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There's a familiar face in a familiar role in Tallassee.  Bobby Payne officially took office today as mayor. He previously served as mayor for 20 years before being voted out of office four years ago.

"I can't get enough of it, and I love every minute of it. And in particular there's something about this job that I've always loved," Payne said.

And many of the people who gathered at City Hall to watch Payne and other city officials take the oath of office said Payne's experience in city politics makes them confident about the four years ahead.

"He knows how the government works, he knows what needs to be done," said Ann Christian, a Tallassee resident. "And he probably knows where to get it done."

Mayor Payne said his priorities including the restoration of the Hotel Talisi and the Mount Vernon Theatre.  He also wants to bring back more jobs to the city.

"I've met with some economic development folks today already and I feel real good about our chances there," Payne said.

Payne defeated George McCain in the election. McCain defeated Payne four years ago.

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