Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – A veteran former Knox County deputy who lost his job after an alleged choking of a University of Tennessee student has obtained a petition to run for sheriff in the May 1 Grainger County primary.
Frank Phillips was fired by Knox County Sheriff J. J. Jones following the alleged incident, but was later reinstated and allowed to retire with more than 30 years of service.
In a settlement agreement, Phillips, who lives near Rutledge, was ordered to pay the student $200. Knox County paid $100,000.
He would challenge incumbent James Harville, who also is circulating a qualifying petition.
Activity is picking up for other offices in the primary.
All countywide offices except property assessor, plus county commission, constable and a primary for two judicial vacancies will be on the ballot.
Road Superintendent James Renfro has picked up a petition to run for a second term.
He is the last incumbent in a countywide office to obtain a petition. Charlie McAnally had previously obtained a petition to challenge Renfro.
County Mayor Mark Hipsher has filed his petition for a third term as the county’s chief executive.
He faces a probable challenge from former County Commissioner Mike Byrd, who has also picked up a petition for the office.
Trustee Rena (Farrow) Greer has also filed her petition to seek a second term.
Brian Standifer has obtained a petition for constable in the 4th District. Truman Coffey filed his petition for constable in the 2nd District.
County Commissioner Darrell Williams has also filed his petition for another campaign in the 3rd District.
County Democrats will caucus later this month to choose their nominees for the county general election.
The election office will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King day.