Sarah Palin among speakers at America's Last Stand event in Sevi

Sarah Palin among speakers at America's Last Stand event in Sevierville

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"I have been involved since I was 17 years old. I helped open one of the first recycling centers in the area where I lived," said Gayle Wilczynski. "I have been involved since I was 17 years old. I helped open one of the first recycling centers in the area where I lived," said Gayle Wilczynski.
"So few people are willing to speak up," said Howard Kingsberry of Sevierville. "So few people are willing to speak up," said Howard Kingsberry of Sevierville.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - An event featuring a former vice presidential candidate like Sarah Palin and other well known politicians wrapped up in Sevierville around 11 p.m. They were speaking for a series called America's Last Stand.

People from all over east Tennessee filled Sevierville's convention center. They were there for an event called America's Last Stand which has speakers that encourage local voters to get involved in politics.

Some in east Tennessee are already following that message.

"I have been involved since I was 17 years old. I helped open one of the first recycling centers in the area where I lived. I don't know why people don't get involved. Our government will collapse if people do not get involved," said Gayle Wilczynski of Dandridge.

6 News could only take pictures inside where well known politicians like former Senator Rick Santorum and former Governor Sarah Palin spoke to dozens. Other speakers included Fox News personality Judge Jeanie Pirro and Col. Allen West.


Their message was to motivate people in the community to vote in local, state, and national elections.

It's something some in the area say people need to start doing. 

"So few people are willing to speak up. We need to encourage those people to come out and speak up, to talk, to speak to the representatives, to vote, to get out and be active in the circle wherever they are," said Howard Kingsberry of Sevierville. 

Those that were in the audience are now putting the message into action. 

"The biggest thing people do, they think I can't make a difference, well you can. You can really impact your community and change doesn't start just at the national level, it begins locally," said Joshua Standifer of Cleveland. 

Thoughts like that are what the speakers of America's Last Stand are hoping people will leave with Thursday. 

6 News requested an interview with Sarah Palin in advance, but were told when we got to Sevierville Thursday that the former governor would no longer be available.

Instead Palin's media relations team told 6 News that she was sorry, but would not be able to grant our interview request due to a limited amount of time in her schedule.

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