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Unicoi County mayor injured in his office after "altercation" with other candidate

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Mayor Greg Lynch says he's still shaken up from the rumble in his office.

"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."

It all started around noon Thursday afternoon, when John Day, a man who plans to run against Lynch in the next mayoral election, came to Lynch's office to talk about a Unicoi County employee named Craig Masters. Masters received sick pay when he wasn't eligible but has since begun to pay the money back. But Lynch's and Day's conversation took a turn.

"At one point he became a little bit too aggressive toward one of my employees," said Lynch.

A fight broke out between the two mayoral candidates. 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.

Regan Tilson, Erwin Chief of Police, was one of several officers who responded. 
"Myself and several officers were upstairs on a preliminary hearing for a separate case when we received a call for assistance in the courthouse," said Tilson.

A courthouse deputy was the first one to separate the two men.

"He was on top of me so they had to get him off of me," said Lynch. 

But despite the altercation, both men opted not to file charges. Lynch says he wishes the whole thing never happened.

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

Mayor Lynch still will not say how the altercation started in the first place. "I'd rather not go there because he can file a lawsuit against me or I could file a lawsuit against him and I'm hoping we can put this thing away pretty fast," said Lynch.

Both men did sign statements saying they would not pursue legal action against each other.

News Channel 11 spoke with John Day, who declined to comment on the altercation. Mayor Lynch has since asked the District Attorney's Office to look into the incident.


Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch was treated at an area hospital Thursday 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."

Despite the incident, the sheriff says both men have said they do not want to prosecute.

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 News Channel 11 about the scuffle.

He said he is OK and that the whole event was unfortunate. 

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