Winchester City Council Members
Councilman Womack was first elected in 2001 and now is in his fourth term as councilman.
Councilman Womack was born September 17, 1940 in Huntsville Ala., and moved to Winchester in 1947. He graduated from Franklin County High School here in Winchester, but lived in a small community just outside Winchester known as the Rock Creek community until he married Peggy Short in December of 1960. Councilman Womack attended the University of Tennessee from 1958 to 1960 but left there to go to work for the Tullahoma News in 1960-61. After a short stint with the news business Councilman Womack owned and operated Dalton Carpets for 12 years.
Presently, and for the past 35 years, Councilman Womack has owned and operated his own construction and rental company. His company has built over 600 homes in the Winchester/Franklin County, Coffee County and, Moore County areas.
Councilman Womack and his wife Peggy presently reside in Winchester and have two daughters: Mea, who is married to Philip Rogers, a minister for Embryville Church of Christ in Erwin, Tenn. and Traci, a teacher at North Lake Elementary School and is married to Keith Merritt who is employed with Nissan North America Auto manufacturing.
Councilman Womack is a member of the Estill Springs Church of Christ.
Councilman Bruce Spencer was first elected in 2009 and his second four-year term in 2013. Prior to being elected, Bruce served as a member and chairman of the Community Development Committee and a member of the board of directors for the Winchester Downtown Program Corporation. Presently Bruce serves on the Historical Preservation, Recreation Committee and continues to serve on the Winchester Downtown Program Corporation and Community Development Committee. He additionally serves on the Finance Committee, Planning and Zoning Board, Winchester Utilities Board and as Vice Mayor.
Bruce was born in Winchester, Tennessee, son of R.L. and the late Betty Smith Spencer. He grew up in Winchester and graduated from Franklin County High School. He attended Motlow State Community College and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard. In 1975 he started and operated his own business for over thirty years in Winchester. He served on the board of directors of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and President of the Franklin County Jaycees. He also served as an assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 185 and Pack Leader for Cub Scouts Pack 140. Bruce worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and worked in real estate as a Realtor.
Presently, Bruce serves as Franklin County Property Assessor. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System and the American Legion Post 44 as Treasuer. Bruce and his wife Joy have two sons. Bruce Jr. a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Blake who is a supervisor for EPB utilities both in Chattanooga. The Spencer’s are members of the Winchester First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Gene Snead Jr.
Gene and his wife of 27 years, Joy live with their two boys, Stetson, and Christian in Winchester’s Shadowbrook community. A Miami, Florida native, Gene moved to Franklin County with his parents in 1976. Gene graduated from FCHS in 1982 where he captained the undefeated football team, won the Mike Stephen’s Citizenship Award and was voted Most Involved by his classmates. Gene graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1987, where he majored in International Political Science, and captained the Tiger football team his senior year. Gene and Joy moved from Sewanee to 153 Cedar Bluff Dr. in Shadowbrook in the fall of 1994. Gene served on the City Council in Winchester from 2001 to 2009, before losing his seat by a single vote in his bid for a third 4 year term in 2009. While a councilman, Gene chaired the inaugural International Dogwood Festival in 2005 while he was serving as Vice Mayor. Gene has since chaired the event 5 more times including the 10th anniversary festival in May, 2014. Gene was elected to his 3rd term on the council in 2013, and was elected to the Franklin County Commission in District 1 in August, 2014. Gene works as a Colleague for Yorozu Automotive. His hobbies include his sports talk call in show on WZYX called The Press Box. He also does the color commentary for FCHS football for WZYX and Sewanee’s football and basketball webcast. Gene and his family attend church at St. Margaret Mary and Good Shepherd Church. Gene is a member of the Winchester Lion’s Club and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoys a good cup of coffee and is always ready to answer your questions and listen to your suggestions. Please do not hesitate to give him a call on his cell, 931-224-3693.
Cile Alexander was born February 25, 1953 in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended the Jackson, Mississippi (Hinds County) Public schools, graduating in August 1970 from Council McCluer Academy. She graduated from Mississippi College in December 1973 with a B.S. in Business.
Some of Cile’s business positions while in school included working in the Governor’s Office of Mississippi during her senior year of college. Upon graduation she married David Alexander in January of 1974, who was serving in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. After getting settled in North Carolina, she worked for the State of North Carolina, Water Quality Division. After returning to Mississippi, she was a stay-at-home mom until the fall of 1987, when she worked in the legal field and then as assistant to the Managing Partner of KPMG Peat Marwick.
In February 1995, Cile, David and their three daughters, Liz, Susan and Julie, moved to Winchester, TN to start a homeowner/contractor and special event rental business. In addition to being co-owner with her husband of their local business, she has found time to serve on the Board of Multi-County Cancer Support Network (NCCSN), five years of which she was President; is a Board Member of the Franklin County Prevention Coalition; serves as Vice President of Southern Tennessee Ladies Society; Secretary of Winchester’s Design Review Committee, served on the former Winchester Community Development Committee; and is an active member of the Owens Chapel CP Church.
Along with her husband David, Cile delights in the time spent seeing their grandson Max. Hobbies include sharing in the work of their lovely garden which is located across from their home at the corner of South High and 6th Avenue with their neighbors, reading and yard work.
Jeannie Bates was elected to the Winchester City Council on August 6, 2015 and will also serve on the Winchester Beer Board.
Jeannie was born in Valdosta, Georgia to Leon & Laura Godwin and raised in the retail grocery business. Jeannie & Frank Bates moved to Winchester in 1989 from Franklin TN, they have four children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The Bates have owned and operated a total of 6 retail grocery stores in Winchester and middle Tennessee along with Tires Inc., an automotive repair and retail tire sales, and Love that stuff a costume jewelry and accessories store. Recently Jeannie worked at Franklin County Senior Citizen as the Meal Site Manager serving members, routing and delivering Meals on Wheels. She is also a member of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
Jeannie has worked on many projects through the years in Winchester. Some of these projects include, Santa Comes to Town, International Dogwood Festival, Operation Noel, Chili Cook-off, Christmas Store for residents of the Willows, and was the Chairman of the fundraising committee to build Adventure Mountain, a community built playground in the Winchester City Park.
Jeannie Is a current board member and Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Franklin County and Charter member since 1999. Jeannie has been the Co-Organizer of High on the Hog BBQ Festival since 2003. This major fund raising event of the Kiwanis Club serves to give back to the community. The Club provides scholarships for High school students, donations to many local organizations and provides free summer Music by the Lake concerts in the Winchester City Park. This BBQ contest has grown to a 62 team Kansas City Barbeque Sanctioned Contest along with a 29 team backyard contest. There is also a Trail Run, Motorcycle Ride and Carnival Midway. This event has great economic impact for the City and county bringing in numerous out of state dollars, in the way of hotel stays, gas sales, grocery sales, tourism and increased tax revenue.