Government leaders give resolutions for new year
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jan 01, 2014 | 770 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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As a new year begins, local government leaders are looking forward to personal and professional success in the next 12 months.

Among those successes are desires to live a healthier life.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland said he was aiming to eat healthier foods and lose some weight.

Vice Mayor Avery Johnson said he would continue a health goal into 2014, after losing 34 pounds in the past two years.

“I’m just hoping for another good year,” Bradley County Commission Chair Louie Alford said.

Personally, the commissioner is hoping for good health in the coming year.

Another New Year’s resolution Johnson is setting is to spend more time with his grandchildren. Johnson has two grandsons who live in Atlanta.

He also plans to read more.

“I love to read. It is one of my favorite hobbies,” Johnson said.

One of the books he looks forward to reading in 2014 is “The President’s Devotional,” by Joshua DuBois.

“We know about his problems, but to know how he makes it you have to read his devotions,” Johnson said.

2014 will be a momentous year for Johnson, as he will be getting married in May.

Johnson said he will “prepare to be a good husband again” in the time leading up to the wedding. (His first wife died two years ago.)

“I finally got the courage to try to be married again,” Johnson said.

Local leaders are also making some professional goals for the coming year.

“With all the good news in recent years with industry and stuff and last month the unemployment rate dipping again … I hope we continue to have more good news in 2014,” Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said.

Davis said he would like to see the first prospect in the new industrial park in the coming year.

Davis said he is pleased to see work on Exit 20 begin and looks forward to seeing the progress that will be made on the project in 2014.

“Our biggest goal is to get our public water system fixed,” Charleston Mayor Walter Goode said.

He said this should be completed early in the year.

Goode also hopes to see the city grow a little.

Rowland said, “My resolutions for the city are to pursue all of the road projects we have underway — Exit 20, the LIC (local interstate connector) ... and Highway 60, and to make every effort I can to convince TDOT to stay on schedule with those projects.”

Alford said he hopes, “Bradley County will continue to do well and handle taxpayer money to the best of our ability.”

Rowland said he also hopes to see continued growth, jobs and level service throughout the city.

Johnson said he would also aim to be a good vice mayor and serve the people of Cleveland.