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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jerry Kerley and Bill Harwell face sign theft charges in court Thursday November 10.

Jerry Lee Kerley and William Frank Harwell are both on the docket for General Session Court on Thursday November 10.

Both men face a single count of theft up to $500 each for the incident that occurred on September 30, 2016. The charges stem from the report of a theft of political signs from a house on Mockingbird Drive where a neighbor captured video of the two men leaving the house and then followed them long enough to get a license tag showing the truck involved was registered to Jesse Kerley's father Jerry, the city's director of water resources.

Still from the neighbor's video of the alleged theft. 

The signs were part of an ongoing feud between councilman Kerley and J. R. Blankenship. Some of the signs accused Councilman Jesse Kerley of lying and abuse of office.

Political signs are Mockingbird Drive location before theft.

The charges were filed by District Attorney investigator Randal Slayton. The missing signs were recovered at the Crossville airport according to District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway. Airport security video showed the two men leaving the airport just prior to the incident and then returning a short time after and immediately driving out of camera range.

Both men are represented by attorney Jimmy Smith.  

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