Wilson Wins Walker Sheriff Race; Heiskell Re-Elected; Cross Elected Dade Sheriff; Chitwood Is Victor In Whitfield; Deffenbaugh Wins House 1

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Incumbent Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson overwhelmed Democratic challenger Tim Westbrook 17,276 to 4,167 in Tuesday's election. 

Sole Commissioner Bebe Heisekll got 6,326 of the early votes. She wound up with 13,380, which was far ahead of the write-in totals. Exact totals were not immediately available on write-ins for Ales Campbell. She got into the race after Commissioner Heiskell won a squeaker over Dr. Paul Shaw in the primary.

Republican John Deffenbaugh outpolled Democrat Thomas McMahan for House District 1. In Walker County, the margin was 7,576 to 3,155.

In Dade County, Ray Cross was elected sheriff.

He had won the Republican primary earlier, and on Tuesday he defeated former Sheriff Phil Street 3,256 to 2,670.

In House District 1 in Dade County, it was Deffenbaugh 3,592 and McMahan 1,985.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood, a Democrat, won re-election in Whitfield County. He defeated Republican challenger Jim Stafford 16,326 to 9,914.


City Police Officer Campbell Terminated After Disciplinary Hearing

Officer David Campbell has been terminated from the Chattanooga Police Department after a disciplinary hearing. He had been hired as a city officer on Sept. 10, 2010. The hearing was regarding the following policy violations: ADM-01 Code of Conduct-Harassment - Sustained 2/10/17 ADM-16 Code of Conduct-False Arrest - Sustained 2/10/17 Chain of Command ... (click for more)

Crandall, Ga., Man Gets 15 Years In Prison, 15 Years Probation After Wreck That Killed Couple On Motorcycle

A Crandall, Ga., man whose vehicle crossed the center line and killed a couple on a motorcycle has been sentenced 15 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation.   Gary Robert Cooper, 60, of 2205 Jim Petty Road, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced on two counts of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and driving while license suspended.  ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Illegals Cost Us Billions

We learned over the weekend that John Kelly, our new Secretary of Homeland Security, has just prepared two strongly-worded memos that could greatly enhance federal authorities to detain and/or deport illegal immigrants both inside the United States and those caught at our borders. All rational United States citizens know we have a horrible problem with illegals – in 2010 the annual ... (click for more)

Bradley Runs Away With Another AAA State Crown

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Bradley’s Ben Smith may be one of the most excitable wrestling coaches on earth, especially when his Bears are in the middle of a tough tournament. Such was the case here at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Center this weekend as the Bears successfully defending their traditional title at the TSSAA State Meet as they finished the three-day event ... (click for more)

Father Ryan Wins Fourth Straight D-II Mat Title

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Father Ryan wrestling team can now honestly boast “four-peat” when anyone asked about the most recent Division II state wrestling tournament. The Purple Irish won the state duals two weeks ago and they added another traditional title here at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Center Saturday night. Saturday’s victory is the 21 st overall for ... (click for more)