Restaurant voices support for law enforcement after officer reportedly refused service

APRIL 18 – An Adamsville police officer says he and a McNairy County deputy sheriff were refused service at a local Jack’s restaurant today while on duty and in uniform, but he’s not holding it against the business.

The officer, Ryan Burlesci, said they entered the Adamsville Jack’s at 5 a.m. and the restaurant’s shift supervisor walked away, repeatedly stating,  “I refuse.”

Burlesci said the two were initially unsure whether the remarks were directed at them. Another employee came to the register and took their order and told him the supervisor was upset because he and another Adamsville officer had arrested a different Jack’s employee at the restaurant a few weeks ago.

Jack’s Area Supervisor Donna Jones said this afternoon that the fast food chain’s corporate human resources department is investigating.

“We love law enforcement and all emergency service providers,” she said.

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Passenger dies in single-vehicle crash near Wayne County line

APRIL 15 -- A 20-year-old Clifton, Tennessee man was fatally injured this morning in a single-vehicle crash on Tenn. 69-S in Hardin County, close to the Wayne County line.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Austin Blake Riley Melson, who died, was a passenger in a 2011 Ford Fusion operated by Danny Lane Franks, 22, of Florence Alabama. 

Franks was driving south on the highway when the vehicle failed to negotiate a left curve and went off the right side of the roadway. The Ford entered a ravine, struck a ditch and came to rest upside down.

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Sheriff's late withdrawal from ballot triggers 'Anti-Skullduggery Act'

APRIL 13– Sheriff Sammy Davidson’s last-minute withdrawal from the race for Hardin County sheriff has triggered a little-known law called the “Anti-Skullduggery Act of 1991.”

The act is intended to address situations where popular incumbents file to run for office and then withdraw too late for anyone else to file for the same race, deterring competitors and paving the way for the incumbent’s preferred candidate. It requires the Administrator of Elections to re-open the qualifying deadline for that race for seven days.

Davidson, who could not be reached for comment despite repeated efforts over two days, withdrew from the Aug. 2 ballot at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, just a quarter hour before the noon withdrawal deadline.

The race to be the county’s next sheriff as it stands now, is between Sgt. Johnny Alexander, a veteran Hardin County deputy sheriff, and T.J. Barker, a veteran investigator with the Savannah Police Department.

Because of the Anti-Skullduggery Act, however, qualified persons interested in running potentially have one more opportunity.

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