Why five Tennesseans enduringly support Trump

Jun 27, 2017

Trump & Obama figurines in shop window
Credit Thomas Wilmer

Over the course of the past few months I’ve covered the breadth of Tennessee on assignments for my digital media podcast show. When time allowed, at the conclusion of an interview, when the subject had made mention of Trump, I’d ask if they might share their feelings about why they support Trump.

Judy Ranne, an 80 year-old lifelong resident of Jackson, Tennessee grew up as a sharecropper’s daughter and today she volunteers at the Carnegie Center for the Arts and History in downtown Jackson.

Clark Shaw owns the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum in Jackson. He’s also the local coordinator for Franklin Graham’s (Billy Graham’s son) Decision America Tennessee Tour.

Jay Harrison owns the Outpost Restaurant at Pickwick Dam, on the outskirts of Savannah, Tennessee.

Charlie Ford owns the English Mountain Trout Farm & Grill near Sevierville in the Smokey Mountains.

84-year old retired medical missionary and physician John Freeman oversees the Green Frog Farm wedding venue and bed and breakfast in Alamo, Tennessee.

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