Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs Mayor Joel Coe took over the position in July 2017 and has previously served on the city council, the planning commission and as vice mayor.

Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs Mayor Joel Coe took over the position in July 2017 and has previously served on the city council, the planning commission and as vice mayor.

Red Boiling Springs Mayor Joel Coe has filed for re-election and will appear on the ballot for the April 27 election.

Early voting begins on Monday.

Coe has served as mayor since July of 2017, was previously on the city council and planning commission, and is also the CEO of Racoe, Inc.

As vice mayor, Coe took over the position after former mayor Tom Fults resigned, and he hopes to focus on building Red Boiling's entertainment industry.

"We've tried to get it to grow manufacturing-wise and warehousing-wise, but we don't have the roads coming in to go that way," Coe said. "Each company I've talked to about doing some warehousing here, they want a major interstate, and we don't have any. So, we've got to go with what's worked in the past."

Coe said that tourism revenue has been one of the city's healthiest sources of income because of its historic hotels and spring water.

"(I'd like us to) have more events and festivals, and to promote them a little bit better," Coe said. "The Folk Medicine Festival is a good one to start the year, and if we promote it well, that would get the ball rolling. Of course, all these horror shows help too (the Thomas House Hotel is a popular ghost hunting destination)."

In addition, Coe hopes to begin paving city streets that have fallen into disrepair.

"We're having a problem coming up with funds ... we don't want to run up our taxes, so I'm trying to find some grants," Coe said. "If we start one street at a time and go from there ... I'm coming up with a strategic plan to do that, and hope to start on it pretty soon."

Coe sees his existing mayoral record as his most qualifying factor. He named the creation of a city employee handbook, the purchase of new police cars that he said have lower maintenance costs, and a focus on code enforcement in particular.

"Getting zoning in and getting the town cleaned up for business wanting to come in is something I'm proud of," Coe said. "If you've got a piece of property and your neighbor's got a piece of property, you want to be sure they don't bring your land value down, so having the right guy to do code enforcement is crucial. I've also been trying to get new businesses in."

The employee handbook was written shortly after a high-profile incident that occurred toward the end of Fults' tenure. Former RBS City Clerk Tessa Davis filed a lawsuit against the city alleging sexual misconduct from former RBS Chief of Police Terry Tuck, with a settlement later reached in April 2018.

"(An employee handbook) cuts down the liability of the city and makes it an overall better environment for employees," Coe said. "There are also cameras up at city hall I put in."

Coe said he has continued learning during his time in office and hopes to continue on in the position.

"I've never quit on Red Boiling ... I believe if you are weak in a crisis, you are weak indeed," Coe said. "I think Red Boiling is poised to grow a lot in the next 10 years. We're in a position right now where we need to get ready for (that)."