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July 13, 2014

Athens names H.K. Derryberry mayor for a day

— Athens got a new mayor Friday, though it was only temporarily.

Mayor for the day H.K. Derryberry gave Athens Gas $1 million, Athens Fire $1 million, lowered taxes 50 percent, gave 50 percent raises to employees, paid a light bill for KALB, earned votes by telling the ladies at City Hall none of them looked over 18 and chose his mayoral campaign slogan for 2016: Lovely, Lovely Lovey.

Hailing from Nashville, 24-year-old H.K. was born three months premature due to an automobile accident that took his mother’s life. The two-pound baby boy spent 96 days fighting for survival in Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Doctors offered little hope for survival, and he was born blind, with cerebral palsy and countless other medical problems. The rest of his story can be found at

H.K. visited Athens Friday with his friend Jim Bradford, formerly of Athens. During a 2013 visit to Athens when he spoke to Athens Rotary, H.K. met Mayor Marks and told him he wanted to be mayor of Athens one day.

He got his wish Friday afternoon.

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