East TN tea party groups come together for joint Liberty Rally

East TN tea party groups come together for joint Liberty Rally

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They encouraged everyone at the rally to start contacting local, state and federal lawmakers about the issues. They encouraged everyone at the rally to start contacting local, state and federal lawmakers about the issues.
The rally was held at the Cocke County Fairgrounds in Newport, with hundreds of members from the Caney Branch Tea Party and the Sevier County Tea Party in attendance. The rally was held at the Cocke County Fairgrounds in Newport, with hundreds of members from the Caney Branch Tea Party and the Sevier County Tea Party in attendance.
Tea party members across East Tennessee are coming together like never before, joining forces Saturday for what organizers believe is the state's first ever Liberty Rally. Tea party members across East Tennessee are coming together like never before, joining forces Saturday for what organizers believe is the state's first ever Liberty Rally.
They want the joint rally to inspire other tea party groups across Tennessee to hold similar events. They want the joint rally to inspire other tea party groups across Tennessee to hold similar events.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NEWPORT (WATE) - Tea party members across East Tennessee are coming together like never before, joining forces Saturday for what organizers believe is the state's first ever Liberty Rally.

Attendees want to spark renewed energy amongst tea party groups all over the state in the hopes of making a difference not only in Tennessee, but all the way to Washington.

They say it's time for county by county groups to come together if they really want to have their voices heard.

The rally was held at the Cocke County Fairgrounds in Newport, with hundreds of members from the Caney Branch Tea Party and the Sevier County Tea Party in attendance.

"The silent majority is no longer going to be silent. All the way from Memphis to Johnson City," said Steve Osborn, chairman of the Sevier County Tea Party.

"It shows we have like-minded people everywhere," said Doug Brooks, chairman of the Caney Branch Tea Party.

They're here because they're unhappy with the direction the country is going, citing the recent government shutdown, NSA spying and fight over gun control.

"We have them telling us what we can do, how we can do it and when we can do it and where we can do it," said Osborn.

That's why they believe it's more important than ever for local tea party members to speak out.

"We've got to get local people involved. That's the only way we're going to get this country straightened out," said Brooks.

They encouraged everyone at the rally to start contacting local, state and federal lawmakers about the issues.

"We just hope this sends a message to the people that supposedly represent us that we're watching them," said Brooks.

They hope that by coming together in one voice across county lines, their message will be heard loud and clear.

"We can join county to county and begin to influence the state. And when we can influence the state, then we can begin to influence Washington. It has to be a bottom up, instead of a top down reform," said Osborn.

They want the joint rally to inspire other tea party groups across Tennessee to hold similar events.

"When they start seeing things like this, multi-county rallies, I think that will get the fire started," said Osborn.

Osborn says Saturday's event is just the first of many to be held in East Tennessee, and they hope to have even more groups sign on for the next one.

They're working on getting a coalition going between several county tea party groups.

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