PALMER TOWN HISTORIAN
We all know the old thing about three strikes, and you’re out. But, what about coming to bat with two strikes already against you?
Iva Russell of Monteagle is seeking to be the first Republican and the first woman to become Grundy County Mayor that anyone alive today can remember.
The popular co-host of GCTV’s “Morning on the Mountain” is an underdog to say the least, but that’s OK. America, the greatest nation the world has ever known, was founded by underdogs and became what it is today because millions of underdogs cherished its freedom and opportunity.
The “Year of the Woman?”
In addition to Iva, another Republican woman, former Monteagle Mayor Marilyn Campbell Rodman, is a candidate for a seat on the Grundy County Commission.
Republican women are on the move, and Missy Thomas Blevins of Marion County has created a lot of excitement as she hopes to make history by being elected Chancellor for the 12th District Chancery Court which consists of Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie counties. This lawyer has 15 years of experience in private practice, and that, combined with being a Municipal Judge of Jasper, Kimball, and South Pittsburg, makes her a highly qualified candidate. She will be opposed by David Stewart of Franklin County whose family has held this position of Chancellor for as long as most of us can remember.
Did you know that George Washington was President when Tennessee became the 16th state in 1796? That’s an incredible 222 years ago, yet no woman has ever been governor. In the August 2 election, Diane Black and Beth Harwell will be among four candidates running for the Republican nomination.
In 1920 Tennessee was the pivotal state in passing the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which guaranteed that women in every state could vote. Beth Harwell, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, proudly recalls that her great aunt was in the House Gallery when Republican Harry Burn cast the deciding vote.
Rep. Harry Burn came to this special session of the General Assembly with every intention of voting “No” on the 19th Amendment, but what boy can say, “No” to Dear Old Mom? After getting a telegram from her, he changed his mind, and voted “Yes” to pass the 19th Amendment and stepped into the history books.
In just two short years the State of Tennessee will observe the 100th Anniversary of its special role in passing the 19th Amendment. Special events have been in the planning for several years.