Carter County constables receive state recognition

From Staff Reports

   State Sen. Rusty Crowe presented the 16 elected Carter County constables on Monday a State of Tennessee Senate Proclamation recognizing their public service, according to a press release from the Elizabethton-Carter County Emergency Management Agency. Crowe gave each constable an original copy of the proclamation in a brief ceremony held at the Tennessee Technology Center.
   "Constables use personal funds to purchase uniforms, vehicles and to pay vehicle expenses. Their only income is from delivering court-issued documents and performing crowd and traffic control services at community functions and sporting events. It is more than fitting that we pay tribute to and express appreciation for their outstanding accomplishments," Crowe said.
   According to the proclamation, the constables work an average of 780 hours per week, or 48.75 hours per week per constable, serving 56,742 residents of Elizabethton and Carter County, mostly on a volunteer basis.
   Rep. Jerome Cochran was unable to attend the event due to a scheduling conflict.
   Ross Potter, commander of the Carter County Constables Association, expressed appreciation to Sen. Crowe and Rep. Jerome Cochran for saluting them.
   In addition to Potter, other Carter County constables are Vice Commander Robert "Bob" Carroll; Captain Landon Pritchard, secretary; Richard "T.T." Hicks, sergeant-at-arms; Robert Gobble, chaplain; Larry Perry, Jerry Miller, Willie Mathes, Larry Presnell, Jr., Harvey Shaffer, Earnest "Pete" Ensor, Leonard Johnson, Murrell Holsclaw, Joe Lunceford, Kenneth Younce and Bobby Canter.
   Potter also commended Paul Jones, president of the State of Tennessee Constables Association for his support.