Tennessee county looks to raise Confederate flag

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While governments debate taking down Confederate flag or removing it altogether, a county in Tennessee is considering raising the divisive banner.

The Greene County Commission will take up a resolution Monday to fly the Confederate flag on top of the county courthouse alongside the American flag.

The resolution was proposed by Commissioner James "Buddy" Randolph. It says the flag honors those Tennesseans who fought in the Civil War, during which time the state had large numbers of both Union and Confederate supporters.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1G67gmh ) that the county was among the staunchest in East Tennessee to oppose secession, with the majority of its residents fighting in the Union Army.