Five Points VFD holds supper, straw poll

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By Karen Hall


In what's becoming an election-year tradition, Five Points Volunteer Fire Department hosted a barbecue supper at the Fire Hall on the last Saturday before early voting starts. Candidates were invited to come and mingle with their constituents and make a short speech, and a "straw poll" was conducted. It also seems to be a tradition that this event happens on one of the hottest nights of the summer so far, and campaign fans were a popular item.

A total of 240 plates of food were served, according to volunteer Luann Reynolds, and 215 ballots were handed in. Nearly 300 people attended, at least 100 more than the previous time, and Fire Chief John Reese said they ran out of ballots and had to quickly print more.

Some people ate, completed their ballots and left before the speeches, while others listened attentively and then cast their vote.

The speeches were short, and mostly reiterated what Marshall County voters have already seen in campaign ads and in the Tribune's Voters Guide.

"I'm your state senator now," said Jim Tracy. "I'm running for Congress for this new generation."

Stating his views, Tracy declared, "Marriage is between one man and one woman; I don't care what the Supreme Court says," and this was greeted with applause and cheers.

"This country is going in the wrong direction," Tracy continued. "I'm going to take your values and principles to Washington, D.C. God bless you, and God bless America!"

After the votes were counted, some of the results were surprising, others less so.

Joe Carr came out on top of Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, while Terry Adams and Gordon Ball were almost tied in the Democratic primary for the same office.

Tracy was way ahead of Scott DesJarlais for the House seat, perhaps reflecting his close ties to Marshall County and the fact he showed up at the Five Points event.

In local races, Billy Spivey beat Vicki Cain, Donna Hargrove beat Robert Dalton, and Joe Boyd Liggett beat Scottie Poarch, but in no case was it by such a large margin that the result couldn't change on election day.

The only really large margin was seen in the vote for Sheriff: votes for Billy Lamb outnumbered votes for incumbent Norman Dalton by more than two to one.

And in the race for Circuit Court Clerk, incumbent Elinor Foster and challenger Courtney Boatright were tied, with 93 votes each.

In less than a month, we will know whether these results are representative of Marshall County as a whole.

New this year was the auction of cakes made and donated by women associated with the fire department. Liggett, a licensed auctioneer, was called upon to do the honors, and more than $2,000 was raised for the fire department by the cake auction alone.

The first cake, a beautiful one, decorated with a miniature fire truck, made over $600 all on its own as a succession of candidates bought the cake and then donated it back to be auctioned again. Cain finally got the cake for $50 and said, "I'm keeping it!"

"I've never seen so many good desserts in one place," said Liggett as a succession of cakes and pies were brought to him to sell.

Five Points Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the politicians, the public, the ladies who donated the baked goods and the people who generously bid on them, and everyone who made the food, especially Ray Wakefield who smoked the meat. Thanks also to the band who entertained everyone. It doesn't have a name yet, but the band members are Greg Wilson, Lee Morrison, and Melody Spears.