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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.


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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.

TBI Investigating Rhea County Voter Rejections

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday that it has launched a probe into whether Rhea County election officials illegally blocked voters believed to be Democrats from voting in the Republican primary election.
Theresa Snyder, the county election administrator, said she and other officials did nothing wrong and were following state law. They took an active stance to block known Democrats from voting in the GOP primary because of an orchestrated campaign for crossover voting in the House District 31 primary, she said.
Snyder said some Democrats are openly supporting Ron Travis, who is challenging state Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, for the seat. The county Democratic chairman, Doris Roy, said there is no orchestrated campaign and that she has heard from Democrats who intend to vote for Cobb as well as some saying they prefer Travis.
“I am staying out of it,” Roy said. “I just tell everybody to vote their conscience.”
There is no Democrat seeking the office, so the election will effectively be decided in the Aug. 2 primary. Early voting in the primary began July 13 and continues through Saturday.
Ten voters with a history of voting in Democratic primaries have been challenged, Snyder said, including Maxine Vincent, wife of Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent. Nine, including Vincent, were declared ineligible to vote by a three-member Republican panel, she said. In the remaining case, the judges decided the woman in question was eligible.

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Rhea County Mayor Charged in Prostitution Sting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rhea County’s chief executive has been arrested in a Knoxville prostitution sting and will be booked on the misdemeanor charge May 20.
A Knoxville police spokesman said Rhea County Executive George Thacker of Spring City was arrested Friday.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the 48-year-old Thacker is accused of offering a female undercover officer $50 in exchange for a sexual favor near downtown Knoxville.
Thacker did not return telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment Tuesday. Calls to the county executive’s office in Dayton were asked to leave a voice mail message. His attorney, Jeff Hagood, was out of town and could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Rhea County Commissioner Bill Hollin said Tuesday that he has not discussed the charge with Thacker or other commissioners.