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Will Knox County Commission Take another Look at the Retiree Representation Issue?

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Law Director Bud Armstrong obviously erred on the Knox County Charter interpretation for retired officers’ representation and he attempted to redeem himself by suggesting the Knox County Sheriff’s Office staff lawyers represent the retired officers.  Surely, Armstrong realizes that KCSO attorneys are entitled to the same pension as these retired officers and it would be a conflict of interest.

We are wholeheartedly disappointed in the actions of the Law Director.  Denying representation has placed a wedge that could prevent adequate representation for all Knox County employees.  This issue should be revisited and it can be if any commissioner who voted against representation brings it back to commission on Monday.



Student Charged for Social Media Threats and Possessing a Handgun

Thursday, 22 March 2018

A 17-year-old Knox County high school student was arrested today for posting threatening content on a social media site and for possessing a handgun. The Knox County Sheriff?s office Juvenile Crime Task Force began investigating a threatening image and video today that had been posted on Snapchat. The teenage girl was charged with filing false reports and possession of a handgun (as a juvenile). She is being held in the Richard L. Bean Detention Center pending a hearing.



Two Men Arrested for Rape of a Child

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Two men charged with rape of a child were arrested without incident by the U.S. Marshals Service-led Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force this morning. 48-year-old Mark Warren Lay of Lake City, Tennessee was arrested in Luttrell and 24-year-old Cody Lynn Wyrick of Strawberry Plains was arrested in Knoxville. The arrests followed investigations led by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit.

Lay is charged with rape of a child and will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $100,000 bond. Wyrick is charged with rape of a child and will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $75,000 bond.

The Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, which is sponsored by the United States Marshals Service, is comprised of officers from a total of 22 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies across Eastern Tennessee.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.

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Knox County Commission May Have Received Bad Advice

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Three of the five Knox County Commissioners voted against representation for seven retired deputies, based on the opinion of Law Director, Bud Armstrong.  However, it appears that the Knox County Charter clearly authorizes the Knox County Commission by resolution to hire an attorney.  Below is Section 3.08 D:

No elected or appointed officer or employee of the County shall employ any other attorney to represent the County or any officer, board, or member of the Commission unless he/she shall first be authorized and empowered to do so by resolution of the Commission.  Provided, however, that the Law Director shall have authority, within the budget approved by the County Commission for this purpose, to hire outside counsel when, in the judgment of the Law Director, such is necessary for the fulfillment of his/her duties under the Section.

Because of that bad advice, hopefully on Monday those County Commissioners will do the right thing and Back the Blue.




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