U.S. Senate Candidate Terry Adams
I am Terry Adams, veteran, entrepreneur, and attorney. My wife Phillis Burnett and I together own and operate a small business in Knoxville, in addition I practice law, an entrepreneur representing entrepreneurs.
My professional life began with public service. I joined the Navy reserves on the early enlistment program while I was still in High School, to serve my country, and help pay for college. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with the help of the Montgomery GI Bill and ultimately went to law school.
My mother was a songwriter in Nashville, she wrote the song “Cry, Cry, Cry” for Connie Smith in her heyday. When music didn’t pay the bills she cleaned office buildings, worked in hospitals, and ultimately worked as a secretary at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, where she retired. My father was a US Air Force veteran. After getting out of the service, he pumped gasoline and raised me, for several years in a one bed room apartment in Nashville.
I am proud to have lived and worked in the three grand divisions of Tennessee: Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. My upbringing is about as far from Washington D.C. as you can get but I believe a little Tennessee common sense is what we need in our nation’s capital today.