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Shanks won’t run again; Burchett sings for Dolly

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Circuit Court Clerk Cathy Quist Shanks will not run for re-election in 2018, she told the Shopper News last week.

Shanks, whose job includes running the Civil Sessions and Juvenile courts, will have served 20 years in office by the time Election Day ’18 rolls around. She said she promised her husband, Greg Shanks, in 2014 that this would be her last term, and that she might have come to this decision sooner, if not for some unfinished business – completion of the build-out of Juvenile Court and conversion to “paperless” digital record keeping – that she wanted to complete.

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Pelot could give fresh perspective to school board

Wendy Smith
Government/Politics columnist

West Knox attorney Buddy Pelot has thrown his hat into the ring for election to the school board seat now held by Karen Carson, who is stepping down after three terms. It’s District 5 and includes Farragut High and surrounding communities.

He’s a partner with Egerton McAfee, but he also has a long-held interest in public education and a master’s degree in policy development and program evaluation from Vanderbilt. He has three children, two of whom have graduated from Knox County schools. The youngest is a freshman at Bearden High School.

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