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Judge denies request to keep new Monroe sheriff from taking office


A special judge has denied a request for a temporary injunction that would have kept Monroe County sheriff-elect Randy White from taking office next week.

Current sheriff Bill Bivens and the county's Democratic party have filed separate lawsuits against White, claiming he is not qualified to serve as sheriff.

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Monroe sheriff files lawsuit to keep his job


Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens filed a lawsuit Tuesday in hopes of keeping his job.


Click here to read the lawsuit

Special judge appointed to hear Monroe sheriff case


The Tennessee Supreme Court appointed a special judge to hear a lawsuit filed against Monroe County sheriff-elect Randy White.

The chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against White and the election commission before the election after an announcement that White wasn't certified to be on the ballot.

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Monroe Co. constable facing drug charges re-elected


Election results from Thursday night show Monroe County voters have re-elected a constable who is facing charges for selling drugs.

Back in March, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department arrested constable Tommy Joe Jones, Sr.

Prosecutors charged him with eight counts for selling and delivering prescription pills. Indictments say Jones was dealing drugs while holding a gun on his hip.

Thursday night, he was up for re-election and voters decided to keep him.

Day after elections, legal fight over Monroe Sheriff's race continues


(WBIR-Madisonville) The current sheriff of Monroe County plans to file an injunction over newly elected Randy White, because of his qualifications.

Bill Bivins, the democratic incumbent, told 10News he will file the paperwork next week.

Last month, the commission that oversees law enforcement officers in Tennessee, or POST, announced White isn't certified to be on the ballot, but it was too late to remove his name from the ballot because early voting had already started.

Texting while driving accident victims team up to help others


Law enforcement in McMinn County hope lessons learned after a texting and driving accident. will inspire other drivers to put down the phone.

Back in June, teenager Nick Austin took his eyes off the road for a few seconds to send a text. A moment later, he crashed head on into McMinn County deputy Randy Gabrel.

Both survived the serious crash with injuries. They later met and formed an unlikely friendship.