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Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN

Judge Approves Reset of Vote Buying Trial Date

Fourth Continuance for Wormy Hodge in Past Year Under a federal indictment for voter fraud, vote buying, and witness tampering, Brian “Wormy” Hodge’s request to reschedule his pending trial in district court yet again found favor on Monday, Judge Leon Jordan granting a motion to continue that Hodge filed on February 1. The new date was placed […]
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Another Trial Date For Voter Fraud Defendant

Hodge Attorney Requests Move to July The Vonore defendant indicted federally for voter fraud, vote buying, and witness tampering asked for a trial date reset on Thursday. Through his attorney Brian “Wormy” Hodge requested a pending April trial be pushed to late July. If approved, the date would mark the fourth time Hodge’s trial date […]
Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN

Hodge Voter Fraud Trial Reset…Again

Additional Documents, Photographs, Records Defense Attorney: Plea Discussions Underway “…600 pages of banking records, 56 pages of additional election records, dozens of photographs, approximately 250 E-911 call records, and a transcript of a recorded conversation between the defendant and an alleged co-conspirator which the Government intends to use in its case-in-chief at trial.” View/Download Full […]
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Brian Hodge to Plea in Federal Court?

Pre-Trial Hearing Set in Vote Fraud Case A judge’s order was issued in federal court on Thursday, confirming the voter fraud case of the United States of America against Brian Keith “Wormy” Hodge of Vonore had been set for a “pretrial hearing” at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23. District Judge Leon Jordan in Knoxville […]
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Focusing on the Needs of Monroe County’s Kids

Buzz Fall Fest to Assist Coordinated Efforts Think about the smell of crayons for a moment. They smell like the first day of school, sparks of creativity, and possibilities. In a way, they are like children, great big bundles of potentiality, walking into rich, diverse futures and making memories along the way. A Yale University […]
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Sheriff’s Department Addresses August 21 Eclipse

Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones posted a statement on Friday regarding the total solar eclipse of August 21 and its possible effect on the county residents and businesses and the actions of the sheriff’s department. “The Monroe County Sheriffs Office has an important message for the residents and business owners concerning the upcoming eclipse.” Read full statement here…
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Tips for Residents As Eclipse Approaches

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…
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Schools Closing for Solar Eclipse

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 […]
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Is Monroe County Prepared for 111,000 Eclipse Visitors?

August 21 Total Solar Blackout Overwhelming Challenge According to the website “” 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 […]
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Solar Showdown – Events & Updates

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, […]
Hodge Hawkins Vote Buying and Conspiracy Trial Sentencing Reset Monroe County TN

Hawkins’ Voting Conspiracy Sentencing Reset

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 […]
Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN

Feds Hit “Wormy” with New Vote Fraud Conspiracy Charges

“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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Judge Denies Hodge’s Firearm Request

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, […]
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Magistrate to Rule on Hodge Working as Jailer

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 […]
Brian Keith Hodge Indictment Vote Buying and Conspiracy Monroe County TN

Vote-Buying Conspiracy Trial Reset

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 […]
Hodge Hawkins Agrees to Plea Vote Buying Monroe County TN

Hawkins Agrees to Plea to Vote Buying Conspiracy

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, […]