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Election officials in Warren County reported a small voter turnout for the county primary Tuesday. The election resulted in Warren County getting a new Public Defender. Political newcomer John Partin defeated incumbent Dan Bryant in the Democratic Primary by a margin of 64 percent to 35 percent. Partin faces no opposition in the general election in August.
The Circuit Court Clerk's race was also decided Tuesday night with the incumbent Bernie Morris taking nearly 75 percent of the vote in defeating Ramsey Womack.
In the Democratic Primary for Sheriff, the incumbent Jackie Matheny defeated Bobby Edwards 63 percent to 36 percent. Matheny will face opposition from two Independent candidates in August.
In the race for County Executive, Republican nominee John Shields will go against Hershel Wells in the general election. Wells defeated four opponents to get the Democratic nomination.
The closest race was for county commissioner in District 10 in which Carolyn Miller edged out Cole Taylor by only one vote to claim the second of two seats on the County Commission. The other 10th district seat was won by Gary Prater.
The Tennessee Valley Authority says 750 employees have retired or resigned through a voluntary incentive program, another 1,000 vacant positions are being eliminated and more cuts are on the way.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports it will be the largest staff reduction at TVA in more than 20 years.
Cuts are also planned in TVA's nuclear program and involuntary layoffs are expected later this year.
The cuts are being made so staffing levels and electric rates will be more in line with other utilities as power consumption growth slows.
TVA President Bill Johnson says he wants a $500 million reduction in annual expenses by next year.
The third annual Back to the Strip event proved successful Saturday night with close to $23,000 raised for Meals on Wheels.
Thousands took part in the event, either driving the strip or gathering on the side of the road to watch the activities.
Voters are headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the May 6th County Primary election. More than 3100 took advantage of the early voting period.
A couple of races will be decided in Tuesday's primary. Circuit Court Clerk Bernie Morris is being challenged by Ramsey Womack in the Democratic primary. The winner faces no opposition in August.
Public Defender Dan Bryant is being challenged by John Partin in the Democratic Primary, with no opposition to the winner in August.
No fewer than five Democrats are running for the nomination for County Executive. They are David Hill, Hackett Lance, Kenneth Rogers, Bob Warren and Hershel Wells. Two Republicans are on the GOP ballot in the primary. They are Danny Orr and John Shields. Also, Blaine Wilcher is running as a write-in candidate as a Republican for County Executive.
The Democratic primary for Sheriff has Jackie Matheny facing a challenge from Bobby Edwards.
The polls open at 8am and close at 7pm. This station will broadcast live Election Night coverage Tuesday night starting at 7pm.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning of a scam involving timeshare owners. In June 2013, the FTC sued several companies that scammed timeshare owners. The companies claimed they had interested buyers for timeshare properties. In fact, if timeshare owners paid, they found out there was no buyer-and they couldn't get a refund.
Now somebody is trying to scam timeshare owners again. Several people who previously paid Resort Solution Trust have reported that someone recently called them claiming to be an attorney working on a case against the company. The caller said the timeshare owner was eligible for a refund if they first paid a bond of fee of around $800.
The FTC says it's a refund scam, designed to get more money from people who lost money from the original timeshare resale scam.