White supremacist group to rally in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TENN – A Michigan-based white supremacist group has obtained parade and noise permits for a rally in Knoxville.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday that the National Socialist Movement, based in Detroit, has permits for an event on Aug. 14.

Brian Culpepper, who is the applicant for the permits, told the newspaper it will be an "anti-amnesty" rally to support efforts to pass a state law similar to Arizona's new immigration statute.

Culpepper represents the group's Tennessee chapter, which is based in Decatur.

He says he expects 50-100 supporters including other factions of the white supremacist movement and said the group is getting "tremendous support from mainstream conservatives" on its immigration stance.