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King quits Sullivan Commission to run for highway chief

January 24th, 2014 12:08 am by J. H. Osborne

King quits Sullivan Commission to run for highway chief

DWIGHT KING

BLOUNTVILLE — Dwight King has resigned his District 5 seat on the Sullivan County Commission to focus on his run for election as the county’s highway commissioner — as well as appointment to the job on an interim basis until the election in August.

King is one of 10 men, so far, who have indicated some level of interest in having the $101,000 per year job.

King has picked up, but not filed, the paperwork to seek the Republican party’s nomination to run for highway commissioner. It is a crowded field. Four others have also picked up, and two more have filed, to seek the GOP nod. Voters go to the polls for party primaries May 6.

The filing deadline for hopefuls wanting to be on a primary ballot, however, is noon Feb. 20.

In addition, candidates for highway commissioner must comply with all certification requirements no later than Feb. 6.

Requirements for highway commissioner include: be licensed to practice engineering in Tennessee; or, be a graduate of an accredited school of engineering, with at least two years experience in highway construction or maintenance; or, have a combination of education and experience equivalent to either of the above; or, have at least 4 years experience in a supervisory capacity in highway construction or maintenance.

In his application for certification from a statewide board, King indicated he bases his claim of being qualified on having at least four years of experience in a supervisory capacity in highway construction or maintenance.

In an attached letter, King wrote that in 1983 his company contracted to cut a large boundary of timber on the Cherokee National Forest in Cocke County, including reconstruction of a narrow county road “where tractors and trailers could travel on it safely.” 

And in the 30 years since, his company has constructed, reconstructed and maintained U.S. Forest Service roads and county roads leading to Forest Service land.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Friday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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