6th District Congressional challenger linked to drug bust

Crossville PD seeking indictment, 180-plus marijuana plants found, officials say

Flo Matheson

CROSSVILLE – A Crossville resident – identified as the property owner where a large indoor marijuana growing operation was found on Friday – is also currently a candidate for a 6th district U.S. Congressional seat.

Florence “Flo” Matheson, a Democratic candidate for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), owns property located at 16536 Genesis Road, where a search warrant was executed following a multi-agency joint narcotics undercover operation, according to the Crossville Police Department. Officers allegedly discovered firearms, cash, processed marijuana and more than 180 marijuana plants.

Matheson previously ran for the 25th District State Representative seat against Cameron Sexton in 2012.

The Crossville PD says it will presented evidence against Matheson in seeking an indictment from the Cumberland County grand jury. Matheson is identified as the property’s owner and primary resident in a press release as well as state property records. A drug bust earlier in the month was also made at a property owned by Matheson located on East First Street.

An indictment is also sought against Stephen M. Harrington who is currently on probation from previous charges.

According to the website votesmart.org, Matheson was born in 1938 in Atlantic City, N.J., and has three children. Her previous jobs include an English teacher in New York, a probation officer in the state of Florida, a riding instructor and owner of Pampered Pets in Crossville.


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