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Six up for Kingston school board seats

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By The Staff

By DAMON LAWRENCE

rclawrence@bellsouth.net

The ballot could look rather skimpy for Roane County's general election in August.

The filing deadline has come and gone for candidates, and some current officeholders will likely run unopposed in their re-election campaigns.

Road Superintendent Tom Hamby is the only candidate who filed for that position.

Current school board members Darrell "Drack" Langley (District 2), Franklin Mee (District 2) and Mike "Brillo" Miller (District 1) are all up for re-election.

They were the only candidates to file for those positions by Thursday's noon deadline.

School board District 5/6

will have the most competition. Incumbents Danny Holloway, Earl Nall and Tyler Overstreet all filed for re-election.

Also filing to represent District 5/6 and challenge the incumbents are Robert Jago, Hugh Johnson and Kim Nelson.

Roane County Emergency Management Director Howie Rose is seeking to represent District 7 on the school board.

That spot is currently held by Everett Massengill.

"This is my first time ever running for anything," Rose said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Earlier this year, Massengill said he was debating about whether to seek another term on the school board, but he filed the necessary papers to run for re-election by the deadline.

The most contenious race is likely to be for property assessor, where Steven Robinette is challenging incumbent Teresa Kirkham.

Robinette filed a lawsuit against the county on March 31 over Kirkham's cell phone records.

"It's a public records request, and I'm going to look at the law and Roane County will do whatever law dictates," Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said Thursday.

"I'm not going to be influenced by politics or whatever else is going on here," he added. "We're going to go by the law."

Robinette contends Kirkham failed to turn over some information about cell phone calls he requested.

Kirkham denies doing anything illegal and said the county provided Robinette with the information he requested.