Outgoing executive, commissioners bid farewell to public service

By Thomas Wilson


   The Carter County Commission said good-bye to long-time County Executive Truman Clark on Monday after 20 years as the county's top executive.
   "It has indeed been an experience and it has been an education from my standpoint," Clark told the commission and audience. "It has been a good time and I thank everyone who has tried to make this county a better place."
   Commissioner Wayne Holtsclaw presented Clark with a personalized plaque and gavel on behalf of the commission for his service to the county.
   "The 26 years I've had with Mr. Clark has been a blessing to me," said Holtsclaw, who recalled when he and Clark were elected to their first terms as county commissioners in 1976.
   Commissioner Don Treadway received a wood and brass plaque commemorating his 29 years of service on the commission.
   "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Carter County," said Treadway. "I am really happy to be a part of it."
   Treadway said in the years he had served, the commission had worked together without infighting among members.
   "That shows you the integrity of the people who have served here," he said.
   Commissioners Ted Weaver and Brad Green also served their final meeting as commissioners. Weaver is not seeking another term while Green is running for Clark's office.
   Clark was elected to the county commission in 1976. Six years later he won his first of five terms as county executive.
   "It is like when I left the Army," quipped Clark. "I hate to go, but I'm glad I'm gone."