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County official clocked at nearly 100 mph vexed about speeding ticket

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By The Staff

By DAMON LAWRENCE

dlawrence@roanecounty.com

Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham was ticketed for speeding on Interstate 40.

Then she seemed irked that she was being given a ticket, according to a report by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Currier.

Currier reported Kirkham was driving her Lexus SUV at speeds ranging from 85 miles per hour to 96 mph near Kingston, where the speed limit is posted at 70 mph on the interstate.     

Currier stopped Kirkham on North Kentucky Street after she exited the interstate. He returned to his cruiser after Kirkham provided him with her driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

“Approximately 12 minutes later I approached her car with a speeding violation,” Currier wrote. “She was on her cell phone when I approached. I later found that she had called the Roane County Jail.”

“She asked me if I was going to write her a ticket and stated that the young female in the back seat had just said how good police officers were,” Currier wrote in his report.

Even though he clocked her traveling as fast as 96 mph, the speeding ticket was only for traveling 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Kirkham was still vexed, according to the report.    

“She then grabbed my clipboard and jerked it into her car,” Currier wrote. “She then grabbed my pen and signed the ticket.”

After learning his name, Currier says Kirkham asked if he was related to County Commissioner David Currier.

“I advised yes,” Currier wrote. “She said, ‘Is that your daddy? I advised no. She then gave me back my clipboard after signing the citation. I began to speak to her again and she started driving off. She stopped, and I told her to have a nice day and to go ahead.”

Kirkham didn’t want to discuss the matter when contacted this week.

“No I don’t have any comments,” she said. “I was speeding. I got the ticket, and I intend to pay it.”