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Monday, October 24, 2016

Court date in sign theft case for Jerry Kerley and William Harwell moved to Nov. 10. NEW-Video of Harwell at June council meeting.

The original court date of October 31 for theft charges connected to removal of political signs located at 279 Mockingbird Drive has been moved out to November 10 in General Sessions court.

Still from Crossville airport security video

Image from neighbor's video of Mockingbird Drive. 

The two men, Jerry Kerley, director of water resources for the city of Crossville and William Harwell of the Crossville airport were charged following an investigation by the District Attorney's office.  A neighbor of the Mockingbird Drive house caught part of the incident on video and got the truck's license number. The truck was registered to Jerry Kerley who is the father of Crossville city councilman Jesse Kerley.

Security video from the Crossville airport shows the two men leaving from there prior to the time of the alleged incident and then returning to the airport a short time later. District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway confirmed that the stolen signs were recovered on the airport property.  

According to court records, both men are represented by attorney Jimmy Smith.

Ironically, Harwell had spoken out against political signs at the June city council meeting including specifically the signs at Mockingbird Drive. Video of those comments are below. 

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Public comments by Bill Harwell at the June 2016 Crossville city council meeting
complaining about the recall signs and the signs at Mockingbird Drive.

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