Those supporting placing the proposed $85 million bond issue to pay for a new jail and improvements to Hamblen County schools didn't come close to getting the 10 percent of signatures of registered voters to put the initiative on the March 2020 ballot, Jeff Gardner, administrator of elections, announced this afternoon.

The petitions presented at the Hamblen County Court Clerk's office this afternoon listed 1,722 names, 2,604 votes short of the 3,326 votes required to place the ballot initiative on the ballot for the March election.  

"It stops here," Gardner said. "It doesn't go to our office, so probably it won't be on the ballot."

What could change the outcome, Gardner says, is if a majority of Hamblen County commissioners vote to approve the ballot initiative. The commission finance committee voted 5-2 this week to not send send the ballot proposal to the full commission.