Who would you like to see as our next...

Who would you like to see as our next sheriff in Unicoi county ?

Created by Jack Diddly on Feb 17, 2012

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Ronnie Adkins

Mike Hensley

Charlie Erwin

David Walker

Frank Rogers

David Pauley

Reagan Tilson

Ron Arnold

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Concerned Citizen

Johnson City, TN

#21 Feb 19, 2012
Voter wrote:
From what i hear there will be several run for the office and in a split up race whomever the Harris group supports will probally be elected. That is why an appointment of Ed Herndon would be the best scenario. And remember all of the people on here which is probally no more than ten(10)and many pro and cons live in Washington County or out of State.I would say Kent Harris has 1500 voters that would vote for him for any office, you must remember all of the favors and good he done while Sheriff. And this last charge has made him look like a victim of the system like he is being targeted and has made him more popular amoung his many supporters. I was at Mcdonalds and Clinchfield drug on Friday and believe me people are talking saying"what are they doing to him" and"they are after his job" this last charge appears to people as a zealous "i will get him" prosecution. So do not discredit his popularity and political power especially in a large pool of candidates.
Sounds to me like you are one of the pupets that the pupetmaster pulls some strings on to control at his convinience. The TBI wouldnt be wasting there time on something if there wasnt any substance to it. With that being said, the retaliation and other things that the sheriff are doing is doing nothing but helping to show his guilt. Whether he is guilty or not we will see in due time but certain actions of his is not helping his cause, along with the actions of his family members keeping people stirred up on the matter.
Voter

Murfreesboro, TN

#22 Feb 19, 2012
Why attack me i am no Harris supporter i am just stating what i know to be facts that i hear around the county, if you dont believe me come down Mcdonalds,Clinchfield Drug, YMCA,Ballgames and listen to the chatter. I live very close to Harris and i am not on eithier side and i don't appreciate your sarcasim. If you make the rounds i do and hear differently then let me know,this last charge has made people feel sorry for Harris it may be a great charge but to the average Joe it sounds like they are just trying to stack charges on him and out to "get him at all costs". Wouldnt you feel that way if you could look at it as someone not in the know as you must be priveleged to inside information that us on the outside are not allowed to know.
Jack Diddly

Johnson City, TN

#23 Feb 19, 2012
Voter wrote:
Why attack me i am no Harris supporter i am just stating what i know to be facts that i hear around the county, if you dont believe me come down Mcdonalds,Clinchfield Drug, YMCA,Ballgames and listen to the chatter. I live very close to Harris and i am not on eithier side and i don't appreciate your sarcasim. If you make the rounds i do and hear differently then let me know,this last charge has made people feel sorry for Harris it may be a great charge but to the average Joe it sounds like they are just trying to stack charges on him and out to "get him at all costs". Wouldnt you feel that way if you could look at it as someone not in the know as you must be priveleged to inside information that us on the outside are not allowed to know.
I respect anyone that disagrees with me in a respectful way,and you showed great respect in your comment and reply to concerned citizen.

Something else you need to be aware of that happens on here.People use different screen names trying to cause confusion among the people trying to have a civil discussion.

One thing I know is fact,Kent's fate will not be decided on here.No matter what the public opinion of him is,Judge Blackwood and a jury will be faced with the decision to weigh the evidence and decide his innocence or guilt.I for one have thought it through and watched how he and his family have reacted and have come to the conclusion that the evidence they have is very strong.

I never was in their political clique before any of this,and I won't be in the clique when it's over regardless of who is in there.I've always stuck with the truth as I see it as that is what most people do.

If you don't anything bad on someone,it would be wrong of you to judge them in a bad way,I do agree with you and respect you for that.
The DangYo Suu Ma g

Jonesborough, TN

#24 Feb 19, 2012
Voter wrote:
Why attack me i am no Harris supporter i am just stating what i know to be facts that i hear around the county, if you dont believe me come down Mcdonalds,Clinchfield Drug, YMCA,Ballgames and listen to the chatter. I live very close to Harris and i am not on eithier side and i don't appreciate your sarcasim. If you make the rounds i do and hear differently then let me know,this last charge has made people feel sorry for Harris it may be a great charge but to the average Joe it sounds like they are just trying to stack charges on him and out to "get him at all costs". Wouldnt you feel that way if you could look at it as someone not in the know as you must be priveleged to inside information that us on the outside are not allowed to know.
How can anyone possibly feel sorry for The corrupt criminal sheriff David Kent Harris. Are people willing to overlook the fact that this man is an elected official who took an oath and by his criminal actions he has violated his oath dozens of times over ? The most corrupt and criminal things that he has been involved in have not been reported yet because they are still under investigation. With him still in office he is still in a position to interfere with any investigation into other parties that are involved. If the details on these matters were to come out now it would put peoples lives at stake and possibly prevent the prosicution of the other parties involved. As far as a replacement for the sheriff the law is clear on that. The County commission will have to make an appointment and that person would face an open election in Aug. No doubt Kent Harris will have someone in mind to push for the job so that he can still call the shots and use the position to retaliate against witnesses and their families.I have heard that Rick Butler is going around telling people that Kent is going to get him elected as sheriff. I also hear that Ron Arnold is doing the same thing. Either of these choices would insure that Kent Harris will retain some control over the sheriff dept. and employees will still be able to be influenced and retaliated against. I believe residents of Unicoi County deserve better and will be able to see through this.
Concerned Citizen

Johnson City, TN

#25 Feb 19, 2012
Voter wrote:
Why attack me i am no Harris supporter i am just stating what i know to be facts that i hear around the county, if you dont believe me come down Mcdonalds,Clinchfield Drug, YMCA,Ballgames and listen to the chatter. I live very close to Harris and i am not on eithier side and i don't appreciate your sarcasim. If you make the rounds i do and hear differently then let me know,this last charge has made people feel sorry for Harris it may be a great charge but to the average Joe it sounds like they are just trying to stack charges on him and out to "get him at all costs". Wouldnt you feel that way if you could look at it as someone not in the know as you must be priveleged to inside information that us on the outside are not allowed to know.
Sorry if i came off sarcastic but as a citizen of this county it disturbs me that he is allowed to be out running the roads and doing the things he is doing. If it were you or me or any other average Joe we would not get to leave on an O.R. bond after checking in like he did last time and probably get to do this time.Also, i here everybody talking at these various places also and i here peoples thoughts from both sides of the fence, not just the side that i felt like you were coming from in your earlier post. Everyone is intitled to there own opinion, but whether he is guilty or not the courts will decide in the end.
check it out

Bluff City, TN

#26 Feb 19, 2012
The DangYo Suu Ma g wrote:
<quoted text>
How can anyone possibly feel sorry for The corrupt criminal sheriff David Kent Harris. Are people willing to overlook the fact that this man is an elected official who took an oath and by his criminal actions he has violated his oath dozens of times over ? The most corrupt and criminal things that he has been involved in have not been reported yet because they are still under investigation. With him still in office he is still in a position to interfere with any investigation into other parties that are involved. If the details on these matters were to come out now it would put peoples lives at stake and possibly prevent the prosicution of the other parties involved. As far as a replacement for the sheriff the law is clear on that. The County commission will have to make an appointment and that person would face an open election in Aug. No doubt Kent Harris will have someone in mind to push for the job so that he can still call the shots and use the position to retaliate against witnesses and their families.I have heard that Rick Butler is going around telling people that Kent is going to get him elected as sheriff. I also hear that Ron Arnold is doing the same thing. Either of these choices would insure that Kent Harris will retain some control over the sheriff dept. and employees will still be able to be influenced and retaliated against. I believe residents of Unicoi County deserve better and will be able to see through this.
Hey smartass just how many charges has Harris been CONVICTED of? I'd say probably less than you have.
Voter

Murfreesboro, TN

#27 Feb 19, 2012
Thank You i am just listening before this last charge talk was onhow the Judge ruled vs. on motions. But know the talk is mainly that he is being done wrong i dont know the law on having a secretary type a personal letter for an offical,only that the talk is that appears to be an attempt to throw the "sink" at him. I am open minded and have no experience as a government employee as spent my life in the private sector and it was no "problem" for my secretary to assist with non job related secretarial work. Apparently it is a felony crime to do that in the government world and most citizens like me dont know all of the laws dealing with public officals so i guess what i am trying to say it is the appearance of the charge that has people talking.I have read alot of corespondence from both sides and i would encourage civility and to express your opinions without the foul language and name calling. This could be an interesting forum for people in the community to stay in the know.
Jack Diddly

Johnson City, TN

#28 Feb 19, 2012
Concerned Citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry if i came off sarcastic but as a citizen of this county it disturbs me that he is allowed to be out running the roads and doing the things he is doing. If it were you or me or any other average Joe we would not get to leave on an O.R. bond after checking in like he did last time and probably get to do this time.Also, i here everybody talking at these various places also and i here peoples thoughts from both sides of the fence, not just the side that i felt like you were coming from in your earlier post. Everyone is intitled to there own opinion, but whether he is guilty or not the courts will decide in the end.
Thanks for clearing that up.I feel the same as you,but this guy wasn't being disrespectful with the namecalling like the others have done.I for one welcome an opposing view in a civil way.

Hopefully people will realize that as long as you don't make illegal threats on here you can speak out against things that are wrong.Then maybe the truth revealed on here will spill out into the community and wake some people up.
Voter

Murfreesboro, TN

#29 Feb 19, 2012
Could someone give me the state law on this charge so that i can let others know what the violation is.Thank You.
Jack Diddly

Johnson City, TN

#30 Feb 19, 2012
The DangYo Suu Ma g wrote:
<quoted text>
How can anyone possibly feel sorry for The corrupt criminal sheriff David Kent Harris. Are people willing to overlook the fact that this man is an elected official who took an oath and by his criminal actions he has violated his oath dozens of times over ? The most corrupt and criminal things that he has been involved in have not been reported yet because they are still under investigation. With him still in office he is still in a position to interfere with any investigation into other parties that are involved. If the details on these matters were to come out now it would put peoples lives at stake and possibly prevent the prosicution of the other parties involved. As far as a replacement for the sheriff the law is clear on that. The County commission will have to make an appointment and that person would face an open election in Aug. No doubt Kent Harris will have someone in mind to push for the job so that he can still call the shots and use the position to retaliate against witnesses and their families.I have heard that Rick Butler is going around telling people that Kent is going to get him elected as sheriff. I also hear that Ron Arnold is doing the same thing. Either of these choices would insure that Kent Harris will retain some control over the sheriff dept. and employees will still be able to be influenced and retaliated against. I believe residents of Unicoi County deserve better and will be able to see through this.
You hit the nail on the head about Ron Arnold and Rick Butler.I also think it would be political suicide for any of them to even mention them as a possible fill in.

Keep up the good fight
Jack Diddly

Johnson City, TN

#31 Feb 19, 2012
Voter wrote:
Could someone give me the state law on this charge so that i can let others know what the violation is.Thank You.
Official misconduct,it is against the law for a public official to solicit money for private use on the tax payers dime.

Someone typed the letter up on one of the computers at the sheriff's office that requested donations for his defense fund.

The TBI took the computer as evidence.Everything that is done a computer is stored somewhere on the hard drive and that would be sufficient evidence to indict him on.

They realized they messed up right after it surfaced,if you can go back to some old threads you will notice they already had witnesses that seen them doing this at Kinkos,but computers don't lie and surveilance cameras at Kinkos don't lie.
Watchdog

Murfreesboro, TN

#32 Feb 19, 2012
Voter wrote:
Could someone give me the state law on this charge so that i can let others know what the violation is.Thank You.
39-16-402. Official misconduct.

(a) A public servant commits an offense who, with intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another, intentionally or knowingly:

(1) Commits an act relating to the servant's office or employment that constitutes an unauthorized exercise of official power;

(2) Commits an act under color of office or employment that exceeds the servant's official power;

(3) Refrains from performing a duty that is imposed by law or that is clearly inherent in the nature of the public servant's office or employment;

(4) Violates a law relating to the public servant's office or employment; or

(5) Receives any benefit not otherwise authorized by law.

(b) For purposes of subdivision (a)(2), a public servant commits an act under color of office or employment who acts or purports to act in an official capacity or takes advantage of the actual or purported capacity.

(c) It is a defense to prosecution for this offense that the benefit involved was a trivial benefit incidental to personal, professional or business contact, and involved no substantial risk of undermining official impartiality.

(d) An offense under this section is a Class E felony.

(e) Charges for official misconduct may be brought only by indictment, presentment or criminal information; provided, that nothing in this section shall deny a person from pursuing other criminal charges by affidavit of complaint.
who ever

Gate City, VA

#33 Feb 19, 2012
dan bowman
my thought

Bluff City, TN

#34 Feb 19, 2012
If they have to put someone else in as sheriff. It should be Ralph Marlowe. Who else has his qualifications?
who ever

Gate City, VA

#35 Feb 19, 2012
my thought wrote:
If they have to put someone else in as sheriff. It should be Ralph Marlowe. Who else has his qualifications?
DAN BOWMAN DOES
Icing on the cake

Johnson City, TN

#36 Feb 19, 2012
I say we put Josh simpson in. He has already learned first hand from the sheriff.
Jack Diddly

Johnson City, TN

#37 Feb 19, 2012
who ever wrote:
<quoted text> DAN BOWMAN DOES
I agree with both of those choices.Ralph did a better job than what he got credit for,he's not a politician for sure.

I'm sure Danny would know his way around too.
Jack Diddly

Johnson City, TN

#38 Feb 19, 2012
Watchdog wrote:
<quoted text>
39-16-402. Official misconduct.
(a) A public servant commits an offense who, with intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another, intentionally or knowingly:
(1) Commits an act relating to the servant's office or employment that constitutes an unauthorized exercise of official power;
(2) Commits an act under color of office or employment that exceeds the servant's official power;
(3) Refrains from performing a duty that is imposed by law or that is clearly inherent in the nature of the public servant's office or employment;
(4) Violates a law relating to the public servant's office or employment; or
(5) Receives any benefit not otherwise authorized by law.
(b) For purposes of subdivision (a)(2), a public servant commits an act under color of office or employment who acts or purports to act in an official capacity or takes advantage of the actual or purported capacity.
(c) It is a defense to prosecution for this offense that the benefit involved was a trivial benefit incidental to personal, professional or business contact, and involved no substantial risk of undermining official impartiality.
(d) An offense under this section is a Class E felony.
(e) Charges for official misconduct may be brought only by indictment, presentment or criminal information; provided, that nothing in this section shall deny a person from pursuing other criminal charges by affidavit of complaint.
Thanks for posting this,can't argue with that.
wildman

Elizabethton, TN

#39 Feb 19, 2012
how about henery hampton at least hes dependable and honiest
Jack Diddly

Johnson City, TN

#40 Feb 19, 2012
who ever wrote:
<quoted text> DAN BOWMAN DOES
The only conflict I see with Danny,his brother Doug is a commissioner.Not sure he wouldn't have to step down.Also not sure how he stands on ousting Harris.I wish they would step up and take action.

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