Richard Hutchens ran for County Commission in 2010, against incumbent Steven Samples in District 3. While unsuccessful in winning the seat, he received an impressive 35% support of voters as an independent with a low budget campaign.
At the May 19, 2011 Blount County Commission meeting, he expressed his outrage while ending on a humorous note. Commissioners were nearly busting a gut laughing, but the budget crisis looms and the Commission has kicked the can to the final month and will likely slam the tax payers with real estate property tax increases for the next two years.
Commissioner Jim Folts grilled Blount Co. Sheriff Office Assistant Chief Jeff French about a tower contract that the Commission was told last year would not be needed, when it approved the purchase of equipment hastily. Commissioner Mike Caylor took umbrage with Commissioner Folts’ comments, asking if Mr. French was on trial. This prompted my remarks at the end of this video, regarding the power granted to the State legislature to imprison people that testify before it.
Article 2 Section 14
Each House may punish, by imprisonment, during its session, any person not a member, who shall be guilty of disrespect to the House, by any disorderly or any contemptuous behavior in its presence.
Show up Monday May 23 at 6 PM at the Court House to express your outrage to the Rules Ad Hoc Committee that approved a rule to ban public applause.