Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today granted executive clemency to four individuals, including one in Cumberland County.
“These individuals have distinguished themselves in both their rehabilitation and their individual contributions to the community,” Haslam said. “After thoughtfully considering the circumstances of each of their cases, I believe exercising the executive clemency power will help further these individuals’ positive influence on their communities and the lives of their fellow Tennesseans.”
Ralph Randall Reagan received a pardon for his 1980 and 1982 convictions for burglary in Cumberland County and his 1984 conviction for escape in Knox County. Reagan has since earned a doctorate in theology, served in ministry with First Baptist Church of Crossville and, in 2001, started the Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Crossville, which provides food, shelter and other services to underprivileged citizens. He has provided prison counseling for many years and has spoken around the world about reforming one’s life. Reagan was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Cumberland County Bar Association in 2008 for his service in the community and has received numerous other awards and distinctions. The Board of Parole unanimously recommended granting Reagan a pardon, and numerous Cumberland County leaders wrote in support of his request.
Click on Ralph’s name below to see the actual clemency order from Governor Haslam: