Tire damage gets attention in 3rd District race

photo Mayfield Dairy President Scottie Mayfield is seen in this photo.

photo Congressman Chuck Fleischmann

A staffer for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann ended up with a damaged tire at a recent campaign event for opponent Scottie Mayfield, and officials said video evidence shows the culprit came from Mayfield's bus.

Mayfield is challenging Fleischmann in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District Republican primary. Officials said surveillance cameras captured the incident at the Roane County Courthouse, where Mayfield brought his campaign bus tour early Tuesday.

A Kingston, Tenn., Police Department report indicates that a man "came from a tour bus," walked up to Fleischmann campaign manager Tyler Threadgill's 2005 Audi, knelt down near the left rear wheel and "[appeared] to be fooling with the wheel."