Crime on Upswing Among Southeast TN Local Officials?

In less than a year, at least one elected official or government employee has been charged criminally in four of the six counties that make up Tennessee’s 12th Judicial District, according to the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
“It does seem strange that you would have that many cases involving public officials come up at the same time,” said Mike Taylor, the district attorney general for nearly two decades in Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.
“But to say that it’s indicative of a general failure of public officials, they’re not those kind of cases,” Taylor said.
In just the past month, Rhea County Executive George Thacker was charged with patronizing a prostitute in a Knoxville sting, and Winchester City Councilman Cheyne Stewart was arrested with another man on sexual assault charges detailed in a 16-count indictment.

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