Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sheriff Tommy "Whitey" Jones' Inner Circle Under Scrutiny

A Senior member of the MCSD Reserve Officer Program has "packed up, and moved out of town"


It couldn't have come at a worse time for Sheriff "Whitey" Jones. A person who could have shed light on the inner workings of what a reserve officer actually does, has within two months, sold his property and moved out of Monroe County.

An inside source revealed that Don Charest sold his Coker Creek homestead within a week of being on the market. A county land transfer record shows that it was priced low enough for a "quick sale."...

Charest had formerly been in the Tellico Plains Police Reserve under a cloud of controversy, along with former chief Bill Isbell. Former Tellico Plains Mayor Roger Powers felt that both Isbell and Charest lacked transparency and honesty, and he "booted them out." An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury revealed missing or un-accounted money from fundraisers and missing guns--what did Charest do to get a reserve badge from the the current MCSD administration?


Charest has returned from time to time to manage or liquidate his assets at the Madisonville SDS gun store, which he co-owns with Ray Kough. During his visits back to Monroe County, he has stayed in an 'out-of-the-way' cabin in Coker Creek, driving a vehicle not formerly associated with him...

The SDS gun store operators were "giddy with excitement" after Jones was appointed interim Sheriff on 12/9/2014. They even made a webpage for him on their website claiming "they finally had someone they could work with."








Monday, May 8, 2017

Is the Reserve Officer Program a 'Pay To Play' Scheme?

The recent Brian Wormy Hodge case, and newbie Sheriff Jones' handling of the Monroe County Sheriff reserve officer program is in the spotlight.

There are times when the reserve officer program serves a good purpose: like when a retired police officer goes out in the community and checks on elderly residents.

Don Charest
Other times, a reserve officer badge appears to be nothing more than a quid-pro-quo/political payback tool,...case in point: Don Charest, former crony of the disgraced Tellico Plains chief of Police, Bill Isbell.

After being "booted out" of the Tellico Plains Police Dept. along with Isbell in 2010, no other police agency would consider Charest "reserve officer worthy." The 2013 TPPD Chief of Police Jeb Brown, who is and has been in the top echelon of the current MCSD administration serving as Chief Jailer--refused to have anything to do with former Isbell cronies. (Charest was unable to "charm" Jeb Brown into any sort of association.)

No new reserve officer badge, until Charest was able to "worm his way" into current Sheriff, Tommy "Whitey" Jones. 

In the guns & badges video, filmed in the spring of 2016--WVLT's Lauren Davis asks Ray Kough, a partner in a Madisonville TN gun store co-owned by Don Charest if it's the first time they have received guns from the Monroe County Sheriff. Guns from unsolved homicides are supposed to be kept in storage... considering that there is no statute of limitations on murder cases, then, yes there may have been some guns that should have remained in the custody of the sheriff's dept.