Hamblen GOP cuts ribbon on new facility

The Hamblen County Republican Party and Hamblen County Republican Women celebrated moving into a new location Thursday, while also making an announcement for the upcoming Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will be the featured speaker for the event, which will be held on May 13, said Tommy Pedigo, chairman of the Hamblen County Republican Party.

“He has committed to be here,” Pedigo said.

The Lincoln-Reagan Dinner will be held this year at The Country Club. It was postponed from its original date, which is usually in February, and is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Republican Party.

Tickets will go on sale on April 19 at the regular Hamblen County Republican Women’s meeting.

Tickets will be $50 per person. There will also be a reception beforehand featuring Lee that will be $100 per person.

“We are looking for sponsors. We are looking for donations,” Pedigo said.

He said there will also be limited seating due to social distancing guidelines.

“Bill Lee, and rightfully so, made the comment, ‘I can’t be in a position of no social distancing if I promote it,’” Pedigo said.

Anyone willing to be a sponsor should reach out to Pedigo or Leigh Sempkowski, owner of South Marketing Group.

The Republican Party cut a ribbon and celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters at 1625 East Andrew Johnson Highway. It recently moved from its old location on West Andrew Johnson Highway.

Dozens of people crowded into the new space to take part in the event.

The Morristown Chamber Area of Commerce held the event for the Republican Party.

“I’m so thankful to be here this afternoon and appreciate everything the Republican Party is doing here in Hamblen County,” said Steve Amos, current chairman of the board of directors for the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pedigo thanked all those who came and all those who support the party.

“The Republican Party is a big party and we’re making sure we’re doing what’s right to represent the people,” he said.

He also gave a special thank you to Jean Huntsman, president of the Hamblen County Republican Women, and the all of the Hamblen County Republican Women.

Huntsman also thanked several people within the crowd.

She also gave a special thank you to Judy Blackburn, a member of the Tennessee State Election Commission, who the GOP honored by putting up a special display in the new headquarters.