SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — Mayor Virgil Holder has resigned from office, effective immediately.

In a nearly three-page letter addressed to the South Pittsburg City Commission and the town's citizens, Holder blames City Administrator Gene Vess, a majority of the board, and a "select few" for the "demise of our great city."

Holder said he has been shut out of the city government, and that he has been "taught" over recent months that "improvements cannot be made with the presence of certain powers that exist within the city."