Cocke County 911 director arrested

Cocke County 911 director arrested

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Cocke County 911 director is in trouble with the law.

Kathy Cody was arrested Tuesday. She is accused of misusing her power for personal reasons.

"The 911 Director handles all the communication," said Newport Police Chief Maurice Schults.

Schults is also chairman of the 911 Board of Directors. He said Cody had access to information needed for law enforcement.

"A request may come in from an officer saying we need a personal history. Or, is a driver's license valid? So she has full access to the whole system," he said.

Cody was arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. They said an investigation found she misused her ability to tap into the Tennessee Drivers License database in September last year.

A top official with the county said Cody had a long time personal squabble going on with the son of one of their courthouse employees. The accusation of her misusing the system stemmed from that situation.

Schults said he asked for the independent investigation when the matter was brought to his attention.

"The main reason I felt that I should ask for an independent investigation is that Kathy and I have been friends since the second grade," Schults said. "We went to high school, and graduated together."

As a result of that probe, Cody was charged with official misconduct.

"It's an accusation at this point. Kathy will have her day in court. She's innocent until proven guilty," Schults said.

The 911 board plans to meet on November 13 to figure out how to proceed with the matter.

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