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Caudle appointed to Athens council

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — A woman will invade the all-male Athens City Council.

On Monday, the council appointed Millie Caudle to the District 5 seat left vacant when voters elected Henry White as state representative in the November general election.

Caudle is vice president of the Spirit of Athens Board, a downtown revitalization organization.

Caudle said serving on the council will allow her to be a liaison to that organization.

She is a professor emeritus at Athens State University, where she taught history and served as dean of humanities.

Caudle also is president of the Gen. Joe Wheeler Home Foundation.

"I come from a very civic-minded family," Caudle said. "My father taught us to give back to the community."

Council President Harold Wales said he "feels she cares very deeply about Athens."

"And I thought it was time we had a woman on the council," Wales said.

Caudle is not the first female to serve on the council, but there hasn't been a woman on the council for at least 10 years.

Caudle will finish White's term, which ends September 2008.

The city will swear Caudle in at its Dec. 18 meeting, which starts at 3:30 p.m. in the Municipal Court at the new Athens Police Department.

Jimmy Gill abstained from voting for Caudle. Gill had nominated Robert Allen Tinnon.

The motion died for lack of a second.

Gill said Tinnon forced White into a runoff during the municipal election and that made him the voters' second choice.

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