Former Bradley County Court Officer Says He Was Fired For Supporting Wrong Sheriff Candidate

Monday, January 07, 2013

A former Bradley County court officer says in a Federal Court lawsuit that he was fired because he supported the wrong sheriff candidate.

Dallas Longwith is suing Bradley County, the Bradley County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Jim Ruth.

He asked $1 million compensatory damages and $500,000 punitive damages.

The suit says Mr. Longwith was the court officer for Chancellor Jerri Bryant. It says he supported Steve Lawson instead of Jim Ruth in the sheriff's election and that those who did so were demoted or terminated.

He said he was fired after a former jail inmate reported that he had been cutting grass at his home in his underwear and was naked when he answered the door at his home. He said the charge was "ridiculous" that he would do so in December. He said he was wearing a pair of regular shorts made of flannel cotton and with an orange and white plaid design.

The suit says Rep. Eric Watson supported Sheriff Ruth, but was pushed out of the sheriff's office because it was feared he will run for sheriff in 2014. Mr. Longwith said it was known that he will support Rep. Watson should he run for sheriff.


Dalton Police Arrest Antonio Cruz, 41, On Rape Charge

The Dalton Police Department arrested 41-year-old Antonio Cruz of 500 Barbara Ave. on Friday morning, at his residence on charges of rape, aggravated stalking and aggravated assault. Cruz was arrested at his residence shortly before 6 a.m. and the rape was reported earlier in the morning at a nearby apartment complex. The rape was reported to police at approximately 3 a.m. ... (click for more)

Catoosa County Arrest Report For Sept. 12-18

Click  here  for the Catoosa County arrest report for Sept.12-18. (click for more)

Walking Among Memories, The USS LST-325

I have walked among the head stones at Flanders Fields and have seen the entrenchment of soldiers with only bayonet tips sticking out of the earth. Later I traveled to Normandy where I stood on the sand and made scuff marks with my shoes on Omaha Beach and climbed the hill to the magnificent American Cemetery there. I again walked among the many, many tomb stones so neatly and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Troubling Jameis Winston

One of the greatest things about the American legal system is that each and every crime is judged on its own merits. Just because Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were each arrested for domestic abuse earlier this week, each National Football League football hero will be given an independent hearing and trial, if need be, ... (click for more)

Hill, Wolfe Help Central Hand East Ridge First 6-AA Loss

On Tuesday, Central dropped its first District 6-AA volleyball match to Hixson. Two days later the Lady Purple Pounders did the same to East Ridge. With Rebekah Hill and Skyler Wolfe leading the rebound from Tuesday’s loss, Central swept East Ridge 3-0 and remained in the hunt for their second straight district championship. Set scores were 25-14, 25-16, 25-22. “The ... (click for more)

Lee Davis A Successful Runner Among Other Things

Lee Davis grew up in Philadelphia, went to college at Elizabethton College in Central Pennsylvania and graduated from law school at Boston University. He also became a pretty good runner during that time. Davis is a high-profile attorney in Chattanooga who does something physical every day.   He doesn’t train like he once did and he doesn’t even like to talk about ... (click for more)