By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
The Mayor of Rutledge, James Bratcher, 71, suffered from two mild strokes last week and is currently staying at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens awaiting further test results. Julie Bratcher, James Bratcher’s daughter, said her father did not feel right on Friday evening, so they took him to Morgan County Memorial Hospital, where a CT Scan revealed a minor stroke had occurred. Bratcher was transferred to Athens Regional Hospital and released that same evening.
Saturday morning, May 10, Bratcher still felt ill and his family took him to St. Mary’s to undergo further testing. “He is mentally fine and might have to go through a little physical therapy,” said Julie Bratcher. “He definitely plans on staying in office. He seems to be progressing for the better.” Julie Bratcher assured that her father will not only pull through this health scare, but continue living life to the fullest. “He is just a hard worker and he doesn’t like to sit still,” said Julie Bratcher. “I personally think that he is the best man that I know in every way. He is strong and he will overcome this with God’s help.” James Bratcher, originally from Rome, Georgia, has been in Morgan County for over 20 years. He has served as mayor since January of 2014.