Constable Patton removed from office

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By The Staff

Roane County Constable Mark Patton has lost his office as a result of a judge's decision, according to District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

Johnson said he received word Wednesday afternoon that Judge Russell Simmons Jr. has decided that testimony in last week's ouster trial was enough to warrant the embattled constable's removal from office.

Patton was accused of assault, of crude remarks and gestures against police and other local officials and of acts of intimidation, especially with his club-like "big stick," that he liked to say was all the weapon he needed.

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