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Updated List of Localities Opting Out of Park Carry in Tennessee

Friday, July 17, 2009

Please Contact Your Local Officials!

Several Tennessee counties and municipalities have started the process to opt-out of the new park carry law before its effective date (Tuesday, September 1).  We have included a list of cities and counties that are considering opting-out or have scheduled hearings on the issue.  Please make your voice heard to keep this from happening.

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately.   Please respectfully urge them to oppose any proposal or resolution that would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from protecting themselves in local parks. 



Anderson County 


Website:  www.andersontn.org


Resolution No.:  Resolution No. 09-316,


The Anderson County Legislative Committee will meet to consider Resolution No. 09-316.


When:  Monday, July 27 at 5:30 pm 



Anderson County Courthouse, Room 312

100 North Main Street

Clinton, TN 37716


Local Officials:



For Anderson County Commission Contact info click here.






Davidson CountyNashville, TN



Website:  www.tennesseeanytime.org/local/davidson.html

Ordinance No.:  Bill No. BL2009-489 


On Tuesday, June 16, the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County held its first reading of Bill No. BL2009-489, by Council Member Jerry Maynard.  Bill No. BL2009-489 is an ordinance prohibiting handguns within any of its Metropolitan Government parks.  As a result of its first vote (ROLL CALL), it was referred to the Public Safety Committee and the Parks Committee for its second reading.


When:  Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30pm



Metropolitan Courthouse.

Metro Council Chambers

One Public Square

Nashville, TN 37219


Local Officials:


  • Mayor Karl Dean
    1 Public Sq. Ste. 100
    Nashville, TN 37201
    Phone:  (615) 862-6000

Fax:  (615) 862-6040

Email:  mayor@nashville.gov 



For contact information on Nashville City Council click here.


Montgomery CountyClarksville, TN



Website:  www.montgomerycountytn.org


Without public notice, Clarksville held a special session on Thursday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m., opting the city out of the park carry bill on Thursday, July 9.  A resolution has not been set for Montgomery County, but is expected to be filed before the next county commission meeting.  If a resolution is brought forth – it will be placed on the County Commission’s informal meeting for Monday, August 3.  If approved, the resolution will be set for the formal meeting on Monday, August 10.  Please continue to visit the Montgomery County Committee’s Agenda Website to monitor any opt-out Resolutions.  Click here for agenda.


Anybody wishing to speak before the commission may do so at the informal meeting (August 3).  All requests to speak should be presented at least 24 hours before the informal meeting in writing. Requests to speak forms may be obtained at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Suite 205, 1 Millennium Plaza. For further information call (931) 648-5787.



Historic Courthouse

1 Millennium Plaza

Clarksville, TN 37041


Local Officials:


  • Mayor Carolyn Bowers

1 Millennium Plaza

Clarksville, TN 37041

Phone: (931) 648-5787

Fax: (931) 553-5177

Email:  mayorbowers@montgomerycountytn.org


Montgomery County Commissioners contact info can be found here.


To express opposition and disappointment to the recent Clarksville opt out resolution (RESOLUTION 5-2009-10) of park carry by law-abiding permit holders.  Please visit the Clarksville City Council website to obtain contact information by clicking here. 




Hamblen County

Website:  www.hamblencountygovernment.us/

Resolution:  Nothing filed yet – but up for discussion


When:  Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 pm


Hamblen County Courthouse
511 West Second North Street
Morristown, TN 37814


Local Officials:

·         Mayor David W. Purkey
Hamblen County
511 West Second North Street
Morristown, TN 37814

Phone: (423) 586-1931
Fax: (423) 585-4699


County Commission


Paul LeBel

P.O. Box 1600

Morristown, TN 37816
Phone: (423) 581-7697 OR (423) 586-0655, ext. 203


Nancy Phillips
315 East 2nd North Street

Morristown, TN 37814

Phone: (423) 317-7449

Email:  nlpglp@aol.com


Dana C. Wampler
520 Hale Avenue

Morristown, TN 37813

Phone: (423) 581-5451

Email: dcwampler@musfiber.com


C. Reece Sexton

P.O. Box 87

Morristown, TN 37815

Phone: (423) 586-8577

Email: reece@lcs.net


Louis "Doe" Jarvis


Joe Spoone

1750 Timbercrest

Morristown, TN 37814

Phone: (423) 318-1499


Dennis Alvis

2265 Warren Drive

Morristown, TN 37814

Phone: (423) 581-7055

Email: dkalvis@charter.net


Ricky Bruce

421 Ashland Oaks Drive

Morristown, TN 37813

Phone: (423) 581-6354

Email: rickybruce@toyoda-na.com


Larry Baker
635 Three Springs Road

Russellville, TN 37860

Phone: (423) 586-6191


Herbert Harville
845 Spencer Hale Road

Morristown, TN 37813

Phone: (423) 581-8986

Email: hhharville@adelphia.net


Guy Collins
825 Guy Collins Road

Morristown, TN 37813

Phone: (423) 586-7176

Doyle Fullington
1775 Seven Oaks Drive

Morristown, TN 37814

Home: (423) 587-0385 OR (423) 581-9480

Email: dnfullington@peoplepc.com


Stancil Ford
7192 Cedar Hill Road

Talbott, TN 37877

Phone: (423) 581-9005


Tom Massey
P.O. Box 339
Talbott, TN 37877

Phone: (423) 581-0305

Email: trmassey@charter.net



Roane County – (see city list for Kingston, TN)

Resolution:  Nothing filed yet – but up for discussion


Roane County Alliance
1209 N. Kentucky Street
Kingston, TN 37763

Phone 865-376-5572
Fax 865-376-4978

Scott County

Website:  www.scott.tn.us

Resolution No.: Nothing filed yet – but up for discussion
The Commission meetings are open to the public.

When:  Monday, July 20 at 6:00 pm

Scott County Office Building
2845 Baker Highway
Huntsville, TN

County Mayor Rick Keeton

Phone: 423-663-2000

For contact information for the Scott County Board of Commissioners, click here.




CITIES  - Not all listed below have ordinances; resolutions or hearings set in place, but please continue to contact the locality to express opposition to any discussion of an opt-out provision.  The best way to get your opinions through to local officials is to contact them immediately.



Alcoa, TN  (Blount County)

Website:   www.cityofalcoa-tn.gov


Resolution: will be assigned a resolution number closer to the date


The meeting agenda also allows for a designated time for the hearing of citizens.  The Board of Commissioners welcomes your participation at its meetings. Public hearings allow for public comment, which are scheduled at the beginning of each meeting, immediately following the approval of minutes, reading of any proclamations or presentations.


When:  Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 pm



Alcoa Municipal Building

Commission Chambers

223 Associates Blvd

Alcoa, TN 37701


Local Officials:

Contact info for the Mayor and the City Commission Members

Phone: (865) 380-4795

Fax: (865) 380-4797


Mayor Donald R. Mull

Email:  mull@cityofalcoa-tn.gov


Vice Mayor Clint Abbott

Email:  abbott@cityofalcoa-tn.gov


Commissioner Clayton Bledsoe

Email:  bledsoe@cityofalcoa-tn.gov


Commissioner Vaughn Belcher

Email:  belcher@cityofalcoa-tn.gov


Commissioner George Williams

Email:  williams@cityofalcoa-tn.gov


For further information on how to contact your local officials, click here.


Athens, TN



The Opt-out ordinance has been deferred to City Council Work Session - August 10 @ 5:45 p.m.:

Athens Municipal Bldg Training Room

815 North Jackson Street

Athens, TN 37303


Hal Buttram


(423) 744-2702

William Bo Perkinson


(423) 744-2702

Council Member
Ann Davis


(423) 744-2702

Council Member
Dick Pelley


(423) 744-2702




Arlington, TN (Shelby County)


Website:  http://www.townofarlington.org/index.aspx?NID=27



Arlington Town Hall

5854 Airline Road
Arlington, TN 38002


You can reach the Mayor and Aldermen by calling (901)867-2620.  For further contact information click here.

Bartlett, TN


Website:  http://www.cityofbartlett.org/index.aspx?NID=9


Park Carry Opt-out was pulled from tonight’s (7/14) agenda.  They are waiting on the city attorney to declare whether it is constitutional or not.



City of Barlett

6400 Stage Rd

Barlett, TN 38134


Contact the Mayor and Aldermen by calling (901)385-6400 or for further contact info click here.

Bristol, TN

Website:  www.bristoltn.org


Phone: (423) 989-5500

For further contact information for Bristol City Council, click here.

 Collierville, TN

Website:  http://www.collierville.com/government-mainmenu-48

When:  N/A
Town Hall
500 Poplar View Pkwy
Collierville, TN 38017
You can reach the Mayor and Aldermen by calling (901)457-2200.  Their emails are listed below.
Mayor Stan Joyner
Email:  sjoyner@ci.collierville.tn.us

Vice Mayor Jimmy Lott
Email:  jlott@ci.collierville.tn.us
Alderman Tony Sarwar
Email:  tsarwar@ci.collierville.tn.us

Alderman Maureen Fraser
Email:  mfraser@ci.collierville.tn.us

Alderman Tom Allen
Email:  tallen@ci.collierville.tn.us

Alderman Mike Russell
Email:  mrussell@ci.collierville.tn.us


Cookeville, TN

Website: www.cookeville-tn.org


The consideration of the Cookeville opt-out resolution has been postponed for further research until Thursday, August 6.  Please continue to monitor the Council Agenda for updates.  Any future agenda postings can be found by clicking here.


Proposed Resolution: # R090709 



Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m.


Location: ??


Local Officials: 


  • Mayor Sam Sallee

45 E. Broad St.

Cookeville, TN

Phone:  (931) 526-4453

Email:  ssallee@cookeville-tn.org



Contact for the City of Cookeville:

Phone:  (931) 526-9591

Email:  info@cookeville-tn.org


Click here for a list of City Council Members



Huntingdon, TN 

City of Huntingdon Contact info:

Phone:  (731) 986-2902

Email: huntingdoncityhall@charterinternet.com


There is no resolution at this current time.  The City is still evaluating the legalities of the potential resolution to ban park carry.



Lakeland, TN



Lakeland City Hall

10001 Highway 70

Lakeland, TN, 38002


Phone: (901) 867-2717

Fax: (901) 867-2063


To send email to City Hall click here.


Maryville, TN

To Contact the City of Maryville click here.

City Manager Information  


August 4th at 7:00pm


Maryville Municipal Center

400 W. Broadway

Maryville, TN 37801


There is not a resolution yet, but if they bring it up, it will be brought up at the first council meeting in August.


Medina, TN



Medina City Hall

112 N. Main Street

Medina, TN 38355


Contact the Mayor and the City Aldermen by calling (731)783-5269 or via email by clicking here.




Mt. Juliet, TN



Website:  http://www.cityofmtjuliet.org/index.cfm


Contact information for the Mayor and Board of Commissioners can be found by clicking here


The first and only hearing will take place Monday, July 27th at 6:30pm. Please call your commissioner if you cannot attend.


City Hall

2425 N. Mount Juliet Rd

Mt. Juliet, TN 37122




Murfreesboro, TN



Mayor and City Council Member Contact info can be found here.




Resolution # 09-R-22


Agenda has been deferred and next hearing or proposal will take place the week of July 30th at 7:00pm.  Date and time are subject to change.  Please keep posted for any changes or updates.


City Hall

111 W. Vine Street

Murfreesboro, TN 37130


Oak Ridge, TN

Website: http://www.cortn.org/government/CityCouncil


Opt-out Resolution is listed 13-a on the agenda. Click here for the agenda.


City Council will meet Monday, July 20 at 7:00pm at the Oak Ridge Municipal Building:

200 S. Tulane Ave.

Oak ridge, tn 37830


City Council Members:


Tom Beehan, Mayor



Willie Golden, Jr



Tom Hayes



Charlie Hensley



D. Jane Miller, Mayor Pro Tem



David N. Mosby



Ellen D. Smith





Pigeon Forge, TN

website:  http://www.cityofpigeonforge.com/cg/mayormessage.htm



Not currently on the agenda, but if it comes up, it will be on the July 27th meeting agenda at City Hall at 5:30pm:


Pigeon Forge City Hall

225 Pine Mountain Rd

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

City Mayor and Commissioners can be reached by calling (865)453-9061 or by email at cityhall@cityofpigeonforge.com.



Red Bank City, TN



Red Bank City Hall

3117 Dayton Blvd

Red Bank, TN 37415


To contact the Mayor and Board of Commissioners call (423)877-1103 or via email by clicking here.



Memphis, TN

1. link to city website: http://www.cityofmemphis.org/framework.aspx?page=1blocked::http://www.huntingdontn.com/

2. link to city officals contact page:



3. link to calendar page: http://www.cityofmemphis.org/framework.aspx?page=747

4. link to any proposed gun ordiance that bans firearms in county parks: no link (no agenda for the 21st online)

5. What is the proposed gun ordinance #: not assigned

6. If there is a gun ordinance "when" is the hearing being held? July 21st at 3:30

City Hall Council Chambers


Columbia, TN

Website: www.columbiatn.com


Ordinance No.:  Ordinance 38-18


Agendas are available in the City Manager's Office one day before the meetings or by visiting  www.columbiatn.com/ccmeetings.

Ordinance 38-18 is on its first consideration.  The general public is encouraged to attend and will have the chance to speak at the end of the meeting, however may be afforded the opportunity to address the council during the first reading of the park carry opt out ordinance.  We encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.   If anti-gun Ordinance 38-18 is approved, the second reading will be held at the next Columbia Council Meeting, which will be held Thursday, August 6.     


When:  Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 pm



Columbia City Hall

707 N Main Street

Columbia, TN 38401

Please click here for a Map to City Hall.



Local Officials

Send Correspondence to:
The Honorable (Name)

707 North Main Street

Columbia, TN 38401


Mayor William E. Gentner

Phone:  (931) 560-1505

Mayor's Office E-mail:  bgentner@columbiatn.com


Contact information for all Columbia Council members:

Phone:  (931) 560-1500 then press 2

Email:  support@columbiatn.com


Vice Mayor Wayne Kennedy

Email:  wkennedy@columbiatn.com


Councilman Carl McCullen, Ward 1
Email:  cmccullen@columbiatn.com


Councilwoman Debbie Matthews, Ward 2

Email:  Dmatthews@columbiatn.com


Councilwoman Christa Martin, Ward 3
Email:  Cmartin@columbiatn.com


Councilman Dean Dickey, Ward 4

Email:  Ddickey@columbiatn.com

Councilwoman Sue Stephenson, Ward 5
Email:  Sstephenson@columbiatn.com


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