published Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Third of votes show Larry Black in lead for Catoosa sheriff job

With a third of the votes counted in Catoosa County, Larry Black is in the lead for sheriff.

Black, the former Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force commander, is leading with 45 percent of the votes and Catoosa County Chief Deputy Gary Sisk sits in second with 22.5 percent of the votes. With 4.7 percent of the votes, retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent Ben Scott trails.

So far four of the county’s 12 precincts have been counted. Catoosa County election officials say voting turnout has been higher this year compared with 2008 and 2010.

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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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