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Brian Keith Hodge Betty Jane Best Hawkins Monroe County TN Vote Buying Investigation

Hodge, Hawkins Indicted for Vote Buying and Conspiracy

Feds Unseal Grand Jury Indictment The sealed federal indictment against Brian “Wormy” Hodge and Betty Hawkins that was brought by a grand jury in Knoxville and filed in the United States Eastern District Court of Tennessee on February 7 was unsealed on Monday. It charges both defendants with one count of conspiracy to buy votes and 13 counts of vote buying.  Count One […]
Brian Keith Hodge Betty Jane Best Hawkins Monroe County TN Vote Buying Investigation

United States of America Versus Hodge and Hawkins

Federal Indictments Sealed The federal attorney general for the Eastern District of Tennessee has sealed its indictments against two Monroe County residents, according to court records that BUZZ obtained on Monday. The records, filed on February 7, 2017, specifically named “Brian Keith Hodge, aka Wormy” and “Betty Jane Best, aka Betty Hawkins.” On that date, United States Attorney Nancy Stallard Harr issued a “Motion to […]
Racketeering Monroe County TN Vote Buying Investigation 2017

Why the Talk of Racketeering?

There’s a reasonable possibility the word “racketeering” will be a word of interest in coming days. It’s seldom used in small towns but appears for the most part in cities and urban areas where crimes and gang members proliferate. Racketeering – it has a ring. It’s used to describe “organized crime.” For the record, racketeering is a criminal activity best defined in 18 US Code 1961 […]
Brian Keith Worm Hodge Arrested Blount County TN

Former Deputy Detained by Feds

In Custody Late Thursday, Out Friday A Monroe County Sheriff’s auxiliary deputy was placed in custody by federal agents at his workplace on Thursday and held in detention at the Blount County Jail for approximately 30 hours before being released. He was identified by the Blount County Jail‘s “online inmate system” as 32 year old Brian Keith “Worm” Hodge. Reportedly, agents arrested him while he […]
Ethan's Happy Place Panhypopituitarism Monroe County Tellico Plains TN

Ethan’s Happy Place

Between Madisonville and Tellico Plains sits a house that is home to young Ethan and his family. Ethan Rickman is an eight-year-old child who is a student at Tellico Plains Elementary School. He loves riding the bus to school and back home each day. And he actually leaves home with excitement each morning, ready to […]
Monroe County TN Rural Writers' Conference

The BUZZ to Host First Rural Writers’ Conference

Reaching out to East Tennessee’s Literary Community Tabitha Prock East Tennessee is a place filled with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage to which writers of all genres have been drawn including James Agee, Alex Haley, and Cormack McCarthy. An exciting convergence of our local literary community will take place Saturday, April 30 from 10 […]
Jazzy Classic Softball Tournament 2016 Monroe County TN

No One Is Giving Up on Jasmine

Tabitha Prock Jasmine Wade is a bubbly two-year-old little girl who loves Spongebob Square Pants, Hello Kitty, and her new baby brother. Daddy is her best friend and mommy is the center of her world. In a recent visit to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH), it was determined that Jasmine had an inoperable mass on […]
Monroe County TN My Free Taxes United Way

United Way Supports MyFreeTaxes.com – You Could Qualify!

​It’s that time of year again! United Way supports MyFreeTaxes.com for those that have earned under $62,000 in 2015 you will be able to get your taxes filed for FREE! 72% of Americans are unaware that they qualify for MyFreeTaxes. Only four in ten are unaware of the Child Tax Credit, while fewer than 60% […]
OOA Worship Winter Warming Shelter Monroe County TN

OAA Worship Opens Winter Warming Shelter

Calling on the Hearts of Monroe County – OAA Worship Opens Winter Warming Shelter By Tabitha Prock With temperatures falling well below freezing this week, most area residents dread venturing outside. Those few minutes of pumping gas, carting groceries from the supermarket, and scraping ice from windshields can feel brutal. It’s hard for many to imagine […]
Monroe County TN 2016 Sheriff Election Bryan Graves

Graves Cleared to Run for Sheriff

State Republicans Dismiss Challenge Less than a week since a challenge to Republican sheriff candidate Bryan Graves was filed with the Tennessee Republican Party, contesting his status as a faithful member of the GOP, state party Chairman Ryan Hayes chucked the protest on Thursday, clearing the way for the former sheriff ’s chief deputy and highly decorated National Guard first sergeant to pursue his party’s nomination in March. “Tennessee Republican Party Chairman […]
Monroe County TN 2016 Sheriff Election Bryan Graves

Veteran Seeking Sheriff’s Office Challenged

Locals Seek to Remove Bryan Graves Name from Republican Primary Ballot A two-tour Iraqi war veteran and Bronze Star recipient is under fire from registered voters in Monroe County who have challenged his status to run for sheriff in next year’s Republican primary election. On Saturday, Bryan Graves, who is at present out of state […]
Monroe County TN Court Costs, Fines and Bonds

Court Costs, Fines, Bonds, What’s the Difference?

Do the Crime – You’ll Not Only Do the Time, but You’ll Pay for It According to several law enforcement officers and personnel in the local court system, there appears to be some confusion in the system regarding court costs, fines, and bonds and what each one represents and why it’s a part of the […]
Monroe County TN News Publication About The Buzz

Leaking School Roofs to Cost $3.8 Million

Leaking School Roofs to Cost $3.8 Million Madisonville Primary, Vonore Middle, Madisonville Intermediate As Monroe County continues to climb out of its massive school construction debt, members of the Board of Education caught a broadside during a special workshop on Thursday, learning that leaks, deteriorating shingles, and rotting wood were plaguing at least three of the newer schools’ roofs in the county. The price tag to fix: $3.8 […]
FBI Investigating Monroe County TN Election Vote Buying

District Attorney: Vote Buying Investigation in FBI Hands

District Attorney: Vote Buying Investigation in FBI Hands Crump Says Similar Activity in 2016 Must Be Prevented Tenth Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump believes the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s interest in the alleged vote buying in last year’s election is a good thing. “One, it removes me from any conflict in the process,” he […]
Monroe COunty Tennessee News Publication TN Sheriff Honors Deputies

Sheriff Honors Three Deputies

Officers of the Month Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones II on Monday presented three night shift deputies with certificates recognizing each one as “Officer of the Month” for October. The distinction went to Josh Woods, Billy Carson, and Chris Moses. With the certificate came a $25 gift certificate to the Olive Garden. Jones said Woods had been selected for […]
Monroe County TN News Publication Coker Creek TN School

Community Members Gather at Coker Creek Elementary School

Tulli Cole The mountain was ablaze with passionate words and emotions on Thursday evening, January 29, as a community rose up in fervent support of its heart and soul—a little school by the name of Coker Creek Elementary School. “I think everyone here has an interest in Coker Creek School,” said Melissa Wiseman, President of […]