TBI Arrests Former City of Gallatin Councilman
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation presented its case against a former City of Gallatin councilman to the Sumner County Grand Jury which resulted in an indictment against him. Subsequently, he was arrested and booked into the Sumner County jail yesterday.
Dale Bennett, 73, of Gallatin, Tenn., was indicted on November 7, 2011 for violating the Tennessee ethics law. The District Attorney General originally requested TBI open the case into allegations of bribery on September 1, 2011. Although, no evidence of bribery was found, it was determined that Bennett was being compensated by Tina Earp of TME Properties for consulting services while serving as an elected official. Earp owns unimproved property located in Gallatin and had several land projects in front of the Gallatin Planning Commission for rezoning. A contract between Bennett and Earp showed that he was to be paid $2,000 up front with an additional five payments of $2,000 each month thereafter. This agreement continued until July of 2011 with a total of approximately $24,000 being paid to Bennett. Bennett was released on an ROR bond.