BY LISA WARREN
MOSHEIM -- R.L. "Tom" Carpenter was appointed Thursday evening by the Mosheim Board of Mayor and Aldermen to fill the vacant alderman's position caused by the recent death of Claude "Junior" Weems.
Alderman Weems died June 7 as the result of injuries sustained in a farming accident.
Carpenter will serve in that capacity until the next Town of Mosheim election.
Carpenter is a former chairman of the Greene County Board of Education.
He and his wife, Elwanda, are the parents of Greene County Director of Schools Dr. Vicki Kirk.
Also during the meeting, the Mosheim board members elected Alderman Tommy Gregg as vice mayor of the board.
Weems previously served as vice mayor of the board.
Following his appointment, Gregg facilitated the proceedings at the meeting due to the absence of Mosheim Mayor Billy Myers, who was unable to attend due to illness.
The Town of Mosheim has also been approached by the Greene County Board of Education to determine if the town would like to make a contribuion toward the purchase of a bronze plaque to honor Weems.
The school board is proposing to place the memorial inside the new addition at West Greene High School, which has been named in Weems' honor.
The proposed memorial would include Weems' community achievements and service as a member of the Greene County Board of Education as well as to the Town of Mosheim.
The memorial, which would be cast in bronze and feature Weems' likeness ,will cost an estimated $1,900 and will be paid for through contributions from the community.
The Mosheim board members decided to table their decision on the amount of contribution for that memorial until their next board meeting.
Alderman Harold Smith added at the meeting that he felt that the Town of Mosheim should also purchase a memorial plaque in honor of Weems for placement inside Mosheim Town Hall.
The other board members agreed to this proposal.
Additional details on the Mosheim board meeting will appear in Saturday's edition of The Greeneville Sun.