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Rep. Hurley and Her Dog ‘Snapped at and Yelled at’ in Courthouse

State Rep. Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) was kicked out of the Roane County Courthouse for taking her dog in with he, reports WATE-TV.
Hurley claims the 11-pound Chinese crested is a service animal, which is permitted in public places according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
She had the dog on a leash when it was spotted by County Executive Ron Woody last week.
Hurley says she simply didn’t know dogs weren’t allowed in the courthouse. She says she’s upset because of the way she was treated and the way the situation was handled, not because she and her service dog were told to leave.
“I wasn’t being attacked for my dog being a service dog. I was attacked for having a dog in the courthouse. I was not requested respectfully to remove the dog. I was not spoken to at all. I was snapped at and yelled at across the courthouse,” Rep. Hurley said.
That’s not how Woody says things unfolded. “As I went out of my office, I saw a little dog walking down the hall, and of course it was on a leash so I had asked security, you know we need to get the dogs out of the courthouse. That was basically the extent of it.”
Hurley says the dog was already registered as a service dog when she adopted it, and it serves as a companion.
“That’s why I got her was to be my companion. I mean if I wanted to take her, if I put on her little service sweater and took her to the hospital for cancer patients, then she would be a service dog, but she’s my dog. She’s my companion,” Rep. Hurley explained.
She says the confrontation was to make a point with county employees. “If he has a problem with his employees, he needs to speak with his employees and not use me as an example to get to them.”
UPDATE from Bob Fowler:
By Tuesday, the freshman lawmaker had declared the issue off-limits. “I don’t want to talk about that anymore,” Hurley said. “I don’t think this is appropriate news. What’s going on in Nashville is newsworthy.”
Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said he witnessed last week’s incident and described Woody’s behavior as “quiet and respectful” when he asked courthouse security to remove the dog.
Ellis said Woody didn’t address Hurley at the time and disputed Hurley’s claim that her pet is a service dog, saying it doesn’t meet that definition under Americans with Disabilities Guidelines.

Rep. Julia Hurley: ‘Controversial Conservative’ (like Stacey Campfield)

State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, tells Hugh G. Willett , “I know I’m controversial but I’m also conservative.”
And several other things, including that she has sponsored 29 bills and that publicity has been both a blessing and a curse.
Mentioned are the former Hooters waitress’ modeling photos, the carving of initials on her state House desk, her grumbling on video camera at a Highway Patrol officer who stopped her for speeding, a flap over her plans to buy an expensive auto and an accident caused by a drunken driver that has inspired her to introduce legislation

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Rep. Julia Hurley Interviewed

The Roane County News has “part one” of a Q&A with state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, that includes commentary on her House floor desk initials, gaining weight during the legislative session and her views on the media attention she has attracted. (Subscription required.)
On carving her initials on her desk: “Well I don’t know why it attracted so much attention, not even sure who made it such a big deal…. I don’t know how many people know how open that area is, but we have kids vandalize those desks constantly.
“I have come into my legislative desk with gum in my chair and Cheetos. We open it to classrooms of kindergartners to high schoolers and you leave them in there long enough they’re going to go through your drawers and they’re going to eat your snacks that you try to hide for yourself for the floor. They’re going to leave little notes, so people do stuff to those desks all the time, but when I was asked if I had done that to my own, I said yes ….
“The desk is fixed. It’s good. Even the weird coffee stain on the desk is gone, and that wasn’t mine, so it looks like a really great, brand new beautiful desk.”

Answering a question on whether the media has been fair to her: “What I would like to see is sell your newspapers, but please inform people, too.
“I’ve got 50 bills that I co-prime sponsored that are huge and nobody knows, and I’m like, please tell that side, too … I don’t care to be out there, but if you wouldn’t mind printing some of the good things that I do, it would be awesome.
“Let people know what I’m doing besides all the crap that I do.
“Let them know that I’m out here passing bills and I am out here working. I am out here representing cancer awareness and child abuse awareness.”

It’s Summertime & Not Thinking Straight Gets a Lot of Attention

With the Legislature out of session and our sitting governor being a generally dull fellow insofar as generating controversy for Tennessee political junkies, interest has turned this summer to such weighty matters as:
_Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has acknowledged carving her initials, JCH, on a desk in the House chamber during the early morning hours of the last day of the legislative session, triggering amazing array of commentary by bloggers around the nation.
“I wasn’t thinking straight,” she said.
From Time.com to Wonkette.com, most of the postings were less than complimentary of the lady lawmaker who once was a waitress at a Hooters restaurant and wrote an article about her experiences.

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Harwell: Rep. Hurley Will Pay to Restore Defaced Desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A freshman Tennessee lawmaker who admits carving her initials into her desk in the state House chamber is going to have to pay to fix it.
House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that Rep. Julia Hurley’s initials will be removed at the fellow Republican lawmaker’s expense.
“In the excitement of being a freshman at the end of session, Representative Hurley etched her initials into her desk,” said Harwell, a Nashville Republican.
“As with any state property, we will take action to have the desk restored and I’m sure Representative Hurley will be more than happy to compensate the state to make the repairs.”
The desk carving was first reported by WSMV-TV. Hurley on Monday confirmed to the Knoxville News Sentinel that she made the etching into the desk during a late-night floor session in May.
“It was like 1 in the morning on the last day of the session,” Hurley told the paper. “I wasn’t thinking straight.”
Hurley, 29, of Lenoir City, said she doesn’t remember what she used to cut her initials into the desk.
“To ask me details about what happened three months ago, I couldn’t tell you,” Hurley said. “I don’t understand why it’s news, and I don’t want to talk about the desk.”
Hurley beat a Democratic incumbent last fall to win her seat representing all of Roane County and part of Loudon County.
Hurley drew national attention in February for crediting her success in politics and business to the time she spent working at Hooters restaurants in a two-page story for the chain’s magazine.
She said in the article that her Hooters career taught her how overcome obstacles on her way to the state Capitol. “If I could make it at Hooters, I could make it anywhere,” she wrote.
Hurley in March wrote a letter to Col. Tracy Trott, the commander of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, to apologize for how she treated a state trooper who pulled her over for speeding.
“I was pulled over for speeding, and in my frustration, behaved in a way I should not have,” she said in the letter.

Rep. Hurley Takes Job at Utility District

Freshman state Rep. Julia Hurley has accepted a customer service job with the Lenoir City Utilities Board, reports the News Sentinel.
Hurley, a Republican whose 32nd District includes Lenoir City and Roane County, will work part time in the customer service department, according to Shannon Littleton, LCUB general manager. Hurley will work at different locations, including the LCUB offices in Lenoir City and Farragut, he said. The position pays about $8 per hour.
Hurley, who pointed out that state representatives only receive about $19,500 per year, said she has to work just like her constituents.
“I don’t plan on being a career politician,” she said.
Voters handed the House seat to Hurley over nine-term Democrat incumbent Dennis Ferguson.
Hurley said she plans to try to learn on the job at LCUB and expects to get to meet more people in her district.
“It’s a good way to learn about the utility industry, which is very important to my district and the state,” she said.
Hurley is founder and owner of JayCy Co. which operates http://www.SECGrillToppers.com, an online store that features collegiately licensed sports apparel and tailgate party needs.
During the campaign last year, critics tried to make an issue of Hurley’s experience working at Hooters, a restaurant known for its attractive female servers. She told voters that she was proud to have worked her way through Maryville College as a Hooters server in Alcoa.

Today’s Picture: Legislators Born to Be Wild?

The folks over at TNReport are having a ‘caption contest’ for this photo of state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, (in the driver’s position) and Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, (sitting behind him with pink teddy bear in her lap) with friends at the Legislative Plaza on a day motorcyclists were visiting lawmakers.