Herron met with supporters at Cruizer's Restaurant and spoke about issues currently affecting Dyersburg as well as surrounding counties.
Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority Chairman/Dyersburg Electric System President and CEO Jimmy Williamson introduced Herron to the audience, but first noted the significance of the port project.
Herron opened by saying he was privileged to serve as the state senator of Dyer County, about 14 years ago, until the district was redrawn.
"There are a lot of folks I love in the Senate, but the people that ganged up on me and said Dyer County would no longer be in my Senate district, I did not appreciate it," said Herron. "And to this day hold a little grudge, despite what scripture says about forgiveness."
Herron made note that if he is elected the top three priorities in Washington will be "cuttin' spending, cuttin' spending and cuttin' spending". And when he is back in Tennessee his top three priorities will be "jobs, jobs and jobs".
He pointed out that he drove his truck that has 400,000 miles on it and it was in the parking lot. He then told about his grandparents, noting he garnered his work ethic from them and said this is why he finds it unacceptable that Washington is piling up the federal debt at a rate of a trillion dollars or more a year.
"I don't know how long you can keep going while piling up debt at a rate of one trillion dollars a year," said Herron. "I'll tell you this, I don't think it's very long.
"They need a few folks in Washington who don't mind driving a truck with 400,000 miles on it, who don't mind looking to see where can they can cut spending," said Herron. "They need a few folks up there who will quit spending what we don't have for things we cannot afford."
Herron said once elected he would continue to work for his constituents in Washington like he has for them in Tennessee. He noted that while in the Tennessee Legislature they balanced their budget and he believes Washington should do the same.
He added that he learned that you don't spend money that you don't have and you don't increase debt that people's children and grandchildren will have to pay back.
"We're in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to leave this country in worse shape than we got it," said Herron. "We don't want to do that. We ought not do that and if you elect me, I will do everything I can to make sure we don't do that."
Herron then focused his attention to speak about the Port of Cates Landing project, which would alleviate 30 percent of the poverty in Dyer, Lake and Obion counties once it is fully operational. He thanked Williamson for his work on the project and said Congressman John Tanner and Rep. Judy Barker and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh had been working to get state funds for the local match for federal funding. He said he was sure Tanner will get the $20 million in federal funding needed for the port, but if by chance Tanner didn't, he would make it a priority if elected.
"If he cannot, I will pick up the banner that he has carried," said Herron. "I will do everything that I possibly can. It will be a priority for me to get that funded, so we can grow those jobs that Jimmy (Williamson) has talked about. One thousand in the immediate future and more down the road. It could be an economic engine."
Herron stated the best social program ever invented is a good-paying job and that is what families need to raise their dignity and self-respect.
He then talked about the I-69 superhighway, soon to make its way through the state and Dyer County.
"I-69 will put Dyersburg, Tennessee right where you want to be," said Herron. He stated that no place in the country will be better situated to have access to interstate highways and the port project would add to the benefits and potential opportunities.
"You'll be in the place where you can grow and you will see additional jobs like you have never seen before," said Herron.
He mentioned the situation that Dyer County is facing with the upcoming shutdown of Dyersburg's largest employer, Worldcolor.
"I know the lick that this county has taken with Worldcolor," said Herron.
He said residents may be going through difficult times, but the potentials that are available can come to fruition, making Dyer County prosperous.
"We're in a position, ladies and gentlemen, where they can be as good here as anywhere in the state or in the country, right here in Dyer County," said Herron.
He said he and his wife are passionately committed to education. He noted that Tennessee was one of only two states to win $500 million in the federal Race to the Top education grant. He said the money would be used to give teachers the tools to create better students.
"We're going to support teachers," said Herron. "We're going to demand of teachers. We're going to give teachers the opportunity so that they can be the best teachers they possibly can be. And so that the students can learn as much as they can possibly learn. So that they can be the citizens who grow up, and are ready to take the jobs that can be here for them in the years ahead."
Herron closed by saying he would never stop working if given the chance to start.
"I won't forget you sent me up there, and I won't forget where home is. I'll be home all the time," said Herron. "Thank you for being so kind to me in the past. Thank you for what you're doing for me in the present and I'll look forward to working with you in the future."