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TML honors Farragut Vice Mayor LaMarche, spouse

Farragut’s Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche and her husband, Lou, received honors at Tennessee Municipal League’s 70th annual conference, held recently in Chattanooga.

Dot was named to TML’s Board of Directors for a one-year term as a director at large.

“I think it’s an honor and a privilege to serve and to represent our Town,” Dot said.

“I love the Town. I’ve had a good life, good marriage, good kids and I just always have wanted to give back to my community.

“And I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer and do different things, and I’m grateful,” she added.

TML’s board of directors helps promote legislation that needs to be passed into law for different municipalities.

“I feel very humble about it,” Dot said.

She added TML was adding women to the board of directors after years of mostly men holding elected offices.

“I think they’re trying to get more women involved … in all the history of the T-M-L, it’s been mostly men elected officials,” Dot said.

Lou also received an honor: the “Stand by Your Spouse” award, recognizing the sacrifices spouses of elected officials must make in the name of public service.

According to Lou, earning this award was a piece of cake.

“I appreciated the award and it was not a hard award to get because I have a very wonderful spouse, who I am honored to support like she did for me all the years I was in industry and in the military,” Lou said.

This year was the first time the husband of an elected official has earned the honor.

Lou has served on Town committees: the Board of Zoning Appeals and on the Visual Resources Review Board. He also has volunteered at Farragut Folklife Museum and for Knox County Sheriff’s Office “Senior Citizen Awareness Network program.”

The LaMarches have lived in Farragut 14 years, and have been married 48 years. They have three daughters who live out of state.

This is Dot’s second term as an alderman; she was elected to her second term in 2007 and named vice mayor earlier this year.


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