Home   |  Staff   |  Local News   |  Area Events   |  Birthdays   |  Photos   |  Contact Us   |  Employment
 
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Smallwood files an appeal
Former Cocke County Fire Chief William Smallwood has filed an appeal to the February dismissal of his federal lawsuit against Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger and the county. The appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals was filed Thursday by Smallwood's attorney Thomas C. Jessee. In March 2017, Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger announced that she had terminated Smallwood The mayor pointed to alleged incidents of sexual harassment, workplace violence and harassment at the Fire Department and she charged that the chief "refused all remedial action", resulting in his termination. Mayor Ottinger and members of the fire department, which she supervises, have had an ongoing conflict, culminating more recently in the firing of Fire Captain/County Commissioner Clayton "Skip" Ellison. The termination came after Ellison was indicted by a Cocke County Grand Jury which had heard testimony from Emergency Management Director Kevin Benton, who charged Ellison with stalking. The conflicts between firefighters, the County Legislative Body(CLB) and Mayor Ottinger have escalated since the CLB voted in June, 2016, to appoint a civil service board to oversee the fire department's operations. The mayor says the board is illegal suggesting there is no provision in state law for such a board. In his ruling dismissing the lawsuit, Judge Curtis Collier held that in Tennessee, local governments may exercise only those powers granted them by the state legislature. "In fact, the Cocke County Commission did precisely what the Tennessee General Assembly expressly forbade it from doing when it voted to create the civil service board(CSB). Because Tennessee law expressly prohibits local governments from establishing systems of classified service, the Court finds the CSB was improperly formed and therefore null."


Return to Today's News Stories - Front Page

Friday, July 20, 2018

  • Graham on local job prospects and Conagra
  • West Virginians arrested in Jeff County robberies
  • Jobless numbers for Tennessee
  • Alexander on tariffs

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

  • Buckner arrest
  • Martin couple found
  • Lewis arrested on meth charges
  • Fraudulent IRS scam
  • East TN Artscapes is moving
  • Best Western thefts
  • Alexander on healthcare
  • Ozone keeping visitors away

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  • Myers incident
  • Cocke budget process
  • SNAP food guidelines
  • Phoenix Closures becomes Phoenix
  • RAM in Jeff County
  • Opiod lawsuit

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

  • East Broadway work continues
  • CLB meets
  • Tennessee senators disagree with Trump
  • Early voting is underway

    Monday, July 16, 2018

  • Elderly Newport couple missing
  • Quick-change artist busted
  • Pet Milk Park arrests
  • Wood arrest
  • Tennessee DA's get good audit report
  • Bredesen/Blackburn poll
  • Bus drivers needed
  •    

    Home  |  Staff  |  Photos  |  Local News  |  Contact Us  |  Employment

    © 2007 92.3 WNPC - Bristol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
    All Rights Reserved