Compliments of the City of Sweetwater Sweetwater city officials released the following statement on Thursday, listing several suggestions and information regarding the August 21 total solar eclipse and how local community residents can prepare for the once-in-a-lifetime event. Read full statement here…
Will Burn an “Inclement Weather Day” The Monroe County director of schools said on Friday the county schools and the city schools of Sweetwater had decided to use an “inclement weather day” for the August 21 total solar eclipse. “Safety is always of the utmost concern when dealing with our students and employees,” said Tim Blankenship, “and we feel that it is in the best interest […]
August 21 Total Solar Blackout Overwhelming Challenge According to the website “GreatAmericanEclipse.com” on Monday, projections for out-o-county visitation for the August 21 total solar eclipse are running from between 27,000 and 111,000 persons, the first figure the “lowest,” the second the “highest.” But expect the highest. Booking and reservations that began seven to eight months ago are reportedly sold out in Sweetwater and Tellico Plains […]
MADISONVILLE Total Eclipse of Kefauver Park The “Total Eclipse of the Park” will take place at Kefauver Park in Madisonville on August 21, instead of the initial location of Houston Park behind the new library. The City of Madisonville made the announcement on Thursday. The solar eclipse event will still take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. complete with vendors, […]
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Feds Move Date for Hodge Trial to Next Year The federal court voting conspiracy sentencing hearing for Betty Hawkins, aka Betty Jane Best, of Ballplay, has been moved seven months ahead. The scheduled trail date for co-defendant Brian Keith “Wormy” Hodge of Vonore has also been changed and locked in for 2018. View full story […]
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“Superseding” Indictment: Seven Counts Including Witness Tampering Served in February with a 14-count federal indictment for conspiracy to buy votes and vote buying prior to the 2016 Monroe County general election, Brian Keith Hodge, also known as “Wormy,” was charged in a “superseding” indictment with witness tampering, conspiracy to commit voter fraud, and five counts […]
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Vote-Buying Indictment Parameters Unchanged One week after federally indicted vote-buying suspect Brian “Wormy” Hodge asked for a modification of his bond – to permit him to work as a deputy in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department – a federal judge in Knoxville on Tuesday said no. In a memorandum and order filed on April 25, […]
Tuesday Hearing Latest Wrinkle in Vote-Buying Case Accused vote buyer Brian Hodge appeared in federal district court in a bond hearing on Tuesday, asking a judge to rule whether he can serve as a jailer at the Monroe County Jail and work with the present chief deputy, Randy White, for whom he allegedly bought votes […]
Hodge Moves from April to October The 14-count vote buying conspiracy trial of Brian Keith “Wormy” Hodge of Vonore was rescheduled in a pre-trial conference on Friday, United States Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley ordering the April 24 jury trial date reset and extended to Tuesday, October 17. Shirley granted a motion by Hodge’s attorney Michael […]
Prosecutors Asking Grand Jury for Additional Counts of Election Fraud One of two Monroe County residents federally indicted in February in an election fraud conspiracy investigation involving vote buying in the county’s 2014 election has been scheduled for grand jury study and consideration today, Thursday, with more indictments expected to be issued. According to a […]
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Punishment Includes Up to Five Years Prison, $250K Fine One of two Monroe County residents who have been charged with vote buying and conspiracy in the federal election of 2014 has entered a plea agreement in federal court in Knoxville. According to paperwork filed in the United States Eastern District Court on Monday, Betty Jane Best, also known as Betty Hawkins, will formally plea on Tuesday, April 11, […]