Sullivan commissioner, Bluff City alderman charged in election probe

Nick Shepherd • Aug 25, 2017 at 3:42 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County commissioner, a Bluff City alderman and another individual have been charged with violating election law, according to a press release. Police report that the alderman has also been arrested and charged with assault in an unrelated incident.

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation into election law violations that allegedly occurred during the May 2017 municipal election in Bluff City. The TBI began its inquiry on June 19th at the request of Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus.

During the course of the investigation, agents determined that Bluff City Alderman John Harrison, Sullivan County Commissioner Sherry Grubb and Brooke Morrell entered a polling place during voting hours for reasons other than casting a vote or assisting another voter.

This week a criminal summons was issued charging Harrison, Grubb and Morrell with one count of election law violation. All three were served on those charges Friday.