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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 10:21 AM

Conservative Republican Knox County, TN Commissioner Jeff Ownby Arrested for Public Gay Oral Sex

Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby, arrested last week on an indecent exposure charge, will not resign from his 4th District seat and plans to attend Monday's board meeting to vote on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, his attorney said Thursday.

In addition, defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs lambasted the Tennessee Department of Children's Services for telling the News Sentinel and other local media outlets that three foster children were removed from Ownby's home as a result of the arrest.

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Ownby, 45, a first-term commissioner, and John McCracken, 53, were arrested May 24 after police spotted the two performing oral sex on each other in Sharps Ridge Park in North Knoxville, according to court records. They were in public and did not attempt to hide their actions, the arrest warrant states.

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Ownby, who was released on a $500 bond hours after his arrest, was elected to represent the West Knoxville district in August 2010. A Republican, he has taken mostly a conservative stance to county spending.



More:
http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2012/may/31/224858/


See also:

Commissioner Jeff Ownby
- 4th District

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Guided by the United States Constitution and strong religious beliefs, Commissioner Ownby wants to serve the 4th District and Knox County, to ensure the citizens a voice in their local government. He wants to bring back a conservative fiscal approach and make certain the taxpayers’ money is wisely spent.

Jeff was born on April 12th, 1967, at Baptist Hospital in downtown Knoxville. He comes from a big family including four brothers and two sisters. Jeff and his high school sweetheart, Jayme Nelson Ownby, have been married for 22 years. Jeff and Jayme reside in West Knoxville with their two sons, Jeffrey Carl II and Jeremy Charles and 5 foster children.

More:
http://www.knoxcounty.org/commission/commissioners/ownby.php



State: 3 foster children removed from home of Knox Commissioner Jeff Ownby

Three foster children have been removed from the home of Knox County Commissioner Jeff Ownby and further admissions of children to the home have been suspended, a state department spokeswoman said Friday.

Molly Sudderth, director of communications at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, said the department through the Florence Crittenton Agency had three children in the Ownby home at the time of his arrest Thursday afternoon on an indecent exposure charge.

On Friday morning, they were taken from the Ownby home and put in another home, according to Sudderth. No more admissions are being allowed there, she said.

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Ownby is a longtime employee of Comcast. A Comcast vehicle was towed
Thursday from the Sharps Ridge scene and taken to the city's impound
lot, according to an employee of Clinton Highway Wrecker Service.

More:
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/may/25/state-3-foster-children-removed-from-home-of/



Ownby affair raises an age-old question

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Doubtless some, if not many citizens of Knox County will call on Jeff Ownby to resign, as they believe his conduct didn’t just embarrass himself, but hurt his family and the foster children who we have to believe have been loved and well-cared for by the Ownbys. The issue citizens should be most interested in is not the fact that Commissioner Ownby was allegedly engaged in a homosexual encounter on Sharp’s Ridge, and it is not even the reality that if Ownby is guilty he has been unfaithful to his wife. Instead, Jeff Ownby’s chief political problem is that he disregarded his position as a Knox County Commissioner and the danger in which he might be placing that position-and with it perhaps the interests of his constituents-in order to enjoy what the writer to the Hebrews called “the pleasures of sin for a season.” (cf. Hebrews 11:25). In other words, Ownby disregarded his position and put it at risk, gambling that he would not be caught.

Jeff Ownby is far from alone in this kind of predicament in Tennessee politics. Former State Senator Paul Stanley (R-Memphis) was compelled to resign after he admitted to being blackmailed by the boyfriend of one of his interns. Stanley was blackmailed because he was having an affair with the young woman in question, her boyfriend knew it, and was attempting to extort money from Stanley in return for his silence. Paul Stanley was unwilling to be extorted, and it cost him his political career. Today, a repentant Stanley admits that he was not only wrong, but says that leaving office took him out of a situation that wasn’t healthy for the personal or spiritual life of the devout Christian who is presently the politics editor for the Christian Post. Politics doesn’t have to be a negative profession for everyone involved in it, but being around and involved in politics does take an unshakable moral resolve that you will not do things which you know could endanger your family or career.

For reasons yet unknown to this writer and to many others, political leaders with very public positions endanger themselves, their families, and their careers every day by engaging in behavior-sexual and otherwise-that could cause irreparable harm to their reputations because they believe that unlike others before them, they somehow won’t get caught. As we have seen, your sins will find you out-especially in politics. The question then must be asked to those whose reputations are harmed by their own actions: Was it worth the trouble it caused? Did you really believe that the rest of the world wouldn’t find out?

More:
http://www.examiner.com/article/ownby-affair-raises-an-age-old-question

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Reply Conservative Republican Knox County, TN Commissioner Jeff Ownby Arrested for Public Gay Oral Sex (Original post)
Ian David Jun 2012 OP
Drale Jun 2012 #1
pnwest Jun 2012 #2
Ian David Jun 2012 #4
DCKit Jun 2012 #10
LiberalAndProud Jun 2012 #11
lunasun Jun 2012 #3
warrior1 Jun 2012 #5
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #6
krispos42 Jun 2012 #7
Ian David Jun 2012 #8
Ian David Jun 2012 #9
maxrandb Jun 2012 #12
alcibiades_mystery Jun 2012 #13
trumad Jun 2012 #14
WilliamPitt Jun 2012 #15

Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 10:59 AM

1. I don't get it

If they secretly like men, why do they always do stuff like this in public, when they claim to hate gays with all their very small brains? Wouldn't it be easier to rent a hotel room or sit in one of their cars or something?

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Response to Drale (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:02 AM

2. perhaps a secret wish to be outed?

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Response to pnwest (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:10 AM

4. Or, the fear of getting caught is less than their fear of being murdered.

Maybe they feel that they're more likely to be murdered by a stranger in a hotel room, than they are to be murdered in public?

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Response to Ian David (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:39 PM

10. Doing it in public is the thrill factor.

 

This guy is 45 and looks like a tired, rode hard, put away wet hound-dog. He's hating his life and everything about it, or he wouldn't look that old and beat-up.

I'm 49 in a couple of weeks, went shopping with my eldest sister (3 years older) and BIL two years ago and the sales-woman said "It's so nice of your Mom and Dad to bring you out shopping to our store"... It didn't end well. Even the most miserable of my 45+ <60 year old family members don't look as run down, run over twice and backed over again as this guy. Even though my sister is a horrible person, I won't go shopping with her lest someone assume (and say) they think she's my mother. Same goes for my two other sisters, the youngest being 2.5 years younger. They hate their lives, and it shows.

Point is, there's nothing like coming out, to be whoever you are, as early as possible. It doesn't matter how, just that you're true to yourself. It's not a gay thing, it's not about being gay, it's a letting go thing that relieves the stress of life that makes so may of us old before our time. The strictures of society can be killers - grow up, get a job, get married, and work for forty five years.

Just trust yourself to do something different, or you'll end up like this guy.

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Response to Drale (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:34 PM

11. I believe it's to somehow keep the act apart from his self image.

To engage accidentally, anonymously, nefariously somehow keeps it from being "real", as though it is another self, not one's own self.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:02 AM

3. ugh and not the last of these conservative hypocrites

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:11 AM

5. it's more titillating

to do something he could get caught doing. Except you don't want to get caught. Stupid repuke.

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:18 AM

6. Oh come on. Haven't you ever done it at a rest area or in an elevator or something?

 

Yeah, it does seem to be the repukes that are loudest about opposing something that get caught in the act, but still, there is the thrill factor.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:23 AM

7. Of course he did... he's pro-family...

... which means the odds are excellent he's:

  • cheating on his wife with a man (closeted gay)
  • cheating on his wife with another woman
  • secretly had a child out of wedlock
  • already divorced and working on marriage 2+
  • had a girlfriend or wife who secretly had an abortion





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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:19 PM

8. Has anyone found any quotes from him expressing anti-gay viewpoints? n/t

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 02:27 PM

9. Why comments (were turned) off on Ownby story

Why comments off on Ownby story
We've had several readers ask why we disabled comments on the stories about County Commissioner Jeff Ownby being arrested for indecent explosure on Sharps Ridge

Chuck Bowers wrote: "Your ban on bloggers' response to the County Commissioner's apparent no-no is puzzling and discomforting. Although i personally doubt it, it gives the appearance of bias and censorship. Please consider re-opening this item, which has widespread community interest. Doesn't the public have the right to weigh in on commission controversies? You have effectively compromised such a right."

Blogger Katie Granju wrote: "While I appreciate and supprt the News Sentinel's compassionate decision to disable commenting on this morning's Jeff Ownby stories, as someone who has been terribly traumatized by stories about my dead child in which commenters were allowed to have at our family all they wanted, I'd really like to see some standardized guidelines released to our community from our newspaper of record that clearly lay out how the decision is made regarding which specific stories receive the respectful kindness of disabled comments, and which stories are opened up to allow the mob to publicly to rip the subjects of that story to shreds."

It wasn't bias or selective compassion that prompted us to disable comments on that story. The fact is, we have learned that some subjects bring out the worst in comments. In our ongoing efforts to raise the level of civility in our comments, we have decided to be more aggressive in controlling these forums. That includes disabling stories that are sure to be trouble. Given the subject matter, if we had opened up the Ownby article to comments, we almost immediately would have been deleting many of them.

More:
http://blogs.knoxnews.com/editor/2012/05/why-comments-off-on-ownby-stor.shtml

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:41 PM

12. Elected in "2010"

and arrested for Tea-Bagging!

Shocking!

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:43 PM

13. That dude is 45? Jeez...looks about 60

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:44 PM

14. Dude looks like he still needs to spit.

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Response to trumad (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 04:18 PM

15. *snarf*

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