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Assistant prosecutor promoted

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“I like putting bad guys away”

By Damon Lawrence

Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey has been elevated to the position of deputy district attorney general.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the promotion recognizes Harvey’s 30 years of service as a prosecutor with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

The district includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

“The designation of deputy district attorney basically puts the appropriate label on the hat that Frank has already been wearing for the last few years in my administration,” Johnson said in a prepared statement. “I told Frank that the promotion means more responsibility and more work, but the same amount of pay.”

Harvey said he was flattered by the promotion.

“I’m no brighter than any other lawyer, but I hope that my experience will help us out,” he said.  
Harvey has been the lead prosecutor in some of Roane County’s most high-profile criminal cases, including the one involving Jennifer and George Hyatte.

Jennifer shot and killed corrections officer Wayne “Cotton” Morgan outside the Roane County Courthouse in 2005 to help George flee state custody.

The Hyattes later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and are now serving life without parole in state prison.

The case was featured on the Oxygen cable-TV show “Snapped.”

“General Harvey has always played a leadership role in my office in terms of helping formulate policy and deciding how key investigations are handled, as well as how major or more difficult cases are prosecuted through the system,” Johnson said.

Harvey said the love of “lawyering” has kept him in the profession for 30 years.

“In private practice, much of what you do is running a business,” he said. “I’d much rather be a lawyer. I like putting bad guys away.”

Harvey said he also likes going home at the end of day and feeling like he’s made a difference.

“I always try to give the taxpayers their money’s worth,” he said. “I always tell people, ‘This is your tax dollars at work.’”