Loudon voters nix wheel tax

News Sentinel staff

LOUDON - Loudon County voters soundly rejected a $50 wheel tax referendum by a decisive margin with 81 percent voting against the proposed tax, which was to be used to support the school building program.

Republican Austin Shaver beat Democrat William Jenkins in the race for the Loudon County Commission's 2nd District seat. "I appreciate the support and look forward to serving the voters of Loudon County," Shaver said.

In Loudon school board races incumbent Bill Marcus beat Wendy Baustian for the 1st District, Seat A, while fellow 1st District incumbent Scott Newman, who ran unopposed, retained Seat B.

In the 3rd District, Lisa Russell got almost twice as many votes as incumbent Larry Bass. In the 5th District, University of Tennessee professor Gary Ubben won Seat A against incumbent Freddie Gene Walker, while former County Commissioner Van Shaver edged out incumbent June Klinestiver to win Seat B. Tellico Village resident Craig Simon won a close race against incumbent Nancy Paule in the 7th District.

More than 80 percent of Lenoir City voters rejected a referendum to make the position of clerk/recorder/treasurer appointed rather than elected. The position has been elected ever since the city charter was drafted in 1908.

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.