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Election Official Accuses One Former Rep. of Wrongfully Helping Another

A Roane County election official is calling for an investigation into whether 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson violated the law by aiding the campaign of Dennis Ferguson for Roane County road supervisor, reports the News Sentinel.
Both Ferguson and Johnson are former state representatives and served together in the House — Ferguson as a Democrat; Johnson as a Republican.
“I don’t think it’s legal for a state employee to get involved in a partisan election using state resources,” said Roane County Election Commissioner Jim Ryans.
But Johnson depicts the matter as a “lapse in judgment” in which an employee reserved a domain name for the candidate as an unpaid favor outside business hours. He said no further campaign work occurred.
According to Ryans, Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway presented evidence to state Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins last week, showing that the Internet protocol addresses for Ferguson’s campaign website were registered through the district attorney’s office.
The evidence also suggested that Johnson’s administrative assistant, Angie Vittatoe, registered domain names, including voteforferguson.com and voteforferguson.biz.

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Governor Visits Critically Injured Trooper

Gov. Bill Haslam Wednesday stopped at the University of Tennessee Medical Center to visit a critically injured state trooper and pass on his well wishes to gathered relatives and law enforcement officers, reports the News Sentinel.
Haslam was in Knoxville for the dedication of an electrical engineering and computer sciences building at the University of Tennessee. During that visit, he mentioned his plans to visit Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Lowell Russell.
Haslam has spent time with Russell in the past. When a U.S. Marine who Russell helped raise was killed last year in Afghanistan, Haslam attended the marine’s funeral.
Russell, who was working the overnight shift, suffered numerous injuries in the crash about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40 near Walker Spring Road. Trucker Eric D. Lewis, 32, of Orlando, Fla., is in jail on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. His bond is set at $10,500.