TOP PHOTO: (Left to right) are Sen. Ken Yager, County Mayor Jack Lynch, Commission Chairman Johnny Bruce and Commissioner Rusty Orick.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – State Sen. Ken Yager addressed the Campbell County Commission at Monday evening’s meeting.

Yager has the largest district in the state with nine counties and said he “always has time for his rural counties.” 

He touched base with commissioners about “what’s happening in Nashville.” 

“We’re going back into session Jan. 9, and we’re already starting to focus on it. I appreciate the legislative agenda you have done. You are one of the few county’s that does this,” Yager said.

He said the recent special session in Nashville was “short” and spoke about the bill that “could have affected 2nd Amendment Rights.”

“The so called red flag bill was introduced, but there was no support for it, so it failed. There was a few other bills dealing with mental health that passed,” Yager said.

He said he didn’t know what the January session would bring.

Yager fielded questions by commissioners briefly.

Commissioner Scott Kitts asked if state’s efforts to help senior citizens would continue. 

Yager said he believed the state would be renewing grant funds available to help with county senior centers.

“It’s really important to renew that fund this coming budget for another grant next year,” Yager said.

He thanked the commission for all it does locally.

“With the greatest respect, the county commission is the most thankless job, but one of the most important,” Yager said.

Commissioner Rusty Orick brought up the county’s request to have help from the state in collecting hotel/motel taxes. 

Yager said that while it didn’t have state support yet, he wouldn’t give up on it.

Yager asked if the county had any problems with getting the Opioid Abatement money “straightened out and said he would help any way he could.”

All commissioners thanked Yager for his efforts to help Campbell County. 

“On behalf of Campbell County Commission, it’s an honor and a privilege to have you represent us,” Chairman Johnny Bruce said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/17/2023-6AM)