Longtime Bell County Tourism board member Tom Shattuck has resigned from his position as chairman. Tourism director Judy Barton confirmed that Shattuck’s resignation letter was dated for Feb. 27.
No reason for his resignation was given in Shattuck’s letter. His term ended on Dec. 31. Since no one was appointed to replace him, Shattuck was allowed to continue serving on the board until February, according to Barton.
Shattuck was on the tourism board for over 20 years. He was originally appointed to the board by former Middlesboro Mayor Ben Hickman.
“He was a very good chairman,” said Barton. “He will be missed. He was a true believer in tourism. He understands tourism.”
Barton said Shattuck constantly contributed to the community through Bell County Tourism and the Bell County Historical Society.
According to Barton, Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelley appointed Becky Bowling to replace Shattuck on the tourism board.
Steve Mars was also recently appointed to the board to replace Judy Hall, who passed away last year.