published Friday, October 29th, 2010

Red Bank officials admit to private meeting

by Chris Carroll

The wife of a candidate for Red Bank's Board of Commissioners is accusing three of the city's current commissioners of holding a secret meeting only days before Election Day, and she says she has photographic proof.

The three commissioners -- Floy Pierce, Greg Jones and Monty Millard -- acknowledge they were all in the same place at the same time but say there was no backroom politicking.

On Wednesday, Pierce called the police on Callie LeCompte, wife of District 3 candidate Ed LeCompte, when she saw the woman taking pictures from across the street at Pierce's business, Floy's Creations on Dayton Boulevard. Ed LeCompte is running against Jones.

"Three of them meet together right before the election, of course they were talking politics," Callie LeCompte said. "I was running errands up and down Dayton Boulevard and saw all their vehicles next to Floy's."

She got a photo of Jones talking with an unnamed Red Bank resident outside Floy's Creations but didn't get any photos of the three commissioners together.

Pierce called the whole affair "real silly" and admitted that Jones and Millard visited her business about 4 p.m. Wednesday for an extended period of time.

"Yeah, we talk," said Pierce, who's running against Robert Perry and David Smith for the District 1 seat. "There was no agenda. We don't get 'backroom' and talk about anything to do with voting."

But in a separate interview, Millard said the commissioners "talked a little politics." He declined to elaborate.

Jones noted that it would be pretty stupid of him to hold "secret meetings" while his truck -- with his campaign posters all over it -- was sitting in the parking lot of Floy's Creations.

"If I had anything to hide, I wouldn't be coming to Floy's in my truck with my name all over it and pull right there to the driveway and park," Jones said. "There's no secret meetings going on, buddy."

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government President Frank Gibson said someone would have to prove that the three commissioners discussed city business before they could face Open Meetings Law violations.

"But there's no excuse this close to Election Day for them to create an appearance that they have violated the law," Gibson said.

In July, former Red Bank Police Chief Larry Sneed sued Jones, Millard and Pierce for $1.5 million, accusing them of holding "secret meetings" and persuading City Manager Chris Dorsey to fire Sneed after the chief twice arrested Millard.

City officials have denied a conspiracy to fire Sneed.

After the Wednesday incident, police filed a "suspicious activity" report but didn't arrest Callie LeCompte. She said a police officer "stalked" her outside her home Wednesday night.

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inquiringmind said...

Gee, I thought this was America, with a constitution and the right to travel about without governmental intrusion. Since when is taking photographs on a public street a crime or basis to suppose a crime? Or for that matter, why do the political leaders (sic) seem to treat the town like it was their private play pen, and the police as if they were their private body guards? You get what you vote for.

October 29, 2010 at 6:54 a.m.
Allison12 said...

Red Bank you are joke of city because your elected incumbents act like children. Flush and rid yourself of all of them, especially Joe Glasscock (Curtis Adams of Red Bank) and that ridicules beauty shop owner, Floy Pierce. Just fire em all.

October 29, 2010 at 7:40 a.m.
ERLJ said...

Floy Pierce and Monty Millard are the SELF PROCLAIMED "King and Queen of Red Bank." Both think and act like they are above the law. Both sit on the commission looking down their noses at the citizens of Red Bank, proclaiming their honesty, integerity and their undying love for everything and everyone in Red Bank. "CAN RED BANK STAND ANY MORE OF THEIR LOVE?" Get rid of them both ASAP.

October 29, 2010 at 8:42 a.m.
noapathy said...

This stalking/detective work is embarrassing! I've seen the pictures they want folks to zoom in can't see anything in those pictures. I wonder how long they sat across the street trying to find something?! They need to go somewhere else with all of that. How childish! Just run your campaign, talk to citizens about what you're going to do and mind your own business. It's not about official Red Bank business, they don't meet again until after the election anyway. Anything to throw "dirt" someone's way.

October 29, 2010 at 1:59 p.m.
splithorizon said...

Seriously? These are the "3 Stooges" - in living color.

They, and if you'll dig a little bit, Mr. Hannon (Shem??) are at the center of all of this drama. And firing the Chief was going to solve it all... lol... well, I can only hope the good citizens of Red Bank can wake up to the antics of Pierce, Millard and Jones!!

October 29, 2010 at 6:54 p.m.
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