New Vinton County Recorder Erin “Koty” Yates (left) has begun her new 4-year term and is pictured with Assistant Recorder Misty Holliday. Yates, a Republican, won a four-year term in the November General Election against Democratic incumbent Margaret Knox. She plans to computerize the office’s records and pledges to serve the public in a professional manner. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)