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Tennessee Mayor Assaulted By Opponent

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UNICOI COUNTY, TN. -
Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch was treated at an area hospital today after he and a man who plans to run against him for the job of county mayor were involved in an "altercation."

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley says it happened just before lunch at the Unicoi County Mayor's Office in Erwin.

"We were all in the courthouse for a court hearing, my court officers ran down there, they were the first ones on the scene," Sheriff Hensley said. "They had had an altercation in the mayor's office."

According to the sheriff, Lynch suffered at least a cut on his arm.

Meanwhile, Erwin police had the other person involved, John Day, in handcuffs, the sheriff said. Day has previously said he's running against Lynch in the next election.

"Day was over there looking into the pay that Craig Masters was supposed to pay back for the county," Sheriff Hensley said. "Mr. Day does not represent anything with me or my department. He is a consultant for Craig Masters. He's not affiliated with my department."

"At one point he became a little bit too aggressive toward one of my employees," said Lynch. At one point, Lynch's secretary stepped in.

"She was trying to break us up but I think she got thrown into a wall," said Lynch. Lynch says his secretary is OK. It was at that point, that someone in Lynch's office pressed the panic button.

Despite the incident, the sheriff says both men have said they do not want to prosecute. Both men did sign statements saying they would not pursue legal action against each other. Mayor Lynch has since asked the District Attorney's Office to look into the incident.

"I regret it happened I hope he regrets it," says Lynch.

The sheriff says it's unclear who instigated the altercation. He says there were no weapons involved.

Lynch was leaving the hospital around 2:45 this afternoon when he spoke with WJHL-TV about the scuffle.

"I feel like I've been in a football game," said Mayor Greg Lynch, "I think we fell over the couch and some stuff like that."

To read the entire article from WJHL-TV, click here.

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