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Crockett Co. 911 Assistant Director on Leave Amid Wrongdoing Allegations

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

ALAMON, Tenn. - Michelle Smallwood was home Monday afternoon but not answering her door.

Smallwood worked at the 911 Emergency Call Center and is currently off the job without pay amid serious allegations of wrongdoing. Instead of answering questions Smallwood shut her blinds and called police.

Anna Strong was just one of four citizens who attended a special meeting Monday about Smallwood and the 911 board.

"Why wouldn't we be made aware of it?" Strong asked. "It's our money and I think the people in the county want to know."

Strong said all she wants is answers. She showed up for the specially called 9-1-1 board meeting that was supposed to start at 8:30 a.m., but Strong said it ended at 8:28. Strong believes that itself may have been breaking Tennessee law.

"With the Sunshine Laws, you have to stick to what you posted that you were going to have the meeting about and you have to stick with the time," Strong said.

The 9-1-1 Board receives a fee from everyone with a land line and cell phone in Crockett County. The state comptrollers office confirms it is investigating the allegations. Director of the 911 board Brian Black did confirm money was missing but would not confirm the amount or how Smallwood may have been involved.

"I do understand when you have an ongoing investigation you can't talk about it," Strong said. "But I also know that you're responding to the people as to what kind of money is missing and what you're going to do about it."

During the very brief meeting, minutes showed Smallwood's suspension without pay, which began October 1 will be extended. The board also voted to hire its own lawyer. The audit which the meeting was supposed to center was not discussed.

"I don't understand why you wouldn't have discussed why you were having the meeting!" Strong said.

The comptroller said the the entire investigation is still ongoing, but says some findings were released to allow Smallwood to respond.
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