Walker County Attorney Holds Press Conference On Tax Status Of Heiskell Foe

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - by Gail Perry

Don Oliver, county attorney for Walker County, held a press conference Tuesday to say he has turned over information about alleged tax liabilities of write-in Sole Commissioner candidate Ales Campbell.

After incumbent Bebe Heiskell narrowly defeated Dr. Paul Shaw in the primary, Ms. Campbell announced as a write-contender for the general election.

County Attorney Oliver said at the press conference at the Walker County Civic Center that last Thursday, Election Superintendent Barbara Berry alerted him that a citizen had called with the tax allegations against Ms.

  Campbell.

The taxes in question could involve county, state or federal tax liens, it was said.

County Attorney Oliver said he investigated public records and determined that they "show the matter could proceed beyond merely gathering evidence."

 Because he said he represents the county and citizens as well as the office of Commissioner Heiskell, he said he recused himself to eliminate any appearance of impropriety.

He stated,  “I’m out” and said his only involvement has been to gather information from public records and to give it to the election superintendent and the board of elections chair.

Mr. Oliver went on to say that state law "seems to indicate that the delinquent tax issue may not stop a candidate from running from office, but appears to indicate that if elected, that person may not be eligible to serve."

 He added that at this point, he had done no research to verify the matter.

The recommendation was made that either the board turn the matter over to the Secretary of State, which supervises elections, or the Attorney General, or to seek independent legal advice, he said.

gailaperry@comcast.net


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BONDS, DOMINQUE DEWAYNE  5829 BUNCH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 26 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FAILURE TO APPEAR --- BRASWELL, BRITTANY DANIELLE  5209 STATE LINE RD CHATTANOOGA, 37412  Age at Arrest: 25 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga POSSESSION ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAILEY, JOYCE MARIE  2702 E 39TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga CRIMINAL TRESPASSING THEFT OF PROPERTY (UNDER $500) --- BATES, JEREMY M  707 PARK AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37403  Age at Arrest: 36 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Don't Squander The 2016 Election Opportunity

This is what I don't understand. Christians refusing to vote for anyone who is not squeaky clean and who doesn't live up to our standards. I'm not bashing Christians. I proudly proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior.  But If we made our voice known more we could have a lot greater influence than we have. And I don't mean just boycotting. I specifically mean the last two ... (click for more)

Seth Ruhling Wins Chattanooga Chase 8K And One Mile

It has been six years since Seth Ruhling ran the Chattanooga Chase and maybe he had forgotten just how tough that 8K course really is, but that’s didn’t seem to matter Monday morning as he celebrated Memorial Day with victory in the Chattanooga Track Club’s oldest race. Ruhling graduated from Collegedale Academy in 2013 and is now a 21-year-old student at Southern Adventist ... (click for more)

Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic Set For Saturday at CCS

The 13th Annual Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic, presented by Great Clips, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday June 4 at Chattanooga Christian School in Chattanooga. Tennessee defeated Georgia 38-14 last June at McCallie School in Chattanooga. It was Tennessee's fourth consecutive victory in the series that dates back to the first game held at Ridgeland High in ... (click for more)