AREA COUNTY SHERIFF VOTE TOTALS
Jimmy Morris (R) -- 860
Gary Johnson (R) -- 576
Lindell Shrum (D) -- 2,382
David B. Myers (D) -- 915
Deke M. Stone (D) -- 198
Joe Guy (R) -- 4,542
Tim Smith (R) -- 2,686
Randy White (R) -- 3,477
Charles Parris (R) -- 1,099
Rocky King (D) -- 1,237
Keith Barker (D) -- 1,075
Joe Price (D) -- 688
Jamie Nicholson (D) -- 153
Casey D. Cox (R) -- 5,286
Terry White (R) -- 2,612
Note: All results are unofficial until certified.
There will be a new sheriff in at least one Tennessee town after incumbents in Bledsoe, Grundy and McMinn counties defended their posts in primary races across the Chattanooga region. Grundy's incumbent lost his bid in the primary, and Polk County will have a new sheriff because current sheriff Bill Davis did not seek re-election.
Brent Myers, first appointed sheriff in Grundy County in 2005 and the victor in county general elections in 2006 and 2010, lost in a three-way Democratic primary battle to Lindell Clint Shrum. Deke M. Stone, the third challenger, was a distant third. There was no Republican to qualify to run, so Shrum will face independent candidate Russell Baker in August.
Election turnout in Grundy County was 47 percent, elections officials said.
In the larger of the three incumbent battleground counties, McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy easily overcame a challenge by Tim Smith, the former chief deputy for previous sheriff Steve Frisbie. With no Democrat in the race, Guy is re-elected to his second term.
Incumbent two-term sheriff Jimmy Morris defeated to his former chief deputy, Gary Johnson in Bledsoe County's Republican primary. Morris will face Democrat Doug Roberson in August.
Other sheriffs races in the region were contests among challengers for a slot on the August ballot.
In a four-way race in Polk County's Democratic primary, Rocky King defeated Keith Barker, Donald "Jamey" James Nicholson Jr., and Joe Price for the Democrats' slot in August to face Republican Steve Ross in August.
In Monroe County, Republicans Charles S. Parris and Randy White contested for the right to take on incumbent Democrat Bill Bivens in August. White outstripped Parris at the polls to face Bivens in the county general election.
A two-way showdown decided the Republican slot for August in Cumberland County's primary.
Casey D. Cox, a chief investigator for the sheriff's office, defeated Terry Hoss White, a major with the Crossville Police Department. He will face Democrat Dean Farley in August.
Correspondent Paul Leach contributed to this story.
Staff writer Judy Walton contributed to this story.
Contact staff writer Ben Benton at email@example.com or 423-757-6569.
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 ...