Grainger County elects a new sheriff

GRAINGER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Grainger County will have a new sheriff after scandal and security concerns plagued the jail.

First, three inmates escaped, revealing some big security issues.

Then, Sheriff Scott Layel went on medical leave as five jailers, including his own son, were charged with everything from bribery to misconduct.

James Harville is the county's pick to clean things up, taking 60-percent of the vote.

Tony Williams came in second and Toby Cameron third with more than 5,000 people voting.

Harville says it's now for the county to move beyond past troubles.

"I'm a firm believer in visibility in the patrol division. I'm going to try my best to increase the visibility of the patrol divisions in the neighborhood."

Tthe Grainger County Election Office is finished counting, but they are not done.

They say six voters had a problem with their photo ID. Those votes will be counted by Thursday.


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