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Former Rogersville cop claims he was fired over allegation of affair with businessman’s wife

October 8th, 2013 10:18 pm by Jeff Bobo

Former Rogersville cop claims he was fired over allegation of affair with businessman’s wife

Former Rogersville police officer James Hammonds, right, appears before the Rogersville BMA with his attorney Paul Whetstone Tuesday. Jeff Bobo photo.

ROGERSVILLE — The writers of Peyton Place couldn’t have come up with a more sordid tale of sex, power and corruption than was spun by former Rogersville police officer James Hammonds at Tuesday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. 

Hammonds, who had served as Rogersville’s assistant police chief for nearly a decade, was fired July 11 by RPD Chief Doug Nelson and City Recorder Bill Lyons. 

The official reason given for the firing was “due cause,” and the city has declined requests from the Times-News to release more specific reasons for Hammonds’ firing.

Hammonds told the BMA Tuesday his firing stemmed from “false allegations” that he’d had an affair with the wife of Rogersville businessman Roger Stewart. Hammonds said that when he asked why he was being fired, Nelson replied, “Roger won’t stop calling.”

Read more in the Wednesday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition. 


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