By Gary Nelson
The Cumberland County Commission approved two budget amendments during its January monthly meeting and honored individuals for caring for the clock tower in the county courthouse.
Resolution 01-2014-4 was unanimously approved and is a dedication of the Cumberland County Courthouse clock tower to Holland Taber.
According to the resolution, "Taber was a third generation blacksmith who had a shop directly behind the courthouse."
In 1968, Taber jokingly told then county judge J.T. Horn's wife that her husband should give up office if he couldn't get a little job done like getting a clock fixed.
"Judge J.T. Horn then gave Taber the job of repairing the clock and Taber repaired the courthouse clock after it hadn't worked in 20 years at a cost of $129 to the county," the resolution states.
Taber reportedly spent two hours per day in the clock tower, walking up six flights of stairs, refusing to tinker with it during blacksmith shop hours. He handmade some of the parts in his shop.
In July 1968, Taber was named "Custodian of the Clock" and was paid $15 per month.
Taber passed away Jan. 4, 1995, and the clock has worked on and off since.
Recently, the machine technology classes at Tennessee College of Applied Technology have taken on the project of repairing parts and are using the clock as a teaching lesson for the classes.
Don Sadler, director, and Cliff Wightman, marketing and industrial training coordinator at TCAT, were also honored during the January meeting for repairing and maintaining the courthouse clock.
Taber's family was honored with a resolution dedicating the tower and TCAT was given a plaque, honoring them for their work on the clock tower recently.
Other resolutions approved included:
Resolution 01-2014-1 — a $1,265 amendment was approved for the Art Circle Library for E-Rate funding to accept a grant. The funds will enhance computer Internet access.
Resolution 01-2014-2 — a $17,924 amendment for the sanitation fund, was approved for the purchase of a magnetic sorter for the new single stream recycling line being installed.
Resolution 01-2014-5 — to accept the 2014 version of the Cumberland County Road List. The road list has one road, Towne Centre Dr. added to the list. It was unanimously approved.