What are some of your favorite things about Manchester?
I have lived here all of my life and I’m proud of our town. I’ve visited just about every town in Tennessee, and no other place compares.
How long have you served as mayor?
I have served three terms (12 years) as mayor. I served as an alderman from 1984 to 1991. After retiring from AEDC, I ran for my first term as mayor in 1991, and held the seat for 4 years. I took a break from city government for a few years and was elected as alderman again in 2000, a seat which I held until 2012. In 2012, I was encouraged by several citizens to run for mayor, and I was voted back into office and re-elected again in 2016. Not many people can say, they wake up every morning excited to go to work, but I can.
What are some of your favorite things about serving as a city official?
Knowing I have made a difference and had a hand in creating jobs and a better way of life for our citizens.
I love running into kids in our community that are all grown up now and remember me from government service and community involvement.
What are the biggest challenges?
One of the biggest challenges is recruiting retail, especially grocery stores. Misinformed public, my door is always open and I wish the public would come to me with any questions and concerns.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy attending local sporting events. It is a great feeling to see kids that I have known since birth excel in life.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Investors’ ears are always listening, and they like a community that is united. Community involvement is the power to bring positive, measurable change to our city.
Would you like to share a holiday message?
My message to the community during the holidays would be to take time to enjoy and live in the moment with your loved ones. We are all so busy during the holidays that we miss out on the true gift of the season, and that is spending time with our friends, families and loved ones. I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and a safe New Year’s Day.