Restructuring the Gleason Downtown
New Mayor Looks Looks to the
very capably served, since 2014, as President of the Gleason Downtown
Revitalization Committee, newly elected Mayor Charles Anderson, has wisely
chosen to consider a restructuring of this important Committee.
that the development of this Committee was initially stimulated by an idea
suggested by Mayor Poole, he indicated that he has greatly appreciated the
support and dedication of the citizens of Gleason regarding the efforts of the
committee since its founding.
wishing the Citizens of Gleason well as we draw near the end of a troubled year,
he indicated that he felt that it was time to resign as President of the
Revitalization Committee, effectively immediately.
highlighted that “It’s time for the younger generation, with a strong Facebook
following to take our Non-Profit organization to new and higher levels.”
He went on
to note that It has been suggested that the Revitalization Committee partner
with the Gazelles for a virtual Christmas tree lighting event that could be
streamed on Facebook Live on a date yet to be set but before Christmas at the
Anderson went on to indicate that he hopes we all can work together and make
this happen, as it would benefit those of us who live locally as well as
Gleason natives that stay in touch with Gleason sponsored events.
said, it was noted that the current officers of our 501c (3) Non-Profit
organization includes the following new officers.
Luke Hughes, replacing Charles Anderson.
President: Sam Owen, replacing Gary Doster.
Treasurer/Secretary: Cruse Legens & Doris Owen (Cruse replacing Ron Arnold).
Phelps, Doris & Eric Owen, Diana Poole, Martha Ann Arnold, Jim Johnson, and
Charles & Rose Anderson.
Gleason Board Members
Sworn In During First Official Meeting
GLEASON (December 7) — The first
meeting of the newly-elected Gleason City Board took place
Monday, December 7. The proceedings be gan with Gleason City
Judge Tommy Moore swearing-in the board members, beginning with
Mayor Charles Anderson. Out of the eight
candidates running for
office in the November 3 election, the four available alderman
seats were filled by: incumbent - Keith Radford; and newcomers -
Danny Browning (Vice Mayor), Wade Cook and Tommy Hodges. Mayor Anderson
expressed his appreciation to the people of Gleason for
supporting him and giving him their vote of confidence. He
promised to be a good steward of the people’s money and strive
to improve the city’s financial standing.
Mayor Anderson said of his
predecessor, Diana Poole, “She served as mayor two terms and has
been a great mayor. She has left the town in a good financial
status, and for that, I am grateful.”
“I know actions speaks louder
than words,” Mayor Anderson said. “I could make a lot of
promises I might or might not be able to keep for various
reasons, but I want to see Gleason grow. I want us to maintain
having a good place to live. I want to see prosperity. “I want
to give something back to the town. The only way I know to do
that, from a financial standpoint, is to donate the mayor’s
salary, after taxes, back to the city.”
Mayor Anderson stated the money
will go toward the food voucher program, with certificates
redeemable at the city’s only grocery store, Gleason Superette.
“That will be available beginning January 1, 2021.”
Mayor Anderson encouraged everyone
to remember the Golden Rule in their dealings with one another
by “doing unto others as you’d have others do unto you.” He also
asked local citizens to “think of what you can do for your town,
not just what your town can do for you.”
Danny Browning, who is the town’s
first black alderman, said, “I am honored to be voted in as
vice-mayor. I’m looking forward to the next four years. It’s an
honor I don’t take lightly. I feel blessed.”
Browning has worked for the Sheriff
’s Department for the past 22 years, and part-time as a Gleason
police officer for about six years. Browning, who formerly lived
in Greenfield, has been a citizen of Gleason for six years.
“It’s going to be a great four
years,” Alderman Radford said. “I hope we can lure some more
businesses out to the four-lane, and in the downtown area. It
has a lot to do with the economy and people’s attitudes.”
Radford, who is the only board member to be re-elected, works at
K.R. Trucking, and has been a city resident for the past 15
I’m just very humbled to win,” said
Alderman Tommy Hodges. “I’m glad the people of Gleason have
given me the opportunity to serve them.” Hodges was born and
raised in Gleason, where he has resided for the past 52 years.
He works at K.T. Clay Company. Alderman Wade Cook said, “I
appreciate the opportunity to represent the City.” Cook raises
beef cattle and sells crop insurance.”
During the Gleason City Board
meeting that followed the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Anderson
announced he plans on having a student from Gleason School lead
the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at each board
meeting. He called Gleason 7th-grader Luke Lawrence forward to
lead everyone in the Pledge.
He also mentioned several of Luke’s
accomplishments. Mayor Anderson stated Luke, who is the
13-year-old son of Lee and Amy Lawrence, claimed the
championship trophy and $100 prize in the 2020 Weakley County
Schools Spelling Bee. He is also the regional winner of the 4-H