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Fentress Road Director faces new investigation

7:57 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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Fentress County's Road Superintendent could have his probation revoked.

Butch Blevins pled no contest in 2010 to making money off of county scrap metal.

Blevins received judicial diversion in that case.  He is not considered a felon unless he violates probation.

Now, the District Attorney's Office in Tennessee's 8th judicial district believes Blevins has violated his agreement.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol agent, Blevins is connected to a stolen equipment ring out of Grundy County.

The agent said an investigation revealed Blevins paid money for a stolen backhoe and dozer.  Court paperwork also claims he made a trade for a John Deere Gator.

The DA's office believes Blevins committed three counts of theft over $10,000.

No charges have been filed against the road superintendent in the new investigation.

However, he will still face a probation hearing due to the new information provided by THP.  The DA's office filed a petition to revoke the supervisor's judicial diversion.

"I hope they don't have enough evidence against him because Butch is a good supervisor.  Anything that needs to be done in the county he's always good about giving a helping hand and things like that," said Fentress County Mayor Frank Smith.

Neither Butch Blevins nor his attorney would comment Wednesday.

He is scheduled to appear in court January 7.  A hearing date could be announced during that appearance.

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