Public Officials In Trouble

Winchester City Councilman Cheyne Stewart, a former aide to former Gov. Phil Bredesen, has been charged with a series of sex crimes including aggravated rape. Stewart said Tuesday he won’t resign his post and that he is not guilty of any crime, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

A Rutherford County sheriff’s deputy got into an argument over the weekend with his ex-wife, who says he reached for his weapon, according to the Daily News Journal. The deputy was put on paid administrative leave but no charges have been filed “because police have so far been unable to determine who was the primary aggressor.”

According to Murfreesboro Police, Deputy Joseph Clay McCool’s ex-wife, Marcy McCool, accused him of reaching for his gun during an argument at a Green Meadow’s apartment complex and threatened to “blow (her) (expletive) head off” in the process.

A dispute last week involving a Hardin County commissioner has been referred to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the county sheriff told the Savannah Courier. County Commissioner Jimmy G. Grisham called 911 to report a truck on his property and said the passengers were “verbally offensive.” The passengers have accused Grisham of pulling a gun on them, which Grisham denied to authorities, the Courier reports. The story does not note any charges filed and says Grisham, who also works for the county trash department, has not been suspended during the investigation.