Evatt-Henry Clash Has Family Ties, History Of Prior Lawsuit

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A race between Larry Henry and Mike Evatt for Circuit Court clerk pits two local political heavyweights - and family - against one another.

Both County Commission Chairman Henry and School Board Chairman Evatt say the family situation and a past family lawsuit are not factors in both deciding to run for the same county office.

They are kin in that Mr. Henry's half-sister, Bobbie, is the step-mother of Mr. Evatt. In other words, Mr. Henry is the step-uncle of Mr. Evatt.

And at one time, Mr. Henry filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court against Bobbie, who was married to Mike Evatt's father, the late Sheriff H.Q. Evatt. It was also filed against his (Larry Henry's) older brother. Mr. Henry said the lawsuit was quickly settled in his favor, assuring that his children continue to benefit from a family trust.

Mr. Evatt said the lawsuit and any prior family disputes were never a factor in his deciding to make the race.

He said, "As soon as Paula Thompson said she was not going to run again, I began getting encouragement to run. It was later when I heard that Larry was interested."

He stated, "I decided to run because I want to continue to serve in a different capacity. I have handled multi-million-dollar budgets, and I know how to talk to people and work with people."

Mr. Evatt said of the lawsuit, "I was not involved in any of that at all. It was between him and his sister and brother."

He said during recent years that he had some dealings with Mr. Henry through their current top local government roles.

Mr. Henry said his relationship with Mike Evatt "is cordial." He said he also believes that "we have buried the hatchet over the lawsuit and there are no grudges."

He said his half-sister, Bobbie, now lives in Hixson and they have "little or no contact," but he said he does not believe there are any ill feelings between them.


Police Chief Fletcher Announces Picks For Top Leadership

Police Chief Fred Fletcher Wednesday made his picks for top leadership, releasing the names of 15 newly promoted individuals from within the Chattanooga Police Department. This announcement comes several weeks after Chief Fletcher was appointed.  “I am honored to announce today’s promotions," said Chief Fletcher.  "Together these individuals have served our community ... (click for more)

Corker Says Probe To Point Directly At Russia

Appearing on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown on Wednesday to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Senator Bob Corker said the investigation is “going to point directly at Russia.” He said there is bipartisan support for the U.S. “to act alone without Europe” in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (4)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Say It Ain't So, Larry Joe!

Larry Joe Wheelon, the tainted horse trainer who was charged with 18 counts of aggravated animal cruelty when his barn was raided in April of 2013 and some animals were sored so badly that they could barely walk, finally went to a court hearing in Blount County on Wednesday and his steps toward Judge Tammy Harrington’s bench were decidedly heavy. My goodness, yours would have been ... (click for more)

Mocs Picked First In SoCon Polls

The Chattanooga Mocs football team is the pick of litter in the Southern Conference. Coming off its first league title since 1984, the SoCon coaches and media deemed the Mocs the team to beat in 2014.   “It means we have good players,” Head Coach  Russ Huesman  said. “There is a long way to go from now until late November (when the regular season ends). ... (click for more)

Soddy-Daisy's Wright Commits To MTSU Baseball

Soddy-Daisy’s Andy Wright, a rising senior and dual-threat player, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University. Wright, a pitcher/third baseman, chose the Conference USA Blue Raiders over Belmont, Air Force, Navy, UT-Martin and Carson-Newman. “I’m glad to get this (decision) off my back so I can enjoy my senior year,” Wright ... (click for more)