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- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 21 Nov 2009.
Vaughn Moore makes it official, he seeks county mayor's office
A retired businessman and Cocke County native announcing for the county mayor's race in 2010 said he wants to devote all his time and energy to help local citizens and his community.
Vaughn Moore, who is not a newcomer to county politics, decided to run for the office in the May Republican Primary because he said the county is at a crossroads and needs strong leadership.
"I can make good decisions, respect all citizens, have the desire to work with other elected officials and want to make our community better, especially for those who need jobs and the elderly who need our support," said Moore.
He retired as a regional pharmaceutical sales representative for a national company, during which time he gained business administration skills and experience. Moore said he could bring that financial understanding and his business ability to the office and begin work the first day in office.
"My priority will be to work with other officials and the Cocke County Partnership to help bring new jobs here. I have been getting information on the future industrial jobs and training available to help workers here who can't get jobs," said Moore.
Moore said that other key interest areas are to keep low taxes, support law enforcement, emphasize better education, and improve livability and the environment.
"We can bring the best services possible to our residents while maintaining good financial health," he said.
Moore's early work in farm management with Stokely Brothers started his interest in efficient business. He maintains a small farm near Newport, and enjoys agriculture, and sees the importance of outdoor recreation and assets, and need to strengthen the industrial manufacturing base here.
"It is time for unity, decisiveness in government, less controversy, and a focus on improving our status to benefit citizens. We cannot afford to wait longer. We can do better," said Moore.
The candidate lives off Warford Road with his wife, Judy, and they attend Providence Baptist Church. He has a son, Carlton, and daughter, Chris. Vaughn Moore is the son of the late J.L. "Tooke" and Maxine (Rollins) Moore.
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 6 Aug 2010.
County races see one upset, new faces, and landslides
(c)2010 NPT PHOTO BY BETTY MCMILLAN
Vaughn Moore celebrated with family and friends after winning the race for Cocke County Mayor. From left, in front, are Clay Moore and Cole Moore. In the back row, from left, are cousin Tim Moore, Dana Moore, Judy Moore, Vaughn Moore and son Carlton Moore.
Author: Duay O'Neil
NEWPORT-When the last precinct's tallies were filed Thursday night at the Administrator of Election's office, local politicos agreed that it was an election to remember.
While some local incumbents will be returning to their offices in September with landslide victories, others will do so with sighs of relief, and others will turn over the reigns to new officials.
Longtime school board member Otha Rolen, who has represented the Second District for over 25 years, was defeated in his re-election bid by newcomer Darrin Costner. Unofficial returns show Costner receiving 739 votes (58.7%) to Rolen's 520 votes (41.30%).
Rolen's fellow board member, Marty Denton, Fourth District representative, barely squeaked out another term. His 369 votes (50.76%) topped newcomer Kalsea Mantooth just 15 votes. She received 454 votes (49.13%).
Two other school board members, Richard Coggins and Dr. Ken Johnson received large complimentary votes. Coggins, who represents District 1, tallied 1,080 and Johnson netted 610 votes in District 6.
In the race for County Mayor, Vaughn Moore, Republican nominee, handily defeated challenger Edwin Carpenter, running as an Independent, with 5954 votes to Carpenter's 1,411 votes. Fourteen additional write-in votes were tallied.
"I can't begin to tell you how pleased I was to get such a great vote as your Republican nominee," said Moore. "It shows that a lot of people regardless of party affiliations like the message I have been bringing and support my candidacy for mayor. There never is a day that goes by that I don't think about what needs to be done to improve Cocke County as a great place to live, work or retire. My many thanks again to everyone who supported my campaign and voted for me."
For Cocke County Commission seats, First District incumbent Love Henderson will return to the group after defeating challenger Glen (Punk) Shelton by a margin of 760 votes to Shelton's 542 and one write-in.
Lonnie Ottinger, Second District incumbent, earned another term winning over David Ottinger 656 votes to 539 votes.
In the Third District, Andrew Fowler, Jr.'s victory over challenger Ronald Ellison came wwith 539 votes to Ellison's 496, and in the Fourth District incumbent Phil Killion won another term defeating Douglas Black 567 votes to 362. There were two write-in votes cast in that race.
Longtime CLB member Bill Williamson, who represents District 5, handily defeated Dan Schreder by nearly 20 percent. Williamson received 602 votes and Schreder 410.
In District 6, two candidates, Michael A. McCarter and Dan Metcalf, had no opposition for their respective posts. McCarter received 539 votes (88.51%). Seventy write-in votes were cast for people in that race. Metcalf received 441 votes (78.89%) and 118 write-in votes for other people were received.
In District 7, Clayton (Skip) Ellison claimed a seat on the CLB with 535 votes (64.93%) to Paul Stuart's 287 votes (34.83%) and two write-in votes.
Calvin Ball (District 1), Clay Blazer (District 2), Norman Smith (District 3), Scott McClure (District 4), Tom Sutton (District 5), and Jimmy Lindsey (District 7) faced no opposition in their bids for re-elect and received, respectively, 952, 1016, 879, 779, 848, and 671 votes.
Incumbents Frankie "Peachie" Cody and Janice Butler were opposed in their bids for re-election but easily won new terms.
Cody, Session Court Clerk, received 5439 votes and defeated challenger Dennis C. Thornton, who garnered 1977 votes. There were 21 addition write-in votes for others.
Butler will return as Cocke County Clerk with 5484 votes to Henry Bradley's 2034 votes and 6 write-in votes.
Rob Mathis will be a new face in the courthouse when he takes office as Cocke County Trustee. Mathis, who won the Republican nomination for the office in May, received 5756 complimentary votes. Twenty write-in votes were also tallied.
Another incumbent, Peggy Lane, Cocke County Circuit Court Clerk, will continue in her office with a win of 6414 votes over 21 write-in votes.
Cocke County Register of Deeds Linda Benson garnered 6139 votes for a new term. An even dozen write-in votes were tallied in that race.
Kenneth Ford will officially take office as Cocke County Road Superintendent. He received 6409 complimentary votes. Twenty-nine write-in votes were tallied.
Of the seven members of the Cocke County Road Commission, three will replace incumbents.
In District 1, Danny Shelton's 603 votes edged out Sherman Ball (517) and John B. Scott (203) and one write-in vote to take the seat formerly held by Danny Fish.
District 3's representative will be Randy Dyke, who won over Dale Hartsell with 568 votes to Hartsell's 488 and one write-in. Dyke's seat was formerly held by Alton Cureton.
In District 7, Jack Smith garnered 528 votes to 250 for Howard Strange to win the seat currently held by Clifford Large.
In District 4, Kenny Hall's 712 votes earned him re-election over challenge Richie Morgan (179) and one write-in, while in District 5, Chuck Smithpeters received 584 votes to win over challenger Robert L. Green (458).
Ronald Blazer, who represents District 2, received 1015 complimentary votes, and Willard Taylor, District 7's representative, received 629 complimentary votes with five write-in votes being tallied.
Rounding out the winners on Thursday were seven men elected Constable for their respective districts.
McCree Whitten, District 1, faced no opposition in his bid for re-election and received 1156 votes with four write-in votes being tabulated.
District 2 saw six people vie for the position of Constable, and former Cocke County deputy Derek E. Wright emerged as the victor with 541 votes to his closest challenger Jerry Hux, who received 380. Other candidates and the number of votes they received included Clifford D. Sane (143), Jody Ball (116), Doyle Parks, Jr. (47), and Dennis Worley (43).
Third District incumbent Nathan White tallied 697 votes to challenger Jeff Belcher's 329 and one write-in.
Mike Shropshire, District 5 incumbent) captured another term with 614 votes over Dewey Evans (243) and Daniel Frazier (125).
In District 7, Roger S. Henderson netted 495 votes to top his opponent Randall Frazier, who received 324.
District 4's incumbent Kenny A. Shults faced no opposition and received 850 votes to one write-in, while in District 6, Danny L. Hartsell, incumbent, will return with 535 votes over 90 write-in's.
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 10 Jan 2011.
County Mayor reviews first months in office
Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore speaks to members of Newport Lions Club during last Thursday's meeting at Newport Country Kitchen.
Author: Rick Hooper
NEWPORT-Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore provided insight into his first months in office while speaking to the Newport Lions Club last Thursday night at Newport Country Kitchen.
Moore said his first order of business was helping the county get its budget prepared for the fiscal year.
"We got through the budget and the holidays and now we're ready to get back to work," he said. "A lot of people think the county is in charge of everything. At a CTAS meeting, they told us the county mayor job has the most responsibility and the least authority of any position there is. It has been a challenge."
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