Two of Tullahoma’s citizen boards have new members, thanks to the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen, while another two are seeking applicants.

The city board voted at its Monday night meeting to place a new member on the boards of Tullahoma Utilities Authority and the Tullahoma Airport Authority.

TUA had a board vacancy after former board member Andy Nelius decided against serving another term.

After taking nominations from city board members, former Tullahoma alderman Mike Stanton was tapped to take Nelius’ seat.

Stanton previously served on the TUA board during his tenure as alderman, as the mayor’s appointee to the board. He highlighted that service as a qualifying component in his application for the position.

The city board also voted Monday to place Mike Rutherford on the Tullahoma Airport Authority board.

Rutherford succeeds Jim Apple, who served the maximum of two consecutive five-year terms with the authority. According to a memo, Rutherford’s first term will expire in February of 2024.


Seats available

In addition to the two seats filled by the board, there are seats available for citizens on the Tullahoma Municipal/Regional Planning Commission and the Tullahoma Arts Council.

The seat on the planning commission formerly held by newly elected alderman Rupa Blackwell is now up for grabs.  Blackwell’s election leaves a citizen vacancy.

Blackwell’s term on the board has one year remaining, which any qualified citizen may fill if appointed by the mayor. The term will end on Oct. 26, 2020, according to a memo.

On the arts council, the seat held by Melissa Shuran has become available. According to the same memo on the vacancies, Shuran is not eligible for reappointment.

Arts council members serve three year terms and are also considered mayoral appointments.

Any Tullahoma citizen interested in serving these groups is encouraged to stop by city hall and fill out a citizen participation form.

Forms can also be found online on the city’s website,

According to city officials, interested individuals will need to complete the forms and turn them in by Thursday, Sept. 5 in order to have the decision ready for the Monday, Sept. 9 board meeting.

Erin McCullough may be reached at