County commissioner Keeble not running for re-election

Longtime Blount County commissioner John Keeble said Tuesday night he is not running for re-election to his District 8 Seat A position on the commission.

The electrician at Oak Ridge National Lab said he also is retiring from there after 34 years of service and plans to spend more time with his family.

“I’m in my 20th year. I’m not going to run this time, this is probably it. I’ve enjoyed serving,” he said.

Keeble thanked the people in the 8th district, including those voting in Oakview, Townsend, Heritage and Walland. “I’ve seen a whole lot of good things happen. We had eight or nine new schools built. The first thing was renovating Everett Gym – so many kids use that facility,” he said. “We built a new senior citizens facility, a new library, a new criminal justice center, health department, we bought the Ceramaspeed building for the Highway and School departments. I wish we could have stayed involved with the civic center, that would have benefitted the county. I’ve enjoyed serving. It has been great.”

Keeble said he looks forward to more free time. “I thought I’d spend more time with family and not be scheduling vacations around meetings,” he said. “I missed two full commission meetings in 20 years.”

Other individuals who have picked up petitions for the May 4 Primary include James E. Taylor, Republican, 3758 Davis Ford Road, Maryville – County Commission District 8 Seat A; James M. Scully, Republican, 1028 Mystery Way, Maryville – County Commission District 7 Seat B; Richard Carver, Republican, 1216 Redwood Ave., Maryville – County Commission District 5 Seat B; Kenneth Melton, Republican, (incumbent), 3428 Old Lowes Ferry Road, Louisville – County Commission District 10 Seat B; Scott Graves, Republican, (incumbent), 420 Amberland Lane, Maryville – Trustee; Joseph Charles Birdwell, no party affiliation listed, (incumbent), 3635 Hollybrook Road, Rockford – Rockford City Commission; Gerald Kirby, Republican, (incumbent), 956 Scarlet Oaks, Maryville – County Commission District 10 Seat A; Ronald L. (Tom) Greene, Republican, 966 Disco Loop Road, Maryville – County Commission District 7 Seat B; Scott Helton, Republican, (incumbent), 816 Wells Road, Maryville – County Commission District 6 Seat B; Mark Hasty, Republican, (incumbent), 3552 Black Sulfur Way, Maryville – County Commission District 4 Seat B; James A. Frye, Republican, 410 Cold Springs Road, Walland – Circuit Court Clerk; Jerry Cunningham, Republican, (incumbent), 1616 McKenry Road, Walland – County Mayor; Tonya Burchfield, Republican, (incumbent), 1201 Morningside Ave., Maryville – County Commission District 1 Seat A; William (Billy) Gribble, Republican, 1407 Newbury Lane, Maryville – County Commission District 4 Seat C; Mike Walker, Republican, (incumbent), 244 Hesses Creek Road, Walland – County Commission District 8 Seat B; Gordon E. Wright Sr., Republican, 6268 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Walland – County Commission District 8 Seat B; Monika Murrell, Republican, (incumbent), 4710 N. Wildwood Road, Maryville – County Commission District 9 Seat B; Joe McCulley, Republican, (incumbent), 3422 Peppermint Hills Drive, Maryville – County Commission District 3 Seat B; Ron French, Republican, (incumbent), 813 Burnett Station Road, Seymour – County Commission District 9 Seat A; David Ballard, Democrat, (incumbent), 108 Hickory Drive, Maryville – County Commission District 1 Seat B; Linda Jo Dees, Democrat, 589 Disco Loop Road, Friendsville – County Commission District 7 Seat B; John Polk, Independent, 7743 Cedar Creek Road, Townsend – County Commission District 8 Seat B; Steve Donald, Republican, 2665 Ellejoy Road, Walland – County Commission District 8 Seat A; Steve Simon, Republican, (incumbent) 211 Springvale Lane, Rockford City Commission; Devan E. Brown, Republican, 4426 Jericho Valley Way, Maryville – County Commission District 7 Seat A; Shawn Carter Sr., Republican, 412 Landau Drive, Maryville – County Commission District 1 Seat B; Mike Caylor, Republican, 1200 Karina Circle, Maryville – County Commission District 3 Seat B; Ed Mitchell, Republican, 2400 Wildwood Road, Maryville – County Mayor; Kimberly D. Russell, Republican, 114 Miranda Way, Maryville – Circuit Court Clerk; John C. Templeton, Republican, 1601 Brahman Lane, Seymour – County Commission District 8 Seat A. Bob Ramsey, Republican, (incumbent), 2120 Middlewood Drive, Maryville – State Rep. Dist. 20 – Aug. 5 election.

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