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Trimble board elects first black vice mayor

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Members of the Trimble Board of Mayor and Aldermen go over the minutes form last month's board meeting. The board later elected alderman John Ivie (second from right) as vice mayor and Dyersburg attorney Lewis Jenkins Jr. as the new city attorney. Counterclockwise, from left: Laura Abernathy, Mayor James Davis, Donna Switzer, John Ivie, and Sherri Gorman. Not pictured: Carolyn Stark.
The Trimble Board of Mayor and Aldermen elected the board's first black vice mayor in the town's history during Monday night's meeting.

Alderman John Ivie has the distinction of being the town's first black alderman and is now the town's new vice mayor. Ivie was nominated by Alderwoman Sherri Gorman and the board unanimously elected Ivie to the position.

"I will accept that duty and I will do my best," said Ivie during the meeting.

Ivie was first nominated to the board in October of 2009 to fill the vacant position left by Jody Hinson who moved outside of the Trimble city limits.

Ivie was nominated for the position of vice mayor in November of 2009 by Alderman Raymond Ballard, but he declined at the time stating he needed to gain more experience as alderman. In 2010, Ivie regained his seat at the board after winning an alderman-at-large position and again in the 2012 elections.

The board's next item of business was to elect a city attorney to represent the town for the next two years. Alderwoman Donna Switzer recommended Dyersburg attorney W. Lewis Jenkins Jr. of the law firm Wilkerson Gauldin Hayes Jenkins & Dedmon. Switzer stated Jenkins' hourly fee would be $165 an hour. Ivie made the motion to accept Switzer's nomination of Jenkins and he was elected unanimously. The previous attorney for the town of Trimble was John Lannom. Alderwoman Laura Abernathy asked Trimble Mayor James Davis if the town would have a formal contract with the new attorney. Davis replied they would.

Trimble Mayor James Davis (left) congratulates Trimble Alderman John Ivie (right) on his new position as vice mayor of the town of Trimble. Ivie became the town's first black alderman in 2009 when he was nominated to fill a vacant alderman position. He then won back-to-back elections to regain his seat at the board. Ivie is the first African American to sit on the town's board since its incorporation in 1905.
"Lewis has been our city attorney before and he is familiar with all of the stuff going on here," said Davis.

In other business:

* The board approved a measure to install a newly refurbished emergency siren at Trimble Elementary. The siren will replace the old 1935 model emergency siren located on Obion Street. West Tennessee Communications will install the siren at a price of $8,571.

* The board also approved a motion for upgrades to be performed in the Fire Department on Obion Street. City administrator David Norsworthy stated the building needs to be better insulated and the bathroom needs improvements.

"Insulation will help a lot," said Norsworthy.

* The board also gave its approval for the mayor to put out bids for a new building for the city to use to house city equipment. The current building the city is using to store equipment is at the corner of Obion Street and East Main Street. It could be sold sometime in the near future and the city is making preparations if the sale goes through. The location of the new building will be determined at a later date.

* Alderwoman Carolyn Stark was absent from Monday's meeting, but was later brought up to speed on the minutes by city recorder Joyce Scobey.

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so pleased to see mr ivie elevated to vice-mayor of trimble! the town of my birth. congratulations, mr. ivie!!

-- Posted by closerlook on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 11:52 AM

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