|Published: 9:29 AM, 08/29/2013
||Last updated: 9:29 AM, 08/29/2013
Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-In an effort to address complaints about
constables writing tickets on Interstate 40 in Cocke County, the Public Safety
Committee of the Cocke County Legislative Body voted Tuesday to cut the fee
received by constables for speeding tickets from $25 to $1 per ticket.
Committee member Michael McCarter made the motion,
contending there is a perception of "legal fee grabbing" by the
"We have limited power on what we can do but the
powers we have are absolute," said McCarter. "We have the ability to
set fees. This centers around one constable who seems to have a total
disregard. We have juggled with this issue the longest of any for the whole
term. My opinion is it goes back to the almighty dollar."
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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