City Votes In New Mayor After 41 Years

City Votes In New Mayor After 41 Years

There are 19 comments on the WREG story from Nov 4, 2010, titled City Votes In New Mayor After 41 Years. In it, WREG reports that:

Mayor-Elect Daryl Walker has some big shoes to fill. Tuesday Walker was elected as the next to take office in Atoka.

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westmemphis chick

Collierville, TN

#1 Nov 4, 2010
Any body in Atoka every heard of "TERM LIMITS" 41 years is rediculus for any body to hold office that long.
lillady

Munford, TN

#2 Nov 4, 2010
westmemphis chick wrote:
Any body in Atoka every heard of "TERM LIMITS" 41 years is rediculus for any body to hold office that long.
Guess you have to consider the source...
guest

United States

#3 Nov 4, 2010
What difference does it make to you? You don't live there! Are there term limits for mayor where YOU live? Probably not. There aren't limits where I live, either. Maybe the man did a good job!!
Moses

Memphis, TN

#4 Nov 4, 2010
Keeping his old job while serving as mayor...Sounds like he wants to feed at the trough from both directions. just saying!
Darren

Millington, TN

#5 Nov 4, 2010
Considering he will only make about 1500 a year as mayor, I can't blame him for not leaving his other job. He would not be able to support a family making only 1500 a year.
NO 1 U NO

Atlanta, GA

#6 Nov 4, 2010
Undoubtably this mayor was liked by most people in Atoka and was doing a good job so.....See how easy that is to understand.
Now they did't let a couple of big mouth do nothings spout offs like this memphis place does.
houndrnr

Millington, TN

#7 Nov 4, 2010
Please? Show more respect for the duties of this Office! Head Honcho isn't a Titile I would apply to a Mayoral Position, and he has NO intention of filling anyones shoes- he intends to lead Atoka into a brighter, realistic, future established on what the Citizens of Atoka want & need. NOT what the past 'Good Ole Boy' network handed down in the past; often to only benefit their own pocket books.

You would be fooling yourselves, to think the past Mayor will not still play an important role as he & his family has and dose own the majority of property and interest throughout Tipton County and both Munford and Atoka, TN especially. I'm sure that no ones news interest is going there for a Historically factual & informative investigation of events of just how much interplay goes on in Parochial Placement of Relatives in Government Jobs and Positions- or between conflict of interest and holding multiple offices with City and County Governments in Tipton County and TN? And the Citizens of Atoka would dearly love to 'see a photo' fo the Atoka Sewer System and Utilites Company mentioned here- we all have Septic Tanks, if we're luck in our yards! And we have never had an adquate explanation of why we pay so dearly for this honor with no City Up-keep to be found until it all goes bad. You need to verify you account and facts of what Atoka has or hasn't recieved courtesy of our now de-throned Mayor.

We're just grateful to finally have a man with no higher priority than doing what's right for the Entire Citizenry of Atoka, TN.
Sharon

Millington, TN

#8 Nov 4, 2010
How great is this!! It is time that Atoka steps into the 21st century. Go Mr. Walker and we wish you all the success you deserve. You worked hard and we appreciate it and look forward to what lies ahead for Atoka.
longtermresdnt

United States

#9 Nov 4, 2010
As a resident of Atoka for over a decade, I for one can say that I am looking forward to a change! Our town has grown from a small community to a town of over 7,200! With that large a tax base to draw from, we JUST had a city sewer system implemented. Our Police department is not a 24-hour service. Some street have no curb and gutter. We have no trash removal services [unless we contract it through an independent company-or pay $35.00 a year(up from $3.00 a year when the population was around 300 people!)] I am aquainted with His Honor Mr. W. Daryl Walker, and know him to be a hard worker and a man of excellent character, and I am looking forward to the improvements he will bring to our town!
longtermresdnt

United States

#10 Nov 4, 2010
As a resident of Atoka for over a decade, I for one can say that I am looking forward to a change! Our town has grown from a small community to a town of over 7,200! With that large a tax base to draw from, we JUST had a city sewer system implemented. Our Police department is not a 24-hour service. Some street have no curb and gutter. We have no trash removal services [unless we contract it through an independent company-or pay $35.00 a year for a landfill permit(up from $3.00 a year when the population was around 300 people!)] I am aquainted with His Honor Mr. W. Daryl Walker, and know him to be a hard worker and a man of excellent character, and I am looking forward to the improvements he will bring to our town!
cat_eyes1123

United States

#11 Nov 4, 2010
westmemphis chick wrote:
Any body in Atoka every heard of "TERM LIMITS" 41 years is rediculus for any body to hold office that long.
I live in Atoka. Yes, we've heard of term limits, has the city of Memphis heard of them? Under Charles Walker, Atoka has grown from a small community of less than 200 people to almost 9000 in less than 20 years. We've become the fastest growning community in West Tennessee. He's done nothing but good for Atoka and we've been very lucky to have his leadership for all 41 years. That being said I look forward to the new leadership of Daryl Walker.
cubemaster

Millington, TN

#12 Nov 4, 2010
Atoka had like 8 people in it.

Then White Flight happened.
hhjckane

Cordova, TN

#13 Nov 4, 2010
Way to Go Charles Walker. You are awesome.
Ms Tracy

Millington, TN

#14 Nov 4, 2010
I live in Atoka. I didn't vote for Walker for one simple reason...He came on my dead end street, parked in my yard, knocked on all my neighbors doors got back in his car after an 1 1/2 hours and left. He never waved (although my husband and I did)or even looked at us. I hope Mr. Walker is more friendly now that he is a new mayor. I hope the next time he comes down our dead in street and parks in my yard he is more friendly. If he can't be friendly to myself and family stay out of my yard.
I did contact his campaign and no one called back. Mr. Walker I hope you do great things for our city, Good Luck.
Boo Boo

Pacific Palisades, CA

#15 Nov 4, 2010
longtermresdnt wrote:
As a resident of Atoka for over a decade, I for one can say that I am looking forward to a change! Our town has grown from a small community to a town of over 7,200! With that large a tax base to draw from, we JUST had a city sewer system implemented. Our Police department is not a 24-hour service. Some street have no curb and gutter. We have no trash removal services [unless we contract it through an independent company-or pay $35.00 a year for a landfill permit(up from $3.00 a year when the population was around 300 people!)] I am aquainted with His Honor Mr. W. Daryl Walker, and know him to be a hard worker and a man of excellent character, and I am looking forward to the improvements he will bring to our town!
What do you expect when your property taxes are only .55 cents. Atoka has police on duty 24/7/365. if you want your trash picked-up by the city, you'll have to have higher property taxes. The county raised the landfill fee, not the city of Atoka. Please get your facts correct before commenting. Thank you.
Callie

Pacific Palisades, CA

#16 Nov 5, 2010
houndrnr wrote:
Please? Show more respect for the duties of this Office! Head Honcho isn't a Titile I would apply to a Mayoral Position, and he has NO intention of filling anyones shoes- he intends to lead Atoka into a brighter, realistic, future established on what the Citizens of Atoka want & need. NOT what the past 'Good Ole Boy' network handed down in the past; often to only benefit their own pocket books.
You would be fooling yourselves, to think the past Mayor will not still play an important role as he & his family has and dose own the majority of property and interest throughout Tipton County and both Munford and Atoka, TN especially. I'm sure that no ones news interest is going there for a Historically factual & informative investigation of events of just how much interplay goes on in Parochial Placement of Relatives in Government Jobs and Positions- or between conflict of interest and holding multiple offices with City and County Governments in Tipton County and TN? And the Citizens of Atoka would dearly love to 'see a photo' fo the Atoka Sewer System and Utilites Company mentioned here- we all have Septic Tanks, if we're luck in our yards! And we have never had an adquate explanation of why we pay so dearly for this honor with no City Up-keep to be found until it all goes bad. You need to verify you account and facts of what Atoka has or hasn't recieved courtesy of our now de-throned Mayor.
We're just grateful to finally have a man with no higher priority than doing what's right for the Entire Citizenry of Atoka, TN.
Uhh...I think you need to get your facts straight or not comment until you lay the crack pipe down. The article said the former mayor decided to retire because of health reasons. He wasn't "de-throned" as you put it. He probably would have won again if he'd wanted to run.
Jimmy

Pacific Palisades, CA

#17 Nov 5, 2010
Ms Tracy wrote:
I live in Atoka. I didn't vote for Walker for one simple reason...He came on my dead end street, parked in my yard, knocked on all my neighbors doors got back in his car after an 1 1/2 hours and left. He never waved (although my husband and I did)or even looked at us. I hope Mr. Walker is more friendly now that he is a new mayor. I hope the next time he comes down our dead in street and parks in my yard he is more friendly. If he can't be friendly to myself and family stay out of my yard.
I did contact his campaign and no one called back. Mr. Walker I hope you do great things for our city, Good Luck.
"I contacted his campaign" That's funny! How much of a campaign do you have to have to be the mayor in Atoka? I hope he didn't have a campaign "manager". If he had to have someone manage his campaign for mayor with a population of 6000, I wouldn't want him running my town! LOL!
Mary

Millington, TN

#18 Nov 6, 2010
Big shoes to fill??? Huh?! It is obvious that the reporter in NOT from Atoka, or she would surely know that the biggest part of Charles Walker is his big, fat pockets! Millionaire landowner Charles Walker and his cronies have reaped the benefits of Atoka's booming population and exploding taxbase for years, while city services for the residents have remained almost non-existent. Oh, we do get some very expensive water that flows through the field lines of our septic tanks. In Blaydes, the neighborhood children enjoy some nice hunting and fishing out of the surrounding ditches, due to the many, many years of accumulated overgrown brush and neglect, all compliments of the city "leadership". My family has paid for a streetlight all these years, otherwise it would be pretty dark around our house and street. Yet, how many millions did it take to build that Charles Walker Monument, oops, I mean "park"? I have been a resident of Atoka for almost 18 years and have watched as the population has grown from under 400 to around 9000. Except for the many houses, things around here look pretty much the same. And we still have the same tiny, country roads on which to attempt to maneuver. The citizens of Atoka have spoken - LOUDLY. Mayor W. Daryl Walker will offer us unselfish and TRUE leadership. It is about time!
FromAtoka

Memphis, TN

#19 Oct 24, 2014
westmemphis chick wrote:
Any body in Atoka every heard of "TERM LIMITS" 41 years is rediculus for any body to hold office that long.
I know this is old, but just thought it was worth a reply.

Walker, 82, died Thursday after a battle with cancer.

Serving as the town's mayor from 1969 until 2010, he oversaw its biggest growth and much of its development.

When he took office, after having served as alderman for nine years, Atoka's population was just 400. By the time he left office, it was nearly 9,000, having grown 20 times during the housing boom of the early 2000s.

Under Walker, municipal water and sewer systems were established, 60 miles of roadways were constructed, several parks were established, a joint fire department with Munford was created, The post office was built, the wooden bridge over the railroad was replaced with a concrete flyover, a new town hall was built and the first full-time municipal employees were hired. It was during Walker's administration that the full-time police department was established and the permanent fire department was constructed on Walker Parkway, traffic lights came to Highway 51 and a 16-screen movie theater opened.

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