"I love this community and serving on the council is a way of giving back and playing a role in promoting Shelbyville as a wonderful place to live, play and work," Rose said.
Rose worked for the Shelbyville Times-Gazette for 29 years and after her retirement in April 2007 was appointed to the city council to fill the seat of Wallace Cartwright, who had been elected mayor. She was elected to the council in 2008.
Married to Harold Rose, she is the mother of two children and grandmother of three.
She is a board member of the Child Development Center, Tennessee Vocational Rehabilition Center, and Argie Cooper Public Library. She is a member of First Baptist Church and Shelbyville Woman's Club and former board member of the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Club, Caregiver Relief of Bedford County, Tennessee Technology Center of Shelbyville, and Skills Development Center.
"I believe in being involved in the community and am committed to doing my part in making Shelbyville the best it can be," said Rose. "We must continue to boost our resources strategically to ensure that our city thrives and grows without losing our treasured 'small town' quality of life."
Rose said she is pleased with the growing teamwork of council members, city administrators and department heads as a whole in their approach of meeting goals to move the city forward. She said the city can't and won't move forward without job opportunities and equitable salaries.
"Job creation and economic development are vital to any community, and I don't think you'll find more dedication anywhere to those goals than right here in Shelbyville," Rose said.
"While we should embrace the positive aspects of our city," she said, "there is still much work to be done -- not the least of which is to seek new business and industry.
"Our population and income numbers have proven some hindrance in drawing new business, but that should be the impetus for leadership to dig in and work together in facilitating solutions that will show and prove Shelbyville as a viable, business-friendly environment."