Loudon County Mayor Doyle Arp swore in
five newly elected officials Monday night in a brief
ceremony at the Courthouse Annex.
Accompanied by family, four newly elected
members of the Loudon County School Board and Property
Assessor Charles “Chuck” Jenkins took their oaths.
Lisa Russell, who defeated incumbent
Larry Bass to represent Greenback in District 3; Gary
Ubben, who defeated incumbent Freddie Walker Jr. for the
District 5, Seat A position; Van Shaver, who won over
incumbent June Klinstiver to represent District 5 for
the Seat B post; and Craig Simon, who defeated incumbent
Nancy Paule in District 7 were sworn in as new Director
of Loudon County Schools Wayne Honeycutt looked on.
Arp told the audience re-elected school
board incumbent Bill Marcus had a work obligation and
would be sworn in Tuesday while school board member
Scott Newman had already taken his oath. Newly elected
County Commissioner Austin Shaver, who won the District
2, Seat B position, had also taken the oath of office
“As of Sept. 1 you’ve got a full board,”
Arp told Honeycutt.
“I’m looking forward to working with all
of them,” Honeycutt replied.
The Loudon County School board has been
the focus of much criticism over the school system’s
budget, overcrowding, the stalled building program and
The school system has already seen some
change with the retirement of long time Director of
Schools Edward Headlee, who was replaced by Honeycutt.
Jenkins, who left the county commission
to become property assessor, was also sworn in Monday
for his first full term in office. Jenkins replaced Arp
who left the assessor’s office to become county mayor.
Arp told the new elected officials he was
“looking forward to working with everybody.” He added
his office was “always open” to them and they should all
work together “to do better for Loudon County and for