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December 26-- Four newly elected officials and three re-elected office holders took their oaths of office for their terms starting in January the Friday before Christmas at the Toombs County Courthouse.

{mosimage}Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld, who is also starting his second term of office, told the audience that incoming Toombs Commission Chairman Blake Tillery, at age 29, may be the youngest county chairman in the state.

"What I'm looking at is what we can do for Toombs County.  I ran on a platform that's pretty simple: paving roads, having better relations among the cities and the county and trying to keep people's taxes low.  If we can do those things, I'll be very happy at the end of one year, two years, four years whenever, I'll hand it over to somebody else and let them do this job," Tillery said.  Tillery was sworn in with his mother holding the family Bible.

Toombs County is in the best financial shape its ever been in and the new chairman says some giveback to citizens may be in order, "I believe the government needs to remember that it's not our money we're spending, we're spending citizens' money.  If we have an excess, we need to return that to the citizens," he said.

At the same time, Tillery notes managing health insurance costs in the new year will be a challenge for the county's treasury.

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Other new officials sworn in are Tax Commissioner Brenda O'Neal Williams, and Commissioners Darriel Nobles (L) and Wendell Dixon

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Re-elected officials sworn in are County Sheriff Junior Kight, Coroner Ron Hall and veteran Clerk of Court Chess Fountain who is starting his ninth term of office and saying this will be his last.

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