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Congress Candidate Threatened after His Remarks about Grundy County

According to a candidate for Congress, Christopher Hale says he has received death threats from people in Grundy County.

On Sunday, Hale talked with citizens in Grundy County. But it wasn’t his first visit. During a parade on July 4th, Hale campaigned in Tracy City, where Confederate flags were flown.

The next day he posted on Facebook and Twitter his thoughts to the turnout, saying, “It’s one of the poorest areas in the nation. It’s also sadly a hotbed of white supremacy.”

The post has several people on the mountain upset, with citizens saying this is not what Grundy County is about.

Hale says he never meant to offend people, but that he believes what he saw at the parade was a sign of racism – and a problem he needed to address.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says there is a preliminary investigation regarding the death threat Hale says he received.

Hale is running for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee’s 4th congressional district. The winner of the August primary will face off with incumbent Scott DesJarlais in November.

Photo: Christopher Hale marching in an Independence Day parade.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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