Mountain City mayor charged with obstruction of justice

Johnson City Press • Jan 9, 2019 at 8:54 AM

MOUNTAIN CITY — Mountain City’s mayor was arrested Tuesday on an obstruction of justice charge resulting from a traffic stop involving a wanted relative.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department served Mayor Kevin Parsons with the warrant around 6 p.m.

In a news release, Sheriff Edward Tester said Parsons was stopped Dec. 22 for speeding on Highway 67 West. A deputy asked Parsons to identify his passenger, and the mayor responded that he was a friend.

Knowing that the mayor’s brother-in-law, Kenneth B. Cornett, was wanted and had been seen in the same vehicle, the deputy asked Parsons what his friend’s name was. When Parsons refused to answer, the deputy asked the passenger whether he had identification, and the man said he did not. The man also would not tell the deputy his name.

Tester arrived at the scene and asked Parsons whether the man was his brother-in-law. “I don’t know. I’m not at liberty to say that,” Parsons responded, according to Tester’s news release.

The sheriff told Parsons his brother-in-law had active warrants out for his arrest and advised the mayor he could be charged if the passenger was indeed his brother-in-law. Again, Parsons replied, “I don’t know,” but after being asked again, he replied, “It’s my brother-in-law, yes,” according to the release.

The passenger got out of the vehicle, and his identity was confirmed as Cornett. He was arrested at the scene.

Parsons was held on $2,500 bond with a court date set for March 20.

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