Mark Hutton has been appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Bristol City Council. A local minister, Hutton has resigned his seat on the Sullivan County Commission to take the city council seat. Hutton is a Bristol native and will be taking the seat vacated by Councilman Chad Keen, who resigned the seat in February to pursue other interests. Hutton will serve the remainder of Keen’s term, which ends in November. Hutton holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and English literature from Carson-Newman, a master’s degree in literature from ETSU, a master’s in divinity from Samford University, and a doctorate from Covenant Theological Seminary. Hutton has served on the Sullivan County Commission since 2018.