|The city elections, while still several months away,
are starting to warm up. In Lenoir City the mayor's race now has three
candidates. Councilman and Loudon County Sheriff's chief deputy, Tony
Aikens, has picked up a petition to run for mayor.
Akins' brother Gary Aikens has also picked up to run for mayor. Gary Aikens ran for mayor back in 2008 and came in third.
Former Loudon County sheriff, Joe Sims has also picked up to run for mayor. Sims had qualified to run for mayor back in 2008 but before the election, was deemed ineligible by the state election commission for a previous felony conviction for gambling back in 1996.
There are already 6 candidates who have picked up petitions to run for the three council seats and three have picked up for the two school board seats.
Down in Loudon, the two councilmen, Lewis "Charlie Brown" Garner and Michael Cartwright have been joined by Timothy Kittle vying for the mayor's seat. Kittle has also picked up a petition to run for one of the four council seats that will be on the ballot. Five others have also picked up petitions to run for council.
Over in Greenback, it's all incumbents that have picked up to run for office.
Candidates for any of the city elections have until 12:00 noon August 19th to file their qualifying petitions.