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Candidates tell The Tomahawk what they bring to the table

This past Friday night hopeful candidates and officials wanting to retain their positions for another term gathered at the Dry Run Fire Department to speak to their constituents. The Tomahawk posed a question to each candidate that wanted to take the opportunity to respond. The following are their responses.

“What can you offer Johnson County if you are elected?”

Tennessee State House of Representatives
Kevin Parsons: “Growing up in Johnson County has allowed me to personally know many people here and I count it a privilege to call them my friends and not just at election time.  I’ve listened for years and heard the complaints about our county. I have a desire and plan to improve the area as most do but I can only get that chance if enough voters see why they need to vote for me over my opponent who for the past two years has not given the county the boost it needs to grow. The third district is made up of small towns and communities stretching over three counties and as one of the larger districts in the state, it also contains some of the smallest communities, so small in fact that you won’t find a single Wal-mart location anywhere in it’s boundaries. Thus, my belief is the design of the district makes it a better fit if the state representative is from one of the small communities rather than from someone that hasn’t grown up here and learned about small town needs.”

Johnson County
General Session and
Juvenile Court Judge
Perry Stout: “The first thing I would do is save us money by using the video arraignment equipment that’s already in place at the jail. We would only need to purchase a monitor for the courthouse. The prison already has three they got on grants and it wouldn’t cost us a dime. I would bring accountability and instead of letting people ride on probation over and over, they would start serving those violations. I want to serve the people of Johnson County and give everybody the respect of they are due and always remember it is their court I am presiding over.”

William Bliss Hawkins: “Anything new and proper by virtue of new technology, changes in the law or the welfare of the litigants. “

Randy Fallin: “Unequaled experience. I have been doing this 45 years in every state in the southeast. I would bring the court into the 21st century. I know what cases need more emphasis, need to do a lot more consistent penalties, particularly meth. I would like to make the court system more organized. It’s time for a change.

County Clerk
Tammie Fenner: “If reelected as County Clerk, I promise to continue the exceptional service that you have been accustomed to over the past few years. I am always looking for ways to better serve you and ways to save tax dollars. I offer several services at no extra charge and will continue to do so. I thank you for the trust you have placed in me in the past and ask you to please vote Tammie Fenner, County Clerk. Thank you.”

Patricia Grindstaff: “I pledge to all the voters and the people that I will give them a fast, efficient and friendly office. The reason I run, I’ve had a lot of people to come and ask me to run. I feel like you need to do what the voters want. I will treat the voters like I would like to be treated.”

Register of Deeds
Freida May Dugger: “I will keep up to the with the laws for recording instruments and will implement them as I become aware of them. I am trained on all aspects of the job and will not require any additional training. I would love to continue to serve Johnson County as the next Register of Deeds. All votes will be appreciated.

Jonathan Pleasant: “I am confident that I have the education, training and experience to ensure the office is run at maximum efficiency. In pursuing my master’s in Public Administration, I spent the last several years working in sub-division plats, deeds, ordinances and state code annotated in several local governments. As commissioner, I have tried to be as helpful as I can to anyone who has asked me. I make it my personal goal as register to have the office become a warm and welcome place for everyone.

John Brookshire: “I have 28 years experience in the real estate profession, which as allowed me a lot of knowledge with working with types of documents connected with this office. I’m a people person and enjoy working and meeting with people. I appreciate your consideration on voting for me as your next register of deeds.”

Johnson County Trustee
Michael Trivette: “I am going to open the office on Saturday thru the busy tax season, December through February. Everything is set by state and local protocol. The biggest thing is the office isn’t open on Saturday. It’s difficult for those working to do business by 5:00. That will be my top priority.”

Rachel Crosswhite: “If I am elected as Trustee, I will strive to find and offer new services that will benefit our taxpayers.  I will take pride in the job and continually provide great customer service to the people of Johnson County.  I promise to demonstrate a good work ethic and a positive and professional attitude.”

Lisa Crowder: “If elected as trustee, I already have the experience as deputy trustee for six and a half years. I will continue to ensure all funds are distributed properly. I will also continue with the same friendly customer service and professionalism the office has offered in the past years. I would appreciate your vote and support in the upcoming election.”

Circuit Court Clerk
Joey Norris: “I have 18 years of experience with Mountain City Police Department. I serve as assistant chief of police. I feel like I have the management skills to run the office. Because I am proficient in computer programs, I manage six computer programs and other administrative skills.”

Melissa Hollaway: “I am going to bring to the table eight years of experience and continued professionalism. I plan on getting a scanning system to scan all documents. I plan on getting us online to check court dates and access to court documents. I have a vision for that office. I will collect outstanding fines and court costs for the county.

Road Superintendent
Jim Moody: “I’ve worked for the county for 12 years. From that, I have learned to operate the county highway department with the budget we have. It is very important to maintain the budget in order to run the department without cutting anything out.

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