Three charged with election law violations in Bluff City

News release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

JOHNSON CITY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in three Bluff City residents being charged with violating an election law.

On June 19th, at the request of 2nd District Attorney General Barry Staubus, TBI Special Agents began investigating reports of election law violations that occurred during the May 2017 municipal election in Bluff City. During the course of the investigation, Agents determined that John R. Harrison (DOB 9/30/62), Sherry Grubb (DOB 7/14/59), and Brooke Morrell (DOB 11/6/87) 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. Today (Friday), all three individuals were served on those charges.

Note: The Kingsport Times News reports that Harrison is a Bluff City alderman and Grubb is a Sullivan County commissioner. The story based on the TBI release also references Harrison being charged – also on Friday, though in an apparently unrelated matter – with assault on his brother and a 14-year-old niece and with vandalism of his mother’s house. That story is HERE.

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