published Monday, May 9th, 2011

Rhea County executive charged with soliciting prostitute

Rhea County Executive George Thacker was cited for patronizing a prostitute during an undercover sting by the Knoxville Police Department on Friday, the Herald-News reported.

Thacker, 48, alleged offered a female undercover officer $50 in exchange for a sexual favor while at the corner of Tyson Street and Bernard Avenue near downtown Knoxville, the Dayton, Tenn. newspaper reported.

KPD officers cited Thacker for the Class B misdemeanor, although he was not taken into custody immediately. The county executive is scheduled to report to the Knox County Jail on May 20. According to the Herald-News, Thacker is expected to be booked and then released immediately without having to post a bond.

“I don’t know anything about it,” said Ronnie Raper, chairman of the Rhea County Commissioner Monday evening. “The way I understand it, it is a misdemeanor, not a felony. I have not spoken with George Thacker today."

Rhea County County Commissioner Bill Holland said "the county [business] will go on," with several meetings scheduled in the next two days.

Thacker was sworn in as executive last September. He has been a long time businessman and developer in the area.

According to his website, he owns three Express Lubes in Dayton and Crossville. He recently developed the Howard Johnson’s Hotel in Spring City.

Thacker could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Correspondent Kimberly McMillian contributed to this story.

about Staff Report...

Get breaking news from the Times Free Press on Twitter at or by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter at the right:

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
Echo said...

He just wanted an express "fluids change" for $50.

May 10, 2011 at 12:39 a.m.
please login to post a comment

Other National Articles

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.