The face of Ravenswood City Council is changing once gain.
Councilman Don Titus has tendered his resignation from the panel due to his plans to move to Ripley.
Sue Quillen will fill the empty council chair and was supposed to be sworn in Tuesday night, but she was absent from the meeting.
Quillen was the highest non-elected candidate on the municipal ballot, with only seven votes less than Titus.
Titus wrote a letter to council in which he stated that his house was for sale and his plans to locate to Ripley. He also sincerely apologized for not completing his council term.
Titus also chided council for not focusing on the issues.
“I am troubled by the lack of civility and unprofessionalism that has infected this council,” he wrote. “It has not been fair to the people in Ravenswood or my colleagues that so much attention has been focused on the council, rather than the real issues facing the city. I am very disheartened with policies in this town. It is a shame we can't disagree without personal attack. If it means we have to destroy lives to make a point, I don't want to be a part of that kind of politics.”
There were other moments of pride and of somberness at Tuesday night's meeting.
Chief Lance Morrison gave his monthly report, but also wanted to talk about the two state troopers who were killed in the line of duty.
Luke Silas Baber shot Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Trooper Eric Michael Workman, of the Clay County detachment 22, of Oak Hill, near the Wallback exit in Roane County and near the Clay County line. Baber was arrested and handcuffed, with his hands in front of him, which made him able to access a 9mm Hi-Point pistol. With weapon in hand, Baber and shot Bailey and Workman in the head. Both died of their wounds.
Morrison read this poem with great emotion for his fallen law enforcement brothers:
Someone killed a policeman today and
A part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend many long lonely nights,
The beat that he walked was a battlefield too,
Just as if he had gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yep, somebody killed a policeman today
In your town or mine.
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A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks a beat on the dark city street
And he stands at each rookie's side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all
And a part of America died.
As Morrison read the poem, there were tears from those listening.
Drew Dormagen appeared before council to explain his project of decorating the town with red and black ribbons and balloons ribbons prior to football games.
The first time Dormagen decorated the town with the help of Kathy Garrett for the game at Hubert Hoover.
He stated that he has raised $ 1,000, which is twice the amount of his last report. Volunteers from the high school are going to help, but anyone who wants to assist in the project is welcome to do so, by calling Dormagen at (304) 531-7075.