Ken Wiles, councilmember for the city of Columbia, died Aug. 7, 2022 at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer. Wiles as appointed to his seat in October 2019 to fill the unexpired term of late Ward 2 Councilman Steve Boshers and then was elected to a four-year term the following year. In addition to his service on the city council, Wiles was also a member of the city’s planning commission. He was retired as administrator of Maury County Schools and was a lifelong educator, also serving as principal of Columbia’s Riverside Elementary. Wiles was a graduate of Lipscomb University.