Terry Newberry

Terry Newberry

Former Red Boiling Springs City Council member Terry Newberry has filed as a mayoral candidate and will appear on the upcoming election ballot.

Newberry held a seat on the council during non-consecutive terms spanning more than 15 years (according to city hall, he was elected in 1996, 1999, 2008 and 2011). He hopes to address issues ranging from business and tourism to city upkeep if elected.

"I entered the race to help the city of RBS to make it better, to try and get some businesses or industry into town, clean it up and help it go forward," Newberry said. "My vision would be for industry to come in, for it to grow, improve and get some good places to eat. We've got the Mexican place and American Diner, and that's about it other than quick marts."

Newberry said his years of council experience have prepared him to take on the job, noting that the council brought in a new fire hall and updated several water lines during his tenure.

"I'm retired from the military and have experience as a platoon sergeant, so I know how to deal with people," Newberry said. "I'm also retired from General Electric and Bosch."

Newberry sees Red Boiling Springs as being in a good position to grow because of its available land and proximity to Highway 52.

"Back years ago when I was first on the council, they told me the reason RBS would never grow is that Highway 52 is so bad," Newberry said. "But 52 has been fixed, and it's still not grown. We've got good road, and Nestle did real good when they were in operation. So, there should be nothing hindering us from improving."

With Highway 52 in better shape, Newberry hopes to clean up downtown roads that have fallen into disrepair.

"Hopefully, there are some grants the city could get to improve it," Newberry said. "There's not much downtown anymore, and it's just hurting. The roads all need paving, so I would try to get that done and do my best."

Tourism is another important focus area for Newberry, who sees it as an advantage Red Boiling Springs has in drawing visitors.

"I think Red Boiling's got a very good history, and that tourism would go (well with it)," Newberry said. "The hotels, the sulfur water, which you can't use any more ... that was the backbone of the whole (city). I'd like to promote that history, clean the town up and bring in industry."