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A SENIOR BANKING OFFICIAL EMPLOYED BY OR DEEPLY CONNECTED WITH THE ATHENS FEDERAL COMMUNITY BANK ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN “HAND PICKED” INTO THE FOREMANSHIP OF THE McMINN COUNTY TENNESSEE GRAND JURY SINCE 2011!

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McMinn County Tennessee Grand Jury Notice for February 2017- CLICK HERE…

ALSO THIS:

Quoted in full from a March 2015 local Cleveland, Tennessee news report:

Larry Wallace named police consultant

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The Cleveland Police Department will be getting a thorough review by a police consultant, the city manager and a city councilman.

The Cleveland City Council unanimously approved having the city manager hire Larry Wallace as a police consultant during a voting session Monday. Councilmen Bill Estes and Richard Banks were absent.

“He (Wallace) has helped cities before and I think he will do a good job for us,” said City Manager Janice Casteel.

Wallace served as a consultant for Chattanooga in a police chief search.

This will not be his role for Cleveland. Instead, he will be offering a review of “policies, procedures and practices.”

Casteel, along with Wallace and City Councilman Dale Hughes, will be reviewing all three to see if they agree or need to be changed. The review will also look into whether current policies are being followed.

Hughes volunteered to serve on the committee after Casteel asked for a Council member to volunteer. Hughes said he is glad to work with someone with the professional experience and good reputation Wallace has, and added he feels the committee is taking a step in the right direction.

“The purpose of this volunteer would be to review any policy changes, so that they can assist us in that review before we bring it to the Council … the full Council would approve any changes,” Casteel said.

Casteel did not give a timeline on when the review would be complete. She said she wanted the process to take as long as it needed for a full review.

Casteel said she chose Wallace because of his experience in law enforcement. Wallace served for 40 years in law enforcement, including the Athens Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol. He has served as the sheriff of McMinn County and the deputy director of the Tennessee Department of Safety. He is the assistant to the president for special projects for Tennessee Wesleyan College. Wallace will leave the position at the end of the month to serve as the Cleveland police consultant.

“He comes very well qualified,” Casteel said.

“Absolutely,” Hughes said.

A contract will be presented to the Council at a later date

“He actually would not be an employee, but would be contracted,” Casteel said.

Hughes asked how much the consultant would cost.

“He would be in the $76,000 range as an annual salary, so depending on how many months he serves (would be how much he makes),” Casteel said. “There is no timeline. He won’t know until he gets in there and he starts working with the policies, the procedures and the practices (how long it will take).”

Interim Police Chief Mark Gibson will continue to serve in that role throughout the policy review process. A new chief would not be selected until this process is complete.

“I would like to go through this process first, figure out exactly what do we need to change,” Casteel said.

“So you don’t want to post this job right now?” Councilman Avery Johnson asked.

“No, sir, I don’t,” Casteel replied.

Hughes said when the time does come to look for a new chief, the candidate needs to be thoroughly researched, so there are no surprises later.

“It is truly embarrassing to have three chiefs in four days,” Hughes said. “There needs to be something to fix it.”

Dennis Maddux served as chief for one day before being demoted back to captain. Casteel served administratively as chief until a requirement for Peace Officer Standards and Training was brought to her attention. Gibson was then appointed interim chief.

This is not the first time a policy review has been announced.

A previous drug policy review requested by the Cleveland City Council was completed. However, the proposed changes to the citywide policy were never approved. Amendments to the Cleveland Police Department drug policy were approved by the Council to allow for consideration of mitigating factors, such as years of service in the department, as to whether an officer who violated the policy was laid off.

Also during the meeting former Police Chief David Bishop’s service weapon was declared surplus to be given to him in recognition of his years of service. Bishop served as police chief for a little less than a year, before leaving due to medical reasons. Gibson was acting police chief until Maddux was appointed chief. Although Gibson was acting chief in the final months of 2014, Bishop’s medical retirement became official Feb. 28. Maddux then officially became the new chief.

Vice Mayor George Poe acted as chairman during the meeting due to the mayor’s absence. Mayor Tom Rowland is recovering from knee surgery.

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“Larry D. Wallace serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank and the Company. He previously served as the Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for 12 years from 1992 through 2003. Upon his retirement as Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Wallace returned home to Athens, Tennessee, where he served as Vice President of Administration and then as Assistant to the President for Special Projects of Tennessee Wesleyan College until his retirement as of March 31, 2015. He currently serves as an independent consultant to the City of Cleveland, Tennessee. Age 70. Director since 2006. Mr. Wallace s involvement with Tennessee Wesleyan College has allowed him to develop strong ties to the community, providing the Board with valuable insight regarding the local business and consumer environment. In addition, he is also a strong advocate of the Company and the Bank through his extensive civic and community involvement.”

Source: Athens Bancshares Corporation on 04/17/2015

Athens Bancshares Corporation is the holding company for Athens Federal Community Bank. Jeffrey Lane Cunningham preceded Mr. Wallace in the position of McMinn County Grand Jury Foreman, stepping down in March 2014 having been the “JUDGE APPOINTED” Grand Jury Foreman since 2011. Cunningham was then and is today President and CEO of the Athens Federal Community Bank. Athens Bancshares Corporation and Athens Federal Community Bank are headquartered in the same building in Athens, Tennessee.

 

 

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

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Do you want to hear the truth about the case of Officer Daniel Holtzclaw? Do you want to go in-depth and dig deeper into behind-the-scenes discovery material, interviews, and audio recordings of the accusers that only the Defense Attorney and Private Investigator had access to? Do you want to learn more about what happened during the almost 6-week-long trial? NOW YOU CAN!!!

Since news about the arrest of Officer Daniel Holtzclaw broke in 2014, media has been completely one-sided. It has been extremely hard to get local media to expose the FACTS of the case. The Holtzclaw family has been tremendously thankful for ABC’s 20/20 show and now Michelle Malkin’s Exclusive 2 Part Series ‘Daniel in the Den: The Truth about the Holtzclaw Case on CRTV.com where the FACTS of the case are being exposed.

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This podcast will be an in-depth audio and video podcast that will be released weekly (providing two podcasts per week) with interactive Q&A between each new episode. With each episode, all the supporting documents will also be published at  By the end of the series, all the discovery material will be online.

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