KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - J.J. Jones has won re-election for Knox County sheriff. He picked up about 57-percent of the vote to beat out opponents, Bobby Waggoner and Sam Hammett.
Sheriff Jones says he's ready to put campaigning behind him and look forward to the future.
"We need to make sure we divert people who have mental illness and have dependency on drugs and alcohol. It's a win-win for taxpayers and for the people with mental illness," Jones told Local 8 News.
Bobby Waggoner told supporters thanked supporters for their help.
Waggoner says he hopes that some of the issues raised in the race will be addressed by Sheriff Jones.
"Tough night. You know we ran a good race and brought up some issues and we're just gonna keep on keeping on."
Waggoner says that if a few things change because of his campaign that it was worth it.
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