Local NewsCampaign heats ups as Carriger, Hill move toward Election Day

Accusations are starting to fall hot and heavy in the race for the 7th District’s Tennessee House of Representatives seat as candidates Phil Carriger and Matthew Hill make a run for the finish line.

For Carriger, a Johnson City businessman who officially announced his candidacy in March, the 2014 campaign has involved what he calls dirt and dishonesty, with negative ads, push polls and a website established in Carriger’s name that draws Google searches to a list of Carriger’s alleged failings regarding annexation.

“He’s taking what I see as half truths to create these ads,” Carriger said. “It’s hard not to lash out.” More...

Gray to be sentenced this week

Former school bus driver Brenda Gray pleaded guilty last week to charges in the 2012 accident on Mount Wesley Road that occurred while she was transporting a load of David Crockett High School students, but one parent was not happy with the proposed sentence.

“It’s not right,” Charles Bunton said. “She had 39 lives on that bus, and I hope (the judge) gives her the maximum with no diversion.”

Bunton’s daughter, Cheyenne, was one of the most seriously injured, with extensive head and neck injuries. “She’s going to have to live with this the rest of her life,” he said, noting his daughter still suffers from pain. More...

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