- [S104] Cocke County, Tennessee, and its People, Cocke County Heritage Book Committee, (Walsworth Publishing, 1992), 264.
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 29 Jul 2007.
Town of Parrottsville has first historian
(c)2007 NPT PHOTO BY BETTY MCMILLAN Mary Keller stands in the Parrott-LaRue-Myers Park, in Parrottsville, that she helped create.
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Parrottsville Mayor Ronnie Hommel has appointed Mary Keller to be the Town of Parrottsville's, the third oldest town in Tennessee, first official historian. Keller's love of history, especially the Parrottsville area, was one of the determining factors in being chosen the historian. She has served in the past as park and recreation director for the town of Parrottsville, and was instrumental in getting the property donated, overseeing the grant, construction and development of the Parrott-LaRue-Myers Park. She has served on the Cocke County Tourism Board, Cocke County Leadership and recently was appointed to serve on the Newport Chamber of Commerce Board. Mayor Hommel noted she is active in the community as a member and past president of the Natural Bridge Ruritan Club, founding member and past president of the Parrottsville Garden Club, and a member of the Cocke County Republican Women. Keller is the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Ruby Cureton of the St. Tide Community. "Her love of Cocke County history was passed down from her father, a Cocke County teacher, who never missed an opportunity to share his knowledge of the area and its people," said Hommel. "Her love of people, cooking and spending time with family and friends comes from her wonderful mother," said Hommel. She is married to Wayne Keller, who grew up in the town of Parrottsville, where they now reside in an old historical home known as the Dr. Darius Nease home, built in the 1800s. The home was recently restored and is off Highway 321. Their children are Keith Keller, of Parrottsville; Brian Keller, of White Pine; Myra Wilmot, of Crossville; and their grandchildren are Clint and Candice Keller, Cassandra Wilmot, and London Riley Keller. "I am honored to be appointed historian and look forward to serving our community," she said.
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 3 Dec 2010.
PARROTTSVILLE-Parrottsville Mayor Mary Keller and two commissioners were sworn in Thursday by Judge Ben Hooper, at the Parrottsville Town Hall.
"I feel honored to be elected mayor of Parrottsville, Tennessee's third oldest town," Keller told a reporter before the swearing-in ceremony. She added, "I will be a very fair mayor. This little town belongs to all of us."
Keller, believed to be the town's first female mayor, also said, "I want to make it a better place for all of us to live in. I don't come into this with any personal agenda."
Keller won the most votes for commissioner in the Parrottsville board of mayor and aldermen race on Nov. 2. Keller received 72 votes; Judy Reed, 32; and Elisa Brown, 29. Typically, the alderman with the most votes in an election is chosen by the aldermen to be the town's mayor.
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