More than 150 people turned out to support District IV-B Blount County Commissioner Mark Hasty during a reception in his honor at the Blount County Public Library.
Hasty said the response on March 23 was stronger than he anticipated. “It went great. It actually went better than what I thought it would. I had about 150 people. That shocked me,” he said.
The first-term commissioner said about 30 to 40 political figures showed. “The rest of crowd was everyday folks, and that was really good,” he said.
Hasty said he was glad former Maryville High football coach Don Story came. “That’s a guy I’ve always looked up to. I had him as a football coach,” Hasty said. “He was one of a bunch of guys who helped raise me. That was a special thing that he showed up.”
The commissioner said he also got to meet folks he normally only gets phone calls from on a regular basis. “I was able to put a name to a face. I guess they were pleased with the outcome and how my votes went,” he said.
Hasty said he had a big learning curve in his first term, but he was proud of serving on the Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Rec Commission. “We revamped the Springbrook Pool and put a new roof on Everett High School Gym,” he said. “That’s one thing I’m proud of. Parks and Rec is very important to everyone in the county. It is one of the most used functions of government.”
The commissioner said he was proud the commission was able to get the new Blount County Animal Center operational. “I was concerned that we always have animal control. I live on the end of the county where everyone likes to dump their animals,” he said. “You have to get license to get married and drive but not to own an animal. People don’t take care of them.”
Hasty said he enjoys serving. “I like working with people and for people. It is just who I am,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of encouragement from people who say they feel I represent their community.”
In the District IV-B Republican Primary, Kimberly Russell is challenging Hasty for the seat.