A new month, a new arrest: Knox charges send Gallaher back to jail

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By The Staff

Eric Glenn Gallaher was arrested on Thursday for failing to comply with the conditions of his pre-trial supervision.

Gallaher, 31, was released from jail on a $50,000 bond in late July following his arrest for reckless homicide.

He was required to follow several conditions, including not being charged with any offenses.

Gallaher, of 338 Washington Drive, Harriman, ran afoul of that condition last month when he was arrested in Knox County for DUI and implied consent violation.   

Being behind bars is not new to Gallaher. He’s now been arrested at least 20 times in Roane County.

He is being held without bond on his latest arrest.   

The reckless homicide case stems from an incident that occurred at the Grill & Pub on July 23.

Gallaher allegedly punched David Harvey following a fender bender in the parking lot. Harvey died, and the punch is believed to have caused his death.


Holly Renee Parker, 29, has been charged with aggravated statutory rape.

Parker of 124 Watson Lane, Lot 15, Harriman, was indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury in October. She was arrested on Thursday.

According to the indictment, the male victim was 13 years old when the alleged crime occurred in September.

Parker is scheduled to appear in court later this month. She’s also facing three counts of violation of probation.


Rockwood police charged a 33-year-old Harriman man with aggravated robbery on Thursday.

The victim, J.C. Chapman, told police he got into a vehicle with a white female name Lauren Turpin to give her some money.

The two were riding down the road when a black male appeared from underneath some clothes that were in the backseat.

Chapman said the black male put a knife to his throat and demanded money, jewelry and anything else of value.

“Mr. Chapman advised he never knew the black male was in the vehicle until the male started attacking  him,” the police report said.

“Mr. Chapman advised that the black male was ‘Mikey’ and was Lauren’s boyfriend.”

Chapman later identified Michael D. Buttram as the person who robbed him. Buttram spoke to police about the incident.

“He did admit to us he was trying to get money that the victim owed,” the report said.

The report went on to say that Buttram told authorities he put a knife to Chapman’s throat in order to scare him.

“The defendant then took the victim’s cell phone and pushed the victim out of the vehicle,” the report said.

Chapman had blood on his throat but refused medical treatment, according to police.

Buttram, of 939 Bazel Road, Harriman, is scheduled to appear in court in January.

Rockwood police said additional charges were pending at the time of the report.  


The Hixson man who pleaded guilty to falsifying records at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant did not receive prison time for his crime.

Last week U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier sentenced Matthew Correll to two years’ probation.

Correll, 31, was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.  

As part of his plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Correll stipulated that in August 2010 he completed forms purporting to state micrometer readings of cables that had been installed to provide energy to equipment inside the containment structure of Unit 2 at Watts Bar.

“Correll made approximately 200 entries,” the government said in a news release. “After the entries were submitted, it was discovered that they were either inaccurate or purported to be measurements of cables that did not in fact exist.”


A Roane County woman is in trouble with the law again for using her TennCare benefits for illegal means.

The Tennessee Office of the Inspector General announced last week that Kathy Ellison, 53, had been charged by the Knox County Grand Jury with two counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by doctor shopping and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.   

Ellison was arrested in September after the Morgan County Grand Jury charged her with three counts of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by doctor shopping.


A hit of cosmic kush was apparently too much for one teenager to handle on Oct. 27.

According to a Rockwood police report, an officer received a call about a subject laying on the ground who could not move his arms.

“I asked what he had taken to get in his condition and he stated they had smoked cosmic kush,” the report said. “EMS transported him to the hospital.”  

A second teenager told the officer that he had taken one hit of the substance and felt fine.

The officer advised the second teenager’s mother to seek medical attention for her son due to the reaction the other teen had from smoking the substance.


Charges could be filed in a two-car wreck that occurred in Kingston on Oct. 25. The crash occurred at 10:10 p.m. in the front of the TVA Federal Credit Union.

According to the report, Thomas W. Johnston was traveling east on West Race Street when he crossed the center line and hit a silver Jeep head-on.

The jeep had two occupants, driver Brian M. Bosserman and passenger Daniel L. Jones.  

Johnston, 66, had a Pennsylvania address. Bosserman, 35, and Jones, 35, had Crossville addresses.

All three were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.  

Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said results of the blood samples that were sent to a lab for analysis had not been returned as of Friday.