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July 12--  There's a chance Toombs County will land a new industry involved in converting wood products into energy.

Toombs County Development Authority Director Bill Mitchell told Toombs County Commissioners Tuesday a proposal is being developed for an unnamed company which uses new technology to convert wood into a charcoal type product for export overseas.  He says the company is looking at land north of Highway 130 and would build an $8 million plant and employ up to 70 people in five years.

In actions at its July meeting, the commissioners approved a variety of contracts to be paid for with over $190,000 in sales tax revenue.

One of the projects could provide a high return on investment if approved by the state's Environmental Protection Division.  The commission okayed spending nearly $35,000 with an Arizona company to supply a huge canvas tarp to cover working cells at the county landfill.  They claim it will save the county nearly $700,000 annually by saving space at the landfill, reducing the amount of cover dirt and the amount of labor needed to maintain the cells.

Other contracts awarded are:

* $77,842 to Sikes Brothers to build a new county convenience center near Normantown.

* $27,400 to various vendors for new EMA radios.

* $7,695 to Hub Communications for upgrades to EMS radios.

* $9,569 to Secure Georgia, Inc of Glenwood for courthouse security.

* $7,995 to Southeast Business Machines of Baxley for a copier for the Clerk of Court's office as part of a Digital Plat project.

* $26,700 to Harton Automotive for a new vehicle for the EMS Director.

Commission chairman Buddy West also announced that both courtrooms in the courthouse will be renovated in the next few weeks using funds from the court system.

The board also reappointed members of the Board of Tax Assessors to staggered terms .  They are George Powell, Gary Tapley, Sonny Odum, Carl Sharpe and Randy Usher.