Landslide closes road

A landslide on State Route 33 in Claiborne County caused lane closures Friday morning.

According to Mark Nagi of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, a slide around lane marker 9.5 on State Route 33 reduced traffic down to one lane. TDOT crews were on site at press time. A temporary traffic signal is being used for the work zone. Nagi was hopeful that work would be completed later Friday.

Hawkins lawyer censured

For the second time this summer, a Hawkins County lawyer was censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, Gerald Todd Eidson, a Tennessee licensed attorney practicing in Rogersville, was publicly censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a petition for discipline on May 8, 2018 concerning one complaint of misconduct.  

Eidson was appointed to represent an incarcerated client who had filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief. Eidson failed to adequately communicate with his client and did not act diligently.  

As a result, the pro se petition for post-conviction was dismissed by the trial court.  

Eidson was able to have the order of dismissal set aside, and the client was appointed new counsel.  

Eidson executed a conditional guilty plea acknowledging that his misconduct violated Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication) and 8.4(a) (misconduct).

A public censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but it does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law.

Additionally, Eidson must engage a practice monitor at his own expense and meet with the practice monitor on a monthly basis to review basic office procedures. Eidson was ordered to pay the costs and expenses of the board.

Just weeks ago, another Hawkins County attorney was censured.

On June 25, Rogersville attorney Daniel Graham Boyd was publicly censured by Order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  

Boyd entered into a conditional guilty plea admitting that his actions violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence); 1.4 (communication); 3.2 (expediting litigation) and 8.4(a) (misconduct).