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Charges dropped for man arrested at Greeneville meeting about U.S. Nitrogen

August 22nd, 2014 4:27 pm by Associated Press

Charges dropped for man arrested at Greeneville meeting about U.S. Nitrogen

GREENEVILLE — An East Tennessee judge has dismissed charges that had been brought against a 76-year-old man in connection with a meeting last month of the Greene County Industrial Development Board.

Bybee restaurateur Eddie Bruce Overholt, an outspoken opponent of the US Nitrogen plant being located in Greene County, was charged with disrupting a meeting and resisting stop/arrest. The Greeneville Sun said the board was discussing an action supportive of a double pipeline between the plant and the Nolichucky River.

District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell said he sought the dismissal, which was granted last week, after reviewing video of the meeting.

Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles said anyone making further "outbursts" would be removed, and Overholt was arrested after asking board members to speak up so the audience could hear.

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