By Kay S. PedrottiIn a last-minute address to the Milner City Council last week, Dr. Vickie W. Smith resigned as a member of the council. She was elected last year, and the resignation came as a surprise to most of those present.She said in her resignation letter that ‘life circumstances have changed,’ and necessitated a move to be nearer to several family members. Smith, a native of Rome, Ga., has been a resident of Lamar County for 40 years and Milner for 29 years. She and her husband Richard have two children, Wil and Hannah, and three grandchildren.Smith received degrees including an AA in business from Gordon College; BA in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University; M.Ed in school counseling, and doctorate in education from University of West Georgia, comprising school improvement and educational leadership. She served in various positions in Pike County public schools and was school administrator/principal at Pike County MS and Zebulon High School.Smith also served on the Milner Downtown Development Authority from 2008 to 2019. In her parting letter, she said the resignation is ‘with regret,’ and she hopes her efforts have been of value to the city.’I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve my friends and neighbors,’ Smith concluded.