published Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Red Bank mayor’s sons are ex-chief’s landlord

by Chris Carroll

Former Red Bank police chief Larry Sneed rents residential property from a real estate company owned by Red Bank Mayor Joe Glasscock’s family, according to records from the Hamilton County Trustee’s Office.

Glasscock said he stepped down as Glasscock Developments’ chief executive officer in 2000 and surrendered the company to his sons, Brian and Barry.

“I sign no papers, I sign no contracts, I collect no rent,” Joe Glasscock said. “I receive not a penny from that company.”

Sneed has rented Glasscock property at 942 Gorge View Lane in Chattanooga since 2006.

“I didn’t even find that out from Larry,” Joe Glasscock said. “I know from a conversation with one of my sons.”

The mayor called a news conference hours after Sneed was fired from the Red Bank Police Department on July 2. He said he never was told about the termination and accused other commissioners of influencing City Manager Chris Dorsey to fire Sneed for political reasons.

Dorsey denied those charges, and City Attorney Arnold Stulce wrote that “a significant amount of turmoil” in the police department led to Sneed’s firing.

The mayor encouraged Sneed to fight back, which he did in a July 13 lawsuit that named the city and some of its officials and asked for $1.5 million in damages.

Glasscock and Commissioner Ruth Jeno are vocal Sneed supporters among the city’s political leaders. The other three commissioners are named in the lawsuit, which accuses them of political conspiracy.

Barry Glasscock described Sneed as an “awesome tenant,” and said, “I signed the lease for Larry, not Dad.”

His father called the Sneeds “nice people” who “pay the rent.”

“We have no reason not to rent to them. It’s nobody’s business, I think,” Joe Glasscock said.

Barry Glasscock said his father comes into the family business once or twice a week, returning phone messages from Red Bank residents who think they’re calling the mayor’s home.

Both Glasscocks said the company also rents property to a Red Bank fireman.

Joe Glasscock said the rental connection is immaterial, and he believes Red Bank is recovering from the controversy surrounding Sneed’s dismissal.

“I think it’s bringing the city together,” he said. “He turned that police department into a lean, mean, fighting machine.”

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Fireball said...

Seriously???? We now need to know Mr. Sneed rents and from whom? Like that is a major piece of information that will determine good or bad about him??? Why is it so important to know where he lives in the first place & from whom? As it stated above "records from the Hamilton County Trustee's office" shows he lives there. Anyone can get this knowledge at anytime, it's public record.........

July 29, 2010 at 8:49 a.m.
rockmomma said...

AND??????? Seriously, we care why? Give it a rest, this Red Bank mess is old news....

July 29, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.
princehal said...


A majority of people with any interest in this story would probably not know how to obtain that information. Digging up facts like this is what the newspaper does. It's good news and a public service.

Also, this IS relevant info to relay to the public; it demonstrates the possibility that there was a personal conflict that led to the sheriff's dismissal. Conflict of interest and whatnot.

July 29, 2010 at 9:29 a.m.
altavista said...

I disagree with the first two comments. It's an interesting connection and good reporting.

July 29, 2010 at 9:37 a.m.
splithorizon said...


July 29, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.
Salsa said...

Nothing to see here.

July 29, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.
FM_33 said...

The whole internet system here in the United States is run from a CIA office in Signal Mountain TN.

They also contract with the US Military the basic 250.000 MHRZ wave freqency that they run it on is very powerful. Also a short wave * Alpha Ditrot Radio * does the rest as a filter and acts as a firewall to stop an incoming scamp virus that might infect the main fame.

If you don't believe this check this file at the library of congress in Washington DC and the file is under the sub text ( Alpha Internet Computer System ) or AICS and the file number is.

Class C File Unclassified Route File # 25452-14547-03 Pages: 520 Index: 43 By: United States Army Intelligence Washington DC Dept: Computer internet division Intro By: Gen. Colin Powell Year: 1984

If you do get a chance to read it you will never allow a computer voting system like DIEBOT to take over the old fashion way of doing it by paper ballot.

  • Vote Paper Ballot Only IN Each And Every Election *
July 29, 2010 at 4:51 p.m.
notlittletommy said... this is really investigative reporting! Can't wait to see what is next!! I'm sure all your readers are on pins and needles waiting for the next Pulitzer piece. And I know darn well they will be lined up in the morning to buy another paper. Way to go! LOL

July 29, 2010 at 10:31 p.m.
tellus said...

Not sure where all the anger came from but I'm with princehal and altavista.

July 29, 2010 at 10:50 p.m.
GlacierClipper said...

Well so what if he does rent.

Obama lives in the White House for free, travels for free, gets free groceries, has parties for free.

Maybe one should ask why he doesn't pay rent!

How many other Americans pay rent?

July 30, 2010 at 1:30 a.m.
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