader, even if the only person they’re leading is themselves.”

1. A leader plans. The core of leadership is being proactive rather than reactive. Sure, leaders are good in crises – but that doesn’t mean they sit around letting crises develop. Leadership involves identifying potential problems and solving them before they reach crisis proportions – and the ability to identify and reap potential windfalls. So good leaders analyze and plan and adapt their plans to new circumstances and opportunities.

2. A leader has a vision. Vision is essential to good leadership. Vision provides direction and without direction, there’s not much point to all that planning. Because it embodies your dreams and your passions, a vision statement will also serve as a leadership vision.

3. A leader shares his/her vision. Sharing your leadership vision helps your vision grow and your leadership develop. As you tell your leadership vision to others, you will strengthen your own belief in your vision and strengthen your determination to make your leadership vision become reality. And other people will start to see you as a person who’s “going places”. Your leadership skills will grow as you and other people recognize you as a person with leadership potential.

4. A leader takes charge. At this stage of leadership, you put together your planning and your leadership vision and take action. Whether it’s implementing a specific plan to improve the bottom line or responding to a crisis, you, as the leader, are the one who makes the decisions and sees that the appropriate actions are carried out. You can’t just “talk a good game” to be a leader; you need to act and to be seen as taking effective action for the good of your community.

5. A leader inspires through example. If asked, you could easily name three people whose leadership qualities inspire you. If asked why, you’d tell about the things these inspiring people did or are doing. Leadership is defined through action. Therefore, in developing your own leadership skills, you have to act in ways that are fitting to your leadership vision and your self – all the time. We can all name many actions of other people whom we admire, but what inspires us is the integrity that gives these actions meaning. Becoming a leader isn’t easy because it takes a conscious commitment and consistent effort to develop one’s leadership skills. But on the positive side, anyone who is willing to make the effort can become a good leader.

Leadership Pickett Program
For more information about the Leadership Pickett Program contact the Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce.
Toll free: 1-888-406-4704 • Local: (931) 864-7195 • Email: dalehollow@twlakes.net

 

Purpose:
To identify potential and existing leaders and to help them prepare for community services. To provide leaders with an understanding of difficult issues and potential opportunities facing Pickett County. To improve communication with a broader commitment resulting in active participation in community activities.

Vision:
Youth Leadership Pickett is a program designed to inform and motivate participants to develop and enhance the quality of their leadership skills while addressing pertinent community needs.

Youth Leadership Pickett will educate and prepare you for leadership in your community. You will graduate this program with an understanding of the economic demographics and industry of Pickett County, population, culture and history, and network with local and state government, expose you to basic life skills, and management of future goals. Network with current leaders and experience leadership by enrolling today and involve yourself in our regions future!

Leadership Pickett Program
For more information about the Leadership Pickett Program contact the Byrdstown Pickett County Chamber of Commerce.
Toll free: 1-888-406-4704 • Local: (931) 864-7195 • Email: dalehollow@twlakes.net

 

Purpose:
To identify potential and existing leaders and to help them prepare for community services. To provide leaders with an understanding of difficult issues and potential opportunities facing Pickett County. To improve communication with a broader commitment resulting in active participation in community activities.

Vision:
Youth Leadership Pickett is a program designed to inform and motivate participants to develop and enhance the quality of their leadership skills while addressing pertinent community needs.

Who should consider the Adult Leadership Program?
• Community Leaders
• Business Owners
• Concerned Citizens
• Motivated, Dedicated Goal Oriented Individuals
• Curious, Caring individuals Who Are Willing To Learn
• Enroll Today To Start Taking Positive Steps For Pickett County & Our Regions Future!