The extent of the government corruption in Monroe County Tennessee seeps out!

Friday, 10 September 2010

A Robert Hefner illustration

Mr. Wes Hall is a Monroe County editor and reporter as Wes describes himself below. Wes offered the following explanation regarding Sheriff Bill Bivens policy forcing Monroe County inmates to labor as personal servants to Bivens friends and family:

I understand that Sheriff Bivens was not arrested because he had previously warned Mayor Summey against using inmates for work on private property. The warning was after  witnesses came to Sheriff Bivens complaining about inmates in prison uniforms working on private property.

After the warning, Ken Miller and Mayor Summey again allegedly signed out inmates, dressed them in street clothes so as to mask their identities as inmates, and resumed using them to do landscaping work on private property.

Due to Sheriff Bivens warning, he was omitted from the charges. He at least gave the impression that he had removed himself from the illegal activities.

I do not know if the sheriff was aware of the second use of the inmates. It appears the TBI gave him the benefit of the doubt. Whether the decision not to charge Bivens was political, I cannot say for sure.

Wes Hall Editor
Daily News Express

Myself and others called Wes on his statement suspicious Wes was running some sort of cover for Sheriff Bill Bivens.

I’ve spoken with Mr. Wes Hall man to man as it goes to the conduct of Sheriff Bivens and more expansively the Monroe County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department. Wes ardently stands against the criminal adventures of Bill Bivens and Bivens’ fellow travelers.

Mr. Hall’s response above then came as a jolt.

Wes Hall’s comments put aside, Sheriff Bill Bivens is personally and professionally responsible for forcing inmates to work as personal servants to private citizens.

The slave-labor work carried out for Larry Summey and Charles Miller represents only two incidents of many reported in whispers over the course of many years.

Therein found the necessity of  Sheriff Biven’s  Citizen’s arrest back in April.

Wes Hall, reacting to the chiding he received, laid out his self-defense in another email pasted below.

As you read Wes’ words pay particular attention to Mr. Hall’s appropriate anger and frustration.

Mr. Hall’s public report regarding the Monroe County Sheriff’s criminal syndicate is in keeping with uncounted private narratives circulating all over Monroe County in hushed tones.

Even more important is that this is the sort of information Wes and local neighbors are able to report to a legitimate Monroe County Grand Jury if only the Grand Jury hadn’t been shanghaied by local government racketeers.

Wes’ comment:

…let me give you some information that would qualify me to make the statement.

First I have lived in the area of Loudon, McMinn, Monroe and Bradley Counties for most of my life. I have been the editor and publisher of the Daily News Express in Monroe Co. since July 1, 2003 when I started the paper.

Before that I covered news between 1977 and 1999 in the same area. I have seen and reported on news, crime, and corruption throughout this area.

During the previous sheriff’s administration, I told voters that if Bill Bivens was elected it would set the county law enforcement back 20 years. He proved it true. Back to the “good ole boys political machine days.”

Can anyone say Boss Hogg?

I have followed the antics of this sheriff as he allowed prisoners to go free out of ignorance or negligence; withheld medical treatment from inmate (Trena Miller) for more than 8 hours causing her to die of a heart attack.

His deputies arrested a woman, Zona Weese, for domestic violence assault even though she had 20+ fractures of her face (I saw the report from UT Hospital). MCSO held her for four days before arraignment. The judge ordered her released and sent her to the hospital. The boyfriend (Herschell Torbett) had no visible injuries but was not arrested.

The chief deputy cussed me out more than once and threatened to put me in jail if I showed up and made pictures of anything they were doing (Meth lab, wreck scene, etc.).

Inmates told me horror stories of how they were treated; tazered during their sleep in the middle of the night just for fun.

I saw the jailers make female inmates walk from the jail to the court building in sub freezing weather wearing only underwear (they said) an orange jump suit and flip flops.. no socks.

When I ask questions while working on a news report, someone from the sheriff’s office immediately tells the other newspaper so they can  beat me to the story…of course always with a slant to favor the sheriff’s department.

Bivens has his own voice, a pamphlet run by a man the previous sheriff arrested for illegal weapons and marijuana in 2003.


The sheriff’s office regularly “forgets” to notify us of press conferences, then in the other paper, blames us when we cover the news (and uncover corruption) they don’t like.  For example we caught them using a 16-year-old girl as a confidential informant, sending her into dangerous drug deal situations.

They intimidate other law enforcement officers who expressed an interest in running against Bivens.

The list of atrocities continues, but I am being brief here.

So, I have NO reason to stand up for Bivens.  I have numerous reasons to attack him. But I do research and learn the truth before I attack someone.

It is my duty also to defend the truth.

In the inmate case, my son has researched it and I passed along his findings for truth’s sake.

I have been in the news business since 1964 as a teenager at my high school paper. My investigative reports have been responsible for investigations that led to charges against one sheriff, one mayor, one city councilman, and a Sevier County businessman. All were convicted or pled.

Yes, I am part of the problem… A problem for the Bivens administration and a problem for unscrupulous public officials.

But if I use innuendos and partial truths, or untruths to attack them, it undermines my credibility. I cannot allow that. If someone can provide evidence that will convince me differently, I stand ready to listen objectively and change my mind.

No one has done so yet.

Wes Hall

4 Responses to “The extent of the government corruption in Monroe County Tennessee seeps out!”

  1. Pattie Says:

    Wes Hall is now on record. He had better work toward ridding us of Bivens or find a new place to live.

  2. kingratfish Says:

    Seems like the corruption in
    monroe goes deep and thick. American Grand Jury and Walter Fitzpatrick’s formal complaint concerning Obama’s eligibility for office was a real scoundrel no show. Anyone that ignored his call to honor and aided in the miscarriage of justice, is a complete moron and deseves to live in Iran or Saudi under Shariah Law. Pity, TN had the best shot at unseating the unlawful basturd’ and I cannot understand for the life of me how some southern good old boys took such a shine to a Kenyan born usurper. The country really is going to hell in an egg basket and hell must be as frozen as a 7-11 slurpie by now. Pretty bad, and really sad, I always liked Tennesee folks and thought they were brighter than most of the southerner’s. Just goes to show, you never really know how rotten the apples are, till ya’ start to peel em’.

  3. spydermom Says:

    I have been trying to get the sheriff’s dept to do something about the drugs and child abuse, food stamp abuse, etc in my neighborhood and nothing gets done. I even spoke with Bivens yesterday and he acted as if he was unaware of the situation here.

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