Tiny Philadelphia, Tenn., not dissolving

PHILADELPHIA, Tenn. (AP) -- The small town of Philadelphia, in eastern Tennessee, is not dissolving its local government, despite having no candidates for town offices.

Speculation began when the deadline for qualifying candidates passed with no one filing for alderman posts.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel quoted Loudon County election commissioner Dana Zehner, who said the town charter specifies currently elected officials would remain in office.

Philadelphia has 533 residents. It was founded in 1820, but not incorporated until 1968.

Terrie Waddell is an alderwoman and her husband Robert Waddell is the mayor.

She said the couple will put in another four years if they must.

Both of them are also on the volunteer fire department.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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