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Tire damage gets attention in 3rd District race

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- 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."

"It was found that the man did cut the tire stem causing the tire to go flat down the road," according to the report. "The man is caught on video, and it is being determined who he is. The man left the vehicle and entered the courthouse and was caught on video there as well."

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