Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale participated in the standing ovation. It was obviously only the Sheriff that Mark Harmon decided to disrespect. As he stood for Mike Lowe and Steve Hall. As a citizen or an elected official you are not standing for the person necessarily. You are not standing for his record breaking fifth term that he was elected to in 2006. You are standing out of respect for the position of Sheriff. Harmon demonstrated that he has no respect for the position of Sheriff.
Obviously he is upset that his effort as Jim Andrews Campaign Manager in 2002 was unsuccessful and that allowed his personal attitude to kick in.
Some have questioned why he is only an Associate Professor at UT. Nearly all Associate Professors become Professors after two years, but not Mark Harmon.