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Lowell Russell picks up application for Monroe Co. sheriff job

A former Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who survived a fiery crash back in 2012 is considering applying for the open Monroe County sheriff's position.

Lowell Russell told 10News he picked up an application for the job, but isn't sure yet if he will apply because of his health.

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Russell was critically injured when a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and plowed into his cruiser on the side of I-40 in West Knoxville. He says he was basically decapitated by the accident, but he survived.

Doctors recently removed the hardware that held his spine together to alleviate some of the limitations on his movement and range of motion.

Two other notable applicants are Randy White and Bill Bivens.ID=18546677

Officials hope to appoint new Monroe sheriff by December

Applications are due back to the county commission by November 13. Officials tell us more than a dozen people have picked up applications so far.White defeated incumbent sheriff Bivens in the August election, but a judge later ruled White wasn't qualified for the job-- he was 16-days shy of the three years of experience required by the state.

Those applications will be forwarded to the POST Commission to review qualification, then commissioners will select a new sheriff.


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