Voters decide on the role of Mayor and a possible change in county government. (Source: WAFF)
LINCOLN COUNTY, TN (WAFF) -
Polls closed at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Lincoln County Tennessee.
One of the key races on Thursday night's ballot was for Mayor. Five candidates ran for the office: Jack Atchley, Peggy Bevels, Bill Newman, Gwen Shelton, and David W. Smith. Bevels suffered a stroke last week.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Newman and Smith held the top two positions, with 35.84 and 20.48 percent of the vote respectively.
Voters also had a decision on a referendum which would change the form of county government. With all 20 precincts reporting, 65.16 percent of the voters were against the measure, and 34.84 percent for a charter government.
Sheriff Murray Blackwelder and District Attorney Robert Carter have no opposition, and will go back for another term. Incumbent Governor Bill Haslam retained his party's nomination for the seat. Unofficial and early results showed Haslam with more than 88 percent of the vote.