Bradley County Commission Vice Chairman Adam Lowe To Seek Tennessee House Seat

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Pictured are Commissioner J. Adam Lowe, his wife Rachel and three children.
Pictured are Commissioner J. Adam Lowe, his wife Rachel and three children.

County commission Vice Chairman J. Adam Lowe has formally announced his candidacy to replace Eric Watson as the District 22nd state representative. Rep. Watson announced earlier this month that he would be running for Bradley County sheriff. Mr. Lowe, a local business owner and educator, announced his plans to seek the office to friends and family earlier this week.

“My wife and I have known for some time that I was feeling led to serve in a different role in our area,” said Mr. Lowe to a group of supporters at a private gathering.  “When it was clear the state seat was open, I knew that it was time to take my work ethic and experience to Nashville.”

Mr. Lowe has a history of service in the Southeast Tennessee area.  He is the co-owner of Stage AVL, an audio visual touring and installation company.  He said his company has created jobs for dozens of people over the years.  Recently, Mr. Lowe and his business partners undertook the renovation of a historical local landmark.  The Cleveland’s old Village Theater was transformed into a state-of-the-art events center. Mr. Lowe said the decision was made due to the need for such a space in the community.

In addition to his business, Mr. Lowe serves as the executive director of the Cleveland State Community College Foundation.  Each year, the CSCC Foundation awards close to $250,000 for Bradley, Polk, Meigs, McMinn, and Monroe county students to attend college.  Further, he has assisted a number of regional and local nonprofits with leadership and policy training.

His news release said, "Mr. Lowe won his first political office in 2010, beating an incumbent in the Republican primary to become 4th District Bradley County Commissioner.  While in office, he has gained the reputation of being studied, direct, and diplomatic in governmental relations.  He has consistently promoted transparency and efficiency in government, calling for the use of zero-based budgeting in areas.  He has served on the finance, law enforcement, juvenile justice, and emergency management committees.  Currently, he chairs the education committee which, after years of discussion, finally reached a plan for the reconstruction of Lake Forest, a middle school that has been plagued with building issues and repair needs."

In September, the Bradley County Commission unanimously elected Mr. Lowe as vice chairman for the year.  “I am humbled to be elected as vice chairman,” he said at that meeting.  “It’s been years since we have selected someone unanimously and having such a vote of confidence means a lot to me.”

His release said, "Mr. Lowe has proven to be a strong advocate for second amendment rights, educational reform, and limited government.  While on the commission, Lowe introduced resolutions supporting related policy efforts at the state level."

 “The state of Tennessee has made great progress in recent years,” Mr. Lowe said.  “However, the coming years will continue to bring challenges for education and workforce development.  Debates over states’ rights will continue.  We have to lead and stand strong.  We must be prepared to take the difficult positions for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

Mr. Lowe is married to Rachel Lowe, the guidance counselor for Polk County High School.  Together they have three children, Blaine, Avri, and Maddox.

Judge Finds Young Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Fatal Wreck On Highway 58

Judge Tom Greenholtz on Wednesday found William Henry Young guilty of a lesser charge in a fatal traffic accident on Highway 58. The judge, who heard the case without a jury, ruled the 56-year-old former TVA employee guilty of criminally negligent homicide. He had been charged with vehicular homicide. Sentencing will be in December. Judge Greenholtz dismissed charges ... (click for more)

Dalton Woman Killed, 2 Others Injured In Wreck In Whitfield County; Funeral For Joan Lutz Is Saturday

A woman was killed and two other people injured in a wreck on Reed Road in Whitfield County on Monday afternoon. The Georgia State Patrol said a car driven by 18-year-old Skylar James Williams of Tunnel Hill went across the center line on a curve of the southbound lane. The car struck a Lincoln Town Car being driven by Joan Allie Lutz, 85, of Dalton. She was killed. Injured ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)

CCS Wins, Notre Dame Falls in A-AA State Soccer Tourney

MURFREESBORO -- Chattanooga Christian sophomore Addie Henry celebrated her 16th birthday in style here Wednesday night with a goal and an assist to help CCS defeat Madison Academic Magnet (Jackson, Tenn. – 16-5-3), 3-0, in a A-AA state quarterfinal match played at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Teammates Kyra Duble and Olivia Hoffman also scored goals, while Taylor Price ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Draws Top Ranked Greeneville, CCS Opens With Madison Magnet

For the second year in a row, Notre Dame drew the top-ranked Greeneville in the opening round of the TSSAA Class A/AA state tournament.  Notre Dame is scheduled to play Greeneville on Wednesday at 8 p m. (EST)  in Murfreesboro. CCS will play Madison Magnet in the first round on field #1 at 7:30 p.m. (EST) . CCS and Greeneville met in the state championship game ... (click for more)