Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, submitted his letter to the governor's office Wednesday. The resignation is effective immediately.
"I will always be grateful to the people of Knox County for their support," Haynes said in a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon. "It has been an honor to serve, and I am truly thankful for the friendship you have all given me during my time in the House of Representatives."
I just talked to Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers and he said his office is working to hold a special election to fill the seat on Aug. 12. This would be for the primary and it would be a standalone election.
He said they're also looking to hold the general election for that seat on Sept. 29, which would beheld at the same time as the Knoxville primary election.