County Commissioner Pettus Read is seeking re-election to the County Commission seat for District 8, which makes up the southwestern area of Rutherford County including all of Eagleville, Rockvale and a part of western Murfreesboro.

Read is a long-time agriculturalist, writer and newspaper columnist.

Read is a sixth-generation Rutherford County native residing today on his family’s farm located on the same road where his ancestors settled in 1802. He is seeking the office as a conservative, Christian citizen of Rutherford County just as his grandfather did over 60 years ago in the exact same area.

“The next four years are going to be crucial to this county and its citizens as we deal with issues pertaining to a balanced budget, holding taxes low, education, infrastructure, traffic, solid waste, law enforcement, fire protection and continuous growth,” Read said. “When it gets down to it, this is our home and the best way to meet our challenges is here starting at the grassroots on our own front porch and not debating the nationally driven political agenda but attending to what is important to Rutherford County.”

Read attended the former Rockvale High School and is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in plant and soil science, as well as minor studies in speech and business administration. He was employed with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation for more than 44 years.

He was the director of communications and editor of the Tennessee Home and Farm magazine with a circulation of over 650,000, as well as the Tennessee Farm Bureau News. He received numerous national awards of excellence in editorial and commentary writing while overseeing his department’s multi-million dollar budgets that balanced each year.

He was recognized in 2013 by the Tennessee General Assembly for his outstanding career and leadership in his community and state. He was also honored at the capitol that same day as Tennessee’s Outstanding Agriculturalist.

He serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and vice-chairman of the Steering and Legislative committee. Under his leadership Rutherford County is building six Public Health and Safety Buildings that will provide fire and ambulance response units to rural areas along with a location for sheriff stop-over offices in each station.

A new high school for Rockvale was opened in August of 2019 and during Read’s term, Eagleville School opened new classrooms, an auditorium and more parking. Read was instrumental in locating land for a new practice field for the school when the original one was lost.

“District 8 contains four county schools and I always attempt to help in their needs,” said Read.

He presented and drafted the Rutherford County Commission’s Second Amendment Sanctuary County resolution in 2020 that received a unanimous vote and a standing round of applause from a packed chamber of supporters.

“The people asked for it and we delivered,” Read said.

Read serves on the Rutherford County Planning Commission, Trustee of the Rutherford County Library Foundation, Trustee on the Sam Davis Home Foundation, chairman of the MTSU Agricultural Farm Advisory Board, has been a member of the Tennessee State Agriculture Museum Board of Directors, represented the American Farm Bureau Federation with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, was a member of the National MTSU Alumni Board of Directors, and has served as a member of the 10-county Cumberland Region Tomorrow Board of Directors planning organization representing Rutherford County.

He and his late wife, Judy, have two married children and five grandchildren. Read is an involved member of the East Main Church of Christ.

“My decisions have always been made from the advice given to me by those in District 8 and not by a group not concerned with all the citizen’s wellbeing. I will strive to seek their input for answers to what affects their district,” Read said.