Man charged after more than 99 beer bottles found in Carter County creek

John Thompson • Updated Dec 27, 2017 at 9:03 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County man would have been better off if he had left 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

Billy Jack Harrell, 63, 108 Indian Drive, Johnson City, was arrested two days before Christmas by Sgt. Issac Rhea of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and charged with aggravated criminal littering after the deputy investigated a reported incident of littering in a creek behind Harrell’s home.

Rhea said he found a Bud Light bottle lying on the bank of the creek. When he looked further, Rhea reported finding more than 100 Bud Light bottles all along the creek in a line that stretched back 50 yards to Harrell’s property.

Rhea went to the residence and made contact with Harrell, who the deputy said admitted to putting the more than 100 Bud Light bottles in the stream.

When Rhea asked Harrell why he put the Bud Light bottles in the stream, he said Harrell told him “because I am stupid.” He said Harrell went on to say that the litter would take care of itself because “after a big rain came the bottles would be gone.”

Harrell is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on Jan. 16.

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