Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners have hired from within to replace long-time county manager Harry Jones. Assistant County Manager Dena Diorio landed the job last night, seven months after Jones’ firing initiated a national search for a new leader.

Department of Energy

Cleveland County commissioners took a bit of an unusual vote Tuesday night at a public hearing. The commission approved tax incentives to lure a new business to Shelby—that part’s pretty standard. The strange part is that they don’t know what the business does.

Commissioners and documents just refer to the company as Project Gnome. Even commission chairman Ronald Hawkins doesn’t know the identity.

“I prefer not to know the details about the project, other than that there will be jobs [and] they will be good jobs,” Hawkins says.