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Several Localities Consider Opting Out of New Park Carry Law in Tennessee

Friday, August 7, 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.

Athens (McMinn County)

Website: www.cityofathenstn.com

The opt-out resolution has been placed on the Athens City Council Agenda, which will be held on

Tuesday, August 18. The public is encouraged to attend and will be afforded the opportunity to address the city council, but will only be given a three minutes to speak. We encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights. Please get there early.

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately. Please respectfully urge them not to create a confusing patchwork of laws that will close off local parks to law-abiding permit holders who simply wish to be able to protect themselves and their families. Details and contact information are provided below. Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.

Resolution: Expected to be first on the agenda

When: Tuesday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:
Athens Municipal Building
Burkett Witt Council Chambers
815 North Jackson Street
Athens, TN 37303

Contact Officials:

Mayor
Hal Buttram

hbuttram@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

Vice-Mayor
William Bo Perkinson

bperkinson@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

Council Member
Ann Davis

adavis@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

Council Member
Dick Pelley

dpelley@cityofathenstn.com

(423) 744-2702

 

Tullahoma (Putnam County)

Website: www.tullahoma-tn.com/board.html

The Tullahoma City Alderman will be discussing an opt-out park carry resolution at the next City Board work session, scheduled for Monday, August 24. This work session will determine whether a special meeting will be held to vote on opt-out resolution prior to the September 1 deadline. The public is strongly encouraged to attend the work session where they will be allowed to address the city alderman. Please attend in support of our Second Amendment rights. It is important for you to get there early.

The best way to get your opinion through to your local officials is to contact them immediately. Please respectfully urge them not to create a confusing patchwork of laws that will close off local parks to law-abiding permit holders who simply wish to be able to protect themselves and their families. Details and contact information are provided below. Please forward this email to fellow permit holders and Second Amendment supporters.

Resolution: opt–out park carry will be discussed at the next meeting
The City of Tullahoma Board Meeting agendas can be found at the bottom of the page after clicking here. Agendas will be posted prior to the scheduled meetings.

When:
Work Session is on Monday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will be open to the public and open to public statements after a scheduled legal presentation. Persons with a disability requiring accommodation to attend the meeting should contact City Hall prior to the meeting. Elevator access to the second floor is available.

Where:
Municipal Building
2nd floor Board Chambers
201 W. Grundy Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Local Officials:

All local officials can be reached by contacting City Hall at (931) 455-2648

Mayor Troy Bisby
Phone: (931) 455-2648 ext. 117 OR (931) 455-0676
Email: mayor@tullahoma-tn.com


City Administrator Jody Baltz
Phone: (931) 455-2648 ext. 109

Please click here to find out more information

Alderman James Eads
Phone: (931) 455-2308
Email: aldermaneads@yahoo.com

Alderman Mike Norris
Phone: (931) 461-5558
Email: mnorris@lighttube.net

Alderman Jerry Mathis
Phone: (931) 247-4848
Email: mathisj4@k12tn.net

Alderman Mike Stanton
Phone: (931) 581-4328
Email: stantontours@lighttube.net

Alderman Jimmy Blanks
Phone: 931-393-3921

Alderman Greg Sandlin
931-393-5131

Blount County

Website:  www.blounttn.org

On Tuesday, August 11, the Blount County Commission set their agenda for the next county commission meeting to be held on Thursday, August 20.  They included in their agenda a resolution, brought forth by Commissioner Mike Lewis, which would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from carrying a firearm for self-defense in county parks. This meeting is open to the public, so we encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights.  The beginning of the meeting will be open for public comment. Attendees just need to raise their hand to address the Blount County Commission and will have approximately 3 minutes to address the issue.  Please get there early!

Resolution:  Unknown at this time - to view a copy of the Commission’s agenda please click here.  A link to the agenda is expected to be posted halfway down the page - prior to the next meeting.

Click here to view a copy of the Calendar: www.blounttn.org/comm/calendar

When: Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Location:

Blount County Courthouse, Room 430
341 Court Street
Maryville, TN 37804-5906

Local Officials:

County Commission: Phone (865) 273-5830 (best number)

Mayor Jerry Cunningham
Blount County Courthouse, 1st floor
341 Court Street
Maryville, TN 37804-5906
Phone (865) 273-5700
Fax (865) 273-5705
Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Blount County Commission

David Ballard, JR
District #1
108 Hickory Drive

Maryville, TN 37804

Phone:  (865) 406-5104

Tonya Burchfield
District #1
1201 Morningside Avenue

Maryville, TN 37804

Phone:  (865) 984-5790

Gary Farmer
District #4
111 Firefly Lane

Maryville, TN 37803

Phone:  (865) 983-4778


Ron French
District #9
813 Burnett Station Road

Seymour, TN 37865

Phone:  (865) 577-8393


David
Graham
District
7
1240 Marble Hill Road

Friendsville, TN 37737

Phone:  (865) 995-2914


Steve Hargis
District #7
218 Baldwin Road

Friendsville, TN 37737

Phone:  (865) 995-2679


Brad Harrison
District #2
1541 Aberdeen Drive

Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone:  (865) 984-2794


Mark Hasty
District #4
3552 Black Sulfur Way

Maryville, TN 37803

Phone:  (865) 982-1817


Scott Helton
District #6
816 Wells Road
Maryville, TN 37801

Phone:  (865) 681-0342


John Keeble
District #8
608 Patterson Road

Walland, TN 37886

Phone:  (865) 982-2699


Gerald Kirby
District #10
956 Scarlett Oak Road

Maryville, TN 37801

Phone:  (865) 984-3806


Holden Lail
District #6
308 Alnwick Drive

Friendsville, TN 37737

Phone:  (865) 984-0899


Peggy Lambert
District #5
1320 Dunbarton Drive

Maryville, TN 37803



Mike
Lewis
District
#2
1627 St. Ives Blvd.

Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone:  (865) 984-0413


Joe McCulley
District #3
3422 Peppermint Hills Drive

Maryville, TN 37804

Phone:  (865) 982-6351

Kenneth Melton
District #10
3428 Old Lowes Ferry Road
Louisville, TN 37777

Phone:  (865) 981-2683

Monika Murrell
District #9
4710 N. Wildwood Road

Maryville, TN 37804

Phone:  (865) 984-8629

Bob Proffitt
District #5
400 Indiana Avenue

Maryville, TN 37803

Phone:  (865) 982-3300


Wendy Pitts Reeves
District #4
307 High Street

Maryville, TN 37804

Phone:  (865) 207-4305
Email:  wendypittsreeves@yahoo.com


Steve Samples
District #3
1217 Karina Circle

Maryville, TN 37804

Phone:  (865) 984-6238


Mike Walker
District #8
244 Hesse Creek Road
Walland, TN 37886
Phone:  (865) 984-7281
Email:  mike@commissionerwalker.com

 

Smith County

Website:  www.smithcounty.com

The Smith County Commission has changed their original meeting date, and will now consider Resolution No. 07-2009-06 on Monday, August 24.  Resolution 07-2009-06 which would, if passed, prohibit law-abiding permit holders from carrying a firearm for self-defense in county parks. This meeting is open to the public, so we encourage you to attend in support of our Second Amendment rights. This is not a hearing, so those in attendance will be unable to speak directly to the commission, but may be afforded the opportunity to talk to members before the start of the meeting.   Because attendees will be unable to address the County Commission, it is important that you get your opinion through to your local officials by contacting them immediately, so county commissioners will be able to best represent you.  Please respectfully urge them to oppose any proposal or resolution that would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from protecting themselves in local parks.

Resolution: 07-2009-06

When: Monday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Location:
Smith County Court House
211 Main St North
Carthage
, TN 37030

Officials:
Contact Information for Smith County Commissioners can be found here.

Best number:
To Contact Your Commissioner, please call the County Executive Office (615) 735-2294

 

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