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New city officials hope to change Millington's image

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MILLINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) – There are quite a few fresh faces in Millington city government including a new mayor, city manager, and five new aldermen.

People inside city hall say 2012 was not a good year after the city's former mayor was indicted for bribery.

Now, they are hoping to change the city's image and keep it moving forward.

"We have a lot of opportunity in Millington. We have a lot of great things going on in our community," said Millington Alderman Bethany Huffman.

Bethany Huffman is one of five new members on the Millington City Council.

She and others say it is time to put the past behind them and continue to move the city forward.

"I think there are a lot of people who have always commented about what's going on in the community. That's easy to do, but it's stepping up and making a difference," said Huffman.

Under a revised city charter, the city's mayor will now be a part time job.

Terry Jones took the oath of office Tuesday. But, he is not quite sure a full time city manager is the right person to lead the city.

Jones says changes to the city charter were rushed and should be reconsidered.

"I think it should have been more of a referendum for the people to make that decision rather than 7 people in 28 days make that decision," said Mayor Jones.

Jones is familiar with the mayor's job. He served as the full time mayor from 2004 to 2008.

He says he is looking forward to working with the most diverse city council in history. His focus will be on continued growth, with a specific focus on Millington's airport.

Jones says the city is in discussions with a major airline and they could begin flights in and out of Millington as soon as April.

"Have at least two scheduled flights a week out of Millington with hope that increases to four. We hope it will bring a small carrier to Millington," he explained.

The Millington City Council will have a called meeting Thursday night to approve the job description and contract for the city manager's job.

The lead candidate for that job is Thomas Christie, the city manager in Salem, Illinois. He could take the Millington job as soon as next week.

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