Adkins to fill Goode's unexpired term
When the Ruth Commissioners meet at 5 p.m. Monday for the regular meeting, it will not be business as usual.
For the first time in more than two decades, there will be a vacancy to be filled on the board.
Chris Adkins, a captain with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and resident of Ruth 13 years, will be sworn into office to fill the unexpired term of the late Jim Goode, who passed away Jan. 18.
"You can't replace Jim Goode," Adkins said Friday afternoon. Since moving to Ruth 13 years ago, Adkins said Goode was always a good friend.
Adkins will take the oath of office on the Bible that belonged to his mother, the late Louise Adkins. The Bible was passed along to Mrs. Adkins by her parents and is 100 years old, he said.
Adkins will complete the unexpired term of Goode but will not look further than that, he said. "I'll make no promises," he said.
Goode's term expires in November.
Goode has served on the Town Board with Mayor Don Baynard and Commissioner Mike Ellenburg for nearly 24 years.
"This is going to be difficult," Ellenburg said. "But we'll have to get through it."
In addition to the swearing-in ceremony, there will be an official proclamation adopted in honor of Goode.