Former Ragsdale Aide Files Discrimination Complaint

By: Rich Sobolewski
By: Rich Sobolewski

Knoxville (WVLT) – A top aide to Knox County Mike Ragsdale who recently resigned amid the purchase card scandal now alleges that she was terminated because of race.

Margie Loyd, who was Ragsdale’s Chief Executive Assistant before being transferred to Community Services, filed a charge of discrimination with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the filing, Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale told Loyd “on at least two occasions that the Chairman of the Knox County Commission and other Knox County Commissioners did not like African-Americans.” The allegation emphasizes that at one point Mayor Ragsdale told Loyd that the Commission Chairman, Scott Moore, “wants you gone.”

The allegations go on to detail a meeting with Mayor Ragsdale and the Knox County Human Resources Department where Loyd was allegedly told she would take medical leave and resign.

According to her statement, Loyd says she never had a medical condition to warrant the leave, but that she was told that the leave would allow her to claim her benefits and pension.

Loyd resigned last month amid accusations of charging a personal trip to her Knox County purchase card.

WVLT is awaiting comment from Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s office in response to these allegations. As soon as we hear back from his office, we will pass that information along to you.

More on the Purchase Card Investigation

  • Read Margie Loyd’s Discrimination Complaint

  • Read Marie Loyd’s Resignation Letter

    6/25/2007

  • Audit at Mayor's Office Reveals Questionable Spending

    7/3/2007

  • Knox County Employee Repays Personal Spending, Resigns

    7/6/2007

  • Ragsdale Takes Blame for Questionable Spending

    7/12/2007

  • County Spending Audit: Mayor Defends Fix, Questions Findings

    7/13/2007

  • Finance Director Resigns Amid Purchase Card Scandal

    7/25/2007

  • Former Ragsdale Assistant Submits Resignation

    7/26/2007

  • Commissioners Call for Deeper Probe on Purchase Cards

    8/6/2007

  • Former Ragsdale Aide Files Discrimination Complaint


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    • by KBB Location: Knoxville on Aug 9, 2007 at 04:42 PM
      Sorry, but I think the greater offense here was made by Mayor Ragsdale when he and Ms. Loyd engaged in mean-spirited gossip and innuendo. Why, they both have handed Mr. Moore a perfect lawsuit for slander and defamation of character. Mr. Isaacs, you may have picked the wrong case here!
    • by Lisa Location: wartburg on Aug 9, 2007 at 03:58 PM
      In my oppinion if you play you have to pay. She was just one of the ones that got caught red handed. I agree with some of the other coments she will get her job back because she is pulling the black thing. What about all the white ones that got caught. You can bet they wont get their job back. Now who is the monitoty here?
    • by LOUISE Location: KNOXVILLE on Aug 9, 2007 at 08:20 AM
      IT'S THE SAME OLD STORY. DISCRIMINATION, MY REAR-END. THIS HAS BECOME THE ANTHEM FOR ANY BLACK GETTING CAUGHT DOING ANYTHING. GO AHEAD, WEAR IT OUT, AND ONE DAY IT'S GOING TO BACKFIRE ON YOU. YOU CAN ONLY CRY WOLF SO MANY TIMES. THIS HINDERS THE EFFORTS OF THOSE TRULY HURT BY DISCRIMINATION. IT SHOWS A LACK OF DECENCY, MORAL APPTITUDE AND WILLING TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILTY ON HER PART. YOU GOT CAUGHT, NOW LIVE WITH IT!
    • by Chris Location: home on Aug 9, 2007 at 06:06 AM
      There is discrimination in workplaces. Not only for the Blacks,Asians,Mexicans, women,disabled,older people,the list could go on and on. If she was discriminated against and this can be proven, then so be it. But that has nothing to do with her impropriety in her use of taxpayer money and use of influence to help family members. Those charges are not because she is Black. Those charges have been brought against others as well. Wait for the investigation. Does no good to muddy the waters by invectives against the parties involved.
    • by Sam Location: Knoxville on Aug 8, 2007 at 08:09 PM
      while you read my comment hum.."What ya going to do when they come for you"!! She got caught red handed. maybe she needs to take another vacation on the taxpayers dime. I hope the people of knox county have had a chance to read her letter of resignation...you thought Harry Potter was fiction!!Thats just my take on the issue. second thought wat that a lobster stain on her letter of resignation????
    • by jack Location: loudon on Aug 7, 2007 at 07:31 PM
      She is guilty on the card charges and should keep her mouth closed.She is represented by fancy dan Issacs who should give up chasing ambulances. He is a good reason why lawyers fall in the slim category.Chase both of them out of town!
    • by wendi Location: sc on Aug 7, 2007 at 04:59 PM
      I totally agree with Tiredofit,NAACP will be here shortly. Unfortunately black people revel in this type of press,they make fools of themselves and then blame the white folk .GET over it! this is year 2007,perhaps you should spend your time & energy trying to find a way so all your young people don't get involved in gangs,drop out of school,get pregnant over and over to stay on the welfare roll,the young people are getting killed all the time from gangs,guns & drug dealing ,this lady stole from the county and got busted ! Direct all energy toward helping you people !
    • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2007 at 08:41 PM
      so did she quit or did she get fired?
    • by Tiredofit Location: Knoxville on Aug 6, 2007 at 06:32 PM
      Here we go again. Whine, Whine. I'm so tired of the, "I'm not treated right because I'm black", card. When is someone going to stand up and say, I shouldn't have been living the good life on the county credit card and I wouldn't be in trouble? First you steal, then you blame someone because YOU have been treated unfairly? Give me a break. This has to stop. I hope SOME judge has the judicial guts to kick this one out!! I'm just tired of it!
    • by Anonymous Location: knox co on Aug 6, 2007 at 05:39 PM
      Oh please she got busted and not she pulling the race card she knows what she done was wrong...but she will get her job back cause she is BLACK

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