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City Attorney Ed Boring (right) swears Philip "Winky" Cagle into the office of City of Pikeville Mayor. He will serve for the remaining three-plus years of former mayor, Greg Johnson.

With family and friends all present, Philip “Winky” Cagle was unanimously approved as the City of Pikeville’s new Mayor. He fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Greg Johnson who left the office amidst allegations of misuse of city funds.

Aldermen met early Saturday morning, September 1, in special session with Bill Swearingen moving to elect Cagle and Reed Sells seconding the motion. Cagle was the only person nominated for the post. Up until Saturday’s appointment, Cagle had served as a city alderman and vice mayor.

“Our city has got some great things ahead of us,” said Cagle. “We need jobs. We need tourism. It’s a great challenge but I can’t do anything without the board of aldermen and without the city attorney.”

“We appreciate the city employees. They have been through some hard times, and hung in there,” noted Mayor Cagle. “The main thing is to continue to work together, not for me, not for this board but for the city.”

Cagle talked about how he plans to not make any major changes, but added, any changes he does make will be for the good of the city.

One of his goals is to get the Sequatchie Valley back as the scenic route to Fall Creek Falls State Park like it once was.

“We’ve got one of the prettiest towns in the state of Tennessee,” said Cagle, referring to one of the good things the former mayor did which was the downtown streetscape project to beautify the town.

He stressed the need of everyone to be positive about their city and one way to do that is to quit talking about the negatives because it will not solve any of the problems.

“We’ve all got to take a part to turn everything around,” the mayor said. He remembers the way things were 40 plus years ago when the town was a shopping hub on Saturdays and hopes to make an effort to return that atmosphere and promote shopping at home.

Cagle himself is encouraging tourism and spending dollars at home. Currently, he is renovating a building on Main Street and is opening Little Maggie’s Ice Cream Parlor inside, next door to Little Maggie’s, a restaurant with its vintage decor that is enjoyed while eating specialty burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads.

As mayor, Cagle plans to make himself available to the city voters, “If you’ve got a problem, come see me...Let’s work together. If I make a mistake I want to here about it. Most of time when I think, I talk out loud, but I will listen. But you’ve got to give me a better way out.

“I will never ever embarrass this city, I will not do that,” added Cagle. “We need to remember Greg Johnson he needs our prayers and I believe in that (prayer). That is the last thing I will say nothing will come out of this office to criticize him (the former mayor). I will not and neither will the employees.”

Following the meeting, City Attorney Ed Boring affirmed Cagle as the Mayor of Pikeville. Cagle began serving the City of Pikeville immediately on Saturday, September 1. Plans are for Cagle to finish the remaining three plus years left of Johnson’s original four-year term of office.

As far as who will fill the vacated post of Cagle as Alderman, that will be decided Monday, September 10 at the Mayor and Board of Aldermen’s monthly meeting set for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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