Jim Vincent sworn-in

Jim Vincent was sworn-in on Tuesday to represent District 7 of the Rhea County Commission after his predecessor Ronnie Raper passed away at the end of October.

The Rhea County Commission was tasked with appointing someone to fill the vacant seat, and commissioners voted 8-2 to appoint Vincent to the post.

“I appreciate the commission’s support,” Vincent said. “Ronnie Raper was a great friend of mine, and I look forward to working with the commission.”

Vincent was nominated to fill Raper’s position by Rhea County Commissioner Billy Thedford. Rhea County Commissioner Bill Hollin nominated Raper’s wife, Phyllis Raper.

Rhea County Commissioners Emmaly Fisher, Harold Fisher, Rusty Rogers, Leo Stpehens and Thedford voted in favor of Vincent, while commissioners Sandy Francisco and Hollin voted in favor of Phyllis Raper.

In other business on Tuesday, the Rhea County Commmision voted to change the times of county commission meetings, beginning in January. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, the regular monthly Rhea County Commission meetings will begin at 6 p.m., with the budget meeting that precedes the county commission meeting beginning at 5 p.m.