Bradley sheriff sued again and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Bradley sheriff sued again and other news from areas around Chattanooga

January 21st, 2013 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth

Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

Bradley sheriff sued again

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - A fired former Bradley County deputy has filed a suit against Sheriff Jim Ruth alleging wrongful termination. It's the second such suit against the sheriff this month.

Former Deputy Adam Beard's complaint, filed last week in Bradley Circuit Court, alleges wrongful discharge, breach of contract and intentional interference with a contract. The complaint states that Beard had served with the office since July 2008 and supported the Democratic candidate for sheriff in 2010. Beard claims he was fired without explanation or appeal in 2011.

In early January, former Deputy Dallas Longwith sued Ruth on similar grounds. Longwith claimed he was fired because he intends to support Eric Watson, a former captain in the department and currently a state representative, in the Republican sheriff primary in 2014.

Beatles tribute band at Lee

Lee University will present Beatles tribute band Classical Mystery Tour in the Conn Center on Tuesday in the Presidential Concert Series. The university's symphony orchestra, conducted by Robert Bernhardt, will accompany the group.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. They are available at the Dixon Center box office from 3 to 6 p.m. or by calling 423-614-8343.

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For information about this concert, call the School of Music at 423-614-8243 or email

Teen fatally shoots brother

MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Charges could be forthcoming against a Henry County mother and her 14-year-old son after the teen accidentally shot and killed his 15-year-old brother, police said.

Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith said the brothers, along with a friend who was spending the night, had gotten the mother's unloaded handgun.

Sometime during the night, one of the boys loaded the weapon. Later, the 14-year-old pointed it at his older brother and shot him in the chest.

Smith said the shooting has been ruled accidental, but the case will be referred to the district attorney's office for possible prosecution.

Man injured in fight dies

NASHVILLE - Nashville police say a 64-year-old man who suffered serious injuries in a fight with a relative has died of his injuries.

Wayne Jones died Saturday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was injured Jan. 11 during a scuffle with his nephew, 51-year-old Leonard Jones, at his home. Leonard Jones had been charged with attempted criminal homicide, but police say the charges may be upgraded.