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Rep. Cobb Indicted on Assault Charge

State Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, was arrested today on an original Rhea County, Tenn., grand jury indictment charging him with assault in connection with an election-day incident on Aug. 2, reports the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
According to 12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor, Cobb was charged with assault on an indictment issued Monday. Cobb was booked and was being processed for release on a $3,000 bond, Rhea County Jail officials said…
Taylor said he could not talk about facts in the investigation, but he said the charge was related to an incident at Frazier Elementary School where a voting poll was set up on Aug. 2.
The alleged victim of the assault and a Rhea County sheriff’s deputy testified before the grand jury on Monday, Taylor said. The crime is a class A misdemeanor.
Cobb is scheduled to appear for a Friday hearing in Circuit Court.


Note: Previous post HERE.
Cobb becomes the third House member to be indicted this year. The others are Rep. David Hawk, R-Greeneville, charged with domestic assault on his wife; and Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, who faces DUI and gun charges.
All three were House committee chairmen at the time of their indictments. Todd resigned as chair of the State and Local Government Committee while Hawk stepped down as chair of the Conservation and Environment Committee. Cobb is chair of the House Government Operations Committee.

Hawk’s Wife Disputes Gun Claim at Hearing

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The domestic assault case of state Rep. David Hawk has been bound over to a grand jury.
The Greeneville Republican was charged in March. At a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, a judge heard testimony from two sheriff’s deputies and Hawk’s wife, Crystal.
According to The Greeneville Sun (http://bit.ly/Poha6v ), she testified that her husband threw her out of bed the morning of March 18, then struck her in the face, giving her a black eye.
Hawk has denied striking his wife. He said she pulled a gun on him and threatened to shoot.
Crystal Hawk testified Tuesday that there were no guns in the house.
Hawk, who is seeking re-election in November, didn’t testify at the hearing. But he told reporters after the proceeding that he’s “completely innocent.”

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Memphis Councilwoman, Husband Charged With Domestic Assault

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove and her husband Vernon Chalmers were arrested Tuesday in the latest in a series of domestic altercations at their home southeast of Memphis International Airport, reports the Commercial Appeal.
Each suffered minor injuries and both were charged with domestic assault causing bodily harm.
Police responded to the couple’s home in the 3300 block of Morningview at about 12:17 a.m. Chalmers, 55, told officers he had been out baby-sitting the couple’s grandchildren and visited a friend afterward. When he returned home, Fullilove, 62, accused him of cheating on her and began throwing dishes, according to police.
Chalmers told police that Fullilove had been drinking and that he pushed her to the floor and held her down. Officers reported that Chalmers’ arm was cut in the confrontation.
Fullilove passed out on the sidewalk while being taken to a police car.

Cobb Denies Campaign Sign Assault

An investigation is under way into a complaint against Tennessee House District 31 Rep. Jim Cobb, who is accused of getting into a disagreement with a woman at a polling place on election night, according to the Chattanooga TFP.
The woman who filed the complaint said she confronted Cobb Thursday after he knocked down a campaign sign for Ron Travis, Cobb’s opponent in the GOP primary.
Mike Taylor, district attorney in the 12th Judicial District where Rhea County is located, confirmed the incident is under investigation as a possible assault. He said he is unsure whether an assault occurred or how the sign for Travis, who defeated Cobb, was knocked over.
“My understanding was that the person who made the complaint was out at one of the polling places, holding a sign for Travis,” Taylor said. “There was some kind of action that occurred, and the sign got kicked over.”
Jeff Knight, spokesman for the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a complaint has been filed against Cobb, but declined to confirm any details because of the ongoing investigation.
…Cobb said Tuesday that the complaint is “fabricated.”
“I take no offense to what she said, but it’s not true,” he said.
He said he and the woman spoke on election night after he brushed up against a Travis campaign sign, but “not enough to knock it down, just barely enough to make it wiggle,” and the woman approached him.

Hawk’s Domestic Assault Hearing Postponed, DA Recuses Self

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A preliminary hearing in the domestic assault case of state Rep. David Hawk has been rescheduled and the district attorney has recused himself from the case.
The Greeneville Sun reports (http://bit.ly/PTjV05 ) a hearing scheduled for Monday was moved to Sept. 11, after the Aug. 2 primary election in which Hawk is running against three other Republicans to keep his state house seat.
Hawk said the election was not the reason for the delay. He said Joseph Baugh, who was appointed as special prosecutor after District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell recused himself, asked for the hearing to be rescheduled.
Hawk pleaded not guilty to the charge filed in March by his wife, Crystal Goan Hawk, who said her husband struck her in the face with his hand, knocking her down.

Delay Granted in Rep. Hawk’s Domestic Assault Case

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee state legislator has been granted a continuance in a domestic assault case filed by his wife.
The Greeneville Sun (http://bit.ly/K7X4ZP ) reported Greene County General Sessions court moved back a scheduled appearance by Rep. David Hawk to July 16. The Greeneville Republican lawmaker had been scheduled to appear Monday afternoon.
The five-term representative pleaded not guilty a day after the charge was filed March 18.
Crystal Goan Hawk told deputies her husband struck her in the face with his hand, knocking her down.
There was no immediate word why the legislator requested the continuance.

Deputy Sheriff/Alderman Charged with Sexual Battery

A Lake County sheriff’s deputy (who resigned last week) has been arrested and charged with counts of sexual battery and sexual misconduct, which were allegedly committed against two underage females, reports the Dyersburg State Gazette..
On Thursday, agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation took Mario Montgomery, 33, into custody and he was charged with one count of sexual battery by an authority figure and one count of sexual misconduct by an authority figure.
TBI spokesperson Kristen Helm could not give out further details about the case, but she did confirm the victims were female juveniles and the TBI has been investigating allegations against Montgomery for the past two weeks.
Montgomery was a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy up until last week, after which he resigned from his post. He is also an alderman for the city of Tiptonville.
Lt. Danny Tippitt II with the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. stated Sheriff Bryan Avery has referred all questions about the case to the TBI since they are in charge of the investigation.

Miscellaneous TN News Notes. 9/17/11

GM To Reopen Spring Hill Plant
DETROIT (AP) — As part of a tentative agreement reached with the United Auto Workers, GM will reopen its idled assembly line at its plant in Spring Hill, officials said late Friday.
Details weren’t immediately released, but the union said the contract will ensure that laid-off workers will be hired back.
The union said the contract also will improve health-care benefits and profit-sharing plans.
Ketron Honored for Hearing Aid Bill
Families of children who needed access to affordable hearing aids will honor state Sen. Bill Ketron Sept. 21, reports the Daily News Journal.
Families and many statewide agencies, including the host of the event, the Tennessee Disability Coalition, labored in support of this legislation. The event was organized to show their appreciation for Ketron’s leadership in passing hearing aid coverage for children, which was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam in May.
Mayor to Maintain Dual Role
While there may be some sentiment in Arlington against Mayor-elect Mike Wissman serving as the town’s leader and on the county school board, there apparently is nothing in the suburb’s rules to prohibit the dual role, according to the Commercial Appeal.
Wissman defeated three other candidates in Thursday’s election to replace Russell Wiseman as Arlington’s mayor. The question of Wissman serving on the school board and as the town’s leader emerged as a campaign issue in the closing weeks.
The mayor-elect has pledged to keep both seats for Arlington to have an inside view along the consolidated school district path. He also wants to prevent the County Commission from appointing someone if he steps down.

The state Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit from a man demoted from department chair at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to tenured professor, reports the Chattanooga TFP
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According to the Supreme Court ruling, William Harman, then chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, was demoted in 2008 after refusing to change his evaluation of an assistant professor.
In a review, Harman had said Talia Welsh’s was unprofessional, citing an extramarital affair with an undergraduate student, falsified reports and lies about papers she said she had published.
Dean Herbert Burhenn, Harman’s boss, told him to remove the negative review, and when Harman refused, Burhenn demoted him.
Tennessee’s whistleblower law protects employees from being fired if they refuse to perform illegal activities. Because Harman wasn’t fired, the Supreme Court ruled that he was not protected.

Cumberland Board Members Quit
Four of the five members on Cumberland County’s Health and Safety Standards Board, which deals with abandoned or neglected properties, have resigned in a dispute with the county commission, reports the Crossville Chronicle.
The members resigned after several county commissioners attended the meeting and at least three of them questioned committee members regarding operations, cases they were discussing and the procedures of the committee.
John Kinnunen, who served as chairman of the Health and Safety Standards Board said, “It was obvious that the underlying cause of the questioning was to eliminate the committee and save the county the $9,500 a year (budgeted) for the board. They feel they can pass the problems on to the Environmental Committee. It’s obvious they want to keep the county in the past and not progress into the future and to let people do whatever they want on their property and feel there is no need for the committee … We just decided that they were so adamant in their feelings that there was no reason for us to continue due to the lack of support from those commissioners. It was obvious they would continue criticizing whatever we do as a board in the future, so we resigned.”

Acquittal in Blog-inspired Assault Case
An assault case sparked by accusations of insults on a Loudon County blog ended in a not-guilty verdict for a Tellico Village resident, reports the News Sentinel.
Angelo Paul Leone, 69 was found not guilty of assaulting Tellico Village General Manager Winston Blazer during an August 21, 2009 incident at the Property Owners Association offices.
Leone — who feels he was harassed in the days before his arrest because he was among a group of residents who requested documents related to the management of the POA. — said he deserves an apology for being wrongly accused.
“It’s terrible, what they tried to do to me,” Leone said.

The assault charge grew out of a confrontation between Leone and Blazer over what Leone calls “the most vile and disgusting” defamations on a local Tellico Village blog known as Topix. The posts referenced Leone’s intentions to run for the board and also made references to his wife that he said were “of a sexual nature.”