By Karen Hall
CORNERVILLE - A man who's running for mayor this fall has already experienced some strange opposition.
Tommy Upton, of Lynnville Highway, spoke up during the citizen's comments portion of the monthly meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
"Someone, who said they were Cornersville police, called the state about me damming a pond to get water for my cattle," Upton told the group.
Officer David McVey denied that anyone from the police department had called the state about Upton's pond, and later agreed that impersonating a police officer is a crime.
After the meeting, Upton said both the man from the state who came to his farm and local extension agent Rick Skillington said he was doing nothing wrong by damming up the water flowing from a spring on his land to create a pond deep enough for cattle to drink from. It's part of a plan to divide his pasture into several sections, each with water, so that he can do rotational grazing.
"If I've done anything to harm anybody, if you've got any problems, come and talk to me," Upton said.
"I could give you half a dozen reasons why I should not be mayor," he continued. "But I'm still going to run."
Cornersville Town Administrator Taylor Brandon confirmed that Upton will be running against Mayor Amos Davis at an election to be held at the same time as the general election in November.
Cornersville used to hold its election in June, independent of any other, but this became prohibitively expensive - Brandon worked out last time it cost $225 per vote - so the town changed to holding their election in November.
In addition to the mayor's race, two aldermen's seats - those of Melisa Peters and Carl Moses - are up for re-election for four-year terms. So far, according to Brandon, Moses, Jimmy Wolaver and Susie Boatright have qualified, turning in petitions with the signatures of 25 registered Cornersville voters. Peters has "picked up papers," but not returned them, according to Marshall County Elections Administrator Tristan Arnold, speaking on Monday.
And finally, an alderman must be elected to a two-year term, to fill out the unexpired term of Frank Pickens. Pickens resigned and Tony McKibbon was appointed to fill his seat, but resigned shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Sherri McClintock, the current holder. McClintock was elected last week to represent the 4th District on the school board, taking the place of Sam Smith, who replaced Dee Dee Owens when she resigned last year.
McClintock has also qualified to run for the two-year term, according to Arnold, who pointed out that the Election Commission has to put the final seal of approval on all candidacies. The deadline for turning in petitions is noon Thursday, Aug. 16.
Cornersville has 645 registered voters, Arnold said.