The Blount County Republican Party has a new home in Maryville.
Party faithful gathered on March 15 to celebrate the grand opening of the new party headquarters in the former Five Points Motors building. The facility is located about 1 mile east of Washington Street at the roundabout.
Judy Dunlap with the Republican Women, said party chair Susan Mills found the building. Rent is paid by the Republican party, Dunlap said. “We decorate the headquarters as well as schedule events there and man it.”
Dunlap said one of the best features of the building is large parking lot. “There’s plenty of room for a large crowd,” she said.
Mills was pleased with the new headquarters. “It has plenty of parking, and it gives us the opportunity to have events at our headquarters without having to go somewhere else.”
Mills said the grand opening was a success, and she was pleased with the number of candidates and residents who came by.
“It’s a good turnout, especially considering we threw this together at the last minute. A lot of candidates are here,” she said.
Blount County commissioner Gary Farmer said he liked the new headquarters. “I think it’s great. It makes it easy if someone comes looking for information on the Republican Party here in Blount County,” he said. “To have a centralized location makes it easier on all the candidates.”
Blount County commissioner Holden Lail was impressed with the hard work the Republican Women put in to prepare the facility. “I’m amazed. These ladies have done a great job of creating a clearing house of information,” he said. “They have done a marvelous job of making it professional, yet homey.”
Art Swann, candidate for District VIII State Representative, was especially pleased with the location. “I think it’s wonderful. It’s a great high-traffic area. It’s a good building, and we’re very fortunate to have it.”
Dusten Tipton, candidate for District VIII State Representative, said the Republican Women did a good job preparing and decorating the facility. “I like it,” she said. “It’s beautiful.”
County Mayor Jerry Cunningham enjoyed the afternoon get-together and praised the Republican women who made it happen. “I think it is wonderful, and it’s good of Steve West to make it available,” the county mayor said.
Ed Mitchell, candidate for county mayor, liked what he saw in the facility. “We’ve got a good location, plenty of parking and, best of all, it’s on my end of town,” he said.
Jim Melton, candidate for Blount County Commission, said the new headquarters was in a good location. “It’s really close to my district, and I think it’s a good location,” he said.