Local NewsJudge, court clerk, deputy named in federal lawsuit

Robert Franklin of Elizabethton, Tennessee has filed a civil lawsuit against Johnson County Deputy Joe Greer, Johnson County Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Hawkins and Johnson County Circuit Court Judge William Hawkins. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee on March 28, 2014.

The lawsuit stems from charges Franklin received while traveling on Doe Creek Road in Johnson County on March 7, 2013. Franklin was allegedly pulled over by Deputy Greer and as a result of the stop, was charged with violation of the open container law, driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, simple possession and possession of a handgun while under the influence. Franklin’s lawsuit is a result of what he cites to be a “violation” of his “Fourth Amendment Rights” as well as other claims that he was treated unfairly by the parties named in the suit.

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Tomahawk wins TN Press awards, top feature photo

The Tomahawk recently won several awards in the 2014 University of Tennessee, Tennessee Press Awards State contest.



The paper took second place in its division for the 2013 special section, In Honor and Memory, and second place in best special issues for that year’s Progress edition, Home Grown and Transplanted.  More...


Tomahawk Wednesday home delivery starts next month

Many local Tomahawk subscribers will soon be receiving their Tomahawk newspapers on Wednesdays.

According to Publisher Bill Thomas, The Tomahawk will be launching its new hand delivery service next month. Johnson County subscribers have always received their papers in the mail on Thursday each week, but soon blue newspaper boxes will be popping up in the more densely populated areas of the county. Carriers will be delivering the weekly publication to homes on Wednesdays immediately following printing.

“We have had this in the planning stages for some time now, and we are very excited that it’s about to become a reality for our subscribers,” said Thomas of the improved service. “Our goal is to get local news in the hands of our readers, and especially readers who subscribe to The Tomahawk, as quickly as possible.” More...


Johnson County Schools readies for 2014-15 year

By Lacy Hilliard

Dr. Mischelle Simcox took her place behind the golden “Director of Schools” nameplate for the first time at the July School Board meeting. Board Members Howard Carlton and Bill Gambill were absent and Junior Student School Board Representative William Sutherland was present at the July meeting to fill in for newly elected Student School Board Representative Abigail Reece who was absent due to a previously planned mission trip.

The first item up for board approval was the July consent agenda. The consent agenda consisted of items such as a request to renew the schools Discovery Education subscription, which provides students and educators with various educational resources and a request for approval to renew the school’s contract with Bennett’s Termite and Pest Elimination Service in the amount of $7,800. All items on the consent agenda gained board approval.  More...


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