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Sunbright Police Department, County Executive investigated by Morgan Co. Grand Jury
WVLT Wednesday June 21, 2017

The May Morgan County Grand Jury Report released Tuesday included an investigation into the Sunbright Police Department and a County executive email investigation. According to WVLT, the Morgan County Grand Jury expressed concern about the status of the Sunbright Police Department and its operations after receiving allegations and complaints about the department.

The Grand Jury requested that the mayor of Sunbright provide the following:
1. The number of officers, their assignments, duties and hours;
2. The procedure for seizing property and whether the law is followed;
3. The police for mutual cooperation with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies, as well as the protocol for follow-up by SPD on cases responded to by MCSO on SPD's behalf;
4. The overall state of operations of the SPD

The report answering these requests was asked to be submitted on or before August 15, 2017.

The Grand Jury Report also included information that appears that Morgan County Executive Don Edwards, while sitting as the Chairman of the Morgan County Commission, directed various County Commissioners on how to make motions, seconds and to vote in order to get his selected individuals onto boards and committees, in violation of the Open Meetings Act/Sunshine Law.

The report included copies of Edwards' emails, which included board member recommendations, suggested meeting dialogue and suggested arguments.

One such email, sent on March 25, 2015, stated, "WE MUST GET STRONG CONSERVATIVES ON THIS BOARD!! PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT JUST 'GO ALONG TO GET ALONG!' People who will stand alone if they must!"

WVLT reports that another email, dated January 14, 2015, addressed one commissioner in particular saying, "I haven't said it lately but please remember do not share my emails. You and I are speaking very plainly and No One but you and I need to see our communication. We do not need anyone outside ourselves having a "slip of the tongue" of our communication that they should not even be privy to. I will share amongst our group but I will tell you when I'm going to do that."

The report detailed that Edwards and other county commissioners received training from CTAS on the issue after the fact.


EMA Director Keith Garrison honored by community
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday June 21, 2017

Friends and family gathered at the Cumberland County Community Complex Tuesday afternoon to bid Cumberland County EMA Director Keith Garrison a happy retirement, complete with a beehive cake and biscuits and honey. Garrison, who has served the community for 32 years, says he'll now have more time for his favorite hobbies, including beekeeping. Rick Williams of White County will be the new director of Cumberland County's EMA.


Man indicted for first degree murder in death of Zaevion Dobson
WVLT Wednesday June 21, 2017

A Knox County Grand Jury indicted Kipling Deshawn Colbert for first degree murder in the death of Zaevion Dobson, reports WVTL.

Zaevion was 15 years old when he was fatally shot in December 2015 while shielding two of his friends from gunfire that erupted in Lonsdale.

Zaevion played football at Fulton High School. His family accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards on his behalf.

Colbert was served with the murder charge while still in custody in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

Christopher Bassett and Richard Williams have also been charged with first degree murder and are being held on a $1 million bond. Bassett had previously admitted to firing a gun over a crowd of people standing on a porch in the Lonsdale area.

Local 8 News previously reported the trial for Bassett and Williams is scheduled to begin on July 10, 2017.


Sovereign citizen sentenced in deadly July 4 fireworks crash
AP Wednesday June 21, 2017

A self-proclaimed sovereign citizen who drove through a crowd during a fireworks show, killing one and hurting eight, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Local news outlets report Judge Paul Summers sentenced 67-year-old Lee Harold Cromwell of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to one year more than the prosecutor sought Monday, citing Cromwell's use of $137.5 million in liens on the personal property of people involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case. Summers said that Cromwell showed little remorse and seemed more concerned about his truck than the death of 38-year-old James Robinson.

Cromwell was convicted of reckless vehicular homicide and reckless aggravated assault in the July 4, 2015 crash in February. Cromwell had said that the crash was caused by his truck's mechanical failure.


Pilot Flying J Case Likely Moved to Chattanooga
AP Wednesday June 21, 2017

A federal trial will likely move to another Tennessee city in the case against eight ex-employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Tuesday called for the trial of the former Pilot Flying J president and members of the sales staff to be moved from Knoxville, where the company is based, to Chattanooga.


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