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Former Sullivan County 911 director indicted on false reporting charge

RAIN SMITH, Kingsport Times News • Nov 8, 2018 at 3:28 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The man in charge of Sullivan County's 911 system for nearly 30 years has been arrested for allegedly filing false police reports — and in turn, getting an innocent woman arrested for theft.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Isaac "Ike" Lowry, 72, of Bluff City, turned himself in Thursday at the Sullivan County jail in Blountville. He was booked into the facility on two counts of false reporting and theft over $10,000.

Lowry was the director of Sullivan County 911 from its inception in the late 80's through his retirement in June of last year.

According to the TBI, it was December of 2017 that accusations were leveled against him. A criminal probe was spurred by Lowry telling the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office that a woman — identified by the TBI as a "female acquaintance" — had stolen his debit card, then unlawfully withdrawn thousands of dollars from his account. More about the arrest from the Kingsport Times News.

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