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Singing custodian hits fifth decade

January 25, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, TN — There aren’t many businesses that can say they have had an employee work for them for 50 years, according to The Tennessean.

The city of Springfield can do just that, recently honoreing custodian James "Tit" Cantrell, 87, who has worked for the city for since 1962, the article stated.

james cantrellAccording to the article, Cantrell, who was presented with a plaque and gift card at a December 18 board meeting, began working for the city following a back injury he suffered while working another job.

Cantrell can usually be seen pushing his garbage can and cleaning supplies while singing a tune in the corridors of City Hall, despite a throat problem that has left his voice raspy, the article noted.

He sings, he said, because he "enjoys his work and has never really considered retiring," the article noted.

"I figured, if you have to work, you might as well be working somewhere enjoyable, so I stayed on. I've worked under three mayors," said Cantrell.

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