Case Dismissed In Former Bradley County Deputy's Termination For Cutting Grass In Boxer Shorts

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Federal Judge Curtis Collier has granted a motion for summary judgment and dismissed former Deputy Dallas Longwith’s case against Bradley County, the Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Jim Ruth.

In December 2011, an Internal Affairs investigation into former Deputy Longwith’s behavior was launched after the Sheriff’s Office received complaints from Mr. Longwith’s neighbors about him "engaging in offensive conduct."

Different neighbors filed complaints in August and December 2011 expressing concern over Mr. Longwith "wearing nothing but boxer shorts on a regular basis while working in his front yard. Some of the neighbors advised detectives their children were concerned with Mr. Longwith’s conduct."

Mr. Longwith was fired from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 4, 2012, for engaging in behavior unbecoming a deputy sheriff and failure to comply with a direct order of a superior, in violation of Sheriff’s Office policies.

Mr. Longwith had contended he was terminated for political reasons.

In the judge’s ruling, he stated the plaintiff (Mr. Longwith) had put forth no evidence sufficient to overcome the summary judgment because he had not demonstrated that Sheriff Ruth knew about – never mind fired him because of – plaintiff’s activities in support of someone else’s potential 2014 bid for sheriff.

The court granted a summary judgment and directed the clerk of the court to close the case. 


Woman's Body Found Floating In Hiwassee River

A woman's body was spotted floating in the Hiwassee River in Polk County on Saturday afternoon. Crews said it appeared the woman had been dead for some time. The 911 call came in shortly before 4:30 p.m.. The TBI was called in to help in the investigation. The body has not yet been identified.. (click for more)

Woman Whose Car Landed On Tracks Below Wilcox Boulevard Viaduct Sues City

A woman whose car went off the Wilcox Boulevard Viaduct and landed on railroad tracks below has sued the city of Chattanooga. Rebecca Thomas-Winkler said the bridge is in poor and substandard condition and the guard rail was inadequate.  The suit says on Aug. 24, 2013, Ms. Winkler was traveling east on Wilcox Boulevard at about 12:30 p.m. She was crossing the bridge that ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Ex-Ooltewah All-American Jacques Smith released By Falcons

Former Ooltewah Owls All-American and Tennessee Vols defensive standout Jacques Smith has been released by the Atlanta Falcons, who are 10 cuts from reaching their 53-man roster for the 2014 season. Wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and tight end Mickey Shuler were also released. Smith, an undrafted free agent, is said to be a "viable candidate" for the Falcons' practice squad ... (click for more)

Baylor Comeback Swamps Webb, 34-7

Baylor lost a fumble on the third play of the game and the visiting Webb Spartans scored five plays later, but the Red Raiders came storming back to win their second-straight game, 34-7, over the D-II, Class A two-time defending state champions. Quarterback Nick Tiano, who has already committed to Mississippi State, hurled two touchdown passes and scored a third on a sneak from ... (click for more)