Those who showed up at City Hall called the move a direct attack on the Ballad Health protest that’s been taking place outside Holston Valley Medical Center for nearly 190 days. Dani Cook, who has been spearheading the protest since May, said the city is weaponizing its ordinances and described the amendment as a “declaration of war on our peaceful protest.”
Many comments drew rounds of applause and emotions ran high at times during the two-and-a-half hour meeting. There were several outbursts, some back and forth between the protesters and elected officials, and at least two threats from Mayor Pat Shull to remove disruptive folks. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more.