County Officials Facing Prison Time Return To Work

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Four Knott County officials return to work one day after a federal judge sentenced them to prison time for vote fraud and misusing county funds.

Randy Thompson is supposed to report to prison next month, but he says it's business as usual today. The judge ruled Thompson cannot hold public office again.

Thompson did not comment on that, but his attorney says Thompson will stay on the job during the appeals process.

He spent the day making sure roads are salted, and applying for grants and stimulus money.

"I want make sure that Knott Countians get their fair share," said Thompson.

Thompson's prison sentence was the talk of the lunch hour at Napier Family Drug.

"The improvement of lives in the last few years is remarkable and to have something like this happen, I really think it is a crime in itself," said Harold Mullins.

People who talked to us say projects like the Sportsplex, ATV trails, and Elk Tours boosted the economy.

"I don't see how it's going to serve any good having these men locked up," said Rhett Gibson.

No one who agrees with the punishment would talk on camera. Thompson is ordered to report to prison next month, but until then,
he says he will work as long as he can.

Thompson's attorneys are already working on his appeals. Deputy Judge Phillip Champion, who was also sentenced, told WYMT he was working as normal Tuesday.


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  • by James Location: Knott on Feb 13, 2009 at 05:03 PM
    Gee, who could have expected that the man Fletcher picked for our Judge Executive after he promised to hire Fletcher's son as a contractor could get caught up in corruption scandals... I know lots of people happy to see this day...
  • by lee Location: knott on Feb 7, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    mike hall is someone else posting under your name surly you are not tis type of man how did you get so many votes last time being so mean and hard hearted don't it bother anyone else that a person soo mean may be appointed judge it seems as of your post you will remember those that don't vote for you what does that mean exactly if you ever want to win it won't happen with the attitude you have you're mean
  • by eagleman Location: knott on Feb 7, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    do you people really think that mike hall would get on here and say stuff like that no he would not
  • by MIKE HALL Location: KN0TT.CO on Feb 6, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    I THINK THAT RANDY TOMPSON NEEDS TO GET 100YEARS IN THE PEN. MESS WITH BIG BEN GET SENT TO THE PEN AN THEN U MEET BUBBA AN BENDOVER. DONT DROP U SOAP AN JUST GUESSIN I'D SAY U TOOK THE COUNTY MONEY TO BUY U SUM SOAP ON A ROPE. BUT IT AN'T NO PROBLEM WE CAN UNDERSTAND WHY ITS A GOOD INVESTMENT YOU WILL NEED IT. YOU WAS NEVER A JUDGE U WAS A THUG AN TRASH I'D SAY U WOULD STEAL A SHOVEL IF IT WAS LAYIN AROUND ALL. LET ME TAKE THAT ONE BACK THATS SUM THING THAT U WOULD HAVE TO WORK WITH U WOULDNT TAKE THAT. U JUST BUY VOTES. WHEN U GET OUT U NEED TO GO AN GET YOUR S.S.I. AN BE A CHECK DRAWER THATS ALL U EVER WAS I HOPE U GET TURNED DOWN CAUSE U ARE A CROOK PLAIN AS IT GETS!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Lance Location: Knott on Feb 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    Sid Williams was probably the best county judge Knott County ever had. He did a lot for this county. Since then, we have not had much and this county has went down. Randy Thompson has brought a little back to this county, Sportsplex and Trailride. Randy brought tourism to the county. Randy Thompson has helped the county more than any other county judge besides Sid Williams. Our county needs help and all of the help we can get. We don't need anything to hold us back, like this issue that has happen. I think this is a shame what has happen in this county. Things like this happen all over America. Our county needs to stick together and make this a better place instead of being jelous.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Feb 6, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    To Scott from Knott Co........a very good and true comment.....110% agree.
  • by Neil Location: Knott County on Feb 6, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    I agree with Honest Citizen 100% but the group who seems to be sitting in judgment and putting down Judge Thompson is the same group behind all of this. They don't care about the youth of Knott Co. only about their bank accts. Don't try and convince anyone that Newsome and Thompson are the only judges who may or may not have done wrong. If you'll dig a little it won't be hard to find illegalities from the Judge before Newsome. Some of this group is having negative posts repeatedly placed on here and acting "holier than thou", this one person is a relative of one of the thugs. People should try and petition for an investigation into the group who has had this done. It's so easy to watch this group congregate and plan for taking control once again. Put these peoples NAMES in the limelight and drag them through the mud. Our Knott Co. Mafia is trying once again for control; Randy beat them fair and square and they can't handle it. We need to support Randy,Mac,Phillip & Ronnie.
  • by scott Location: Knott Co. on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:51 PM
    I really think that its a sad day when the citizens of knott co can't find honest people to run our county . why does it seem to be the norm that the only way a person can get elected to office is to buy it. I blame the voters if they weren't willing to sell,they couldn't buy.I don't think Randy Thompson and his boy's have done a thing except add a burden for the tax payers of knott co. Randy Thompson supporter should understand , he don't walk on water.
  • by Voter Location: Knott County on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:21 PM
    While you were interviewing Roger Combs he was telling about what a good Judge Randy Thompson was. Sure he would say that after all Randy made sure that Roger's driveway at his new house was paved with County money. By the way Roger won a large settlement against Knott County which he used the money to build the new house.
  • by Honest Citizen Location: Knott County on Feb 5, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    Just so that all of you know...I am not employed by the county, have no family employed by the county and received no reward for voting for Randy...other than satisfaction at seeing progress!! I am a retired educator and I have seen the grip that drugs have on our youth and it concerns me greatly..We are now getting some activities for our youth...besides being a druggie...Shame on all of you who sit in your ivory tower and criticize...You blame the youth when the blame lies with YOU and your political stranglehold that has been on this county for all my life...Wake up and realize that if we go back to the status quo...another generation is down the drain..But that seems to be what a lot of you posters want...

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