Anna Council welcomes Ussery, honors Bryan

Future Brown
Anna-Melissa Tribune

Newly elected Place 5 City Councilman Danny Ussery was sworn in during the Dec. 8 Anna City Council meeting.  He replaces Councilman Nathan Bryan who served three terms on the council.

City Secretary Carrie Land administers the oath of office to Danny Ussery during the Dec. 8 city council meeting.

After Ussery’s swearing-in, council members recognized Bryan for his service to the city. John Beazley served the longest with and praised him for always showing up and serving the community. Councilman Kevin Toten said it was Bryan who first suggested that he run for the council. Mayor Nate Pike said Bryan’s nine years of service showed his loyalty and how much he cares for the City of Anna.

“Nathan Bryan wants nothing more than the very best for every person in this community,” Pike said. “I know that one hundred percent in my heart.”

Outgoing councilman Nathan Bryan received a special street sign from Mayor Nate Pike honoring him for his years of service to the city.

Bryan recalled his early days on the council working with Lee Miller, John Beazley and Alonzo Tutson. He said he was proud of the work the council was able to accomplish over the years, and gave Mayor Pike credit for steering the city through a change in city management and spearheading many positive changes.  Bryan also expressed his strong desire to see an Anna Public Library and vowed to stay involved with the city.

Slight changes to Christmas

Saturday’s Christmas events including the reverse parade, vendors, food trucks and a showing of The Polar Express will continue as planned. There will also be a free ice skating rink on both Saturday and Sunday.  However, there will not be a culminating tree-lighting event at a specific time. Last year it attracted more than 1200 people and no ability to keep them socially distanced. Instead, the city is looking at other ways to light the tree without attracting a large crowd.