A Jefferson County Grand Jury meeting earlier this week returned indictments naming a number of individuals.
Jimmy Harold Harper, 63, Highway 113, White Pine, is charged with the aggravated neglect of an elderly or vulnerable adult, physical abuse or gross negligence, and domestic assault.
In January, Harper allegedly neglected his wife, Dietha. A social worker with the Department of Adult Protective Services found the woman to be in need of immediate medical attention and was suffering from severe dehydration and protein malnutrition. Mrs. Harper weighed just 83 pounds, because “the defendant failed to provide medical care and food.”
The social worker wanted to call an ambulance to take the victim to the hospital, but that was rejected by Harper who chose to carry his wife down the stairs and transport her in his private vehicle.
James Alexander Dabney, 30, Sharon Drive, Dandridge, is charged with aggravated assault, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In June 2018, the defendant was pursued by Deputy Jonathan Owens and then nearly hit Deputy Ransom Douglas of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with his vehicle.
Dabney also is charged with theft over $2,500, felony evading arrest and driving on a suspended license on separate indictments.
James Kevin Blevins, 34, West Highway 11E, Strawberry Plains, is charged with aggravated assault, two counts reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
In September 2018 Blevins allegedly pointed a firearm at Dustin Murrell and then fired two rounds at Murrell’s feet, placing the victim in imminent danger of serious injury.