Former Sullivan County 911 director indicted on false reporting charges

Rain Smith • Nov 8, 2018 at 12:29 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The man in charge of Sullivan County’s 911 system for nearly 30 years has been arrested for allegedly filing false police reports — and, in turn, getting an innocent woman arrested for theft.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said that Isaac “Ike” Lowry, 72, Bluff City, turned himself in Thursday at the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. He was booked into the facility on two counts of false reporting and theft over $10,000.

Lowry was the director of Sullivan County 911 from its inception in the late ’80s through his retirement in June of last year. According to the TBI, accusations were leveled against him last December.

A criminal probe was launched after Lowry told the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office that a woman — identified by the TBI as a “female acquaintance” — had stolen his debit card, then unlawfully withdrawn thousands of dollars from his account.

In a report filed at the SCSO, he accused the female of taking more than $6,000 from his checking account and more than $8,000 from his savings. She was subsequently arrested and charged with 61 counts of identity theft and felony theft over $10,000. 

According to SCSO Capt. Andy Seabolt, statements from the female and further investigation revealed that Lowry had given her permission to use the card. Her criminal charges were later expunged.

At the request of Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus, the TBI was called in to investigate Lowry’s alleged false reporting. The case against him was presented last week to a Sullivan County grand jury, netting his indictment.

After being booked into jail Thursday morning, Lowry was released on $7,500 bond.

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