An Interview with Katie Logan

By  | January 24, 2018 | Filed under: News

Katie Logan

I have only known Katie Logan personally for a couple of months. We had spoken on Facebook for probably a year. Now with that being said, her Husband, Tony Logan and I grew up together. I had interviewed Tony last year for the Quad Cities Daily so I figured I would interview Tony’s other (and I would probably say better, lol) half.

Katie agreed to sit down for an interview for the Quad Cities Daily. Below are ten questions that I came up with for her to answer. Her answers come directly after the question. I wanted the public to see Katie Logan as City of Tuscumbia Council Member and Small Business owner with this interview.

1. Tell me about Katie Logan. Your upbringing, education, etc. “I was born and raised in Moulton, Alabama. I graduated from Lawrence county, Alabama high school. I attended the University of North Alabama where I received a Degree in Criminal Justice, with a Minor in Spanish. I am a business owner in Tuscumbia. I own Basse Trading Company, located at 105 East 6th Street.”

2. You are part of a newly elected council, where everyone is starting from step 1. How is that going? “It is going well. We are all working together. We attend as much training as possible to better help us make our decision for the City as well as the Citizens of Tuscumbia. One thing that we are really doing is paying attention to the advice from the Department Heads, the City Clerk and the City Attorney.”

3. You are married to Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan. How is that in regards to your position as a member of the City Council? “We both agreed that no City business would be discussed at home. Before I ran for City Council, I sent a letter to the Alabama Ethics Board to make sure that I could run. I was told that as long I did not vote directly for Tony’s Salary, there was not a problem. I can vote on across the board salaries but not his by itself.”

4. The City of Tuscumbia held the Fall Festival las year. Some say that there were more people who attended it than Sheffield’s Trunk or Treat. What are your thoughts on the Fall Festival? “It was awesome. It went above and beyond our expectations. We are about to start meeting about this year’s Fall Festival. We want to make it bigger and better.

5. Attracting new businesses to the City of Tuscumbia is a priority of the City. Is the downtown area or the Hwy 72 the best place to try to attract these new businesses? “Small Businesses usually succeed in the downtown area. A larger business would probably fair better on the Highway 72 Corridor since there is more area out there to accommodate them. Of course tax revenue from small or large businesses is important to the City. We would help either business locate here in the City of Tuscumbia.”

6. You, as well as Mayor Underwood and Chief Logan were the reason that my family opened our business in Tuscumbia. The three of you kept in constant contact with us mainly asking if we needed anything. While our business is small, what is the importance of attracting small businesses as well as larger businesses? “Small businesses are very important. They are the heart and soul of business. Smaller businesses usually participate in City functions such as attending meetings, setting up at events such as the Fall Festival and Decorating during special events.”

7. There has always been the stigma that women do not receive the same pay and/or respect as their male counterparts. As a Council Member as well as a business owner, do you think this is a thing of the past or something that society should still be working on? “Society needs to continue to work on bringing females up to par as their male counterparts I am happy to say that the City of Tuscumbia pays and promotes on performance not race, creed or gender.”

8. What would you like to see for the City of Tuscumbia this year? “I would like to see more small businesses in the downtown area. Furthermore, I would like to see larger businesses along the Highway 72 Corridor. I think that we should have more events in the downtown area. Mainly, I would like to see people spend their money locally in Tuscumbia. “

9. There have been some problems at Spring Park. There was the roller coaster incident last year. Some online blogs as well as the others have hinted that the problem may have been with the management of the Park. What is the City doing to correct these problems? “There has been turnover at Spring Park. With the roller coaster incident, we contacted the manufacture and got information and training on it. We believed we have solved that problem. I believe that having open communications with the public as well as park officials, we can overcome and fix any problems that might arise. Having better guidelines is going to have a better effect on how the park is operated.”

10. In closing, what would you like to say to the readers of the Quad Cities Daily and the citizens of the City of Tuscumbia? “We want the people of Tuscumbia to become in involved in the City. Come to the Council Meetings. Decisions are hard to make sometimes for the betterment of the City of Tuscumbia, so having the public’s opinion may help us make those decisions easier. That’s why we have the meetings, so that the public can be involved. We welcome your input. Also, attending the Council Meetings may help the citizens of Tuscumbia understand a little better how and why we make certain decisions.”

Bobby Inman is retired from Law Enforcement after 21 years of Service. He is the Store Manager of Southern Heritage Gun & Pawn in Tuscumbia. He has articles published in Law & Order Magazine, Police Marksman Magazine, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine as well as several published ebooks on Amazon, Kobo Writing, as well as Nook (Barnes & Noble). He is owner of Poopiedog, an Animal Rescue Dachshund, who is his constant companion. He is a Senior Investigative Reporter for the Quad Cities Daily.

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