Lincoln County’s new mayor discusses plans for term

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT)-- Bill Newman is more than happy to start as the Lincoln County Mayor, he tells WHNT News 19.

"I'm so excited, I'm like a kid," he said.

He has served 16 years on the commission, and that coupled with his experience with multiple careers in the area is already serving him well in his new role.

"I know most of the people in Lincoln County," he said.

He tells us his biggest goal is to create a county sewer system, installed by Lincoln County but services by Fayetteville Public Utilities.  He says that's an important step in accommodating growth in the southern part of the community that is seeing it most rapidly.

"In a lot of commercial investment, the corporations that guide those-- they're not going to allow them to go into an area that only has a septic system," he said.

The first phase is planned to head down the 431/231 corridor into Park City. He says funding will be through taxes, grants, and loans. The county has finished engineering and has completed securing the right-of-ways for the project, and is on the way to accepting bids.

The project which would eventually run to the Alabama-Tennessee state line.

Another goal is to improve relations between the city of Fayetteville and Lincoln County.

"[Some people have criticized that] we haven't been maybe cooperating to the best we could between city and county," said Newman. "That is going to end. There's not a moat running North and South on Elk Avenue."

Elk Ave. separates the city offices from the courthouse.

Newman says he looks long-term for improvements to benefit the next generation.

"I want it to be as good as it was for me growing up," he said.

But he made sure to tell us he knows he can't do it on his own. He cited the county staff as a huge part of why he expects his next 4 years in office to be a success. He believes projects will move along more rapidly because of the staff's passion and efficiency.