published Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Larry Black, Gary Sisk in sheriff runoff in Catoosa County

Catoosa primary results show Larry Black and Gary Sisk will face each other in a runoff election for sheriff.

With all precincts reporting, Black, the former Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force commander, received 43.5 percent of the votes, while Sisk, the Catoosa County Chief Deputy, took 22 percent of the votes.

In other races, all the incumbent county commissioners won — Keith Greene, Jeff Long and James Cutler.

Magistrate Judge Johnny Gass won with 50.9 percent of the votes, while one of his challengers. Brad Palmer, received 30 percent.

A 1 percent transportation tax referendum was voted down with 57 percent of voters going against it. But Catoosa results don’t decide if the sales tax goes into effect.

But votes in the 15-county Northwest Georgia district that includes Catoosa shows the tax is losing with 66 percent of votes against it with 25 percent of precincts reporting.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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