The Summerville News is Reporting there are changes coming in Lyerly….


Some changes are already in the works for Lyerly as the new administration gets ready to take charge tomorrow.

     A new city attorney is being appointed. Mayor-elect Jessica Eller has sent out a letter to current Attorney Ben Ballenger informing him that his services would no longer be required as of the New Year.

Ballenger is being replaced by Attorney Holley Strawn, of Cook and Connelly Law Firm, Summerville.

      This is Strawn’s first stint at representing a local government. Strawn passed the bar in 2006. Her first job in law was being a law clerk with the four Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit judges. Then she was hired by Cook and Connelly in May 2007.

     “I am really excited about that. I was really thrilled when (Mayor Eller) asked,” Atty. Strawn said.

     Mayor Eller has also sent Lyerly Clerk Leesa Manning a letter. It also stated that Manning’s services were no longer required beginning the first of the year.


Manning will be replaced by Joy Hampton, of the Lyerly area.

     “I knew some people that were interested and got some resumes. I looked over the resumes and she was the most qualified,” Mayor-Elect Eller said.