Press Releases

Judge Montgomery to Take Oath for Court of Criminal Appeals Aug. 20

Press release from the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts; August 15, 2014:

An investiture ceremony honoring Judge Robert H. Montgomery, Jr as he joins the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Kingsport.

Gov. Bill Haslam will give the oath of office to Judge Montgomery at the Kingsport Renaissance Center Theater. Haslam appointed Judge Montgomery to the Court of Criminal Appeals to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph Tipton.

Judge Montgomery has been a Criminal Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial District since 2006. He also previously served as an assistant district attorney and in private practice. The 2nd Judicial District serves Sullivan County.

The Kingsport Renaissance Center Theater is at 1200 East Center Street, Kingsport. A reception will immediately follow the investiture. For information call 423-279-2732

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TFA: Kingsport Officials Flirting with Flouting Constitution

Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; October 3, 2012: 

Local Government Officials still working to infringe 2nd Amendment Rights of Tennesseans and the capacity of citizens to provide their own self defense.

The news report starts:

“KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen was expected to consider a change to city code tonight that would have prohibited residents with handgun carry permits from carrying their firearms in city parks, including Bays Mountain and along the Greenbelt.”

A few years ago, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law which removed all restrictions on citizens carrying in state and federal parks (to the extent state law prohibited federal park carry). However, bowing to pressure from local government officials (who were probably lobbying on your tax dollars to defeat your rights) the legislature agreed to an “opt out” provision which allows local city and county governments to vote to close local parks to permit holders. It appears from this story that elected officials in Kingsport are seriously contemplating ignoring the constitution and the rights of citizens – sort of like Obama does.

They appear to believe it is their duty and option to close publicly owned land to all citizens of the state and visitors to this state who choose to provide for their own self-defense. It appears that they are believers in the “lies of the left” that banning citizens from carrying firearms will make the parks safe by discouraging criminals, robbers and rapists from going armed into those seldom patrolled areas. They have set upon a path and now shown that they, like Rep. Debra Maggart, perhaps do not abide by their oaths to uphold the constitution and therefore do not deserve to hold public trust or office.

While some might think that this is a local issue, it is not. This type of decision impacts anyone who might vacation or travel in the area. It sets a pattern which if not opposed might encourage other city and county officials in other areas to stomp on your rights.

The full story is here.

You can contact Kingsport officials at these addresses

Mayor Dennis
Vice Mayor Tom
Alderman Valerie
Alderman Jantry
Alderman Mike
Alderman Tom
Alderman John

You can also contact City Manager John G. Campbell at 423 229-9400 or at this Contacts page


Local Jailer Investigated for Theft

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into alleged theft of county funds by a Sullivan County jail administrator, who has been fired, the Kingsport Times-News is reporting.

The investigation was initiated Monday at the request of Sullivan County District Attorney Greeley Wells. He said allegations against Lori Delp involves the theft of county funds, but declined to elaborate on their source, amount or exact dates of the reported offenses.

Delp, who was an administrative captain, had oversight responsibilities in areas including food service, medical care and the commissary.


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Haslam Promises to Make TN the Top Southeastern Jobs Location

Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor, Sept. 10, 2010:


Knoxville Mayor Says Decisions Must Be Based on How Jobs Are Generated

KINGSPORT – Knoxville Mayor and Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Haslam toured this morning the site of State Route 126 in Kingsport with State Rep. Tony Shipley and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, taking the opportunity to emphasize that if elected his first priority would be making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for jobs.

The high quality of Tennessee’s roadways is a recruitment tool often used when discussing business relocation, and it will be important for the next governor – despite being mired in difficult economic times – to keep Tennessee roads and bridges appropriately maintained.

Tennessee roads are often recognized for their high quality. Earlier this year, a survey of truck owners and operators by Overdrive Magazine, named for the fourth year in a row the 455-mile stretch of Interstate 40 through Tennessee the best road in the entire U.S. The Reason Foundation, a public policy research firm, has consistently put Tennessee’s entire roadway and bridge system in the Top 20 among all states.

In his extensive experience in job recruitment in the private and public sectors, the quality of Tennessee’s roads are often a contributing factor to businesses coming to Tennessee, Haslam said.

“It’s very important that the next governor understand the importance of infrastructure and the challenges facing the state,” said Haslam, during a press availability at the historic Yancey’s Tavern in Kingsport with Shipley, Ramsey, State Reps. Jason Mumpower and John Lundberg. “What I’ll do, if I’m elected governor, is prioritize infrastructure projects based on their safety needs and what the project can do to develop jobs.”

“Every decision is driven by how we can make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for jobs,” he said.

Later, Haslam added that the first task of the next governor is to determine whether the state is being as effective as possible with taxpayer dollars. “If elected, I’m committed to conducting a top-to-bottom review of state government to determine the areas where Tennessee can be more efficient and bring taxpayers a greater return on investment,” Haslam said. “We’ll need to examine each road and bridge project on how necessary it is for public safety and how it will help job growth in that area,” Haslam said.

“We’re not going to raise taxes. We won’t have an income tax – I’m 100 percent against one – and we’re not going to raise the sales tax because it’s already the highest cumulative sales tax in the nation,” Haslam said. “Our only alternatives are to be more cost-effective and efficient in the services the state delivers and to grow our way out by recruiting businesses here and make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for jobs.”

Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest amount in 15 years and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees..