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

Thursday, September 5, 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.


Federal Government Sues Life Care's Forrest Preston, Saying He Received Millions In Medicare Funds He Was Not Entitled To

Federal attorneys have sued Forrest Preston, founder and chairman of Cleveland, Tn.-based Life Care Centers of America, claiming that he was "unjustly enriched" by receiving Medicare funds he was not entitled to receive. The civil suit in Chattanooga Federal Court asks for the return of "millions of dollars." The government earlier sued Life Care on similar charges based on ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Man Charged In Plot Against Muslim Town To Be Evaluated; Doggart Faces New Charges

A Signal Mountain man who admitted plotting to kill Muslims in a town in Upstate New York to show that it was "a true threat" is to undergo an evaluation at a facility in Lexington, Ky. Robert Doggart will be tested at the Federal Medical Center. Also, Doggart is facing new charges after a superseding indictment was issued this week. He is charged with solicitation to commit ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘No’ To Schools Budget

When the Hamilton County Commissioners and officials of the Hamilton County Department of Education met for 3 ½ hours on Tuesday, they studied a proposed budget of roughly $385 million – this $24.2 million over an anticipated $361 million in revenues. Now let’s pretend it is a Tuesday night at your own kitchen table and your favorite son – after misbehaving in a somewhat stunning ... (click for more)

Hurricanes Whip McMinn County, 9-1, In 5-3A Baseball

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Three times Jordan Gorman set the table. Nick Woods punched three hits to the outfield and drove Gorman home in the third, fifth and sixth innings, powering East Hamilton to a 9-1 victory over McMinn County in the opening game of the District 5-3A baseball tournament at Cleveland High School on Wednesday. “Our mission was to win this game,” Gorman said, ... (click for more)

East Ridge And CFCA Reach New Contract

The city of East Ridge and the Chattanooga Futbol Club Academy (CFCA) have agreed to a new five-year soccer field-use agreement for five fields at Camp Jordan Park. The agreement allows CFCA to practice at Camp Jordan Park and play games there on fields 1-5. The East Ridge Futbol Club (ERFC) plays recreation soccer on fields 6-8 and often works with CFCA to use field 5 on Saturday ... (click for more)