Blount County Commissioners Andy Allen, Dave Bennett, Shawn Carter, Rick Carver, Grady Caskey, Mike Caylor, Dodd Crowe, Gary Farmer, Ron French, Scott King, Mike Lewis, Kenneth Melton, Jerome Moon and Tom Stinnett voted to replace Doug Overbey who recently resigned from the Tennessee Senate with (now former) Representative Art Swann. Swann was nominated by Commissioner Carver.
Commissioner Tona Monroe nominated Scott Williams. Commissioners Archie Archer, Karen Miller and Monroe voted for Williams.
Commissioners Mike Akard, Brad Bowers, Tom Cole and Jamie Daly were absent from the meeting.
Only Commissioners Miller and Monroe spoke during the discussion portion of the meeting with both sharing why they were voting for Williams. Monroe shared that Williams served his country through military service, is a gentleman and a class act. She said Swann had never returned any of her emails about concerns she had related to state laws and matters impacting local governments.
After the meeting, Jim Hammontree, who has picked up a petition to run for the seat currently held by district 2 Commissioner Mike Lewis, shared with BC Public Record and the local paper that the commission took a do nothing state representative and turned him into a do nothing state senator.