Deputies called to Sevier Co. meeting after ethics disputes

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies were called to a meeting of the Sevier County Commission's ethics panel to keep the peace among commissioners and residents.

Decisions to change the ethics panel's meeting from monthly to quarterly and dismiss almost every complaint brought to the board on Monday appeared to anger those in attendance.

At one point, sheriff candidate Brad Lowe yelled "cowardice" at the commissioners.

During the commission's regular meeting also on Monday, County Mayor Larry Waters, Commissioner Max Watson and Gatlinburg resident Clark King confronted one another.

Watson and King accused Waters of telling them he could meet privately with commissioners to talk about county business, contrary to Tennessee's open meetings law.

The mayor denied the allegations.

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Information from: The Mountain Press, http://www.themountainpress.com

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