published Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Former Pikeville mayor to begin serving sentence in January

Former Pikeville Mayor Greg Johnson is shown in this 2011 file photo.
Former Pikeville Mayor Greg Johnson is shown in this 2011 file photo.
Photo by Ben Benton.

Q. Whatever happened to former Pikeville, Tenn., Mayor Greg Johnson, who was charged in July 2012 with theft in excess of $60,000 and official misconduct following a state audit and investigation?

A. Johnson was accused of improperly spending as much as $250,000 in city money and announced in the weeks following that he would step down from his post effective Sept. 1, 2012.

Johnson initially was charged with four counts of official misconduct and theft over $60,000 in connection with the accusations that he spent the city funds for his personal gain.

On June 24, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of official misconduct and one count of theft of property over $10,000. The plea reduced the charge from a Class B to a Class C felony.

On Jan. 3, 2014, Johnson will begin serving a 30-day jail sentence, on consecutive weekends, followed by two years and 11 months on supervised Tennessee Department of Correction probation, according to Bledsoe County Circuit Court records.

Circuit Court Judge Buddy Perry ordered Johnson to perform 100 hours of community service for the city of Pikeville and to pay court costs.

Johnson, 52, was in his third term as mayor when the charges were filed and was first elected to the Board of Aldermen at the age of 19.

This update was written by staff writer Ben Benton. Contact him at or 423-757-6569. To suggest a topic for Whatever Happened To, email

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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