Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 19, 2012

Crossville honors outgoing councilmen

By Jim Young
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — The Crossville City Council's regular November meeting was the final one for two men, Earl Dean and Boyd Wyatt, who were recognized for their combined service of 43 years in Crossville city government.

Plans for the swearing-in ceremony have been announced for the two council members elected in the November election, Jesse Kerley and Pete Souza. The swearing-in ceremony will be the first public event held at the new Crossville City Hall building on Main Street at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. There will be a reception for the new councilmen starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

With councilman and former mayor Earl Dean's retirement and councilman Boyd Wyatt's defeat in his bid for reelection, the two men served in their final regular and probably their final council meeting. Both men were recognized for their many years of service and presented with distinguished service award plaques by Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III.

Mr. Dean's award read: "Whereas, Earl Dean has served as Mayor for 6 years and a member of the Crossville City Council for 16 years, Crossville Regional Planning Commission for 17 years, and the Lake Commission since January 1994 with dedication and distinction, earning him the respect of the citizens of Crossville; and

"Whereas, the exemplary conduct and sense of fairness he has demonstrated in all his activities has been an influence for good in the growth and progress of our community; and

"Whereas, during his years on City Council, the population of the county has grown 61%, resulting in the need for forward thinking and planning to accommodate this growth and prepare for the future; and

"Whereas, the City Council especially recognizes his progressive leadership in planning, economic development, infrastructure improvements, recreation, tourism, education, business development and support, and marketing during his tenure;

"Now, therefore, I, J. H. Graham, III, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor and speaking on behalf of the entire City Council and all our citizens, hereby extend our deep appreciation for his time and dedication to the City of Crossville and our gratitude for his many years of community service and do hereby tender to Earl Dean this Distinguished Service Award."

Upon receiving his plaque, Mr. Dean received a standing ovation. Dean commented that he had throughly enjoyed his time serving on the council.

The award presented to Boyd Wyatt read: "Whereas, Boyd Wyatt, Sr. has served as a member of the Crossville City Council for over 21 years, Crossville Regional Planning Commission for 2 years, and the Airport Committee with dedication and distinction, earning him the respect of the citizens of Crossville; and

"Whereas, from his first term in 1967 on City Council, the population of the county has grown 280%, resulting in the need for forward thinking and planning to accommodate this growth and prepare for the future; and

"Whereas, the members of the City Council are cognizant of Boyd Wyatt’s special expertise in transportation and aviation, and the invaluable service he has given our city in the recognition of the value of Crossville Memorial Airport in economic and industrial development; and

"Whereas, the City Council especially recognizes his progressive leadership in planning, economic development, infrastructure improvements, recreation, tourism, education, business development and support, and marketing during his tenure;

"Now, therefore, I, J. H. Graham, III, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor and speaking on behalf of the entire City Council and all our citizens, hereby extend our deep appreciation for his time and dedication to the City of Crossville and our gratitude for his many years of community service and do hereby tender to Boyd Wyatt, Sr. this Distinguished Service Award."

Wyatt also received a standing ovation.

Councilman Boyd Wyatt said to Mayor Graham and the audience, "It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve with you and all the other council members." Wyatt added that he was proud have been a "part of moving the city forward," but it was time for him to go on.

Crossville's new city hall building will officially open for city business on Dec. 4 and the regular December council meeting will be held in the new building's council chambers on Dec. 11.

The annual Crossville mayor and council's open house will be held at the new city hall on Thursday, Dec. 13, with the time to be announced soon.