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Trustee Candidate Carves Name Into Hill At Brown-Spurlock Park

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A candidate for Cannon County Trustee in the August 5 General Election was the subject of a WSMV News Channel 4 report Wednesday. The story first aired during tonight's 6 p.m. broadcast.

The story fired air during tonight's 6 p.m. broadcast.

Grant Holt, an employee of the Town of Woodbury and the son of Cannon County Election Commissioner Sue Patrick, is the subject of the report. Holt is also the son-in-law of Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick.

Holt, who mows lawns for the town, carved his name into a hill at Brown-Spurlock Park.

He is running for the job of county trustee along with seven other candidates.

Sue Patrick said today Holt did it as a silly joke.

Cannon County Administrator of Elections Stan Dobson said Holt did nothing illegal by carving his name into the hill as far as election laws are concerned.

If any law or ordinance was violated, Dobson said, it would be up to town officials to determine.

It is possible Holt could be terminated by the town for his actions if they were down on city time, or face disciplinary action.

The Courier will continue to report on the incident as the situation develops.

See the WSMV Report
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June 23, 2010 at 7:12pm
Personally I think it is a great political move.

There is not a single candidate that can say they have had that much free publicity as Grant! You couldn't afford to buy that kind of media! Seriously, call channel Four and ask them how much it costs to buy a 2 minute spot. And Grant just got it for FREE!

And honestly, I don't blame him for doing it after the way the "other" media outlet that lets people just write nothing more than gossip that you would see in the National Enquirer about him! They trashed him for making an honest statement about what he does for a living.

And when you seriously look at all of the candidates running, there is not one who stands out any better than the other. It is nothing more than a crap shoot!

You just got my vote Grant, just for having the guts to do it!

P.S. I don't have a sign in my yard, but I plan on mowing HOLT in it just to let everyone know who I am for!
June 23, 2010 at 10:03pm
Yes one can make light of the situation, and at first glance it does not appear to be a big deal, but in the bigger picture it might be worth considering a few things, such as:

Should Darrell Young put one of his campaign stickers in the rear window of his official vehicle?

Is the Town of Woodbury officially endorsing a candidate for county trustee?

Does the Town of Woodbury condone its employees using its equipment in this manner?

Does the Town of Woodbury want people mowing their names in town property?

Will the Town of Woodbury open up its park grounds for all candidates to cut their name into the grass?

It's not Grant Holt's job, its a Town of Woodbury job, and Holt is the person hired to perform the duties assigned. Cutting his name into the grass is not one of them.
June 24, 2010 at 6:38am
Well, I will conceed that it was not the smartest thing to do. I will conceed that your statements above are true concerning the other candidates and Grant writing his name is not what the city is paying him to do.

I will say this to everyone reading the Courier and the other gossip loving news outlet that likes to spread crap all over Woodbury like a fertilizer truck.

This election year has brought out the worst in the people of this county that I have ever seen. Especially if you read the garbage that the other site allows.

It has caused division among people who used to be good friends. It has caused family meembers to fight amongst themselves. It has caused friendships to be lost and ties that will never be repaired. And for what? For nothing.

I bet every candidate running has good intentions and every candidate wants to see the betterment of our county. It has become way too personal and I will say that the "other" media outlet fuels that like gas on a fire.

Did Grant make a poor decision? Yes, he did.

Was it funny? Hell, yes it was!

Should he be reprimanded? Probably.

Should we move on and let it go? Definitely.

Should we stick to facts and not opinions? Yes we should and leave the personal side out as much as possible.

I read recently where someone said, "You can't argue the truth" and nothing is more evident than we (as a community) are allowing another news outlet to dictate our thoughts and actions by participating in the hate, lies, mis-trust and gossip that it is running rampant on that site.

I guess I have to ask these questions, at what point is the line crossed? At what point does bashing someone's name and family enough? At what point does everyone stop subscribing to the idea that gossip is news?

June 24, 2010 at 8:27am
Well, all I can say is lighten up you guys.....Laugh and go on....Things like this is what memories are made of :)
June 25, 2010 at 7:08am
Grant Holt for president!!! YOU THE MAN!
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