Members of the Cocke County Legislative Body voted unanimously Monday evening to support a resolution establishing the county as a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

Commissioner Kyle Shute sponsored the resolution, saying 10 Tennessee counties have already passed such resolutions. Saying he understands county and state laws will not override federal laws, Shute said the aim of the resolution is to send a message to lawmakers, encouraging them to "support our citizens’ right to bear arms."

He said the resolution is designed to push for the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

"It adds Cocke County to the growing list of second amendment counties, sending a message to our federal and state governments that the constitution is as important today as it was in 1789."

In other action, Commissioner Forest Clevenger asked engineering firm McGill and Associates attend the next landfill committee meeting to talk about a resolution of the current landfill expansion problems which have led to the landfilling of demolition debris by Green for Life in Hamblen County.

Steve Cobb with Green for Life said it will cost the county $690 per month for three years to fund a pad and electrical needs for a compactor at the Parrottsville convenience center.

The body established a parks and recreation board to oversee the recreation department. It will have a five-member board of directors appointed by CLB Chair Clay Blazer. The names of recommended appointees should be presented to CLB members prior to the meeting of the general committee at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16.

Randy Thompson of the Smoky Mountain Bicycle Club called on the body to support efforts to establish bicycle/walking trails in the area. The body agreed to discuss such trails with the Cocke County Fairgrounds board.

Members also talked about the possibility of hiking the county hotel/motel tax. The issue was sent to the finance committee for further study. The committee is expected to again also discuss a possible wheel tax for the county.

Kathy Holt of the Rural Acceleration Initiative asked the body for its support of efforts to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. Save The Children pumps $1.2 million annually into the Cocke County School system in its efforts to support education.

Holt said the Initiative identifies rural areas that are in high need and then assists with impacting kindergarten readiness.