Off Topix: Hawkins clerk of courts su...

Off Topix: Hawkins clerk of courts sues anonymous blogger

There are 118 comments on the Kingsport Times story from Jan 9, 2013, titled Off Topix: Hawkins clerk of courts sues anonymous blogger. In it, Kingsport Times reports that:

One Hawkins County official who was a victim of malicious false allegations of infidelity on a popular Rogersville online forum last year wants cyber bullies to know there is no such thing as total anonymity on the Internet.

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duh

Jefferson City, TN

#63 Jan 11, 2013
Excuse me... That was my apology, lol.

People will always talk about you. Something that I guess she never learned or maybe she did. Sometimes it good, sometimes it bad, sometimes it's a lie& sometimes it true. It's life.

It use to be whispers. Then it was phone calls & unfortunately now technology has morphed itself into Internet.

I have stated more than once the reasoning behind my "screen" name. duh represented what originally brought me to this site... Did you(u) hear. Had a few friends that were always saying that, " did you hear about this? Did you hear about that"

Yep, I am on here. I never take anything on here serious. Why would anyone? I mean, seriously, read some of this stuff. Is it worth suing over?

I find it interesting people who are " atta girling" her, yet use a screen name. Be honest, with yourself, because I know you will try to feed me a line... How many have posted a response or put something on here that you probably would not have said outloud in public because you wouldn't want to be tied to it. Don't say never or you would have put your name & this site would not be the hateful monster it is.

I hope she finds what she is looking for. I just question the end result, she outs someone we all gasp .... Then what?

Six months is a long time to let something pass. I understand it takes time for legal process, research and all that. However, like others have said why not announce you have started the process back then? Why not email the site & have them take it down?

Wonder how the other people that were mentioned in the thread feel about this being drudged up? Her name isn't the only one. I know if I went back through them others have too.
Overtaxed

Gate City, VA

#64 Jan 11, 2013
Anyone who runs for public office will find out that lots of things will be said about them. Some of those things will be true, some will be based in truth and exaggerated, some will be mostly false and some outright lies. That is the price you must be willing to pay if you want to hold elected office at any level. This has been going on since the beginning of the Republic. If the prospect of hearing rumors about yourself on the street, or reading things tha aren't true on Topix is that upsetting to you, politics is the wrong business to get into. You need a thick skin, not a lawyer.
Filing this lawsuit just shows that certain posters got under this public official's skin and how easy it was to do. That is something that a GOOD politician wouldn't want their enemies to know.
water bug

Johnson City, TN

#65 Jan 11, 2013
GoodForHer wrote:
I am THRILLED that she is doing this- yipeeee! I cant wait to find out, at least, one coward that gets on here and trys to harm people's lives. Go get em! Oh, and by the way, it probally didn't take her six months to do anything about this attack- it takes this much time to gather information and go through legal processes-- I know for a fact, because I have been a victim on here- as well as some of my friends and acquaintances- and I can ASSURE you that there are more lawsuits and criminal charges to be made! Every dog has it's day- eventually! Oh, and by the way, you can sue for damage to your reputation, job loss, stress, etc and so on- AND your legal fees and time lost from work to pursue protecting yourself! This is GRREAAAT!
did your feeling get hurt as well poor you , that you go get a lawyer to sue over a little gossip ....always heard sticks and stones can break bones but WORDS WILL NEVER HURT YA .. how shallow can one be to make this headline news or to feel words have done this much damange? talk about no self esteem you can tell its all women doing this .NO MAN WOULD DO THIS SUE OVER GOSSIP ON A WEB SITE .HE WOULD BE A MAN SUCK IT UP
Mike

Chatsworth, GA

#66 Jan 11, 2013
Well, one thing is for sure......the WHOLE world now knows what a damn crybaby that Sarah Lee Davis really is.

When you are involved in politics,being a crybaby is not a good thing.
Goody

Morristown, TN

#67 Jan 11, 2013
I'm proud of her for taking a stand against this type of posting. It does destroy peoples lives and reputation. It is so hurtful. I have been slandered on this site myself . Total lies being posted. Freedom of speech does not include slander. I wish her the best on the out come. Maybe it will break some of them when it reaches their pocketbooks or pay checks.
GOSSIP GAL

Johnson City, TN

#68 Jan 11, 2013
Goody wrote:
I'm proud of her for taking a stand against this type of posting. It does destroy peoples lives and reputation. It is so hurtful. I have been slandered on this site myself . Total lies being posted. Freedom of speech does not include slander. I wish her the best on the out come. Maybe it will break some of them when it reaches their pocketbooks or pay checks.
DO YOU HONESTLY ,THINK IF A REG -JOE WALKED IN PHILLIPS OFFICE AND SAIND I WANT TO SUE SOMEONE I DON'T KNOW... HE WOULD HAVE FOLLOWED THUR WITH IT ?NO WHAT CAN'T YOU SEE?..IT'S NOT ABOUT THE FACT ANY DAMAGED WAS DONE ,SHE STILL HAS JOB, RESPECT AMONG HER CLICK ONLY THINGS SHE LOOKING FOR IS TO SHOW HER POWER TO HER ELITE FRIENDS TO CALL OUT SOMEONE FOR MAKING A STATEMENT .. I THINK I WILL ALSO SPEAK WITH HIM ABOUT A LADY AT WORK TLKING ABOUT ME BEHIND MY BACK NOT TO MY FACE ...IS THT NOT KINDA THE SAME THING ? THEN SPREADING ALL OVER THE WORK PLACE ...
Small Minded PPl

Kingsport, TN

#69 Jan 11, 2013
Derr wrote:
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Maybe because the original poster said they made up a topic with absolutely no names and no hints other than prominent, old money and a location. Then the local gossips made up their own stories and are now going to get in trouble for it. In fact, the original individual stated over and over that they totally made it up and you people still refused to believe them. Calling the original poster guilty is like making Billy Bob guilty for saying, "Did you hear about what happened up in Stanley Valley last week" and then a week later a man shoots his neighbors dog because of it.
Did U ever think that after the poster made the comment about her having sex in the park, got scared, Changed their name and posted that is was just made up to see what ppl would say. Well when U make up a Topic as that was. You know all these Small Minded PPl with Nothing better to do as be on Topix all day. While putting down the ppl they Dislike or are Jealous of. Just wait until it happens to you or someone in Your Family and see how it Makes U feel. Not very Good I would say and Probably Pretty Angry.
Elected Officials have Hearts to and Do care about what this Could have Done to Their Family Life. What Goes Around Always comes Back Around. The Good Lord & Karma will See To It.
Small Minded PPl

Kingsport, TN

#70 Jan 11, 2013
eric wrote:
The way i see it like the whole things said it is anonymous... and you can trace a ip address to who ever the owner is but proving who used a computer could be quite difficult without evidence . they used a screen name you can not be held responsible for the use of someone using your computer. so in the end when they track this person down expose them publicly as a cyber bully without 100 percent proof that will also be slander because you can not pin point who made the accusations only a ip which also can be stolen .. if they can sue for defamation of character so can this person they pin point . also what is the charge going to be slander for commenting on gossip on a web site called topic .can you also prove this is the person she or he had intent to harm many other share the same name .. is everyone with this name going to sue as well?
I would bet this comment came from a cell phone. PPL just don't share their cell as some share their computer
Happened to Me

Kingsport, TN

#71 Jan 11, 2013
70sMan wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly! Wonder how many "victims" would have front page coverage if they filed Lawsuits for defamation of character, slander, and libel because of Rogersville Topix?
None. Because if you're not in the Loop then you mean nothing. Only the Elite matters here and a Lawyer would most likely laugh and tell you to join the Loop, so suck it up because nothing can be done.
It's just another obvious sign of how and who pulls the shots around Rogersville. Sad, very sad and very sicking.
This also happened to me. I am a NoBody, far from the Elite, as you call it. My Lawyer never told me any of those things. But when it got out that I had a Lawyer looking into this. The two ppl that put false things about me on Topix started telling on each other, Like the Low Lifes they were. Thats all I needed to know was who it was. After knowing, I new excately why they did it, Jealously. Thats the name of the Game around here. If yourself you don't have what they have and you want it the best way to make feel better is to Lie on the person that has it.
Fishy Smelling

Johnson City, TN

#72 Jan 11, 2013
I guess that also go's for anyone that's not important because they deserve to be talked about like trash 24-7. Who Cares! Right? Just so long as the topic isn't about someone that can't handle the truth. Just think of other reg, ol joe's that may have been Slandered, ect. from the same type of people that can dish it out but can't take it.
I know

Asheboro, NC

#73 Jan 11, 2013
There was a time a person would take an a$$ whupin for telling a lie about someone. But as I've said before and will say again, the police and topix have made chicken shuts out of everyone.
I Know2

Kingsport, TN

#74 Jan 12, 2013
The Bad thing with Topix is Who's A$$ do you take behind The Woodshed & Give Them a Few Good Reason's to Lie. Like,That didn't Hurt or They didn't Kick My A$$,I Kicked theirs.
If you had to Sign In with Your Real Name before posting. There would be alot less Lying going on.
They need to do what Times News did. Fill out a forum and they check out certain things to make sure you are who you say you are, before you can start posting. Topix doesn't do this cause it would make the Website alot Less Apealling to most people. So therefore alot Less Advertising going on & A Whole Lot Less Money in their Pockets. Topix doesn't care if people get hurt or killed, like in the past. As long as them Pockets are Full of Green.
just a suggestion

Kingsport, TN

#75 Jan 12, 2013
On Facebook you know for certain who you're talking to. When Topix first came along, it was a good community forum. But after a while the hatemongers took it over. Now it's just a place to lie about people and competing businesses.
Newspapers buh bye

Johnson City, TN

#76 Jan 12, 2013
I Know2 wrote:
They need to do what Times News did. Fill out a forum and they check out certain things to make sure you are who you say you are, before you can start posting.
Gee, is anybody still posting over there nowadays? LOL. And even when one person runs the gauntlet of qualifications and actually posts, nobody replies, so there is no lively discussion over there anymore.

Hell, they don't even allow free access to editorials or the opinion page anymore, the type of content that used to spark good-sized debates.

Stick a fork in it, KTN web is done.
wow

Knoxville, TN

#77 Jan 13, 2013
Newspapers buh bye wrote:
<quoted text>
Gee, is anybody still posting over there nowadays? LOL. And even when one person runs the gauntlet of qualifications and actually posts, nobody replies, so there is no lively discussion over there anymore.
Hell, they don't even allow free access to editorials or the opinion page anymore, the type of content that used to spark good-sized debates.
Stick a fork in it, KTN web is done.
Amen, Kingsport Times is a joke web site.
koby

Rogersville, TN

#79 Jan 13, 2013
Were there specific details about time and place that this alleged act were to have taken place or was the accusation vague? I did not see the original posts in question. For the record however i dont think this is the place to air clean or dirty laundry.....if the person or persons had, have a personal problem with a candidate it should be brought to their attention in person. Easiest of all....just dont vote for them...
childish

Johnson City, TN

#80 Jan 13, 2013
I will not vote for her or anyone in my family we were gossiping about her after church .everyone agreed that she is very immature to have acted this way... if she willing to sue a blog poster ..She may end up suing the county for some stupid reason for hurt feelings .
Gossip

Johnson City, TN

#81 Jan 13, 2013
childish wrote:
I will not vote for her or anyone in my family we were gossiping about her after church .everyone agreed that she is very immature to have acted this way... if she willing to sue a blog poster ..She may end up suing the county for some stupid reason for hurt feelings .
"We were gossiping about her after church." See anything wrong with that statement?
Seriously

Johnson City, TN

#82 Jan 13, 2013
But then again, Mrs Davis herself provided everyone with the topic....
Uhm

Trenton, FL

#83 Jan 13, 2013
Gossip wrote:
<quoted text>
"We were gossiping about her after church." See anything wrong with that statement?
I think they were bring cynical.

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