Jacobs’ former top aide indicted on felony charge

Gov. Bill Lee, right, and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs meet at the state Capitol in Nashville on Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee’s office)

Bryan Hair, who managed professional wrestler Glenn Jacobs’ successful campaign for Knox County mayor and later served as his chief of staff, has been indicted on a felony charge of official misconduct, the Knoxville Compass reports.

Brian Hair resigned last year after an investigation prompted in part by a public records request from the Compass about the misuse of public equipment and resources. They included Hair’s personal use of a county-owned golf cart and work done on his home by Parks and Recreation employees.

Hair did not return messages from the Compass seeking comment. He turned himself in to be booked on Thursday morning.

Jacobs, who wrestles under the name Kane, declined to comment. He told the Compass last winter that Hair’s resignation had been difficult for him, but necessary.

“I knew it had to be done, unfortunately,” Jacobs said. “On a personal level, yeah, it was really hard. Bryan’s a very good friend of mine, and he’s also a good person. And he made a mistake.”

24 Responses to Jacobs’ former top aide indicted on felony charge

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Which reminds me, where is our Inspector Clouseau? Some diatribe about “Republican corruption” would be appropriate right about now I think.

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      McSwanson McSweeney says:

      Really? Seems like less Republican corruption would be even more appropriate.

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        Cryan says:

        Republican corruption is an asset in the GQP. Andy Ogles has an uphill battle against Jacobs in the 2022 gubernatorial primary, especially since Jacobs is a close personal friend of fellow WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump.

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      MARLE says:

      Yeah….no diatribe or even mention of GOP corruption would be BEST. And why are these sorts of things characterized as mistakes? What??? He didn’t know you aren’t allowed to appropriate Gov property or resources for your personal use?

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Stuart always wants to be out in front of any press release so he can spin it the way he wants. I don’t need to chime in again on Republican corruption, Stuart is finally doing the reporting for me. And yes, less corruption would be better. I hope public corruption and Republican corruption will be a major issue in the upcoming election. It certainly should be, our government needs to get back on track after Trump and the Big Lie Disaster.

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    LeeAnn C says:

    Why post a picture of two men that aren’t indicted? I can’t read the original articles without subscribing to a service. I guess I’ll wait for the case to go to trial. I still believe in “innocent until proven guilty”. Getting in trouble over unauthorized use of a golf cart truly seems lame.

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      Cryan says:

      Because it’s Kane’s chief of staff, and Kane is widely rumoured to be challenging Bill Lee. This is a statewide politics blog.

      And Kane seems to think he’s guilty without needing a trial.

      “I knew it had to be done, unfortunately,” Jacobs said. “On a personal level, yeah, it was really hard. Bryan’s a very good friend of mine, and he’s also a good person. And he made a mistake.”

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      Eddie White says:

      LeeAnn, please don’t bring a common sense question to this blog. Can’t you see the libs and pretend conservatives are in a tizzy. This is big stuff for them.

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      Paul says:

      It would be lame if Mr. Hair, was, say, joyriding in the county garage on his lunch hour in said golf cart. However “unauthorized use of a golf cart” is a gross mischaracterization of what happened here. Knox County government (run by conservatives like Glenn Jacobs) bought a couple of golf carts (why? who knows) and Mr. Hair had one of them delivered directly to his home for his family’s personal use — something about his wife had a hurt foot was his claim. He kept it for months at his home, used it, and then tried to cover up this fact when discovered. Furthermore, Mr. Hair and other Knox Countians were treated to free use of help from Knox County employees for odd jobs around their homes while these employees were on the clock on the taxpayer’s dime. The employees performing this work for Mr. Hair and his pals reported to Mr. Hair but were paid for by taxpayers. Kind of a fail on the basics of management it would appear.

      It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that Mr. Hair was never elected to anything, has no government experience, and is a crony of Glenn Jacobs from a bank prior to being put in charge of the parks department by Glenn Jacobs. Mr. Hair’s brother was also hired by Glenn Jacobs and continues to be an employee in Knox County.

      So, “innocent until proven guilty” is fine, but the bottom line is Mr. Hair’s use of the golf cart, free labor at his home on the taxpayer’s dime, etc, is basically “theft” of equipment and labor paid for by taxes and that’s what this felony is about. The courts could decide otherwise, but the info above is pretty well documented in multiple investigations and Mr. Hair’s own words — as he calls it “a lapse in judgment” (haha). It could be in conservative “no big deal” land, that this sort of commandeering of taxpayer funded equipment and labor is fine, but I daresay if the mayor of a “liberal ghetto” had this going on, it would be a “big deal” on this site. To Glenn Jacobs credit, he did essentially fire Mr. Hair.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Nicely done Paul. Thanks for providing a nice summary of what this particular iteration of government corruption is all about. After reading it I have the following reactions:

        1. So this is the managerial skill that Glenn Jacobs brings to his position as county mayor. I can certainly see why some of the sophisticates on this forum are so breathlessly touting him as gubernatorial material looking to the 2022 Republican primaries.

        2. Government corruption, no matter who engages in it must be investigated and punished because it undermines the vitality and functioning of government and society as a whole. I am a libertarian conservative who wants to keep government as small and powerless as possible because as government power increases so does the opportunity for government corruption while individual liberty decreases.

        3. Government corruption is, therefore, no “big deal” whether found in a leafy Republican sub/exurb or in a dystopian Democratic leftist ghetto because it is an inevitable part of government. The Nazis imprisoned and shot any number of high officials in the SS for corruption, one of the major problems in communist Red China today is corruption, and there are corruption investigations in Nashville and Knox county. Anything that is as endemic and inevitable throughout the history of mankind is to that extent “no big deal” and any attempt to blame it on individuals because of their political “identity” is laughably absurd.

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          Cryan says:

          Let’s talk about Bill Lee’s managerial skill.

          (1) Bill Lee’s Tennessee Department of Health vaccinated 12 year old children without parental consent.

          (2) Bill Lee’s Education commissioner awarded a no-bid contract to her husband for “public school principal consulting”

          (3) Bill Lee’s Human Resources department hired an active DOJ witness for crimes relating to the speaker of the House and the governor himself.

          Glen Jacobs is man enough to admit this person was wrong. Bill Lee is a chicken shit who tries to control every aspect of his administration and cover up anything bad because he’s scared to death of losing a primary.

          Kane for Governor 2022
          Trump for Speaker 2022

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          MARLE says:

          Sounds like the “everybody does it excuse”, Stuart. My parents wrong that out of me early in my childhood. Paul Manafort tried that in the public forum as in “Everyone with high tax liability short changes the IRS by millions all the time”. 2 years in prison, 5 years on house arrest and repayment of back taxes with interest in penalty…..

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Well no MARLE. It’s more like the “everybody does it so lets keep government as small and powerless as possible while having a do the crime do the time policy prescription” which is the conservative position as to the role of government in society as well as crime.

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            Cryan says:

            This doesn’t even make sense. Are you saying we shouldn’t have a speaker of the house because they’ll do something illegal?

            Do the crime; do the time.
            Tempest in a teapot.
            Nothing to see here.
            Do the crime; do the time.

            You flip-flop more than John Kerry.

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            MARLE says:

            This is how it always goes: say something (dim witted though it may be) one posting then say something contradictory the next time AND when someone points that out accuse them of micro-analyzing. Then Stuart’s parrot, Eddie chimes telling him to avoid the very “rabbit holes” which are really rabbit holes at all but are, in fact, holding Stuart accountable for his convoluted pronouncements.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Always hold me accountable, by all means MARLE, and when you do you can be certain you will most always receive a well considered reasonable response reconciling my “pronouncements” so that those capable of satisfaction will be satisfied.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Both of these guys are NOT photogenic – they both look goofey in almost every photo I have ever seen.

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    David Collins says:

    The term “Republican corruption” is redundant.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      I agree, but it keeps happening and every time it happens everyone is shocked as they don’t seem to see any PATTERN in republican actions. Every time it happens they express surprise and claim they didn’t know it was “wrong.” Then the next one does it and Stuart wants to announce it with his spin on it first. They believe the general public is stupid and will still fall for this crap. Get out and vote folks.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The claim that public corruption is “not a BIG DEAL” in either republican or democratic groups is simply BS – it IS a big deal in either one and anyone that says otherwise is part of the problem and is trying to cover for something or someone. It is simply NOT acceptable in politics, anywhere, anytime. Why is that so hard to understand?

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      Cryan says:

      Exactly.

      Stuart “John Flip-Flop Kerry” Anderson just yesterday brought up the Biden Crime family, a moniker he regurgitates from Mother Hen Tucker Carlson.

      What about the Casada, Lee, Smith crime family, Stuart?

      If Biden is as demented as you say he is, then why does he still sound 10X more intelligent than Bill “Dipshit” Lee and Cocaine Casada? Wouldn’t that make them demented?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    A masked man with few skills, fighting a fake and fixed fight mainly for the public’s amusement, that is the type person that is attracted to Tennessee politics in the conservative party. That speaks volumes for our state.

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