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Tea Party forms in Monroe County

The first Monroe County Tea Party held their first meeting this week in Madisonville. Left to
right: McMinn County Tea Party Chairwoman Annette Burger and Monroe County Tea Party Co-
Chairmen Steve Rodgers and Fred McNabb led the meeting.
Published: 8:34 AM, 11/07/2011 Last updated: 8:34 AM, 11/07/2011

Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

MADISONVILLE-A new group of Monroe County citizens have joined the grassroots political movement and created the county's first Tea Party, holding their first meeting on Tuesday in Madisonville.

More than 100 people attended the first meeting of the Monroe County Tea Party at Bert's Hometown Grill, filling the restaurant to the maximum.

"We planned to meet in the large [party] room, but it wasn't big enough," said Co-Chairman Steve Rodgers. "We had an overflow crowd. Some people even ended up leaving because we didn't have enough room."

The Tea Party movement is an American political movement that is generally recognized as conservative, and usually supports Republican candidates.

Rodgers and Fred McNabb will serve as co-chairmen of the Monroe County Tea Party, with Katy McDaniel stepping in as treasurer and Carole McKeag taking on the roll of secretary. There are numerous others who will be heavily involved in the Tea Party, said Rodgers.

"We decided to start this because of the moral and financial crisis that this country is in," said Rodgers, noting that, to his knowledge, this is the first Tea Party Monroe County has ever had. "We're creating debts right now that our grand kids are going to have to pay off."

At the Tuesday meeting, Annette Burger, the chairwoman of the McMinn County Tea Party, and Harkey Yates, an alderman in Tellico Plains, were the guest speakers.  

See full story in the Sunday, Nov. 6, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.

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