jj hatmaker

Williamsburg, KY

#1 Jul 23, 2013
Hey JJ, why don't you explain to the people of Jellico how you cost the town around 80,000.00 because you as always were shoving your authority down somebody's throat......what an idiot
I Believe

Knoxville, TN

#2 Jul 23, 2013
jj hatmaker wrote:
Hey JJ, why don't you explain to the people of Jellico how you cost the town around 80,000.00 because you as always were shoving your authority down somebody's throat......what an idiot
I just read the Gregg vs jj hatmaker & I failed to see where the City had to pay anything, all I found was the Case had been dismissed...
Sandra

Dandridge, TN

#3 Jul 23, 2013
I Believe wrote:
<quoted text> I just read the Gregg vs jj hatmaker & I failed to see where the City had to pay anything, all I found was the Case had been dismissed...
No the case was resolved by TML the city's insurance lawyer and JJ admitting guilt. You are wrong on the case being dismissed. If this had happened after the first of the year, the citizens would have been liable. The city police department now is not an asset to the city, it's a huge liability! Get rid of all them and hire some real cops. Not wanna be's.
Pawnee Ray

Knoxville, TN

#4 Jul 23, 2013
The plaintiffs (Greggs) were paid $80k to dismiss the case according to folks close to the Greggs.
David

Williamsburg, KY

#6 Jul 23, 2013
I Believe wrote:
<quoted text> I just read the Gregg vs jj hatmaker & I failed to see where the City had to pay anything, all I found was the Case had been dismissed...
It was dismissed on the basis that JJ Hatmaker//The City of Jellico admit his GUILT....so therefore TML (Tennessee Municipal League ), the cities insurance company had to pay the Greggs because of JJ Hatmaker being a smartass punk.....so that means that the TML's premiums will go up.....They should take them out of his paychecks, maybe he'd learn to quit being such a smartsss prick
Concerned

Pelham, TN

#11 Jul 24, 2013
CARYVILLE (WATE)– The City of Jellico is paying a Caryville woman $80,000. It's a settlement after she says she was wrongly arrested. The lawsuit was filed against the City of Jellico and the Jellico Police Department by the owner of Caryville Pawn Shop.

"We had a lady come in and wanted to sell us a bike. We took all the information that we needed and bought the bike from her," explained owner Tina Gregg, about how it got started.

Later, she says, Assistant Chief J.J. Hatmaker from the Jellico Police Department came inquiring about the possibly stolen bike. It was for a case outside his jurisdiction, in Kentucky.

"J.J. Hatmaker came in saying he was picking up some information. We gave him the information to pass along to his friend in Williamsburg, Kentucky," she explained.

Gregg went on to sell that bike, following all the rules and paperwork. Next thing, she was being charged with theft over the incident. For whatever reason, she believes she was targeted.

"I don't know what his personal vendetta was against me. But he did make a statement to my employees saying that he was going to put me in my place," she said.

The case eventually went to court, where the charge against her was dismissed.

"I don't think there ever was a ‘stolen motorcycle', it was a boyfriend girlfriend bad break up, I believe," Gregg said.

So Tina and her lawyer sued the city of Jellico. They agreed to a settlement of $80,000.

Assistant Police Chief Hatmaker has responded saying "The City of Jellico has denied all wrongdoing. The City of Jellico will not pay a dime to anybody. The city's insurance company has settled with the family."

"Oh no, I believe they very much had wrongdoing. To pay someone $80,000 is a big punch. And I assume if they are paying premiums, they are 100% responsible for paying that money," Gregg said.

She says what happened to her is a lesson to anyone being intimidated by an authority figure.

"To stand up for your rights, matter if it's a police officer or not. That doesn't make it right," Gregg said.

Tina's next step is opening up a new, larger pawn shop.

It's going to be called Tina's Mega Pawn. And she's hoping it'll be the largest one in East Tennessee
Pawnee Ray

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jul 25, 2013
As indicated above, the whole story can be seen on WATE.com . It is the lead on the website. At present, Jellico has no insurance because the premiums are not affordable. Why? Claims history. Insurance companies, even those insuring governmental entities, can't afford to spread the risk among its insureds if one of the insured entities has a track record like Jellico. The problems start at the top. There is no supervision or training at JPD. How can JJ defend going to Caryville, in a JPD vehicle and on JPD time, to investigate something as minor as a mini bike at a pawn shop? Then, when he didn't get the butt kissing he has come to expect, he charged a business owner with a felony, when she had complied with the pawn shop laws fully. He had to know that, he was given the information about the seller that identified her and the applicable law. He was just on a vendetta and went to KY to make a felony arrest on a Tennessee warrant. Let him explain that part of it. He abused his authority and got busted. All the people of Jellico can hope for is that his huge ego got deflated a little and he will remember the next time that he is not the FBI, but a JPD officer. His rank should be taken away.
Citizen

Knoxville, TN

#13 Jul 25, 2013
Pawnee Ray wrote:
As indicated above, the whole story can be seen on WATE.com . It is the lead on the website. At present, Jellico has no insurance because the premiums are not affordable. Why? Claims history. Insurance companies, even those insuring governmental entities, can't afford to spread the risk among its insureds if one of the insured entities has a track record like Jellico. The problems start at the top. There is no supervision or training at JPD. How can JJ defend going to Caryville, in a JPD vehicle and on JPD time, to investigate something as minor as a mini bike at a pawn shop? Then, when he didn't get the butt kissing he has come to expect, he charged a business owner with a felony, when she had complied with the pawn shop laws fully. He had to know that, he was given the information about the seller that identified her and the applicable law. He was just on a vendetta and went to KY to make a felony arrest on a Tennessee warrant. Let him explain that part of it. He abused his authority and got busted. All the people of Jellico can hope for is that his huge ego got deflated a little and he will remember the next time that he is not the FBI, but a JPD officer. His rank should be taken away.
I agree 110% with what your saying. It's stuff like that that has put Jellico where it is today. I remember years ago if this had happened that officer would have been ask to resign, because of the way that presents Jellico. The same applies to the city pulling cars over on the I-75, the Jellico Highway Patrol. Is that not the State and Counties area. We all have opinions though, and this is mine, and everybody has one, and I respect that.
johnny law

United States

#14 Jul 25, 2013
Fire his azz
JJ Hatmaker

Knoxville, TN

#15 Jul 25, 2013
Come say it to my face.
Concerned

United States

#16 Jul 25, 2013
Nothing will be done to him he is buddies with the Mayor!
Carbide

Dandridge, TN

#17 Jul 25, 2013
JJ Hatmaker wrote:
Come say it to my face.
Your not JJ or you wouldn't be yelling, say it to my face. Your a cocky little sob that needs the sh@t whooped out of you along with your eternal boss man Stiers. You both will go down in archives as bringing Jellico down to no credibility. The citizens need to bodily kiss your a@@ and send you on your way. Call it what you may but this is getting ridiculous. New York Times will have the little town in the mountains of east Tennessee as being the most troublesome cities without ethics and morality.
JJ Hatmaker

Knoxville, TN

#20 Jul 30, 2013
Carbide wrote:
<quoted text>
Your not JJ or you wouldn't be yelling, say it to my face. Your a cocky little sob that needs the sh@t whooped out of you along with your eternal boss man Stiers. You both will go down in archives as bringing Jellico down to no credibility. The citizens need to bodily kiss your a@@ and send you on your way. Call it what you may but this is getting ridiculous. New York Times will have the little town in the mountains of east Tennessee as being the most troublesome cities without ethics and morality.
Bring it on. It ant nothing for me to whip someones azz
Renea H

Dandridge, TN

#21 Jul 30, 2013
JJ Hatmaker wrote:
<quoted text>
Bring it on. It ant nothing for me to whip someones azz
Maybe it would be worth that 80 thousand to see you beat your boss's ass J J. I see it coming down the pike before too long.
funny

Seymour, TN

#22 Jul 30, 2013
Lol dont think the New York Times is interested in little Jellirock!
Concerned

Pelham, TN

#23 Aug 15, 2013
Well how much will it cost the city to settle with Conrad. He suited for 1.5 mil
Concerned

Pelham, TN

#24 Aug 15, 2013
JELLICO, Tenn.(WVLT)-- It's no secret that Jellico has major financial problems. Last month, Mayor Les Stiers said he furloughed two police officers - H. Wayne Conrad and David Douglas - to save the city some cash.

"We don't have the money to pay them, so if our financial situation improves, we can call them back," said Stiers.

But that's not why Conrad believes he was laid off. He filed a lawsuit claiming in October, Stiers told officers to write more tickets. He also claims Stiers told them they would be required to patrol the interstate harder - including between mile markers 156 and 160. That stretch is outside the city limits. Conrad says he was let go because he wouldn't keep quiet about these policies, which he believes are illegal.

"I never mentioned tickets, because there's never a quota put on any officer - that would be ludicrous to say, "You go out here and write "x"number of tickets," said Stiers.

As for patrolling the interstate:

"I never, ever told them any mile marker to patrol from or to or write a number of tickets. Part of the interstate is in the city limits and we have to patrol our city limits," said Stiers.

David Douglas didn't want to go on camera, but said Stiers told him he wasn't writing enough tickets, which was why he was being furlouged.

Again, Stiers denies the claim and said he decided to furlough the men after evaluating their performance. So what does that mean?

"I won't go into detail about that because of the litigation," said Stiers.

Jellico's police chief refused to comment.
single

United States

#26 Aug 18, 2013
What is the deal on Conrad did I miss something
truth

Knoxville, TN

#27 Aug 18, 2013
Sorry beggers. Jellico has always hired people that are ungrateful. They can't pay to keep on a bunch of deadbeats. So instead of being thankful that the taxpayers have kept their fat a## up for all these years, they turn around and sue like the sorry trash that they are! Jellico is full of lazy deadbeats seeking a handout. It's the welfare mentality that they grew up with and easier than striking out to hunt for a real job. Working for the taxpayers of Jellico is a sorry excuse for a man, because this little one horse town doesn't need you!!
haywire

Dandridge, TN

#28 Aug 18, 2013
No Doris your little one horse town doesn't need you or the idiot you hang with. Why don't you try keeping your mouth shut and watching what that idiot really does do? You would even be surprised!

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