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ALL CHARGES AND FINES DROPPED AGAINST BLANKENSHIP

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Charges and fines have been dropped against a Crossville man who was accused of soliciting unsigned handbills to downtown merchants. The story goes much deeper, but suffice it to say that according to court records, City Attorney Will Ridley signed off on the Agreed Order on behalf of the City of Crossville on Nov. 17 clearing Blankenship of the charges and all previous assessed fines. Blankenship was implicated as a suspect following an investigation of the handbills, which offered a reward for pictures of any wrong-doing by city officials that could be produced by the public. Those concerned were advised to contact “Sam” at “The Daily Bull”. During this time, former city council member Jesse Kerley pushed for Blankenship to be charged in the incident which sparked a series of events between Kerley, his father Jerry Kerley, the city’s Water Resource Director and Blankenship. Blankenship challenged the charges and fines and eventually hired Nashville Lawyer Joe Johnston for representation.

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