Tag Archives: Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones

Jones must overcome history to win

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones will be a credible candidate for county mayor, if he runs, and will keep Commissioner Bob Thomas and perhaps Glenn Jacobs, if he enters the race, busy. However, Jones will need to overcome the impression that he is only a sheriff.

Three previous sheriffs tried to transition to executive or legislative office in Knox County and failed. They were Archie Weaver for city mayor in 1965, Bernard Waggoner for state senator in 1974 and Tim Hutchison for county mayor in 2010. Democrats do not yet have a credible candidate, and the GOP primary in May 2018 will decide who the next county mayor will be.

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Kane won’t seek re-election

Sandra Clark
Editor

State Rep. Roger Kane says he won’t seek re-election to a fourth term in 2018. He enjoys the work but said he’s tired of the commute to Nashville and spending time away from his family.

Kane, 53, was elected from the state’s new 89th district in 2012. A former schoolteacher, he has made education his primary focus in Nashville. He chairs the House subcommittee on education instruction and programs.

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Sheriff’s Merit Council tables Holt

Sandra Clark
Editor

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones must be mad because he’s term-limited. Why else would he hire Hugh Holt for a purchasing director’s job that never existed and pay him more than even the chief deputy makes?

And last week Jones was back – this time trying to get Holt protected under the Sheriff’s Merit System Council, a system designed to protect deputies and jailers from political fallout.

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How many sheriff’s cars patrol Knox County?

Sandra Clark
Editor

Last week candidate Bobby Waggoner said at any given time there are fewer than 30 officers on patrol in the 400 square miles beyond the city limits, the area patrolled by the Sheriff’s Office.

We asked Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones for a response and were told, “The sheriff doesn’t respond to purely political innuendos.”

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