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Women’s History Month: Cindy McAdams

Women’s History Month: Cindy McAdams

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 8:00 pm

By JOE LOFARO
Special to the Press
The month of March has been declared National Women’s History Month in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. This year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In conjunction with the month-long celebration, The Weakley County Press will recognize several women for their accomplishments with profile stories. The second woman to be profiled in our series is Greenfield Mayor, Greenfield teacher and part-time Wal-Mart employee Cindy McAdams.
McAdams is a special education teacher. She went to the University of Tennessee at Martin and earned an education degree. After two years of teaching at Obion County she accepted a teaching position in Greenfield and has been there ever since.
“I would do anything for my students,” McAdams said. “As a special education teacher you are a momma, a daddy and a guidance counselor. I like it that way and I would not change it.”
The 57-year-old native of Union City decided to become and a Greenfield alderwoman not to long ago, and once she was on the board she decided to run for mayor. This past November during the city election she won.
“My daddy, who passed away 20 years ago, grew up in Brock’s Chapel Church and we would be proud of me and really tickled to know that I was the mayor in his old stomping grounds.”
McAdams said she ran for mayor because “I like to get things done.”
Greenfield’s first female mayor isn’t joking. Just recently she and the board made a decision on the Weakley County Municipal Electric Building in the city.
Speaking before Tuesday’s city board meeting, McAdams explained the city was either going to sell the building or move the police department into the vacant building.
McAdams said she has a list of things to get done which includes plans for the senior citizens building and general clean up of the town.
“I truly want to help the senior citizens and get more people involved,” she said.
While McAdams is sincere, she explained that a woman’s view of things differs from a man. “A man would probably not plant flowers and be concerned with dressing the town up, but I am.”
One of the first changes McAdams made as mayor involved the venue for city board meetings. “We were meeting in the back room at the fire station and now we are meeting in the city’s community room down from Greenfield Banking Company.”
The new venue will accommodate about 100 people and it also allows Greenfield High School history students a chance to earn some extra points. “Several of the students have had a chance to come to the meetings and see what’s happening.”
McAdams knows her plate is full as an educator and as the city’s mayor, but she still works a part-time job, visits her mother who is in assisted living in Union City, is a loving wife to her husband and sees her two children and three grandchildren at least once a week.
“The Lord has given me something and I have to use it,” McAdams said as she explained her busy life.
Cindy and Johnny McAdams have two children, Amber and Jonathan who both are married and live in Medina.
Amber has a 5-year-old son named Hunter and Jonathan has a 1-year-old son named Nolen and a 3-year-old daughter named Mia,
In addition to seeing the grandchildren, McAdams finds time to visit her mother who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
She reserves Saturday night for her husband. “We like to go out to eat, cook at home and even stay at home,” she said. “Johnny is my backbone, When I ran for the board I asked him if he would back me and then when I decided to run for mayor I asked him again if he would back me.”
If McAdams sounds like a public relations guru, she will be the first to admit she has never had a PR class. “I like people. I am a people person and I never meet a stranger.”
Not long ago while on a cruise to Mexico, McAdams ran into people she knew from Martin.
“I just take one day at a time,” she said. “It’s just me, and I am thankful for everyday. I just get up and go.”
McAdams’ only brother died when he was 54 in a car accident in Union City.
“I try to smile all the time,” she said. And then the public relations wiz said, “You can help a person if you have a smile on your face.
“I have a lot of my plate,” McAdams said. “But somebody out there has a lot more than I do.”
Published in The WCP 3.14.13

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