New County Commissioner Sabrena Turner Adds Married Name To The Mix

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Mark Smedley looks on as wife, Sabrena, is sworn in to County Commission post
Mark Smedley looks on as wife, Sabrena, is sworn in to County Commission post
- photo by Wes Schultz

On the first day of a new County Commission, one of the things to sort out was what to call the new District 7 representative.

County Clerk Bill Knowles inquired of Sabrena Turner, and she said the last name should be Smedley.

Ms. Smedley on Thursday said, "I have been married to Mark Smedley for three years. He is very patient, and I told him I wanted to get through the election with the name I have been known as for years in the community - Sabrena Turner. But now it's time to be Smedley."

Actually, the political newcomer, said most people know her just as Sabrena. She said, "During the campaign, I went against the grain and had my first name in larger letters than my last name in my advertising."

Ms. Smedley said she had known Mark Smedley since 1988 because he was her brother's best friend. The top local realtor, who operates as Sabrena Realty, said four years ago they got placed on the same dragon boat team.

She said, "We got to talking and went out to have a bite to eat. We were married a year later."

Mr. Smedley, who is also a realtor, said, "I was always a single guy and was around Sabrena and her three kids a lot at family gatherings. But it was at the dragon boat races that we started to really talk and get to know each other."

Mr. Smedley was 40 at the time and still a bachelor.

He said, "I waited quite a while and I really got the right one to be my wife. I'm very fortunate."

 

 

 


Lakesite Gets New Mayor, Vice Mayor

Lakesite has a new mayor and vice mayor after the Lakesite City Commission re-organized on Tuesday night. David Howell was elected mayor and Valerie Boddy was chosen vice mayor.  The previous mayor was Ken Wilkerson, who had served the city of Lakesite for six years as mayor. The vice mayor was John McPherson, who was not re-elected in November, after serving ... (click for more)

Response To Haslam Plan For Lowering Tax On Food, Raising Gas Tax

Here are responses to the plan by Governor Bill Haslam to lower the tax on food and raise the gas tax and vehicle registration charge: Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) said, "Governor Haslam's proposal does what Republicans do consistently: It cuts taxes. This plan addresses our transportation funding dilemma in a way that makes sense and still reduces the overall tax ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech - And Response

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Want To Protest? Get Paid!

In a troubling time when “false news” is the rage and people ask me – to my face – if anybody from Russia ever approached me personally searching for votes for President-elect Donald Trump, there appears a website that, to cop a phrase, “is too good to be true.” There is a group out of California that allegedly wants to hire “operatives” to protest Friday’s inauguration. Forget ... (click for more)

Tyner Outshoots Brainerd In Big 6-AA Battle

Brainerd’s Jackson-High Gymnasium was filled to capacity long before the girls game had ended Tuesday night, but the overflow crowd had come to see the second meeting between Tyner and Brainerd and a battle for first place in District 6-AA. Both are ranked in the latest state Class AA poll with Tyner listed sixth and Brainerd ninth.  Brainerd had won all four meetings ... (click for more)

No. 3 Cleveland Sneaks Past Walker Valley 59-51

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – State-ranked Cleveland blew most of a 13-point second-half lead, but got clutch field goals from Deontae Davis and KK Curry down the stretch and managed to stay unbeaten in District 5-3A high school basketball action with a hard-fought 59-51 victory over rival Walker Valley on Tuesday night. Walker Valley’s girls defeated the Lady Blue Raiders 43-39 in overtime. ... (click for more)