Cole receives award

From Staff Reports

   State Representative Ralph Cole (R-Elizabethton) was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA). Cole received the award at a luncheon in Nashville yesterday that was attended by members of the organization from across the state.
   The TDDA is an association of Tennessee's nine development districts, which are regional planning and economic development organizations. These policy boards within each district are made up of the state's 95 counties and 340 municipalities.
   The boards assist local community organizations in a number of ways, including planning and economic development coordination, transportation, solid waste, loans, and grants for water and sewer systems, housing, tourism, and air quality services to the elderly. "The awards are given on the basis of nominations from each of the nine development districts to those legislators who have shown leadership and put forth considerable effort on behalf of their cities and counties," said Susan Reid, Executive Director of the First Tennessee Development District.
   Rep. Cole retired from the automobile industry in 1988 and, among others, serves on the state House Finance subcommittee. "I am humbled by this award and thank you for this recognition. It is partnership that has helped us bring progress to our communities," Rep. Cole said. "I also want to thank the people in the First Development District for their support and all the good work they do for our citizens."