Morristown pair arrested on drug charges
A Morristown couple who crossed the center line while driving on Fish Hatchery Road have been charged in the incident.
Charged were Timothy Lucas Bewley, 40 and a passenger, Diondia Shagail Lacy, 29, who also had an active warrant in Hamblen County for escape.
According to a report from the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, at 10:37 p.m., Wednesday, Deputies Bradley Gilmer and Chris Sanner, of the HCSO’s Narcotics Vice Unit, conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Taurus sedan, driven by Bewley, on Fish Hatchery Road near State Route 160 for crossing the center line. The car came to a stop on the exit ramp off 160 to South Cumberland Street. Bewley was acting nervously during the traffic stop, but gave consent to search the car for illegal items. The search resulted in recovery of a box containing used syringes, black scales and a baggie of tan-like powder. Bewley also had an outstanding warrant in Jefferson County.
A passenger in the car, identified as Lacy, kept giving deputies the wrong identity when questioned. A records check found that Lacy had an outstanding warrant in Hamblen County for escape, the report said.
When the two were taken to Hamblen County Jail, Bewley was searched and corrections officers found a 2.02 gram baggie of heroin in a body cavity.
Bewley was charged with manufacture/delivery/sale/possession of controlled substance, contraband in penal institution, tampering with/fabrication/destruction of evidence, possession of paraphernalia and driving left of center.
Hawkins attorney censured
On May 13, Gerald Todd Eidson, an attorney licensed to practice law in Tennessee, received a Public Censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Eidson was appointed to represent a client in a dependency and neglect matter in juvenile court on June 7, 2021, and the adjudicatory hearing was set for June 29.
Eidson failed to speak with the client until the day before the hearing, despite the client leaving multiple messages to speak with him. Eidson failed to seek a continuance until he was in court on June 29, and he withdrew his request for a continuance upon the objection by other parties. The client suffered potential harm.
By these acts, Eidson violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence) and 1.1 (competence) and is hereby Publicly Censured for this violation.
A Public Censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but it does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law.
Hawkins County attorney reinstated
Friday, the Supreme Court of Tennessee reinstated John Stephen Anderson to the practice of law, effective immediately.
Anderson was suspended by the Supreme Court of Tennessee for six years on December 22, 2015.
On October 22, 2021, Mr. Anderson filed a Petition for Reinstatement to the practice of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Section 30.4.
A hearing panel found that Anderson complied with the terms and conditions of his suspension and further found that he demonstrated the moral qualifications, competency and learning in the law required for the practice of law and that his resumption of the practice of law will not be detrimental to the integrity or standing of the bar or administration of justice, or subversive to the public interest.
As conditions of his reinstatement, Anderson must engage a practice monitor for two years, enroll in the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program to undergo an evaluation and comply with the terms of any recommended monitoring agreement and complete three additional hours of CLE on ethics and professionalism during 2022.