The McMinn Democratic Party hosted its inaugural Democracy Day Dinner at McMinn County High School last Saturday night with the theme “Rural Voices, Rural Choices.” Speakers included Tennessee Rep. Gloria Johnson, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Lu Ann Gilliland Cary, an agricultural educator at Bradley Central High School. Music was provided by Josh Bragg, from Athens Middle School, who sang the national anthem. David Ledbetter, from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, provided background music with his organ and Alexandra Sharp and Cody Hensley sang as well. The event opened with a pot luck dinner and any remaining food was donated to Grace and Mercy Ministries. Age range of participants was from 20-year-olds to folks in their 90s, according to event organizers. Shown here is Vant Hardaway with Johnson.