Same-sex marriage resolution: breaking down the votes, resolution could be revived

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) –  After more than five hours, a 12-11 vote to approve a resolution opposing same-sex marriage failed at Monday night’s Washington County, Tennessee County Commission meeting.

Commissioners deliberated and listened to public comment on the controversial legislation that would charge Tennessee law makers with the task enforcing the state constitution’s definition of marriage between a man and a woman.

While the resolution is dead for now, Commission Chairman Greg Matherly says there is a possibility it could be revived.

“It will have to come back through the committee process just as if it were a new resolution being presented back to the committee,” Gregg Matherly said

Commissioner Forrest Boreing originally proposed the resolution. As for bringing a new or similar legislation before the commission, he says its out of their hands.

“It will be up to what the state does now from what is in the committees now and there is nothing else we can do now because the cut off date has already passed,” Commissioner Boreing said.

12 Commissioners voted yes to approve the resolution while 11 voted no. The legislation was not approved because it would have needed the majority of the 25 member commission.

Two commissioners, Todd Hensely and Matthew Morris did not attend the meeting.

“One commissioner was out of town on business and out of state on business and he could get back tomorrow he just couldn’t get back today. another missioner has been called up to reserve, called up to his country, he is a reservist and is headed off for deployment,” Gregg Matherly said.

We reached out to both Commissioner Hensely and Commissioner Morris.

Hensely told me over the phone that “he couldn’t comment on the meeting because he wasn’t there, and that if anyone wanted to know personally how he would have voted on the same-sex marriage resolution. he would tell them.”

Matherly said that Commissioner Morris was out of the country on military duty.

The following are the profiles, including contact information, of all 25 Washington County Commissioners pulled from the county website:

District 1

Greg Matherly, Commission Chairman
404 Brookwood Drive
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 282-0503
e-mail: gregm@wcso.net
Washington County Sheriff’s Dept.

Serving sixth term on commission.

  • Agricultural Extension
  • Beer Board
  • Committee for Resale of Land
  • Emergency Communications District – 911
  • Emergency Medical Services Board
  • Rules Committee
  • Washington County Economic Development Council

Rick Storey
3 N Wild Cherry Court
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 914-5894
e-mail: rstorey@comcast.net
Banker

Serving first term on commission.

  • Audit and Ethics Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Employee  Compensation & Benefits

Lynn Hodge
281 Highland Church Road
Johnson City, TN 37615
423-794-0731
e-mail: ndh@centurylink.net

Serving first term on commission.

  • Audit and Ethics Committee
  • CIA
  • Investment
  • Reapportionment Committee

District 2

Dr. Sam Humphreys
708 E. Mountain View Road
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 282-5565
e-mail: samhumphreys@gmail.com
Retired Educator, Area Business Owner

Serving sixth term on commission.

  • Public Records

Robbie McGuire
183 Carr Cemetery Road
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 676-9900
e-mail: rmcguire@washingtoncountytn.org
Chief Deputy Assessor

Serving first term on commission

  • Regional Planning Commission

George E. “Skip” Oldham III
1604 Par Court
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 534-1111
e-mail: commissionerskip@gmail.com
Area Business Owner

Serving second term on commission.

  • BOZA
  • Committee on Committees
  • Reapportionment Committee

District 3

Mitch Meredith
2012 Northwood Drive
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 928-7326
e-mail: mmeredith@washingtoncountytn.org
CPA

Serving second term on commission.

  • Airport Authority
  • Rules Committee

Larry England
10 McGregor Place
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 361-7806
e-mail: lengland@washingtoncountytn.org
Area Business Owner

Serving first term on commission.

  • Beer Board
  • CIA

Joe Wise
305 Hillside Road
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 202-2509
e-mail: jwise@washingtoncountytn.org
Area Business Owner

Serving first term on commission.

  • Beer Board
  • Budget Committee
  • Committee on Committees
  • Reapportionment Committee

District 4

Dr. Katie Baker
816 W Locust Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 737-5023
e-mail:  baker.marykate@gmail.com
University/College Professor

Serving first term on commission

  • Beer Board
  • County Board of Health
  • Employee  Compensation & Benefits
  • Health, Education & Welfare

David Tomita
605 E. Holston Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 534-7680
e-mail: dtomita@washingtoncountytn.org
Investment Officer

Serving second term on commission.

  • Airport Authority
  • CIA
  • Emergency Communications District – 911
  • Emergency Medical Services Board
  • Investment Committee

Lee Chase
111 W. 11th Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 926-1490
e-mail: lchase@washingtoncountytn.org
Dawn of Hope

Serving second term on commission.

  • Committee for Resale of Land
  • Committee on Committees
  • Health Education & Welfare
  • Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Reapportionment Committee
  • Rules Committee

District 5

Gary McAllister
3635 W Walnut Street
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 557-7912
e-mail: gmcallister@washingtoncountytn.org
Retired Military

Serving first term on commission.

  • Animal Control Board
  • Employee Compensation & Benefits
  • Health, Education & Welfare
  • Reapportionment Committee

Robbie Tester
31 Cherokee Ridge Court
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 943-0188
e-mail: rhtester@comcast.net
Civil/Structural Engineer

Serving first term on commission.

  • CIA
  • Reapportionment Committee – Member at Large

District 6

William “Joe” Grandy
620 Old Embreeville Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 948-8319
e-mail: joe.grandy@ferguson.com
Area Business Owner

Serving second term on commission.

  • Animal Control Board
  • Budget Committee
  • Committee on Committees
  • County Library Board
  • Johnson City Power Board
  • Reapportionment Committee

Dr. Paul Stanton
1411 Walnut Grove Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 534-5921
e-mail: pstanton@washingtoncountytn.org
President Emeritus ETSU

Serving first term on commission.

Tom Krieger
304 Jim Range Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 737-0106
e-mail: tkrieger@washingtoncountytn.org
Retired, Former President of Fleming Foods of Tennessee

Serving first term on commission.

  • Employee Compensation & Benefits
  • Health Education & Welfare
  • Investment Committee
  • Rules

District 7

Mark Larkey
114 Elizabeth Avenue
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 477-3024
e-mail: mlarkey@comcast.net
Self-Employed

Serving third term on commission.

  • Committee for Resale of Land
  • Committee on Committees
  • Reapportionment Committee
  • Regional Planning Commission
  • Washington County Economic Development Council

Bryan Davenport
1120 Keeview Drive
Gray, TN 37615
(423) 676-3216
e-mail: bkdaven@comcast.net
Eastman Chemical Company

Serving first term on commission.

  • Beer Board
  • Committee for Resale of Land
  • Public Works
  • Rules Committee

Mike Ford
191 John Garst Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 753-0186
e-mail: mford0186@yahoo.com
Head Cook, Washington County Detention Center

Serving second term on commission.

  • Agricultural Extension
  • Public Records
  • Public Safety

District 8

Matthew Morris
401 Leesburg Road
Telford, TN 37690
(828) 719-1613
e-mail: mmorris@washingtoncountytn.org Officer, Army National Guard

Serving first term on commission.

  • Public Safety
  • Public Works
  • Reapportionment Committee

Steve Light
153 Thornburg Hills Road
Limestone, TN 37681
(423) 257-4302
e-mail: steve@cambronins.com
Cambron Insurance

Serving second term on commission.

  • Agricultural Extension
  • Employee Compensation & Benefits
  • Public Safety

District 9

Todd Hensley
549 Matthews Mill Road
Telford, TN 37690
(423) 943-5758
e-mail: thensley@washingtoncountytn.org
Area Business Owner

Serving first term on commission.

  • Airport Authority
  • Budget Committee
  • CIA
  • Health, Education & Welfare
  • Reapportionment Committee

Danny Edens
123 Pecanwood Drive
Telford, TN 37690
(423) 483-3522
e-mail: dedens@washingtoncountytn.org
Asst. Dir. Water Meter Dept, Town of Jonesborough

Serving first term on commission.

  • Public Safety
  • Public Works

District 10

Forrest Boreing
634 Charlie Hicks Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659
(423) 741-0956
e-mail: fboreing@washingtoncountytn.org
Retired

Serving first term on commission.

  • Public Safety
  • Public Works
  • Reapportionment Committee

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