I have not lived in the most scenic of our four counties. It is a most beautiful place. Regularly my family has rafted on the Ocoee, driven through the gorge, gone mountain biking at Brush Creek, hiked along the many trails, purchased shooting supplies at Benton Shooters, and tubed down the Hiwassee. One of my favorite places to go for solitude is Reliance.
I have delivered several sermons at the Methodist Church in Benton; the beauty of your county can only be created by God’s hand.
Polk is the smallest in the district by population but is the second largest in area, at 435 square miles. Most of the county is included in the Cherokee National Forest and represents the far southeastern tip of Tennessee.
Tourism is a key industry and the 1996 Olympic Kayak competition was held in the gorge. Law enforcement presence consists of the Sheriff’s Department, Benton City Police department, and the Copperhill Police Department. Because of the gorge and difficulty getting from one end of the county to the other, a satellite office exists for the Sheriff’s Department in Ducktown. The District Attorney and Public Defender do not maintain an offices in Polk County. The historic courthouse in Benton houses criminal court. However because of the long distance between Benton and Copperhill, sessions court is also periodically held at the town hall in Ducktown. I have practiced at both of these locations on multiple occasions.
What is new on the campaign trail?
Below are some of the events I have recently attended:
Note: Pictures and videos will be posted as they become available.