TBI investigating Unicoi sheriff, dep...

TBI investigating Unicoi sheriff, department

There are 40 comments on the Knoxville News Sentinel story from Sep 23, 2010, titled TBI investigating Unicoi sheriff, department. In it, Knoxville News Sentinel reports that:

ERWIN, Tenn. a ' The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into claims that the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department may have misused inmates.

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Vawkes

Johnson City, TN

#1 Sep 27, 2010
Wow When did this start?
JustSayKnow

Jonesborough, TN

#2 Sep 28, 2010
Vawkes wrote:
Wow When did this start?
I think the better question is, "Why has it taken so long?" My disappointment is not so much with Sheriff Harris' actions (those were expected), but more so with those of the local media. Hell, the rabid raccoon in Unicoi County got more coverage than Harris' indiscretions. Usually when Harris passes gas, most of the local media outlets are there to make a positive story out of it. Let him do something wrong and where are they now?

Just look at the difference in coverage for the two WC deputies who were caught having sex in a public park as compared to this incident where UC's chief law enforcement official and his agency are accused of indiscretions involving inmates. I would think the media would jump all over the UC story. If its the public's right to know, then take your blinders off, media, and do your job.
Heard both sides

Elizabethton, TN

#3 Oct 1, 2010
Some folks in Unicoi County think he's a God-fearing crime fighter protecting them from wigged out meth-heads. Other more sensible sorts think he's a profiteer using his office to enrich himself and a handful of cohorts.

It's possible and probable he's both. It comes down to his priorities. Which is more important to him. If the TBI finds that his #1 priority is acquiring property he may be visting some of the folks he locked away- as an equal.
Hey Now

Elizabethton, TN

#4 Oct 18, 2010
Something smells in Unicoi County folks. I think you're being lied to from top to bottom.
brenda

Smyrna, TN

#5 Oct 20, 2010
kerri king smells in erwin. the sherrif probably was helping her get off on a murder charge. i hope you 2 rot together.
honesty is best policy

Huntington, IN

#6 Dec 13, 2010
The sherrif should be put out of office peroid for several reasons the first being if you get caught doing something in erwin you can just rat your way out of trouble this should be illegal do the crime do the time period
jc man

Huntington, IN

#7 Dec 24, 2010
The tbi must be on the take also i work in erwin and have seen the misuse myself where can people go to get some real justice? The people in erwin should get together and hold a rally and or protest right in front of the jail maybe that would get the right persons attention
Hometown bound

Kingston Springs, TN

#8 Oct 25, 2011
jc man wrote:
The tbi must be on the take also i work in erwin and have seen the misuse myself where can people go to get some real justice? The people in erwin should get together and hold a rally and or protest right in front of the jail maybe that would get the right persons attention
I know that this is a little late, but Erwin finaly had that rally u wanted. Yep abt 200 dummies with signs prayed 4 corruption infront of the jail house.
igy

Murfreesboro, TN

#9 Oct 25, 2011
Hometown bound wrote:
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I know that this is a little late, but Erwin finaly had that rally u wanted. Yep abt 200 dummies with signs prayed 4 corruption infront of the jail house.
There are at least a thousand times as many of us than there is of them. If justice is not served may I suggest we fill the streets, not just the court house lawn, and demand to know why!
huh

Jonesborough, TN

#10 Oct 25, 2011
brenda wrote:
kerri king smells in erwin. the sherrif probably was helping her get off on a murder charge. i hope you 2 rot together.
What id Kerri King do?
True believer

United States

#11 Oct 27, 2011
Misuse of inmates. Bull. I think they should eork them like slaves daily, then they would think twice before getting back in trouble. Im sorry but if you are incarcerated, you should have no rights. Kent treats them like family and that is great, but I would not be so nice.
igy

Murfreesboro, TN

#12 Oct 27, 2011
True believer wrote:
Misuse of inmates. Bull. I think they should eork them like slaves daily, then they would think twice before getting back in trouble. Im sorry but if you are incarcerated, you should have no rights. Kent treats them like family and that is great, but I would not be so nice.
Exactly, they should out doing work for the county, not for the sheriff, they should not be on payroll, playing ball games and registering boats.
Boo Hoo

Ringgold, GA

#13 Oct 27, 2011
True believer wrote:
Misuse of inmates. Bull. I think they should eork them like slaves daily, then they would think twice before getting back in trouble. Im sorry but if you are incarcerated, you should have no rights. Kent treats them like family and that is great, but I would not be so nice.
So if Harris is convicted where do you suggest he pick cotton so he will think twice before he breaks the law?(And I don't want any excuses about his conditions. I expect a bale of cotton each and every day)
hawkeye

White House, TN

#14 Oct 27, 2011
lets all just get along
top gun

Murfreesboro, TN

#15 Oct 27, 2011
tony clarke had inmates working for him also, they went to knoxville and helped him move some things as well, also tony got his wife a job 3 weeks ago at the uc court house. i wonder now what is really going on looks like sheriff harris was set up. mike hensley rolled a supporters arm up in the window monday night why was he not charged??????????

Since: Oct 11

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#16 Oct 27, 2011
If someone is aggressive enough to stick their arm in someone elses window and space, he seems like the violator in my opinion. He invaded the person in the vehicles space and compromised their safety. Rolling up a window seems reasonable behaviour and response. If Harris is convicted, I hope he is treated per True Believer's opinion. I sincerely pray that Harris isn't the only one to go down because someone like that doesn't operate alone. It takes the support of town officials and the courthouse. They are all crooked and it will take getting rid of more than Harris.

Since: Oct 11

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#17 Oct 27, 2011
oh and I don't live in Pittsburgh, I'm just visiting there.
igy

Murfreesboro, TN

#19 Nov 1, 2011
top gun wrote:
tony clarke had inmates working for him also, they went to knoxville and helped him move some things as well, also tony got his wife a job 3 weeks ago at the uc court house. i wonder now what is really going on looks like sheriff harris was set up. mike hensley rolled a supporters arm up in the window monday night why was he not charged??????????
Can you enlighten us on why the man had his arm in Mikes window. Trust me if someone was invading my space in my vechicle, I would roll their arm up in the window to protect myself if I felt threatened. Wouldn't you?
Stephanie

United States

#20 Nov 3, 2011
Lmao people are truly crazy
Vaticinator

Murfreesboro, TN

#21 Nov 6, 2011
top gun wrote:
tony clarke had inmates working for him also, they went to knoxville and helped him move some things as well, also tony got his wife a job 3 weeks ago at the uc court house. i wonder now what is really going on looks like sheriff harris was set up. mike hensley rolled a supporters arm up in the window monday night why was he not charged??????????
Behold, you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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