Sevier County connections part 1
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#1 Jun 24, 2008
Here is a list I found of connections that the leaders of Sevier County have going for them. Good old boys and girls running the show under the dictatorship of Lying Larry Waters.
Commissioners & Former Commissioners Employed by County:
WARREN HURST – employed by Planning Office (part time as shown on State Ethics Commission filing)
RONNIE ALLEN – Highway Department (Nice move for a Preacher, wonder what he teaches if this is what he practices?)
FRED ATCHLEY – Sheriff’s Department/Fire Officer;
JIM KEENER – School Department, Transportation/Weather mediator;
PHIL KING - Sheriff’s Department/Humane Officer (AKA Phido)
JUDY GODFREY – School Department Media, late husband RAY GODFRED, former commissioner employed at Fleet Garage;
TONY PROFFITT – Employed as School Resource Officer, Sheriff’s Dept.;
CARROLL RAUHUFF - Highway Department Employee long time, retired current Year;
2, Employee Family Affiliation – Board of Commissioners, Former & Current
TONY PROFFITT – son, Jacob, employed Highway Department; wife teacher with School System;
BEN CLABO – children, Curtis Clabo, Adult Education Supervisor; Doyle Clabo, Storm Water Manager; Elaine T. Myers, employed Wearwood School; Richard Clabo, Grandson, employed Highway Department, possibly second Grandson employed with county;
KENT WOODS – wife, Carrie Ass’t..Principal School System; Mother in law M. Radel, Secretary long time Sevier County Building Authority;
TOMMY HILLARD – wife, Ass’tPrincipal Northview, School System;
BUSTER NORTON – wife employed with School System;
MAX WATSON – sister Reba Spence employee food service School System; cousins, one employed with DA’s office, two as teachers School System; cousin, Steve Watson employee of Sheriff’s Department; cousin Scott Hensley, Employed with School System; Reba Spence, sister, employed with School System; Rexine Shults, sister, employed with School System;
GENE BYRD – sister in law cousin to Mayor’s wife; to Sue Smith employee of Mayor’s office; to Greg McCarter, Judicial Officer and brother in law of Mayor & Chairman of Commission; to Gary Cole, Commissioner; to Samuel (Wes) Newman employee Highway Department and son of former Circuit Court Clerk, Pleas Newman who was also Uncle to all named;
JIMMY TEMPLE– wife Marie former teacher; son, James Temple serves as Planning Commission member;
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WARREN HURST – son in law of former Superintendent Sam Ellis Highway Department; Reece Ellis & Kenneth Ellis, brothers in law employed Highway Department; Danny Ellis, nephew employed Highway Department; Daughter employed in School system; sister(s) employed School System;sisterin law,
Louise Hurst, employed cafeteria School System; Della Hurst, sister in law cafeteria employee, School System; sister in law Patsy Ellis Farmer employee ofSchool System; Larry Allen, counsinof wife employed at School System;
FRED ATCHLEY – wife Barbara Chief Deputy Clerk & Master; sister in law, Judy employed Health and Human Services;
JAMES (JIMBO) CONNER – sister in law, E. Wealsemployed by School System; grandfatherformer Sheriff 1936; father former Commissioner and Quarterly Court Chairman 1982; mother former Clerk & Master 1983;
CARROLL RAUHUFF – former long-time employee of Highway Department retired past quarter; two brothers employed at Highway Department, Charlie Rauhuff and Larry Rauhuff;
RONNIE WHALEY – wife, Deloris clerical employee of School System; brother Ralph Whaley employed at Highway Department;
JUDY GODFREY – son employed with School System, late husband. RAY GODFREY, employed with Fleet Services Garage;
REX DELOZIER– Former Commissioner, son in law Lonnie Galyon employed with School System;
LANNING WYNN – Former Commissioner, shown to be a General County Employee, position unknown; wife employed with School System;
ALFRED NEWMAN – Former Commissioner, shown to be a General County Employee, position unknown;
GARY COLE – wife employed with School System at GP; through relative connected to Commissioner Gene Byrd; cousin to wife of Mayor & Commission Chairman,; to Tax Attorney and retained County Attorney Jerry McCarter; to Samuel (Wes) Newman, employee of Highway Dept. DWA Hong, Wes’ wife is employed in food service with the School Department; to Sue Smith, employee of Mayor’s office; to Judicial Officer Craig McCarter, brother to wife of Commission Chairman & Mayor Waters;
EARL CLINTON, Former Commissioner – brother James Clinton employed with School System;
PHIL KING – Son of Former Commissioner, RILEY KING; son employed with Sheriff’s Department;
JIM KEENER – wife Marg medical assistant School System; cousin to County
Clerk, Joe Keener;
BILL OAKES – wife, Peggy employed with School System;
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RILEY KING, Former Commissioner - father of current Commissioner Phil King; Grandson employed with Sheriff’s Department;
PAUL CANNON. Former Commissioner - son, Brad Cannon Director of Archives Department;
DAVID OGLE, Former Commissioner – County Board of Commissioners’ Representative on Sevier County Public Building Authority, second only to the
Mayor, Larry Waters;
JERRY WEAR. Former Commissioner – current teacher with School System; wife Linda also teaches with School System;
FRANK PARTON – brother Gene Parton, employee with Sevier County; son, Randy Parton, County Employee;
KENNETH WHALEY –(former) wife employee of School System;
Employee Family Affiliation, Current & Former – Public Officials
JETTIE CLABO, TRUSTEE – sisters (2?) employed Trustee’s Office; sister in law to Circuit Clerk, Rita Ellison; brother Fletcher Breeden employed with Highway
Department; sister Joyce Brackins Commissioner at Pigeon Forge;
SHERRY ROBERTSON-HUSKEY, REGISTER – Mother, Veryl Henderson Former Register; daughter Mandy employed Register’s Office; son Derek employed Archives Records office, Register is Member of Archives Committee;
CONNIE HOLT, GENERAL SESSIONS CLERK – husband, Mark employed Sheriff’s Dept.; father in law William R. Holt, Retired Circuit Judge;
LARRY WATERS, MAYOR & COMMISSION CHAIRMAN – Uncle Jack Waters employed Solid Waste Department; brother in law Greg McCarter Judicial Officer (brother and partner to wife Terri, owners of Crescent Printing(Contractors doing printing for County); step-father, Dale Bradshaw, Head of Maintenance Courthouse and associated offices; connected through wife to Sue Smith employee of Mayor’s Office as insurance clerk; cousin (through wife) to Commissioner Gary Cole and cousin through wife to inlaw of Gene Byrd Commissioner; cousin through wife to Jerry McCarter,(retained) County Attorney and Delinquent Tax Attorney; cousin through Wife of Mayor Waters, Terri to Samuel (Wes) Newman employed by Highway Department and his Wife employed by the School Department, son of former Circuit Court Clerk - The llate Pleas Newman - who was “Uncle” to all named above as nieces and Nephews, wife of Newman, Veatrice Newman Judicial Officer, Mother & Mother In law of Samuel (Wes) Newman and wife employed Highway Department & School System;
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CAROLYN McMAHAN, CLERK & MASTER – father Fred Pierce Former Assessor of Property (70’s) & Former Sheriff (60’s); cousin to Mayor’s Administrative Assistant 33 years recently retired Shirley Matthews, Mayor’s Office; J. B. Matthews husband of Shirley, cousin, employed Election Commission; brother in law Jack McMahan Chairman Planning Commission and former SCHS Principal with School System; Lois McMahan, sister in law, employed Health & Human Services and their daughters, possibly two nieces employed as teachers in School System;
PLEAS NEWMAN, Former Circuit/Session Court Clerk & Assistant, as well as Judicial Officer; Uncle and long-time political activist as mentioned with reference to employment of wife, son & daughter in law’s in county positions; those persons identified as nephews and nieces employed particularly by the Highway Department, School Department and as Judicial Officers;
JONAS SMELCER, HIGHWAY DIRECTOR – wife, Teresa Adams (Smelcer) employed with Highway Department; step-son Donald Adams employed Highway Department; father of official recently retired from Highway Department; Teresa Adams’ mother) employed; brother Larry Smelcer and husband of Geraldine Smelcer employee Planning Office. former employee of Property Assessor’s Office, employed of Highway Dept.; Fletcher Breeden Brother of Clabo, Trustee, employed Highway Department; Ralph Whaley brother of Commissioner Ronnie Whaley employed; Fred McClure brother of School Board Member John McClure hired highway department; Kenneth Ellis And Reece Ellis, brothers in law of Commissioner Warren Hurst currently ‘part-‘part-time’ with Planning Office (Ellises & Hurst sons and son in law of forme Road Superintendent Sam Ellis and, Danny Ellis, grandson, employed in Highway Department); Richard Clabo, grandson of Ben Clabo, Commissioner and Chairman of Budget & Finance Committee employed Highway Department; cousin Joseph Smelcer, son of cousin Glen (Shorty) Smelcer, late former retired employee Highway Department; Charlie Rauhuff & Larry Rauhuff, brothers of
Commissioner Carroll Rauhuff recently retired Highway Dept.; Jacob Proffitt employed Highway Department, son of Commissioner Tony Proffitt. he and wife employed by the County as Teacher and School Resource Officer;
RONALD SEALS, SHERIFF – cousins, Robert Stoffel & Richard Stoffel, employed Sheriff’s Department; Commissioner Tony Proffitt employed as School Resource Officer; Commissioner Phil King employed as Humane Officer with Sheriff’s Department, and son of Phil King, employee of Sheriff’s Department;
Fred Atchley, Commissioner, employed as Fire Officer with Sheriff’s Department and holds second position with Sheriff’s Department; Steve Watson employee of Sheriff’s Department, cousin of Max Watson, Commissioner;
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JACK PARTON, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS – daughters Lisa and Katie & wife employed at schools; son in law employed school system, daughter’s mother in law employed at Central Office; Commissioner Jim Keener Transportation
Supervisor and wife Marg medical attendant System System employees; Kevin McClure Mechanical Supervisor, son of School Board Chairman and Chairman of Ethics Committee, who is current V-Mayor. his cousin Keith Whaley is Mayor Pigeon Forge, he is nephew of Fred McCure Chairman. McClure’s brother employed Highway Department,(aunt of McClure) Earlene McClure Teaster being the City Manager of Pigeon Forge; employees wives and former wife of Current and Former Commissioners Jim Keener, Gary Cole, Jerry Wear, Bill Oakes, Tommy Hillard, Kent Woods, Kenneth Whaley, Tony Proffitt, Ronnie Whaley. In addition, former and current commissioners are employed by the School System – Jim Keener, Jerry Wear, Tony Proffitt; wife of School Board Member Stanley Moore is employed by School System; wife of Commissioner Jimmy Temple former employee of School System;
JOHNNY KING, PROPERTY ASSESSOR – wife Karen Financial Officer for School System; late brother Ben King employee of Highway Department; sister in law Carolyn King employee of School System; two nieces, teachers of School System; Barbara Tinker and Belinda Tinker, nieces, employed School System;
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS – See Comments Below
Mike Oakley, Chairman
Becky Barnes, Member – Teaches in Knox County due to conflict of interest in that she is a Teacher & Board Member, where family members of both John McClure, Member, Stanley Moore, Member and School Director Dr. Jack Parton have family members, wives, children who are currently employed by School System with seemingly no ‘conflict of interest’;
Mike Oakley, Chairman - wife and sister work for School System.
John McClure, Member & Chairman of Ethics Committee - son, Kevin McClure, employed with School System who is current Vice- Mayor, City of Pigeon Forge; former sister in law to Chairman and Aunt of Kevin McClure and Keith Whaley with School System, Glenda Whaley, employed by Trustee;
Stanley Moore, Member – wife Jayleen employee of School System;
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RITA ELLISON, CIRCUIT COURT CLERK - sister in law to Jettie Clabo Trustee; former long-time secretary of Rex H. Ogle, Current Circuit Judge;
JOE T. KEENER, CLERK –wife step-daughter of Chairman of Ethics Committee and Member of School Board, John McClure; cousin of
Jim Keener, Commissioner;
JEFF RADER, SESSION JUDGE – wife employed as teacher in School System;
DWIGHT STOKES, SESSIONS JUDGE – wife former teacher in School System; Reference (here) to ‘PRIVATE PROBATION’, in which a family member previously affiliated (See history of Private Probation in this county as in Cocke County);
Stevephen Layman, Director Juvenile Center – mother, Janette Layman-Ballard former Circuit Court Cerk; aunt former employee of Sessions Court Clerk’s office;
TELFORD FORGETY, CHANCELLOR - brother in law, Curtis French, employee of Sheriff’s Department;
JACK McMAHAN, CHAIRMAN PLANNING COMMISSION – wife, Lois, employee Health and Human Services; possibly two daughters employed as teacher School System; Sister in law, Carolyn McMahan appointed 1983 Clerk & Master Chancery Court, employed previously as Deputy Clerk & Master for sixteen Years;
BRAD CANNON, ARCHIVES DIRECTOR -, son of Former Commissioner, Paul Cannon;
RICHARD MONTGOMERY, STATE REPRESENTATIVE – brother Connie Montgomery employed Sheriff’s Department; brother William Robert Montgomery, Mechanic Supervisor County Garage employee, all cousin to the late Former Sheriff, Bruce Montgomery, and current candidate for Sheriff, Harry Montgomery;
RONNIE SUTTON, CONSTABLE – wife employed with Sheriff’s Department;
ROY VON CAMPBELL, CONSTABLE – employed with Solid Waste under Jack Waters’
GARROLD RHEA, Former Commissioner – wife employed with John King; Property Assessor’s Office;
BRIAN C. ATCHLEY, SR.*, MAYOR OF SEVIERVILLE – son, Brian C. Atchley, Jr.Employed with School System;
#7 Jun 24, 2008
So what's your point? Show me a county that isn't like that.
#8 Jun 24, 2008
Nepotism is a good thing in sevier county. Imagine all the families who would be out of work if the county didn't hire them.
Lay off the nepotism talk. We have too good a deal going on here!
#9 Jun 24, 2008
You have to be kidding me, your joking right, this is not normal even Cocke county has civil service and guess what centralized accounting too.
#10 Jun 24, 2008
Does it gall the living shit out of you Whack a Noodle Gang Bangers. You look good pissed on and off and green
Here's your sign!
#11 Jun 24, 2008
Wow you had a long, tedious job.
You do realize that before all of you people from other areas began to move here, because you love it as much as we do, that we had to work and make a living where we lived? How odd is it that generations have worked in local jobs? NONE. I agree this county has problems, but the point of this list does not prove or solve our problems. Now lets talk VOTING!
#12 Jun 24, 2008
Your ass is dragging on the ground Peggy. What happened in 2006? Your county has had problem for over a hundred years. They were called White Caps and judged other people just like you are doing now. See the real problem smacker?
#13 Jun 25, 2008
To all those mentioned thank you for your hard work, dedication and positive impact on Sevier County.
#14 Jun 25, 2008
We don't know about the positive thing, however it sure does illustrate the Love the Neighbor Thing.
In Sevier County, relative humidity is the sweat on your brow while you are doing your sister in law.
To answer the number one question asked in divorce court, "YES" you will still be brother and sister after the decree of divorce.
#15 Jun 25, 2008
No nepotism policy! No investigation into my land deals or water line deals!
No questions about any thing I'm doing or have ever done!
Leave me and my family alone!
#16 Jul 13, 2008
Brad Cannon-Director of Archives Depart is NOT the son of Paul Cannon. Brad Cannon is not related to Paul Cannon, Brad's dad is Wayne Cannon and this set of Cannons live in Knox Co. are not related to Paul Cannon.
#17 Jul 13, 2008
It's the left outs that are doing the bitchen.
Just remember morons..... YOU put Larry Waters in office for THIRTY YEARS STUPID White Cap Good Ole Boys and he stuck it in your peanut butter.....Now that's Sevier County STUPID to the second power.....
#18 Jul 14, 2008
Just like any other county. But still not a good thing.
#19 Jul 17, 2008
This list is unbelievable! Let's put all on county payroll.
#21 Jul 25, 2010
The list of names are some of the most honest and dedicated people in this county and the parnoid conspiracy theories are crazy the ppl listed above deserve an award for hard work
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