Paula Stinnett

Fort Oglethorpe City Councilwoman Paula Stinnett reads her annual Christmas poem during the Dec. 11 council meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Fort Oglethorpe City Councilwoman Paula Stinnett delivered a comical spin and a Christmas favorite during the last council meeting of 2017 when she recited her parody poem of "T'was the Night Before Christmas."

Stinnett says she's done the poems in years past as a way of getting into the Christmas spirit.

"It's just something fun that I do every year at Christmas time," Stinnett explained.

Stinnett recited her 2017 edition of the poem during the council comments portion of the Dec. 11 meeting.

"T'was the night before council, when all through the hall

City Manager Simpkins was sayin', 'Get busy y'all'

Jeff at the gym, Phil in the sewer, and Pam a counting with care

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The staff were nestled all snug in their tasks,

While visions of restaurants, retail, infrastructure dance in their heads.

And Harrell in his Carhartts, and Rick in his cap

Had just settled down for a long zoning chat.

When out of the lawn there arose such a clatter,

Miss Carol sprang from her chair to see what was the matter.

Away to the lobby Chiefs Ballew and Helton flew like a flash,

Tore open the front door and out they did dash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave them a moment to stop and look at the objects below.

When what to the citizens' wondering eyes did appear

But a way cool sleigh, and fie councileers.

With a little old driver, so solemn but quick

Everyone knew in a moment it must be Earl-Nick

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

Now, Derek! Now, Craigy, Now Jimbo and Rhonda

Oh, heck, where is that darn girl? Pay attention Paula!

To the top of the porch! To the council room at the end of the hall,

Now listen to this and vote on that, nothing is too big and nothing is too small.

In khaki and navy we listen intently as Robby read us the law,

We sessioned and questioned and scratched our bare heads,

Maybe a table, or an ordinance, or a proclamation instead?

A motion and discussion begin to ensure,

It ended with a unanimous vote to wish you

A very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year, too!

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at