From Mike Donila:
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s wife filed for divorce Friday afternoon, citing irreconcilable differences, almost four years after the two were married.
According to the five-page complaint filed in Knox County Chancery Court, Allison Burchett says her husband is “guilty of such inappropriate marital conduct as will be proved at the hearing of this cause.”
Allison Burchett, 30, says she should be “awarded a reasonable amount of alimony, both temporary and permanent,” and that Burchett should cover her legal fees. The complaint provides no other detail.
“Everybody knows somebody who has gone through this and it’s very unfortunate,” Tim Burchett, 47, said.
He declined to comment on his wife’s vague allegations, adding that “I don’t know what it means. I don’t know what those accusations are.”
Allison Burchett responded to a request for comment with the following statement:
“Divorce is always an unfortunate circumstance, especially when the parties are in the public eye. I anticipate and hope that we will be able to reach an amicable resolution of our differences. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you please respect our privacy at this time.”
The two were married in a spur-of-the-moment ceremony on June 17, 2008, with then-Gov. Phil Bredesen officiating. The couple had planned a more formal ceremony in September of that year, but Tim Burchett, then a state senator, said they changed their minds on an impromptu basis after receiving an invite that day to a Bredesen ceremonial bill-signing event at the John T. O’Connor Senior Citizens Center.
A member of the governor’s staff arranged for Bredesen, a Democrat, to perform the Republican’s wedding. Burchett and Allison Beaver were married on the grounds outside the center.
Allison Burchett has said that the stress and the excitement of putting together the wedding ceremony also led to them getting married early.
Burchett became mayor after defeating former Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison in the GOP primary in May 2010 and then handily beating Democrat challenger Ezra Maize in the August general election.
His wife was immediately thrust into the spotlight as Burchett publicly doted on her, but it was a role the county’s first lady embraced.
Allison Burchett, who works at Clayton Bank, where her focus is on nonprofit banking, also volunteers at Fort Sanders Education Development Center.
Note: This post is lifted from the News Sentinel.