Dean Hits Tidwell Fliers Posted At The County Courts Building

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vince Dean, Republican candidate for Criminal Court clerk, hit the posting of fliers in support of his Democratic opponent, incumbent Gwen Tidwell, at the Hamilton County Courts Building, and said they contained inaccurate information.

He said, "The problem is not just the placement of the campaign signs in a government building but the materials’ misleading content.

“While the posting of campaign materials inside a building funded by taxpayers is questionable— potentially printing the fliers on the taxpayers’ own dime— the real issue lies in the signs’ factually inaccurate claims.”

In the posted fliers, a list of attorneys indicate their support of the 20-year incumbent based on the “requisite qualifications” that a Criminal Court clerk must be “a licensed attorney.
” Rep. Dean said the vast majority of Tennessee court clerks are not attorneys.

He said, “There are only two clerks of all the criminal and circuit court clerks from Tennessee’s 95 counties who are attorneys. It is entirely false that a ‘requisite qualification’ for the clerk position is to be a lawyer.”

Rep. Dean said he disagreed further with the signs’ claim that the Criminal Court clerk’s office under the incumbent candidate has been run in an “extremely efficient and effective” manner.

“The current Criminal Court clerk whose primary duty is to collect our county’s criminal and court fees has permitted a total of $50 million in delinquent fines to accumulate,” Rep. Dean said. “To say the current office has been managed efficiently and effectively is a grand overstatement. Our justice system is weakened by criminals who are allowed to shrug off a judge’s ruling and evade the consequences of their actions.”

Webb Arrested For Helping Another Man Steal Items From His Grandfather's House

Dylon Webb, 22, was arrested for burglary after helping another man steal items from his grandfather’s house, police said. Officers spoke to victim David Harvey, 63, who believed it was his grandson who had broken into his house, resulting in the theft of several items, including a .22 caliber rifle. Police said they also spoke to Webb’s mother who told them it was her ... (click for more)

Ryan Burton, 26, Arrested After Ripping Off Part Of Roommate’s Ear

R yan Burton, 26, was arrested after ripping off the bottom part of his roommate’s ear during an altercation in March, police said. Officers spoke to Burton’s three roommates at 434 Whitehall Road, where they said they had been living with the suspect for more than six months and never known him to be violent. One of the roommates, Garrett Forster, told police that the ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)

Lookouts Snap Losing Streak With 8-4 Win Over Smokies

Homeruns by Edgar Corcino and Mitch Garver helped lead the Lookouts over the Tennessee Smokies by a score of 8-4. Tennessee jumped out to an early 3-1 lead against Lookouts starting pitcher Kohl Stewart.  Though his ERA went up a little bit to 3.38, Stewart improved to 5-4 on the season. The right-hander gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. He ... (click for more)

TSSAA Sets Future Division I, Division II Classifications

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has released the minutes from Wednesday’s meeting in Hermitage pertaining to football classification period for the 2017-18 and run through 2020-2021 1.  Roll Call 2.  Division I and Division II Classification The Board of Control voted the following for the classification period that ... (click for more)