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Sullivan County Property Assessor Ron Hillman found dead at home

J. H. OSBORNE, Kingsport Times-News • Jun 6, 2017 at 4:06 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County Property Assessor Ron Hillman was found dead at his home Monday, Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable confirmed to the Kingsport Times-News.

Venable said HIllman’s family was in his thoughts and prayers as well as those of other elected officials and employees throughout county government after hearing the difficult-to-grasp news.

“Ron was one of the best-known people in Blountville, in and out of government,” Venable said. “And he was one of, if not the most well-liked due to his wonderful personality and his willingness to listen to people and try to help them. A lot of people, in fact, called him ‘the mayor of Blountville.’ It’s a huge loss for us here within government, and in a broader sense for the community as a whole. But today and in the days ahead our first thoughts are for what a loss it is to his family.”

Venable said Hillman’s wife was out of town and asked a family member to go check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and the family member found Hillman unresponsive.

More about Hillman from the Kingsport Times-News.

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