25 Prisoners Escorted To Election Office To Vote After Slipup

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Twenty five prisoners had to be escorted from the county jail under heavy guard on Thursday morning to vote at the election office just off Amnicola Highway after an election office "slipup".

Sheriff Jim Hammond said normally the election office sends a deputy to the jail and workhouse to vote those who are eligible to vote and who want to cast ballots.

He said his office is normally notified far in advance of the upcoming visit by the election office employee.

However, he said he was called Wednesday by election administrator Charlotte Mullis-Morgan when it was found that it was a day late for the jail vote.

"Somebody had dropped the ball at the election office," Sheriff Hammond said. "So we canvassed the prisoners on who was not a convicted felon and who wanted to vote. Then we gave the list to Charlotte to have them checked out to see if they were eligible. This is not the way we normally do it."

He said 25 turned out to be eligible and they were loaded in vans for the short trip to the election office on Thursday morning. There was heavy security during the vote that was held in a separate room away from where the other voters were casting their ballots. A number of city police officers were present to help.

Sheriff Hammond said the inmate voting process went smoothly without incident.

Ms. Mullis-Morgan said the election office did send an employee to the workhouse to vote prisoners there, but she said the office was a day late on the jail vote. She said state law sets out that the prisoner vote must be held at jail facilities a certain number of days before the election.


Dalton Police Arrest 8 In Prostitution Sting

The Dalton Police Department arrested eight potential “Johns” in a prostitution sting  on Wednesday  night. In recent months, Dalton detectives have received complaints of prostitutes operating in the area and have been investigating.  An undercover officer posed as a prostitute for the operation. Investigators placed an ad online and the suspects agreed to ... (click for more)

Grand Jury No Bills And True Bills

Here are the latest no bills and true bills from the Hamilton County Grand Jury: No Bills: ANDERSON, GLORIA LORENE B 31 F 0 1 GS 1570989 DRIVING ON REVOKED LICENSE ANDERSON, GLORIA LORENE B 31 F 0 2 GS 1570990 LIGHT LAW VIOLATION ARD, KEVIN W 32 M 0 1 GS 1182477 VIOLATION OF REGISTRATION LAW ARD, KEVIN W 32 M 0 2 GS 1182478 FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LAW ARD, KEVIN ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ed Chief ‘Embarrassed’

At the start of the school year in September, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen held an “educational summit” with state legislators from embattled Hamilton County. The entire “summit” took a prescribed 90 minutes and was such a dog-and-pony show her strongest statement was, "Create your plan around the right vision, have some metrics and align to the right ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Softball Ranked No. 33 In MaxPreps Preseason Top 50

Ooltewah’s softball team is ranked No. 33 nationally in the Maxpreps Preseason Top 50 and junior Kayla Boseman is on the website’s preseason All-America team. The Lady Owls finished third in the 2015 TSSAA Class 3A state tournament, but was eliminated by Stewarts Creek 6-2 in the sectional. Ooltewah has a combined record of 81-16 over the past two seasons. Coach Jon Massey ... (click for more)

Silverdale Girls Claim District 5-A Championship

The face and philosophy might have changed, but the expectations for the Silverdale Baptist Academy girls’ basketball team remained the same. Heading into the season with five seniors and a first-year, first-time head coach in Victor Underwood, the Lady Seahawks had their sights set on winning a District 5-A championship. Wednesday night, they achieved that goal with ... (click for more)