Early voting numbers from Monroe County show the lead in the highly-contested Republican county mayor primary currently going to incumbent Mayor Tim Yates.
Yates has 1,457 votes at the end of early voting.
Republican challenger Bob Lovingood follows with 877. After him, it's Irad Lee with 308 and William Bell with 130.
Alex Green joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 after completing the paper's six-month, general assignment reporter internship. Alex grew up in Dayton, Tenn., which is also where he studied journalism at Bryan College. He graduated from Rhea County High School in 2008. During college, Alex covered the city of Graysville and the town of Spring City for The Herald-News. As editor-in-chief of Bryan College's student news group, Triangle, Alex reported on ...