Paula Stinnett

Fort Oglethorpe City Councilwoman Paula Stinnett had four generations on hand for her swearing in ceremony Monday night, Jan. 8. From left: Municipal Court Judge Winston Webb, Stinnett, Stinnett's mother Louise, granddaughter Leyla, and daughter Eden. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

It was a special night for Fort Oglethorpe City Councilwoman Paula Stinnett when four generations of her family were on hand to witness her being sworn in for her second term of office.

A few minutes before the regularly scheduled meeting kicked off Monday night, Jan. 8, Stinnett, her mother Louise, her daughter Eden, and her granddaughter, Leyla, stood side-by-side for the ceremony.

"I believe this the first time a four-generation swearing-in has occurred in Fort Oglethorpe. It's really special," Stinnett said.

This marks Stinnett's second term on the council, a position that in recent years has been a family affair. Stinnett's father, Eddie, served on the council for years before passing away way while in office in 2012.

"My first term was about fulfilling my father’s legacy, he died unexpectedly in the middle of a term," Stinnett said. "This term is exciting because I feel I served well and made my father proud, but now it’s about my goals and establishing myself. I’ll always be my daddy’s little girl, and will continue to serve the City of Fort Oglethorpe with that energetic, outgoing personality the citizens have grown to know."

To make the event even more special, Stinnett says she took her oath with her hand placed on a very special family Bible.

"My mom, Louise Stinnett, also held that Bible for my father's swearing-in ceremony," Stinnett said. "She held the Bible for my first term and again this term. The Bible was special also because it was the Bible my Uncle Don Hays carried during his tours of service in Vietnam. He was a Marine who made notes within the Bible, which I treasure reading."

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 acook@npco.com.