The Blount County Committee for the Bill of Rights will host a banquet in conjunction with Citizens for Blount County’s Future and WBCR Truth Radio 1470 AM to commemorate Bill of Rights Day at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Music Row on East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.
Ben Cunningham, Tennessee Tax Revolt, Nashville and Terry Frank, WKVL 850 AM radio in Knoxville are the featured speakers.
The Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee in Concordville, Penn., initiated this celebration in 1992. June Griffin, coordinator of the Tennessee Committee for the Dayton, Tenn., Bill of Rights Day, Dec. 15, was once a national holiday and is one of the three keys to Americanism along with the Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence.
An annual award is given to any American who has gone beyond the call of duty in exercise of their rights, at great personal cost and jeopardy. Two Tennesseans are nominated for this award. Scott Teague of Mountain City walked to Washington D.C., met with leaders there and was successful in establishing the right to post the Ten Commandments in the Johnson County Courthouse. June Griffin had filed a successful Intervener Complaint against the American Civil Liberties Union in Knox/Davidson counties lawsuit which resulted in the case being dismissed and lawyers forced to pay their own legal fees.
This banquet is not a fundraiser and attendees are only required to pay for the cost of the buffet meal, program and facility, which will be $15 per person. Meal tickets must be reserved in advance, but Bill of Rights program tickets, $5, will be available at the door. Some entertaining speakers, good patriotic music and fellowship is planned.
For information, call Carol Ross at 865-661-5590, Karen Miller at 865-983-5989 or Linda King at 865-681-0662.