Simply a no-show, or no invite?

A challenger was absent from the Oliver Springs mayoral candidates forum.

Jerry Vann, who is running against incumbent Chris Hepler, didn’t attend Monday night’s forum at city hall.

He faxed a statement to the Roane County News that said he wasn’t invited.

City officials contend that’s not true.

“I hate that he feels that he wasn’t invited, but he definitely was,” City Manager Tina Treece said. The town’s website says invitations were mailed to all candidates on Oct. 17.