Smiths Station road names change, business licenses outsourced

Smiths Station road names change, business licenses outsourced

Road names in Smiths Station city limits are officially changed. Although the change will take some time, the city council voted it into law last week. For years, councilman Richard Cooley said the citizens have wanted to get away from Lee Road names in the city. Several road blocks over the years have prevented the change, but Cooley said taking over the city roads in June eliminated a lot of those road blocks. 

Once new road names are in the postal system, citizens have one year to transition to the new names. For one year, the post office will honor both Lee Road names and the new names. Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland said E-911 will also show both road names in cases of emergency. 

“This is a mountain top moment,” Copeland added. 

House numbers will not change. A committee was formed and had citizen input for names. The committee made suggestions for the road names that were officially adopted. 

During the meeting, Copeland asked Cooley what the craziest name suggestion was. 

“The one that caused us the most thought was Chicken Farm Road. No one wants to live on Chicken Farm Road,” Cooley laughed. 

A full list of names are available on the Smiths Station government website and below. 

Business Licenses 

During the work session and council meeting, the council discussed business licenses and lost revenue associated with home businesses and contractors that are not getting proper licenses. The solution, after a year’s worth of research, is Avenu Insights and Analytics. 

The council approved outsourcing its business license renewals and applications to Avenu. While City Hall will still be open for those who prefer to walk in and complete their business license applications, the bulk of the work can now be completed online. 

Brenda Dockery, Executive Assistant and Human Resource Director for the city, said people will be able to visit the website, complete the application, and print their business license online at that moment. 

City Clerk Scott Johnston said the company will be able to find businesses in the city limits who have not paid the proper taxes or licenses to operate in the city limits. This includes home-based businesses. 

“I’m excited about these fly-by-night boutiques and food trucks,” Copeland said. “There are a lot of online boutiques that pop up at a house that don’t have business licenses.”

He estimated that the company will help secure an additional $50,000 in taxes and licenses every year that the city doesn’t have the resources to track down.