Case again continued for ex-exec’s son

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By Damon Lawrence

A recent status hearing in Tyler Farmer's drug dealing case resulted in another continuance.

It marked the sixth time the case has been continued, according to court records.

Farmer, the son of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer, is accused of selling drugs in a school zone.

Mike Farmer is again seeking election to the seat he lost in 2010 to Ron Woody.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson said his office will not recuse from the case if Tyler Farmer's father is elected in August.

“We prosecuted him before when his father was county executive,” Johnson pointed out.

Mike Farmer filed his petition on March 31 to run for county executive, a position he held from Sept. 1, 2006 to Aug. 31, 2010.

In 2009, Tyler Farmer pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, simple possession, reckless endangerment and theft in Roane County General Sessions Court.

That didn't mark the end of his troubles with the law, however.

On June 20, 2012, he was arrested at 156 Greystone Way in Kingston after the Roane County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against him for allegedly selling suboxone and oxycodone in a school zone.

That case is still pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

The County Executive's office handles some of the accounting for the District Attorney General's office.

The county executive might also attend some of the district attorney general's functions from time to time, but that's about the extent of the relationship between the office holders.

Johnson said each case is distinct from others, which is why he doesn't have a blanket recusal policy.

“We look at it on a case-by-case basis,” he said. “There's no black-line letter rule that says do it here, don't do it there on something like that.”