Dear Lenoir City Residents and Taxpayers,
In 1977, I was given an opportunity to work for the City of Lenoir City.  I was hired as a deputy clerk for Harold "Frosty" Proaps.  For 18 years I worked with Mr. Proaps until he decided that he would retire.  Politics was not my forte and I thought I would never run for any political office.  With the encouragement of Frosty Proaps, he convinced me that I was ready for the job.  I was elected in 1995 to serve as your Recorder-Treasurer.  It has been good to be able to work with the citizens of Lenoir City and I have enjoyed doing it for the last 30 years. I have decided to retire because of health issues.  I will miss you very much and it won't be the same.  I plan on doing some things I never got to do with my own children.  I am going to retire and be a "Granny" for my grandchildren and be a housewife for my wonderful husband, Ray. 
I just wanted to thank you and tell you I appreciate the support and all the friendships I have made throughout the years.  I will always hold a special place in my heart for all that has helped me do my job.  I want to send out a special thank you to the girls at city hall.  Paul Ann Baker,
Michelle Laughlin, Betty Wells, DeAnn Bogus, Thelma Wiggins, Wanda Ellis,
Kaye Arnwine, and Cynthia Noles were wonderful to work with and would always go out of their way to help the citizens. That is what a public servant is expected to do.  Thanks Lenoir City for electing me and I will never forget you.
Debbie Cook