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Parnell announces run for Obion mayor’s seat

Parnell announces run for Obion mayor’s seat

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:06 pm

By JOHN BRANNON Messenger Staff Reporter Glen Parnell recently announced his candidacy for mayor of Obion in the Nov. 4 election. Parnell, 73, has served three two-year terms as the town’s mayor. He seeks the post again. “Now, more than ever, our city needs strong and experienced leadership,” he said. “In this time of national economic hardship, we will experience a local crisis in the coming months with higher costs to heat homes with natural gas.” Parnell is self-employed, specializing in plumbing, heating and air conditioning residential and commercial work. A resident of Obion since 1948, he said, “I have a deep love for this town and the citizens who live here.” He has been married to the former Linda Thompson of Obion 51 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. Parnell is a veteran of seven years’ military service, active duty and reserve, with the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam in 1960. He said, if elected, he will work with the city council to implement a program that provides a 10-percent reduction in natural gas costs during the months of December, January and February. Parnell asserts water and sewer rates are higher now than a year ago and are the result of a state inspector being called in by the present administration. “This resulted in more than $500,000 in repair costs and a freeze being placed on new sewer hook-ups until these defects are corrected,” he said. There’s also the issue with Sweetwater Farms subdivision and its using water to keep its city water fresh. It flows at a rate of 2,000 gallons a day. “Who pays for it? The citizens of Obion pay for it,” he said. “In the last four years, about 3 million gallons have flowed into the pond.” And there’s the sewer bonds that originated in 1966 and were paid off in 2006. He asserts the citizens of Obion continue to pay at a rate of $19,000 a year. “The next two years hold great promise for our town,” he said. “With the help of a new city council we can help build a better city in which to live. I would appreciate your support and vote in the Nov. 4 election.” Published in The Messenger 10.16.08

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