Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones wins primary election

Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones wins primary election

Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones won de-facto re-election in Knox County's Republican primary election Tuesday night.

Jones defeated Republican challengers Bobby Waggoner and Sam Hammett.

With no Democrats running in the race, Jones will almost surely win re-election in August's general election.

Jones spoke Tuesday night on his top priority in the campaign.

"The number one thing we were talking about is the safety center. We want to make sure that people in jail need to be in jail. Not people who are mentally ill or have a dual dependency on alcohol and drugs. We need to take those people, separate them from the jail population, make sure they get the treatment they need, which helps them and saves taxpayer money," he said.

The long-debated safety center project would give police a place to take prisoners for mental health or drug evaluations, somewhere other than the county jail or the police department.
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