By Terry Bailey

The Mitchell County Commissioners conducted their regular weekly meeting at the Courthouse on Monday morning, December 5th. All Commissioners and the County Clerk were present for the meeting.
The Commissioner voted unanimously to renew Mitchell County's participation in the ROZ (Rural Opportunity Zone) program. This will be a five-year commitment to the program in which the employer pays a portion of the employee's college tuition expenses. To qualify for the program the participant must be a graduate of a Mitchell County High School who has moved away and then returned to Mitchell County. This program encourages young people to return home to Mitchell County. The cost to Mitchell County is $12,000 annually. Several other employers in Mitchell County also participate in the ROZ program.
The Commissioners announced that the remainder of the meeting time would be devoted to executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. This will allow the Commissioners to talk freely and confidentially with department heads about the status to their departments and the performance of individual employees.
The remainder of Monday's meeting was dedicated to such executive session discussions with department heads. It was announced that the remainder of Commissioners meeting in December will be dedicated to such activities in executive sessions.