Two longtime Grundy County officials have recently retired. Both Phyllis Dent, Chancery Clerk and Master, and Donna Basham, Administrator of Elections, served the county for a combined 70 years.
Dent’s tenure began at the old courthouse which burned in 1990. For the last 36 years, her home away from home was the Grundy County Courthouse, specifically the office of Chancery Clerk and Master. She worked as Deputy Clerk until October 1995, when the former Clerk and Master passed away and she was appointed to the position of by Chancellor Jeffrey Stewart.
“I have been so blessed to live and work for so many fine people of this wonderful county. The memories and friends made will always be a treasure for me. Change takes place in all our lives; therefore, I look forward to my retirement and what the future brings me. My best friends Patricia Campbell and Jamie Weaver, respectfully, are now Clerk and Master and Deputy Clerk and Master. They will do a fine job! Thanks for all the memories,” stated Dent.
Basham served as Administrator of Elections for 34 years. She stated that she had witnessed many positive changes take place in the Grundy County Election Office.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve with such a wonderful association that oversees fair and honest elections. I am grateful for the confidence shown to me by our local election commission and the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, “said Basham.
She said that she is looking forward to spending time with her grandsons, Griffin and Noah Adkins.
A retirement celebration for Dent and Basham will be held at the Grundy County Courthouse, on February 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.