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THIS WEEK'S INSIDE DEALS I N G L F S S M A R T S 0 U R C E ( 2 ) C V S ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the Monroe County STILL JUST $1 IN RACKS USPS 997-840 Join the Discussions BUT ONLY 77 CENTS FOR HOME DELIVERY Vol. 48 No. 18. 4 Sections, 28 Pages Wednesday May 1, 2019 By Richard Dumas of Harrison Road was taken fled as Spoon, was possibly to the Monroe County Jail, intoxicated while driving an where he was also charged orange lawn mower. Justice A Bolingbroke man was with driving while license smelled alcohol on Spoon, charged with DUI after he suspended, who was wearing a gray shirt was stopped on his riding According to the incident and blue jeans. Spoon told lawn mower heading home report, at about 11:52 a.m Justice he was coming from from a beer run to the store Cpl. Jake Justice of the Mon- the gas station, where he had on Rivoli Road on Thursday, roe County Sheriff's Office been buying beer, and said went to the intersection of he drank one beer at about 9 April 25. Lonnie Derrell Spoon, 59, Rivoli Road and Klopfer a.m. that morning. Road where a man, identi- . Dispatchers then deter- mined Spoon's license was suspended, and Spoon failed several field sobriety tests. As Justice began to read Spoon his rights, Spoon became confused at which point Justice told him he couldn't operate any type of vehicle, including a lawn mower, on a state or county road with- out a valid license. SPOON '[ i ,i: : :: The Honda Civic (foreground) driven by Alan Upton of Knoxville, Tenn. crashed into the Watts Service Center tow truck, totaling three vehicles. (Special to the Reporter) Tow truck driver dives over guardrai to avoid catastrophe A Forsyth tow truck driver around 9:45 a.m. on 1-75 just were totaled by the collision, had to dive over the 1-75 guard north of the 1-475 split. Before said Callahan. Upton was taken rail to avoid being struck by a he could get back in his wrecker to Navicent Health in Macon Tennessee man who crashed he suddenly heard screeching for treatment. into his wrecker on Friday, April tires and dove over the guardrail After years in the towing busi- 19, a collision that totaled three to get away from a white 2015 ness, Callahan was asked if he vehicles. Honda Civic crashing into his was accustomed to the fact that Robby Callahan, 59, who tow truck. The driver, Alan Up- highways are dangerous. works for Watts Service Center, ton, 33, of Knoxville, Tenn said "Well the highways are alright had just loaded a Ford F- 150 he must're hydroplaned causing places" deadpanned Callahan, with a steering problem onto his him to crash into the tow truck "it's the people who are danger- wrecker in the emergency lane All three vehicles involved ous." 1 By Richard Dumas Monroe County commis - sioner Larry Evans is under scrutiny after he reportedly verbally intimidated EVANS JARRELL a county employee because she did not hire his niece for a county job. An e-mail from county manager Jim Hedges to the other four commissioners on Friday moming stated that Evans entered the office of county purchasing agent Phyllis Jarrell on Thursday to complain that Jarrell had not hired Evans' niece for a vacant posi- tion in purchasing. Hedges told the other commissioners in the e-mail that he did not know exactly what was said between Evans and Jarrell but said the "jest [sic] of the conversation" was that Evans told Jarrell he was responsible for her getting a raise and he expected a favor in return. Hedges wrote Evans also told Jarrell he thought she was smarter than that in See INTIMIDATE Page 6A By Richard Dumas of the Monroe County by her husband, Leonard Sheriff's Office went to the Chad Rogers, was taken manager's home and club- from the building and used A 40-year-old Forsyth house at Meadows Gun at a Shell station on Hwy. man has been charged with Club at 1064 Rumble Road 42 North. trying to burn down the about a fire. By the time When Ortiz returned, he Meadows Gun Club man- Ortiz arrived, the Monroe smelled a strong odor of ager's home and clubhouse County Fire Department gasoline coming from the with his wife inside earlier had extinguished the blaze, home. He then turned the this month. Initially Ortiz left the scene case over to Inv. Allen Hen- Leonard Rogers was but was called back about derson. Monroe County arrested and charged with an hour later at 12:50 a.m. Sheriff Brad Freeman said first degree arson on April on April 12 when Cpt.Leonard Rogers was ar- 12 after he was accused of Jason Lott of the Monroe rested later the same day in trying to burn down the County Fire Department Taylor County. home he shared with his notified Ortiz he thought Freeman said the fire was wife while she was inside the fire was arson, extinguished quickly; and of it. Meadows general man- the home, which doubles as "It could're been very ager Jenny Rogers wasMeadows' office/gi shop, bad" said sheriffBrad Free- inside the home at the time remains habitable. How- of the fire and called 9-1-1. ever, Freeman said it could man. At about 11:49 p.m. on Rogers said a companyhave been a really danger- April 11, Cpl. Nicolas Ortiz credit card regularly used ous situation because the A Forsyth man is charged with trying to burn down the manager's home and clubhouse at The Meadows Gun Club in Smart. (Photo courtesy steps were lit on fire, and a $10,000 bond, with the Jenny Rogers could have condition that he not con- been trapped on the second tact his wife by phone or in floor, person and that he take his Leonard Rogers re- medications. mained in jail until April Freeman said there may 24 when he was released on be more charges later.