By Tamas Mondovics
The Town of Mountain City held an organizational meeting on Monday, December to administer the oaths of office for the newly elected Aldermen that received the highest votes in the November election.
City Judge Bill Cockett swore in a pair of elected men, Bud Crosswhite and Lawrence Keeble for their four-year terms.
“Members of the council welcomed the newly elected Aldermen,” said Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons.
Ahead of the recent elections on a local level, citizens of the Town of Mountain City had their choice to pick from a field of four to fill alderman seats.
Aside from incumbent Crosswhite, and former Mountain City mayor Keeble, qualified candidates, included Robert A. Blackwell, a retired business owner, and former Mountain City Police Officer, Jason Panganiban.
An alderman is a member of a municipal assembly or council in many jurisdictions. The term denotes a high-ranking member of a borough or county council.
Interestingly, a little search reveals that the title is derived from the Old English title of ealdorman, literally meaning “elder man,” and was used by the chief nobles presiding over shires.
Similar titles exist in other Germanic countries, such as the Swedish Alderman, the Danish and West Frisian Olderman, the Dutch Ouderman, the Finnish Oltermanni and the German Ältester which all mean “elder man” or “wise man.”
As it is the case in all elections, residents are counting on both the individual as well as the collective wisdom of the council, even as Mountain City hopes to build on a momentum of progress instead of just maintaining the norm.
Such topics as a skating rink, bowling alley, downtown streetscape, sprucing up the local Farmers Market, as well as efforts to boost local tourism are just some on the roster for local officials to consider in hopes of giving testimony to the council’s wisdom.
While intentions are often good, the results and what gets done remains to be seen.
“We are all looking forward to working together for the betterment of the city,” Parsons said.
For more information about Mountain City, please visit www.mountaincitytn.org.