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Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelly takes the oath of office with his wife, Renee, and sons Ben and Sam. County Executive Ron Woody, right, worked with Kelley, an atheist, on the wording of his oath to allow him to be comfortable with the process.
Sincerely sworn, despite omission

District 4 Roane County Commissioner Steve Kelley’s oath of office on Sunday was a little different than others during the swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse.

Kelley, an atheist, only uttered “So help me,” where others ended their oaths with “So help me God.”

“It’s just tradition,” Kelley said. “It doesn’t mean anything, because people swear to God and lie all the time.”

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