Mitchell says thanks to supporters at watermelon slicing

Ed Mitchell said he wanted to thank friends for supporting him as the Republican nominee in the race for Blount County mayor.

“What better way to do that than with cold, sliced watermelon,” he said July 31 during a “watermelon-slicing” in the parking lot Law’s Brickmill Market, off U.S. 411 South. “Today is a chance for me to give back to a lot of people who have helped me so much.”

The retired Maryville fire chief turned candidate said he appreciated Brickmill Market owner Keith Law for coming up with the idea for the event as a way to thank supporters.

“Everybody was invited, and this gave me the opportunity to thank everyone. It’s been one of the best experiences of my life. I found out Blount County has some of the best people you could ever meet,” he said. “On Friday, no matter what the outcome, I’ll still care as much about Blount County as I ever did. Blount County is just good people.”

Eddie Meiller of Ellejoy said he has known Mitchell 35 to 40 years and in that time the former fire chief’s character hasn’t changed. “I’ve never seen him change. He’s a people person,” he said.

Meiller said Mitchell would make a good mayor. “He would be the type to talk to people and not shun them off,” he said. “I’ve never been involved in politics until this election. I feel like he’s a good man.”

Steve Hicks of Maryville stopped with a group of motorcycle riders from the Goldwing Road Riders Association. Hicks said he has known Mitchell 32 years. “The only thing I can say is he’s honest, and he’ll do a good job and do what’s best for the people of the county,” he said.

Doris Johnson said the most important quality in a good mayor is honesty. “I think he’ll be a great mayor,” she said.

Phyllis Crisp, incoming Register of Deeds, was on hand with her husband, Maryville Police and Fire Chief Tony Crisp. “I think Ed will be a great mayor. He’s been in leadership, and he’ll do a great job,” she said. “A lot of people have supported him and have faith in him and think he’ll do a great job for the county.”

District 6 Seat A County commissioner Holden Lail said has been impressed with how Mitchell has always conducted himself. “He will be fair, open. With all the pressures of running for office, he has an understanding of what the issues are and what he’s all about,” Lail said.

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