Rep. Joe Carr Studying Possible Race Against DesJarlais

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Rep. Joe Carr
Rep. Joe Carr

State Rep. Joe Carr, from Lascassas in Tennessee’s 48th District, on Thursday announced the formation of a campaign exploratory steering committee focused on testing the waters in a potential bid for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District.

The district stretches across 16 counties in southern middle and east Tennessee. The exploratory committee will be tasked with determining the viability of a successful run to replace U.S. Congressman Scott DeJarlais in the 2014 Republican Primary.

Rep. Carr said, “The formation of the exploratory committee is in response to an outpouring of people from all across the 4th congressional district, asking me to consider running for this office.

The voters have told me that a trust has been violated. The voters want someone who not only lives by their values but will fight for them. The time for back slapping good ole boy politics is over and Tennesseans understand this.

“I’m extremely proud to represent my fellow Tennesseans in the 48th legislative district and will continue to do so while my family, friends and I determine what is in the best interest of this great state.”

Lee Beaman will chair the committee and in offering his support of Rep. Carr said, “We need someone like Rep. Carr who understands the principles of personal responsibility and a smaller more efficient government. Joe understands the policy needs of Tennessee and is able to effectively communicate those positions. I certainly hope Joe pursues this.”

Dr. Nate Schott, former chairman of the Rutherford County Republican Party in Murfreesboro, stated, “Joe has an intensity and passion for what’s right seldom seen in our elected leaders. I intend to do all I can to assist Joe in making the best decision, not only for himself and his family but also for the great state of Tennessee. I have encouraged Joe to seriously consider taking his conservative values to Washington, D.C. as our next congressman.”

Partial lists of Tennesseans who have volunteered for the exploratory committee are:

Lee Beaman - Chairman

Sheriff Robert Arnold

Dr. Ron McDow

Edwin McKnight

Jane & Cliff Sharp

Dr. Nate Schott

Bert McCarter

Rick Peppers

Laura Messick

Dr. Brent Boles

W. Ransom Jones

Karen Hudson

John Simmonds

Mishelle Perkins

Donald Blankenship



Kedarrian Higgins Arrested After SWAT Team Called Out In East Ridge

East Ridge Police on Wednesday arrested Kedarrian Higgins after a SWAT team was called out. Police responded to 3211 Blackhawk Trail on a report of an aggravated domestic assault. Edlicia Oattes reported that her son had attempted to strike her in the face with a pipe, then physically assaulted her. Higgins went back into the house before police arrived. He would not ... (click for more)

Police Blotter: Man Sends $1,200 In Gift Cards To Internet Scammer For "Sick Grandma"; Woman Described As Frequent Shoplifter Tries To Leave Kohl's With New Underwear On

A man on Noah Reid Road said he was scammed by an unknown suspect over the Internet. He said he put an ad onto Craig's list for a girlfriend and had someone who claimed to be a woman start talking with him. The suspect stated her name was Lyola Madge Payne Bair and she was 33. She said she lived in Chattanooga at the Meridian Apartments but did not know the apartment number. The ... (click for more)

Trump - And Response

Hardly a day, even a moment, goes by when some news flash appears sharing what  Trump  said or did. Not catchy and cute as we might feel when we see the baby turn over for the first time or say Da, da. Instead, this grown man and our president defies child cooing and smiling and instead frowns amid growing anger that we voted for this man, a grown up not quite potty-trained.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: New Schools On Agenda

Hamilton County School Superintendent Bryan Johnson confirmed on Wednesday that a plan for several new public schools will be included on Thursday night’s School Board agenda. Hamilton County has fallen woefully behind other metro school districts in the state and, with an estimated $340 million in deferred repairs, upgrading facilities - that now average over 40 years old - was ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Hits One Last Bump In The Road At State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – It’s not like Signal Mountain hasn’t been down this bumpy road before. Despite the obstacles created by losing early in the TSSAA state volleyball tournament, the Lady Eagles have proven to be cautious, but relentless drivers on a path back to title contention twice before. They’re on the same course this October. After losing to Knox Catholic ... (click for more)

Baylor Advances To State Final; Sale Creek Ousted

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Baylor Lady Red Raiders are one win away from another D-II Class AA state volleyball championship. Facing the Brentwood Academy Lady Eagles for the third time this season here at Blackman High School Wednesday morning in the winner’s bracket final, Baylor was able to advance by winning in four sets, but it was a battle for the ages where two really good ... (click for more)