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Meet the Hamblen County Commission

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

The Hamblen County Commission is made up of 14 members, each representing one of the county’s 14 districts. The chair of the commission is elected by his or her fellow commissioners. The commissioners meet for committee meetings on the second Monday of each month beginning at 11:30 a.m. Barring special circumstances, the finance committee meeting is fi rst and each of the following committee meetings begin when the previous one ends. Committee meetings are currently held in the conference room at the County Health Department on West Main Street. The regular monthly meeting of the commission is held 10 days after the committee meetings, or on the third Thursday of the month. The regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the large courtroom on the third floor of the Hamblen County Courthouse.

Stancil Ford

Stancil Ford, Chairman of the County Commission, represents District 13. Ford has served nonconsecutive terms for a total of 25 years and 13 years as chair. He served eight years, from 1994-2002, as a state representative. Ford has also served on various boards including Morristown Parks and Recreation, Youth Emergency Shelter, Lakeway Regional Hospital and Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System Board of Trustees. He served 18 years as chair of the 911 board and nine years as chair of the Solid Waste Board. Ford worked for AT&T for 40 years and retired as an outside plant manager. He has one daughter who lives in Greenville, S.C., and is an elementary school teacher.

Paul LeBel


Paul LeBel represents District 1. He is the principal broker and owner of LeBel Commercial Realty. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1994. LeBel is vice chair of economic development for the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the chamber’s board of directors, the Morristown Rotary Club, the board of trustees of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and the advisory board of Andrew Johnson Bank. He is also a member of the chamber’s Retail and Commercial Development Committee and the Industrial Relations Committee.

Nancy Phillips

Nancy Phillips is serving her third term on the County Commission, representing District 2. Phillips is the chair of the commission’s Public Safety Committee, which oversees issues arising from the sheriff’s department, the jail and the courts.

Phillips is a member of the American Cichlid Association, past president of the Tennessee Saddlebred Association and a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society, the Whitesburg Ruritan Club and the Oak Ridge chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She serves on the board of the Emergency Medical Service and was scholarship chair at the Elks Club.

She is a native of Oak Ridge. She graduated from Oak Ridge High School and attended both Roane State Community College and UT. She and her husband, Les, have two daughters.

Dana Wampler

Dana Wampler is serving his second term representing District 3. He attended Community College, East Tennessee State University and Carson-Newman College.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1972 and was honorably discharged with a rank of E5 from the Air Force National Guard in 1977.

He and his wife, the former Becky King, have three children: Tracy McClure, a nurse and mother of three, living in Lenoir, N.C.; Lance, in construction sales and living in Morristown; and Brock, an environmental specialist living in Waynesville, N.C. Wampler is manager of Hardwood Specialties located on Morningside Drive.

Tilman Goins

Tilman Goins represents District 4 and began his first term as a County Commissioner in 2010. Goins is a graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West. He earned an Associates of Science in both History and Geography from Walters State where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Goins served in the U.S. Marines for fi ve years and in the U.S. Army for three, where he served as an air traffi c controller.

He is currently the owner of an independent publishing company. He also is currently attending ETSU completing a double major in history and international affairs.

Goins serves on the board for Morristown Covenant Academy, a local private Christian school. He and his wife Lenka have an 8-yearold son, Tilman Goins III.

In August of 2012, Goins won the Republican nomination to represent Hamblen County in the state House of Representatives. No Democrat qualified to replace him. Goins had not announced his intentions regarding his County Commission seat by the time this publication printed.

Louis “Doe” Jarvis

Doe Jarvis serves as Vice-chairman of the County Commission. He was appointed to the commission in May 2009 to represent District 5, and he currently chairs the fi nance committee.

Jarvis is a member of the advisory board of Andrew Johnson Bank and a member of the board of trustees of the Walters State Community College Foundation. He is owner of East Tennessee Restorations, Inc. and is married to Maria Jarvis.

Tim Goins

Tim Goins is serving his first term on the County Commission, representing District 6. Tim and his family moved back to Morristown in 1996, following 23 plus years in the United States Army. He attended Austin Peay State University and is the owner of Morristown Tire and Performance Center. Tim and his wife Karan have three sons Tilman, Justin and Jeffrey. They are the proud grandparents of Brooke, Kaylee and Tilman III.

Howard Shipley

Howard Shipley represents District 7. He moved to Hamblen County in 1975, but he’s worked in the county since 1969. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, his master’s from ETSU and his Ph.D. in church administration from Trinity Theological Seminary.

During his time working in Hamblen County Schools, Shipley worked at Justin S. Hill, Lincoln Heights, Morristown-Hamblen High School East and in the central offi ce as director of special services.

He has been pastor of the Dover Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 1975 and is retired from the school system.

In his spare time, when he’s not ministering, he often gardens. He and his wife, Linda, have two children, Howard Jr. and Brandee Owens, and six grandchildren: three boys and three girls.

Tim Dennison

Tim Dennison is District 8’s County Commissioner. He’s been in Hamblen County since 1995 and began his first term as County Commissioner in September 2010.

Dennison went to East High before he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at UT-Knoxville.

He is self-employed in the real estate business. He and his family attend Cornerstone Apostolic Church. He has been married to his wife Tina for 22 years and has four children Lindsey, Andrew, Matthew and Carissa.

Larry Baker

Larry Baker has represented District 9 on the County Commission for more than 40 years.

Baker was born and raised in Russellville. He attended school at Russellville Primary and Whitesburg High School. He worked for 19 years for Jefferson City Magnavox and is a farmer in the Russellville community. He is a charter member of the East Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Whitesburg Ruritan Club and the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society.

He is also the president of Hamblen Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Company. Baker attends Bewley’s Chapel Church.

Herbert Harville

Herbert Harville represents District 10. He has served on the commission more than 20 years. He served as chair for six years. He is a graduate of Morristown High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics and math from C-N and his master’s in math from UT. He did graduate studies in administration at ETSU.

Harville served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949-52 and is a veteran of the Korean War.

He is a retired educator and served as superintendent of Hamblen County Schools.

Harville is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He has been secretary of the Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System Board of Trustees since 1972. He is also a member of the Hamblen County Lions Club and a board member of Lions Volunteer Blind Industries and Lakeway Achievement Center. He and his wife, Bobbie, have a daughter, Janet Gail Harville, and a son, Stanley W. Harville; daughter-in-law, Teresa; and two granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Courtney.

Rick Eldridge

Rick Eldridge was appointed to the commission in November, 2010 to represent District 11. He has lived in Hamblen County since 1966. He won seat outright in March of 2012.

Eldridge has owned and operated Cumberland Glass Company in Morristown since 1986. He has served with the Election Commission as Machine Operator and Judge for several years. He also has served on the board of Equalization for Hamblen County. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge 231, Kerbela Temple and the Hamblen County Car Club. He is a member of Mt. Airy United Methodist Church.

Doyle Fullington

Doyle Fullington represents District 12 and was first elected to the County Commission in 1994. He served as chair of the commission from 2002 to 2003 and is currently chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. He is a trustee of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and was chair of the trustees from 1996 until 1999. He has been owner and operator of Doyle Fullington Barber Shop in downtown Morristown since December 1975. He served on the State Barber Board from 1997 until 2003 and served one term as board president. He represented Tennessee at the National Barber Board Convention in 1999. Fullington is a member of Manley Baptist Church, where he has served as deacon. He is married to Nina Jane Cook of Whitesburg. His hobbies include walking and playing the violin.

Larry Carter

Larry Carter finished serving an interim seat representing District 14. In March 2012, he won the seat outright. Carter attended White Pine High School and served in Vietnam one year for the Army Signal Corps. He remained in service three more years. Carter retired from Bellsouth after 30 years of service in 1999. He is a member of Alpha Baptist Church and is on the transportation committee. Carter has been married to Peggy Smallman almost 46 years, with two children Larry II and Natalie. They have two grandchildren, Lauren and Andrew.