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Brummett resigns from OS office

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By Cindy Simpson

For several years, James Brummett has worn two hats — alderman in Oliver Springs, and chairman of the Roane County Commission.

That dual role came to an end Thursday, when the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen approved his immediate resignation from that governmental body.

“I just feel I need to step back,” Brummett said Friday.

His leadership role on the Roane County Commission, which he’s chaired since 2010, helped make the decision.

“I want to devote more time to that and family time and a little more business time,” he said.

“There is just so many slices of the pie.”

Brummett’s resignation letter, which he submitted to Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler, expounds on that further.

“I also own a successful business here in Oliver Springs, and I am blessed to have a large family, whom I enjoy spending time with very much,” Brummett wrote in the letter, dated Dec. 26, “and more times than not, it seems as if there are not enough hours in the day or night!”

It takes a lot more than merely presiding over a meeting to chair the County Commission, Brummett said.

“It takes up a lot of your time,” he said.

Brummett initially didn’t intend to seek re-election to his Board of Aldermen seat in 2011.

His plans changed, however, when the lone candidate for the seat was ruled ineligible.

“I felt kind of torn, so I agreed to stay on for awhile,” Brummett said.

Now, after two and a half years, he said coming up on the new year he decided it was time to resign.

On Friday, he picked up his qualifying petition for re-election to the County Commission.

Brummett believes there are experienced people in the Oliver Springs community who may be interested in his Board of Aldermen seat, so he’s not concerned there.

He also plans to continue to serve the area he loves.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Oliver Springs for the past 10-plus years, and please understand that I am not going away,” he wrote in his resignation letter.

“I will still serve the people of Oliver Springs as a Roane County Commissioner and will make myself available to the mayor, aldermen or any citizen to discuss and facilitate any projects or potential projects that might come our way.”