Wayne Harris of Altamont was officially sworn in on Tuesday, at the Grundy County Courthouse, as the newly-elected County Commissioner for District 1, taking on the
historic title of “First Grundy Republican” to be elected to local office in known recorded
Ironically, Grundy County, established in 1844, was named for the late
Honorable Felix Grundy, an elected Tennessee Republican to the 12th and 13th U.S. Congresses
who eventually became Attorney General of the United States under Martin Van Buren.
Mr. Harris said, “I am overwhelmed by the support of my neighbors and friends in District 1, you truly humble
me and I promise I will serve you to the very best of my abilities in every decision and every
vote I make on the Grundy County Commission. We have some tough decisions ahead, but I
know we will persevere and we will find a way to best serve not only the citizens we represent
in our district but the greater good of the county as a whole.
“This is definitely
going to be an interesting four year term for me; I will need all your prayers and hope you know
your opinions and ideas are always welcome and encouraged in my world. We are all in this
together, we are all family here and we will all have each other’s back. I promise you, Grundy
will come first on my watch.”
Mr. Harris, born in Wichita Falls, Tx., to a career military air force family, settled in Grundy County
in 1979. Patti, his wife of 38 years, is a Special Education teacher at Grundy County High School
and his son, Douglas, an honors graduate of GCHS, is a sophomore at Chattanooga State.
Harris family owns several businesses in Grundy County, including Grandview RV Park and
Cabins which has successfully accommodated visitors to Grundy from over 32 states and four countries.
Grandview is also the home of the annual Grundy Halloween favorite, Grandview
Haunted House, now in its fifth year of operation.
Mr. Harris established the Town Tub Laundromat
and Carwash in 1988 and added The Storage Shed storage units in 1998. He is the past
president of the Altamont Ruritan Club, past member of the Tennessee Defense force, current
member of NRA, EAA and AOPA and holds numerous state issued licenses and permits
including: pilot's license, electrical contractor, waste water treatment plant operator, and liquid
petroleum bulk plant operator. He also serves as a deacon in the Altamont Church of Christ.