By: Sid Riley
June 5, 2008
James Wise was operated on at the Jackson County Hospital last week and entered the City Commission meeting in such a weakened state that he needed the support of his wife Jean to walk, but he mustered enough strength to accept his nomination from Commissioner John Roberts to be the next Mayor. After accepting the gavel from outgoing Mayor Roger Clay, he conducted the business of the evening even though his voice revealed his inner struggle for the strength to perform his duty.
Roberts then nominated Howard Milton for Vice Mayor, who accepted the nomination and was unanimously elected. Roger Clay was then given a special award for his outstanding service to the City of Marianna as Mayor.