Congressman Diane Black visited Macon on Monday and led a round table discussion on immigration reform. She invited community leaders in several fields to come and offer concerns and suggestions on the issue.
Present were representatives of the law enforcement, health care, business, economic development, agriculture, and local government fields.
Black solicited comments and concerns from each individual present. She received detailed response from County Sheriff Mark Gammons, local tobacco farmer Marty Coley, MCGH CEO Dennis Wolford, with commentary from County Mayor Shelvy Linville, City Mayor Richard Driver, and Don Rigsby of the Four Lake Authority.
Black asked specific questions, took notes throughout the discussion, and closed by commenting that whatever a person’s political position, everyone is agreed on two things: 1) We all believe that if someone is down and out, we want to help them 2) We want to help, but we want to know it’s fair. “Those are the principles that will always come shining through in this whole issue,” Black said.
Congressman Diane Black, whose background is in nursing, business ownership, and education, has been in office since 2010. She is over the 6th Congressional District, which includes Macon, Cannon, Smith, Clay, Overton, Sumner, DeKalb, Putnam, Trousdale, Jackson, Robertson, Wilson, Fentress, Cumberland, Coffee, Pickett, and White counties, as well as small portions of Van Buren and Cheatham.