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Rick Bell

Rick Bell appears to be the choice
A Special Called City Council Meeting to select and swear-in a new Ward 6 City Councilor has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at Lebanon City Hall.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the selection process will be similar to that of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

"In this case - a vacancy for a ward - nominations are taken, then all of us can vote on it - myself and the council," he explained.

Craighead added that Ward 6 has a "lot of really qualified people" and that several folks have expressed an interest in representing the ward on the Lebanon City Council. Whoever is selected would serve until 2018.

Craighead will be submitting Cumberland University history professor Rick Bell for consideration by the council.

A Lebanon native, Bell is currently the president of the Cumberland University Alumni Board.

Bell is also an active member of several community organizations, including the Lebanon Rotary Club and the James E. Ward Agriculture and Community Center Management Committee.

He is the historian for the City of Lebanon and a member of the Lebanon Historic Commission as well as the Lebanon Regional Planning Commission.

Bell received his bachelor's in History from Middle Tennessee State University in 1991 and a master's in Education from Cumberland University in 1996. He also has a master's in History from MTSU in 2002.

The Ward 6 City Council seat was vacated by former Council Member Kathy Warmath on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Warmath served Ward 6 for 23 years.

Warmath announced her resignation through attorney Jack Lowery.

In a statement from Warmath, Lowery explained that she had chosen to resign because of a medical condition. He elaborated that she suffered from a severe back condition.

The prior evening Warmath was arrested in the Lebanon City Hall parking lot after a regular called meeting for alleged public drunkenness; however, Warmath later explained that she was not intoxicated and instead had a reaction to medication prescribed by her doctor.

"Unfortunately, I had an abnormal reaction to the medication. Because of this I find it necessary to apologize to my fellow city council members, the people of my district, and the people of the City of Lebanon," she stated.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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