Keith Miller addressed the Blount County Commission at its monthly board meeting on May 21, 2015 about Blount County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Jarrod Millsaps mocking Commissioner Tona Monroe for talking about her oath of office to the Constitution of the United States of America. His statement serves as a much needed reminder of why the people of this country have suffered so much loss of liberty. Cavalier and arrogant treatment of citizens from those in government should not be tolerated. Government officials are to protect liberty, not treat those who cherish it with contempt.
Jarrod Millsaps has a history of mistreating commissioners and citizens. A couple of years back, Mayor Mitchell held a meeting for county employees. The meeting was open to the public. A few citizens attended but it was mostly county employees. During the meeting, Millsaps yelled at Linda King and then commissioner Jim Folts, for the whole room to hear, implying that they were responsible for what some of the employees viewed as problems in county government.
During the 2007 county budget discussions, Jim Folts, a citizen activist at the time, placed some literature on the table outside the commission room. Jarrod Millsaps threw the literature in the trash. You can read Barney Lowe’s statement regarding this incident here and here.
Keith Miller’s statement on Items Not on the Agenda
Regular Commission Meeting
May 21 2015
Commissioners Psalm 11:3 states “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous
At the last commission meeting, one of your number dramatized the Oath you all swore to the Constitution with the raising of her hand as she re-emphacized the seriousness of that oath. Shortly thereafter a member of the Sheriff’s staff made a flippant remark about the raising of one’s hand to take an Oath to the Constitution. I do not believe I have ever heard of such disrespect ever spoken by anyone with reference to the Constitution of Tennessee or the US Constitution. Especially disturbing is the fact that it came from an official in the Sheriff’s department. Not only is the US Constitution highly respected by the people of this county but some who have taken the oath referred to by that commissioner have given their lives in executing it. We would all do well to remember that when such an oath is taken as part of the military swearing in ceremony it means “I will protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic even if it kills me.”
The very bedrock of the temporal social order we have established as Americans is the Constitution. Let’s respect it. Again Psalm 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Keith Miller served in the United States Marine Corps.