Grainger Today Editor
BEAN STATION – A Greeneville man is facing multiple charges after a Grainger County deputy reportedly discovered drugs and weapons in his possession at a local lake access area.
It was about 4:26 a.m. when Deputy Greg Johnson reported encountering Timothy William Harrison, 54, and a woman at the lake access on Cherokee Drive.
Johnson reportedly noticed a van with its doors open and observed Harrison and the woman sitting by a campfire at the edge of the lake. He reportedly asked the couple for identification and learned both Harrison’s and the woman’s driver licenses were revoked.
When asked if any weapons or drugs were located in Harrison’s vehicle, Harrison reportedly told Johnson there was a handgun on the drivers seat.
After securing the weapon, and checking whether it had been reported stolen, Johnson reportedly asked if there were any other weapons, or drugs, he should be aware of. Both Harrison and the woman reportedly said no.
Johnson then walked with the couple to the campfire and reportedly noticed several beer cans, both empty and full, as well as a handgun in a holster sitting on Harrison’s camping chair. Johnson reportedly secured the handgun and performed a pat search on Harrison, allegedly finding a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and a blow torch lighter. Harrison was placed under arrest for possession of the weapons and drug paraphernalia.
Johnson then reportedly noticed a green metallic container with a screw-on lid on the camping chair which contained a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine.
When Harrison’s vehicle was inventoried, Johnson allegedly recovered a green plastic tube in a pair of blue jeans, which contained three small pills believed to be Oxycodine 15.
Harrison reportedly admitted to possessing the drugs, drug paraphernalia and guns.
He was charged with possession of Schedule II drugs and carrying a weapon in a public area and was transported to the Grainger County Justice Center.
His companion was reportedly left at the lake access to await a ride.