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Former Rep. Ralph Cole Dies, Age 85

Former state Rep. Ralph Cole, 85, who represented Carter and Johnson counties in the General Assembly for more than a decade, died Friday. From the Johnson City Press:
Cole had been suffering from cancer in recent weeks.
The Elizabethton Republican served until 2002, when he was defeated by Jerome Cochran in the Republican primary election.
Cole was an influential member of the House Finance Committee during his time in Nashville, and was noted for working hard for his district during the administrations of Govs. Ned McWherter and Don Sundquist.
“He was my friend,” said Sundquist. “He was a statesmen who always did what he thought was right. He was a man of courage and dedication and was successful in life in every way.
“You could always count on him that if it was right he would do it. I didn’t have to go to him and say ‘Will you do this?’ We need more men and women like that.”
Former state Rep. Robert “Bob” Patton, who represented the 7th District, sat one seat over from Cole in the Legislature and served alongside him on the House Finance Committee from 2000-2002.
“I really enjoyed serving in the Legislature with him,” Patton said. “He was somewhat of a mentor to me. It was often that I would check with him and talk about issues that were important and he was kind and considerate and would take the time to speak with me.”
Cole served as a state representative from 1990 to 2003. In addition to his political role, he was also the sales manager at Courtesy Motors Co. for 20 years and owned C&T Volkswagen-Subaru for 18 years.
…The graveside service for Cole will be private.

Elizabethton Mayor Pleads Guility to Soliciting Prostitute, Apologizes for ‘Terrible Mistake’

ELIZABETHTON –Mayor Curt Alexander offered a tearful apology to his friends and the citizens of Elizabethton during a Friday morning press conference, just a day after he entered a guilty plea in Washingtion County Sessions Court on a charge of solicitation of prostitution.
More from the Johnson City Press story:
Alexander said “I have made a terrible mistake,” and asked for Christian forgiveness. He said May 20, the day he was caught by the Johnson City Police Department, was the first and only time he had ever committed such an act. He said it was an awful, irresponsible act that he will never again commit. He said he now sees it as a test to see how he handles the adversity.
…”I felt if I admitted what I did was wrong, stepping up and correcting the problem, I could put this behind me and move on with my job, my life and my duties as mayor of the city of Elizabethton.”
Alexander said he intended to remain as mayor and said those who supported him on the City Council continued to support him and those who opposed him continued to oppose him. He did not comment about calls from Councilman Sam Shipley for his resignation.
“This has been a life-changing event in my life, and I will use it to grow as a Christian,” Alexander said.