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Oliver Springs Town Recorder Joe Van Hook, far left, explains his position on the town charter after Oak Ridge dentist James Horton raised an issue about the legality of swearing in officials before election results have been certified. Elected officials listening include, beginning second from left, Don Shillings, Terry Holland, Terry Craze and Mayor Jerry Vann.
OS officials in, but tallies uncertified

James Horton has a problem with Oliver Springs’ town officials.

Newly elected Mayor Jerry Vann and Aldermen Robert Miller, Jeffery Bass and Terry Craze took office on Nov. 6 — two days after the Nov. 4 election.

The town charter, however, states, “the newly elected officers of the town shall take offices at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday in November, after the election results have been certified.”