Knight throws his hat into County Mayor’s race

Jeff Whitten


Knight throws his hat into County Mayor’s race

Anthony Knight announces he will run for County Mayor

Anthony Knight’s name will be put before the McNairy County Commission for County Mayor at its meeting next Monday, June 27.

Interim Mayor Wilburn Gene Ashe, who was profiled in last week’s Independent Appeal, has also announced he will be running.

The office became vacant when Jai Templeton who was re-elected in 2010, resigned to become Deputy Commissioner for Agriculture in Gov. Bill Haslam’s administrator.

Knight is a lifelong resident of Selmer and a graduate of McNairy Central High School.

He served on the county commission for 22 years and has been in business here all of his life. He first began working at his father’s sawmill and he and his brother have run it for the past 15 years.

He will have been married to Tammy Cagle Knight for 31 years the night of the commission vote.

He has three children, a daughter-in-law and one grandchild.

He is a member of First Baptist Church. He is Secretary of the Selmer Masonic Lodge and District Chairman of the 26th District Masons of Tennessee.

He was Captain and Assistant Chief of the Selmer Fire Department. Knight was named Volunteer of the Year and Emergency Worker of the Year.

“I am very active in the community, very active in the church. I feel that I, with my background in the county commission and in business that I can do a very good job as mayor. I’ve entertained this idea for several years now and I feel now is a good time to take this opportunity and go with it,” he said.

“I’ve worked hard for our county and would like to continue to work hard for our county because I see some good things to be done in the county. I think McNairy County has a bright future and I think we need to move toward that bright future. We need more industry here, but we also need to help the industry that we have. We need to help them expand and stay here. We need more jobs for our people, more things for our young people. McNairy is in good shape as far as money. We have some things coming down the road that are going to be a few issues, but it’s nothing that we haven’t been through before and with the Good Lord’s help, I think we can make it through it just fine,” he added.