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Civil warrants served against Day

By Kayla Carter
Staff Writer
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On June 25, John Day, founder of the organization Citizens for Good Governance was served a civil warrant from Kenny Woods and former Unicoi County Sheriff Kent Harris. The warrants state that Day is to appear in court on July 24 at 1 p.m. to answer to damages in the amount of $1 and court costs, which total $365.
Harris stated via e-mail that the warrant was issued over what he believe are libelous comments made about him and his uncle Woods online by Day.
Harris said via e-mail that he found allegedly defamatory statements on Day’s personal website. “John Day has constantly for the past year attacked me,” Harris said. “This is just the last of many personal libelous attacks from him. I want all these lies to stop.”
Harris is claiming that statements made by Day about his disability and trustworthiness are grounds for the charges.
Day said he thinks that Harris and Woods are rehashing an old grudge against him.
“Ever since I got involved in the rebuttal of Kent Harris’ budget demands in August 2011, when he was still Unicoi County sheriff,” said Day, “They have attempted several times using various methods to stop me from speaking out against them.”
Day said that he, too, has been defamed by Harris and Woods online. He referenced many written libelous statements made about him, which he believed were written by Harris or Woods online through Topix.com and Facebook.
“Perhaps I’ll choose to have my own day in court as the plaintiff against Mr. Harris and Mr. Woods,” wrote Day in an e-mail. “I have more than enough grounds to do so. Whether or not I choose that as an option, I will not be intimidated or bullied by their boorish tactics or those of anyone else because I do not fear bullies. I confront them head on and will continue to do so in defending, supporting, and speaking up for the fine people in Unicoi County who, for whatever reason, cannot do it for themselves, and I will make it one of my top priorities to help rid our fine county of corruption and abuse wherever it exists.”