published Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Rhea official cited with soliciting a prostitute

Rhea County Executive George Thacker was cited with patronizing a prostitute during an undercover sting by the Knoxville Police Department on Friday, according to police spokesman Derrell DeBusk.

Thacker, 48, is accused of offering a female undercover officer $50 in exchange for a sexual favor while at the corner of Tyson Street and Bernard Avenue near downtown Knoxville, DeBusk said.

Knoxville 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 Commission on Monday evening. “The way I understand it, it is a misdemeanor, not a felony. I have not spoken with George Thacker today.”

Rhea 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 longtime 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, Tenn.

Thacker could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

Correspondent Kimberly McMillian contributed to this story.

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chet123 said...


May 10, 2011 at 8:02 a.m.
chioK_V said...

Lib4F, it's hardly a victimless crime. Especially when you consider all the sexually transmitted diseases out there, many deadly, that can be taken back home to the spouse. However, I do agree that this is entrapment. Entrapment is suppose to be illegal.

May 10, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
TiredOldMan58 said...

Victimless? If the "crime" is perpetrated and the "john" contracts HIV and spreads it to others, is it still "victimless"? Maybe the "sting" saved his life and that of others. We have laws, they are to be obeyed or a price is to be paid. We all know this. Some just think they are above the law.

May 10, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.
chet123 said...

Libertarian4freedom....have you a brain fart...forgotten SEN ensign nevada(his campaign manager wife...what a back stabber),,..newt gingring..or rnc chairman(to out to be GAY)...or the great rep hope gov. mark sanfords(sc),chip pickering Miss, larry craig, david vittersen la,john mcCain,,Ronald Reagan on and on and on....

May 10, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Republican family values in action.

May 10, 2011 at 9:25 p.m.
Momus said...


May 11, 2011 at 10:53 p.m.
hambone said...

I hope he wasn't driving the truck with the Rhea County sign!

May 12, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.
marctn31 said...

is he on the sex offender list now? oh thats right he got away with it and he still in office

December 21, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
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