Thursday, December 23, 2010

The New Sheriff In Town

There's a new Sheriff in town in Newport and Cocke County:

Knoxville News Sentinel's Natalie Neysa Alund has a very good article and interview with Cocke County's zealous new reforming Sheriff, Armando Fontes. In the nearly four months that Fontes has been in office, he's fired a deputy who was allowing marijuana to be grown in his home, and according to a Fontes quote in the Knoxville paper, whose lengthy series on Cocke County corruption chronicles the misdeeds of its public officials in great detail, Fontes has told county Sheriff's deputies "You're gonna do your job or you're gonna learn the phrase, 'Do you want fries with that?' " Cocke County needs someone like Sheriff Fontes, if for no other reason than to clean up a Sheriff's Department with a reputation not for turning a blind eye to criminal activity, but actively engaging in it. Fontes' hypothesis about his election-that the good people in Cocke County showed up to vote and have had enough of their community's nasty reputation-and they'd rather not carry it deep into the 21st Century.

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