published Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Winners announced for Monteagle mayor, Altamont Board of Aldermen and commissions in Tracy City and Beersheba Springs

Partial unofficial election results in Grundy County indicate winners for Monteagle mayor, the Altamont Board of Aldermen, and city commissions in Beersheba Springs and Tracy City, officials said.

A partial precinct count late Tuesday showed incumbent Marilyn Campbell Nixon defeated former mayor Charles Rollins for Monteagle mayor, though votes in a nine-way race for four open Monteagle Board of Aldermen seats were not certain before officials decided to wait for counting help, Grundy County Administrator of Elections Donna Basham said this morning.

Other tallies show that, in the Altamont Board of Aldermen race for four open seats, challenger Earl David Campbell, John A. Dickerson, Terry Phillips and Alfred Dwayne “Pig” Whitman led balloting, she said. In Beersheba Springs, Jackie Eubanks and Glen Jennings garnered the most votes for two seats on the ballot there.

In the contest for two spots on the Tracy City Board of Aldermen, James Conry and Seth Layne netted the majority of votes.

As of about 10 a.m. EST, no results were known for County Commission District 2, where Democrat Dennis Jones faced Republican Leon Woodlee, Basham said.

Winners in the remaining races and all the ballot’s vote tallies should be released later today, Basham said. Vote totals do not include federally mandated provisional ballots and are unofficial until certified by the secretary of state’s office.

Complete results of the race for the Monteagle aldermen seats and the County Commission District 2 seat must be tallied after help arrives today from MicroVote, the company that makes Grundy’s voting equipment, Basham said.

Late Tuesday, Grundy officials discovered data-reading equipment that pulls information from voting machines was malfunctioning, according to Basham. Rather than continue a manual tally, Grundy election officials decided sometime after midnight to lock up the remaining ballots and machines until they could meet with MicroVote officials today.

Check in with the Times Free Press for the latest election results as soon as they’re known.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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