Perjury charge for candidate over re-election bid

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) – A candidate for alderman in an eastern Tennessee town has been charged with perjury over the address she put on her nominating petition.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Newport Alderwoman Kathy Darlene Holt gave a false address on her election filing forms to the Cocke County Election Commission on Sept. 2.

Investigators say the 50-year-old Holt filed a petition for a protective order in July and gave an address outside the Newport city limits.

A grand jury on Monday indicted Holt. She was released on $25,000 bond later that day.

Holt and three other people face unrelated charges of selling stolen goods and prescription pills in Newport.

It was not immediately clear if Holt had an attorney in either case.