The Break Down
17, 780 Jefferson County residents exercised
their right to vote in the November 6, 2012 election. That number
represents only 57.81% of the registered voters in Jefferson County
and is slightly lower than the turnout for the 2008 Presidential
General Election. Locally and across the State Republicans showed
well and carried the majority of the votes. In the Presidential
race, the Republican ticket of Romney/Ryan carried 74.13% of the
local vote, though incumbent President Obama took the National vote.
Other Republicans on the National front also fared well in Jefferson
County, with the Senate and House seats going overwhelmingly
Republican. Corker, Roe and Duncan all posted more than 2/3 of the
local vote. In the State, Republican Nicely was unopposed for the
8th District Senate seat. Republicans also took the House District
11 and District 17 seats with the election of Faison and Farmer,
respectively. Republicans will have a Supermajority in both the
State House and Senate. Locally, highly contested races in both the
Jefferson County Commission and the Jefferson City Council held
spotlight positions in the election. In District 3, three candidates
sought the County Commission seat vacated by the late Tommy Musick.
Rita Musick, the wife of the late Commissioner, had been holding the
seat and was elected by 42.74% of the vote to continue in that
position. She was followed by Snodgrass with 32.82% and Cameron with
24.33% of the vote. In District 7, five candidates sought one County
Commission seat vacated by resignation of a former Commissioner.
Jack Akard had been appointed to hold the seat until election and he
will continue in that position with 35.35% of the vote. Akard was
followed by Howard with 24.55%, Sawtelle with 21.33%, Parker with
10.26% and Huskey with 8.38% of the vote. Four candidates sought two
open seats on the Jefferson City Council. Rocky Melton took 37.03%
of the vote and Ann Cole brought in 29.19 % of the vote. Both will
hold seats on the Jefferson City Council. They were challenged by
Helton with 24.51% and Lloyd with 8.77% of the vote. In Baneberry, a
very close race for City Commissioner went to Fandetti who garnered
122 votes to Lunsford’s 118 votes. More Jefferson County residents
voted early or absentee ballots than at the polls on Election Day.
9,682 voted early or absentee and 8,098 cast their vote at the polls
on Election Day. According to the Jefferson County Election Report,
there were no provisional ballots in Jefferson County.
Carson-Newman's David Underwood to be focus of Maryville exhibit
work of Carson-Newman’s David Underwood is the focus of a November
exhibition in the Blackberry Farm Gallery at Maryville College. The
event, which runs through the entire month of November, marks
Underwood’s 24th solo exhibit.
For more than 25 years, Underwood has explored
the possibilities of what he calls "the composite photograph."
"Working with grids and multiple images allows me to expand the
language of still photography beyond the limitations of single-frame
imagery," explains the Carson-Newman Art Department chair. "Although
my work is primarily formalist in approach, I am interested in how
combinations of images work together both visually and
thematically." Underwood also says that his work often focuses on
photography itself as well as the decisions explored while editing,
printing, and assembling.
The November exhibit pulls from his composite
photography series and includes some color and black and white
component original photographs. "My newest series involves the
inclusion of the title of each artwork as painted text or
incorporated plastic lettering on the surface of the work," notes
Underwood, who says the text has an amount of intended ambiguity,
letting each viewer infer his or her own meaning from the work.
A closing day reception with the artist will be
held on Friday, November 30, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Admission is
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Underwood joined
Carson-Newman's faculty in 1990. He earned his MFA in Studio Art.