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Roger Farley:
How Does He Get Away With It?

Angry citizens level accusations of drug dealing, arms smuggling, arson, fraud, bribery and even murder to official federal & state charges of arson, bribery and fraud

Graphic from NewsChannel5.com

   He's back!!!!

   One of Hickman County's most notorious "businessmen" is back in the news - this time for a $1.5 million bribery and fraud scheme against First Federal Bank headquartered in Dickson. He faces a possible sentence of 35 years in federal prison and a $1.25 million fine.

   The convicted thief and burglar runs, or has run, several businesses that federal authorities might want to look at as organized crime under the RICO statutes.

   He has been listed as the owner of the following:

  • check cashing business (Centerville Cash Advance, 1277 Highway 100, 931- 729-0735). Estimates show this company has an annual revenue of about $1,045,000 and has a staff of approximately 5 employees.

  • used car business (Centerville Auto Mart, 1171 Highway 100, 931-729-0064. Estimates show this company has an annual revenue of about $1,294,000 and has a staff of approximately 2 employees.) now out of business;

  • jewelry, gold and silver business, (Centerville Cash Advance,  277 Highway 100 Centerville - same as check cashing business), and

  • mortgage refinancing business.

   The feds might want to investigate whether his "businesses" are used to launder drug money and other organized crime funds.

  He and his henchmen have been tentatively linked to about a dozen cases of arson, including torching his own million-dollar home and the home he had before that - for insurance money.

   NewsChannel5 reported on August 10, 2009:

   "[Roger Farley] was indicted and charged with torching his own home then collecting the insurance money, and investigators are trying to link him to more fires.

   "Farley's facing felony arson charges for, according to investigators, burning his own house right outside Nunnelly, Tennessee to the ground 4 years ago.

   "Then just this past February Farley's million-dollar mansion on the same property burned to the ground.

   "His arrest record dates all the way back to 1991, with charges of burglary and theft. So far the State was only charging him in the older fire.

   " 'He burned his property. This was in 2005 so I can't be sure he was living there, but he owned it. He had it burned to collect the insurance money on the property,' said Hickman County Sheriff's detective Scott Smith.

   "Roger Farley owns a check cashing business. He once owned a car lot, even a mortgage lending company, sources told NewsChannel 5.

   "The 50-year-old has a September 8 court-date for the latest charges of arson and insurance fraud. He also has a court date in November on a charge of theft of copper.

   The lawyer who helped Farley pursue his fraudulent claim against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co.  was none other than Melanie Totty Cagle, with the Wallace Harville law firm. I'm well acquainted with Ms. Cagle, since she has accused me in writingt of being a deranged Russian assassin (that's another story you'll soon be reading here).

   I had no idea of his background when I entered his Highway 100 "jewelry business" to cash in some silver coins. It was hard, though, not to notice the big lit billboard he had telling the world what a close friend he was with Sheriff Randal Ward during the recent election campaign.

   Like a lot of other people around here, I got really ripped off by this character, but that's another story.

   Farley himself told me, some time before his arrest, that he was moving a lot of money through his jewelry business - buying as many as 25,000 silver dollars per transaction (at $18.50/ounce at the exchange rates at the time). Of course, he didn't know who I was when he was bragging, and I certainly didn't know his background.

  Now it's a free country, more or less, and we have what's called freedom of speech, so Farley broke no laws with his billboard, but I have to wonder why Sheriff Ward didn't disavow the fact that an alleged drug dealer and convicted burglar was going all out to support him. Did Farley contribute money to Ward's campaign?

   I've known Randal Ward and worked with him (not as part of his department). I find it hard to believe he could be in bed with the likes of Roger Farley. He should be putting him behind bars. In fact, it was Ward's Detective Scott Smith who arrested Farley on the arson and fraud charges in 2009.

   Of course, we've had some pretty rotten sheriffs in the past who got themselves into trouble with the TBI or other higher law enforcement, one for allegedly torching local businesses who refused to pay "protection money" to the local mob. He got a slap on the wrist and was told he couldn't run for office for the next 12 years. I'd just hate to think Ward might be one of them, and I have no reason to believe he is.

   Still, the question of whether there is or has been a relationship between Farley and Ward is a legitimate one, considering Farley's criminal record.

   Fortunately, Ward addressed the issue head-on earlier in the campaign, in a July 24th interview with NewsChannel5, saying:

   "I don't want him to support me. I've got him charged with a criminal offense. And, with election time and all, I feel like it's where it would pull votes from me."

   Videographer Bud Nelson approached a parked car, containing Farley himself and his wife, Carolyn.

   "Are you friends with the sheriff," Nelson asked Mr. Farley, the passenger in the vehicle.

   "I went to school with him," Farley replied.

   "You went to school with him? Would the sheriff consider you a friend of his," Bud Nelson asked. "Would you mind talking with us about this?"

   That's when the Farleys drove away, and eventually called Centerville Police on us. But officers agreed, we were not trespassing on the couple's business property.

   "Other agencies are looking at him at this time," Sheriff Ward admitted, regarding Farley, the man who's developed a notorious reputation in this part of middle Tennessee.

   As for the tongue-in-cheek, humorous approach by Farley?

   "I have to laugh at it," the sheriff said. "At first, it bothered me a great deal, I've had a lot of people come to me and say, 'Hey, we know what it's all about. Don't worry!' And I really appreciated that support from those people."

   The sheriff has a hunch that Farley is truly supporting one of his opponents, like Jerry Simmons, Dwight England, Tom Isbell, or Jeremy David. The race will be decided on election day, August 5."

NewsChannel5 interview

   Local folks say you don't want to cross Farley. He's above the law, has bribed county officials and judges - at least that's the gist of a lot of comments from people who claim to have known him or been his victims, including some competitors in the auto business.

   Here are a few of those hundreds of comments published after his arson arrest in August  2009, with original spelling or grammar cleaned up - somewhat. Of course, I have no idea if these accusations are true and do not vouch for them, but reproduce them here to show what a great many people, present and former residents, think of Farley and the political system that has protected him.

   "Viewers really don't know how Mr. Farley and Hickman County courts are bad but there some good people there." - Columbia

   "Mr. Farley, you are finally getting nabbed for all the stuff you have done so all the people you have ripped off can sit back and be happy now all the dirty car deals you made and stick your nose in other car lots' business where it did not belong. I bet you wish you had listened to me back last November, that I would run my lot and you run yours and you putting people to do a lot of things. I believe in what you [do] will come back and haunt you, but I guess you are good friends with the judge. Maybe your court can be held somewhere in another town so you get time for your crime." - Columbia

   "Maybe they can link you with the death of Jeff Baker since you sold drugs to him." - Columbia

   "I am soooo glad this man got busted. I'm from the area. He has caused a lot of fires, ripped people off on cars, sold drugs to many, and kicked families out of their homes. My family trusted him to pay off our home and we pay him. As soon as he had the deed, he kicked us out on the street. We had nowhere to go. He showed no emotion for doing this even though we thought of him as a close friend. I hope they dig deeper and find lots more." - Franklin

   "Roger Farley has truly gotten what he deserves by being arrested, but the question is "will he actually do time?" or will he pay off the judge like he's done to many people here to get his way. He has sold drugs here, burned down homes and a business, stolen money from people, sold bad cars, kicked people out of their homes and has done so for many, many years. Don't think for a minute his wife is so innocent. Caroline Farley she is just as involved in it as he is. When will she get hers? Roger Farley has had his way mocking the law, doing as he pleases thinking he is above the law. Its amazing what you can do when you have money. Why do you think he has never been arrested in the past? He filled up everyone's pockets. Pretty sad that he has been free to walk the streets this long." - Nashville

   "The reality is that he has been selling drugs here, stealing, cheating people, and burning down houses freely for years. His wife CAROLINE FARLEY is just like him. I cant wait until she gets arrested and I get to see her picture on the news! I'm glad he has been arrested but it should have happened a long time ago if you know what i mean. Maybe there should be another investigation on why he wasn't arrested before." - Nashville

   "I've lived in the community for 20 years and have never seen a man and women as cruel as ROGER FARLEY and his wife CAROLYN FARLEY. Also I do believe Human Services should have checked into them a little more. I know in fact that they have been reported for child abuse also. May you and you wife get what you both deserve this time." - "Joseph"

   "If I didn't know better I would think Mr. Farley is Satan himself! Him and his wife, Caroline Farley, have terrorized people for far too long! I desperately hope that justice is served for ONCE! Him and his wife have gotten away with far too much in this county! They have always wanted to sit all pretty in a great big mansion home like they are these great, important people when all they are is plain white trash! I mean, come on! What goes around comes around! And Caroline Farley deserves to be right there in jail with the dirt bag. But I guess she got her some fake boobs and a nice wig out of the deal." - Dickson

   "I never thought I would see the day that this man would go down for all the terrible things he has done, not only to the people of Hickman Co. But also to his own children. I hope he gets everything he deserves. And as far as his wife is concerned she is as bad if not worse than him she deserves to be sitting right beside him. They are both the closest thing to SATAN that you will ever meet! I pray that he can not buy his way out this time."

   The day has come that so many Hickman Co people have been waiting for. Roger Farley has lied and stole from so many people. He has seemed to get away with all the crime for so long, maybe his luck has ran out this time. His wife is the same as him. They have abused there kids. Even stole from there parents. I hear Farley is now running around town bragging that he is now a movie star. When the day comes when he is sentenced he won't be a star but maybe the wrongfully done people from these evil people will have some justice. And if they do pay their way out of this one too, then he will meet his maker one day. God will deal with them. Maybe people will come forward and help police give them what they deserve." - Nashville

   "Amen! It is about time! He should have been in Jail a LONG time ago. I have known him since the late 80's. He was selling drugs then, and from what I hear is selling drugs now. He has been a crook all of his life. Has cheated many people in this county. He is a cold, heartless man. I have never met his wife. I wish I had never met him. But in a small town like this, everyone talks. I pray that this one time, the court in Hickman county will bring justice to this man! And maybe along the way, charge him with some more of the crimes that we all here know he is guilty of!!!!! This is a small town, but we are not all bad people." - Spring Hill (East Hickman resident)

   "Nobody mentioned yet that he was dealing in stolen firearms. Add all these things together with the fact that he was friends with a former detective from the sheriff department that would cover for him." - Augusta, GA

   "They also need to investigate why Carolyn Farley is out front trying to cover up. Oh well maybe she feels like a movie star living the classy lifestyle from lying, cheating, and stealing along with her ?????? Or maybe it is because Roger draws disability-Social Security and has for many years. What about that place that burned that used to be called Riverbend entertainment center. Well Guess he just thought he was a slick conning MILLIONARE. Lying, cheating, stealing, drug selling, burglar, and no telling what else." - Goodlettsville

   "Yeah... this guy has been cheating people for years! I knew when I heard about his house burning down that he was the one to set the fire. Heck, everyone in town knew it was him! All I gotta say is FINALLY justice will be served. Now if someone would just get hold of his swindling stepson!" - Lebanon

   "Which swindling stepson are you talking about? He has three." - Nashville

   "I have to disagree with you there. He does have 3 stepsons, but only 2 of them follow closely in their mom and step-father's footsteps. The youngest stepson is a well educated man who has done what he could to make a POSITIVE name for himself. He is not anything like the rest of them.
   As for the rest of them, WORTHLESS." - McEwen

   "The business that was known as River Bend that burned to the ground just months after Farley and his wife bought it is now where their new mansion is sitting they had it ready to move in just days before the mansion they owned in Nunnelly burnt to the ground. Imagine that Everyone from Hickman Co. knows Farley and his wife had this done and finally after so many years of robbing and cheating the poor I sure hope you both get what is coming to you plus some!" - Centerville

   "Heard he has professional arson and hit man." - Nashville

   "I THINK ALL OF THE COMMENTS MADE ON ROGER AND CAROLYN FARLEY, ARE MADE BY COWARDS, WHO REFUSE TO STATE THEIR REAL NAME AND ADDRESS, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT ARE JUST TRYING TO CONVINCE THE PUBLIC THAT WE HAVE JUDGES THAT CAN BE PAID-OFF, WRONG! MAYBE YOU SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE SHERIFF DEPT, AND ASK WHAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED ON, OR ARE YOU THE ONE THAT DOESN'T PAY TAXES, DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER, USE THE COMPUTER AT THE LIBRARY, AND HAVE PUT 28 COMMENTS IN UNDER DIFFERENT NAMES, DON'T YOU HAVE A LIFE? I will pray for you. looser" - Hickman County Anonymous

   "Wow... nameless in Hickman County... way to contradict yourself. You post about how "cowardly" we are for not revealing our names, yet you don't reveal yours. Also... who in their right mind would post their full name and address on a thread purely about someone who is known TO BURN DOWN HOUSES? I don't know about anyone else, but I'll tell you right now: MY NAME IS ASHLEY! That's all you're getting, and even that's more than you need. You can tell by looking at the different ways people type that not all of these were left by the same person. And you think that we don't know you left the last 2 comments yourself, 8 minutes apart. You left CAPS LOCK on at the end of the first post and typed all CAPS the for most of the second one. You know good and well we have judges that can be paid off as well as police. Why do you think the rich and crooked never pay for their deeds around here? You must be one of them, huh?" - Hickman County

   "I am so glad I was smart enough to leave that town as soon as I graduated. I have traveled the world and have never seen a place quite like the one I unfortunately have to call home. Yes everyone knows how crooked the town is ... and if you say it's not you must face reality. It's amazing how all these people get arrested for little petty crimes but the ones committing the serious crimes that are truly affecting Hickman County residents seem to be shoved under the carpet. Really I hope one day I can bring my kids to Hickman County and be proud. As one person said early. "Karma" isn't it a B&*^%" - Germany

   "First of all, let me say that most of us in Hickman County are not illiterate as it appears from a few of the previous comments. I agree that it's way past time Farley was arrested. Let's just hope he's convicted and actually does prison time. If we have any hope of that happening, he must go to trial before the next county election. Don't you Hickman County folks remember that Dwight England, one of Farley's cronies (the detective mentioned in a previous comment) is running for sheriff again next term? If Farley is convicted of a crime and England is sheriff, Farley will definitely be allowed to serve his time in the county jail, which pretty much means he'll be free to run the streets and do whatever he wants - with England's blessings of course." - McEwen

   "How much money would you give the sheriff now, to be re elected, if you knew that child molesters were allowed to work at the rescue squad bldg, have sex with their girlfriends while it was being videoed by web-cam, but your sheriff swept it under the rug, and told the tax payers of Hickman County that the "MOLESTERS" SAVED THE COUNTY $10000000000SSS of dollars, then got caught taking one of the MOLESTERS to eat at Shoney's, THAT WAS ON TV. He also let trustees carry knives, another inmate brought a gun into the jail, "TRUSTEE AT THE JUSTICE CENTER "NICKNAME JERKY" and nothing was done about it because his mother and father works for the state. Correctional officers were told to shut their mouth, and did, in fear of loosing their jobs, so bring on a new sheriff, who ever it is, he can't be any worse than the one we have now. I will continue my book titled "life of a correctional officer in Hickman County jail" at election time, and when you hear "THE REST OF THE STORY" you will have to believe Roger Farley is an ANGEL, facing the devil with a BADGE." - Centerville

   "And what sheriff was that, [Frank Adkisson]?" - Franklin

   "No! his name is R. Ward." - White Bluff

   "IT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME , HE [Farley] HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CROOK, SO WHY DIDN'T THEY FIND OUT SOONER, ALL OF THE THINGS, HE HAD GOING ON. ALL OF THE TRAILERS, THAT WAS LEFT ON TENNESSEE HOME'S LOT. WHEN THE OWNER PASSED AWAY, HE JUST MOVE THEM DOWN TO HIS LOT. THROUGH SOME PEOPLE, THE COPS HAD TO GO HELP THE COMPANY TO GET BACK TO THE RIGHT PLACE, I GUESS HE THOUGHT HE COULD JUST SELL THEM, OR BURN THEM. MAYBE SOMETHING WILL BE DONE, SO CRIMES DON'T PAY. THANKS" - Franklin

   "People people, all this started when a person from the county court clerks office was paid for a story by channel 5 - it's true - and it has got out of hand right or wrong this is not going to hurt any of the people mentioned but come on folks all off these people have children and grandchildren and we all know how mean children can be sometimes so lets just stick to the story watch what we say and think of all the kids these comments could hurt the truth will prevail in the end." - Nashville

   "I agree sheriff & police dept are paid off - seen it done." - White Bluff

   "MR. FARLEY, FROM THE HONEST CAR DEALERS AT ABC AND MANHEIM THAT GO TO THE CAR AUCTION, YOU ARE MAKING THE ONES YOU TALKED TO NOW THEY KNOW YOU ARE A CROOK. ALL CAR DEALER DO NOT RIP A CUSTOMER OFF BUT I HAVE HEARD ABOUT A LOT OF YOUR DEALS. IN THE STATE OF TENN. IF YOU HAVE CRIME RECORD YOU CAN'T GET A DEALER LICENSE. WHAT DID YOU DO PAY THEM OFF TOO OR YOU JUST LIED OR DO FRAUD TO STATE TOO." - "An Honest Car Dealer", Columbia

   "I am not scared of the Mr. Farley or his hit man or his people he gets to burn houses. They better be packing when they come to mine if not they will never leave my land only in body bags for the police to take to the funeral home I protect I have worked hard for and no one is going to take it from me. you think you are a star now wait till you get to prison they will make you their girlfriend." - Columbia

   "Judge Sam Smith - him and Mr. Farley are crooks if I did not know a little about both I would think they were father and son, and for all the officers that was told to keep their mouths shut they're crooks too. They are to protect and serve. Maybe one day some one will stand up and show this town they don't need money to show how you have your name has been through the mud and I was honest to every question I was asked. I had done nothing wrong but it is not what you know it is who you know and all about money passed to the court before you get there. One day all the (sic) reads of this will know my name [is] good in this town because I am going to show everything I know and show you can not pull people through the mud and no, I am not a crook and I will prove that to Sam Smith and all the people in town. I will get to see the look on their face when this happens. Then maybe I will be a movie star." - Columbia

   "Maybe the good law will check the shooting death that was on Hickman co and Dickson co and see if it was Farley's hit man. That person might have known a few things." - Columbia

   "If it goes in front of Judge Smith he will get out of it." - Columbia

   "Ban all sales of lighters and matches to the Farleys. He might need to burn more stuff to get the money to pay his pay his way out of this one." - Columbia

   "I guess they took Minnie off the square [for a new one of Mr. Farley, the new star in town." - Columbia

   "It's been this way for the last several decades in Hickman County and I don't look for it to change unless and until we get an honest man sitting on the bench instead of Sam the Clown." - McEwen

   "Well, they have found the right person because when I get through he will be there no longer when I prove a few things it will no longer have a job on a bench anywhere. and when I want to prove something I will go over anyone's hand [head?] to someone higher." - Columbia

   "No, he is not friend my but I do have a 9mm waiting just case he shows up to try to burn my house. I don't have friends like him." - Columbia

   "We all have known crooks before. Pretty much all counties have some crooks running them. Sheriff department have them, all areas of law enforcement have them, hell we have them in our president, senators, congressmen and etc.
   "Now when they finally get caught how many others are actually involved to where they will help with a cover-up? Doing a favor back. You know that old saying, you scratch my back and I will yours.
   "Hope if they prove him guilty then he will get punished for his wrong doings. Hope he doesn't have anyone that will help cover up for him. But what is the odds? - Gallatin

   "Now I know in Feb when his house burned to the ground and Roger and Carolyn went to Tunica, MS he was thinking about when he got back to Centerville, TN his bank account was about to get bigger, but I wonder how much he promised his friend for doing it? The old saying: money talks and bull crap walks." - Columbia

   "Yes, we know about detective Tony in Nashville, TN, which Roger and Tony are half brothers. Maybe he needs to be checked for what he has took from people in Nashville, TN and passed it to Farley to sell in Centerville, TN." - Columbia

   "He was also close friends with Jimmy Barnett. It is my understanding that this former detective covered for him as well. It wouldn't surprise me that any law enforcement friends that Farley had were crooks." - Augusta, GA

   "Jimmy [Barnett] had a sis named Faye, hum I already see it coming." - Franklin

   "As for hit man what about 2001 murder of longtime friend and associate of Farley yet unsolved maybe a cover-up or payoff think about this one." - Anonymous

   "I would like to know how these people even find an insurance company that would be stupid enough to give them insurance. Let's just pray they find him guilty and lock him up for a long time maybe then she will move back to where she come from. Oh, wait, the home she had when she met Farley was burnt to the ground too! Imagine That" - Anonymous

   "He [Farley?] extorted $3,200 for a blank tape that was suppose to have Dwight England telling about killing my son. Another party did hear the tape and said it was legitimate. There was nothing worse than losing my son other than having you help cover the murder. God will help.. Pray for a clean sweep in Hickman. What we need is a 'Walking Tall sheriff." - "Junebug", Dickson

   "I agree with you, Junebug, we need a sheriff that isn't a liar or crook and don't take up for Farley or let him pay them off. It's all about the money to those people it seems. Huh, wonder what will help when Farley goes to the pen for this stuff...I don't know Farley but this article stated that he had several other fires, why is he still on the streets, when did those happen?" - Dickson

   "You can run but you can't hide...We saw you get in the back of the white van with John Woods at the wheel. You are being watched!!!" - Dickson

   "Is that the Jeff Ola murder? Hummm.... Makes you wonder why Mr. & Mrs. Farley purchased the Ola home where he was murdered...That's what I heard -  is that correct anyone know about that one?" - Dickson

   "I wish the people at Channel 5 would get hold of this thread. I'm sure with the media involved we could expose some of the evil people that are running this county into the ground!" - Lebanon

   "Also Jeff Baker was a close friend, he died of a over dose, Jeff was in good health, maybe he knew too much, think about that one ??????????" - Franklin

   "He [Farley] needs to be put away, he was the worst car sellers, any one knew, and will ever know. when they put him away, maybe some of our good car dealers will come back, so Farley if you read this, get out, go on to prison, you deserve, and take your wife with you." - Franklin

   "What car dealer do you want back that has left?" - Mt. Pleasant

   "I am not for sure on the name, they stay aprox. 8-9 months, they seemed like good people, there has been some more here too. Just feel like Farley runs them out. just hope he gets his due. I think her name was Norman or Brown. I think she was raised up here, maybe her family did. They was super people. We need more like them." - Franklin

   "I know one that was beside the co-op. I wish they were still here they did try to help people. I can not think of the name but if someone can tell me I will try to find them and see if they will come back." - Mt. Pleasant

   "I talked to Miss Brown she said that did not leave because of Mr. Farley. They went to Pulaski, TN because the town was bigger and had more people. She liked Centerville and she liked the people. I asked her if they would come back she told me maybe one day they would. Their car lot has done great. They are starting another business and I asked her if she was raised here she told me no but she has family that is here and she still has customers here. She talked good about the people she sold to, but she said came from a poor family so she tried to help when she could. I told her about this page and she said she never been around Farley, but she said some of the car dealers that went to the car auction have asked her about him. She told them they have moved their car lot to Pulaski and she told me to tell everyone in Centerville hi and she has been real busy. She named a lot of people who was not family, but she said they were like family when they pull up on the lot." - Columbia

   "Didn't Farley take Jeff Baker's trailers over when he died, Farley thought he could buy his way out of everything. He's going to get what he deserves, makes you wonder if he wasn't in on the scam Jeff Baker had going on about the trailers he was selling." - Franklin

   "Can anyone tell me who was Jeff Baker is? And what trailers. Don't know Farley, but I hope if guilty, he gets his just rewards." - Springfield, IL

   "Jeff Baker owned Tennessee Home on 100 Hwy (early 2000-2006?). He died early, too early. Farley was a real crook also, always a crook, will always [be] until something happens." - Franklin

   "First of all I would like to ask one question? Why are there people on here accusing the Sheriff's Department of "taking money" from Roger Farley. That makes absolutely no sense because it was the Sheriff's Department that indicted him and arrested him. Seems to me that if I have someone on my payroll, they wouldn't be arresting me or conducting investigations into my activities. After all, what would I be paying them for.
   "So that statement that was made about the Sheriff's department was the most asinine statement I have ever heard. Seems to me that the Sheriff's Department, under Randal Ward, did their job and did one hell of a good one at that putting this con artist away. Another thing I would like to point out, I am embarrassed to even admit that I live here due to some people's inability to spell common words and form complete sentences. I think the real crime here seems to be the public school system and their inability to teach basic grammar.
   " Also, the Sheriff's Department is doing one hell of a job. Just pick up your local paper and you can read all about it... Three homicide arrests this year alone. That includes the one out in Bucksnort that had been classified as a "cold case" for sometime. Look at how many drug arrests have been made this year alone.
   "Oh and don't rely on the Hickman County Times for that info, go straight to the Justice Center. The Times sometimes fails to tell you the whole story about what is going on in our county as far as drugs.
   "My thoughts on this are that they are attempting to maintain the appearance of Hickman County being the modern "Mayberry". Well it sure isn't that at all. One conversation with any of the local law enforcement would convince you. They know a lot more about what's going on. So don't put them down because in my opinion, they are doing one hell of a job, while at the same time being understaffed and under equipped. That's my take on it." - Nashville

   "YES, I THINK MR. WARD IS DOING A GREAT JOB, SO EVERY ONE IN CENTERVILLE ARE NOT MEAN PEOPLE, SO THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN, SO LEAVE OUR LAW ENFORCERS ALONE. YOU GO, CENTERVILLE, YOU ARE DOING A FINE JOB." - Columbia

   "This is the funniest thing I have ever seen in my life. I've known these folks for awhile and it was by no means my pleasure. Roger, you are a dirty bastard and its about time that karma came and took a plug out of your ass. You are greedy and have had no problem screwing over the people you ran into, whether it was business or personal. Karma is a bitch and it is great to see that someone like you is getting exactly what you deserve. Throw this old fart in the jail and throw away the key. Make sure to not give him a belt so Big Bubba can have his fun with ole Roger Farley." - Dickson

   "Yep I know for a fact that Farley has been greasing palms around here." - Cedar Hill

   "Farley used to have the car lot behind the now Homestead restaurant. I have caught him with odometers taken apart on his desk, rolling them back. He is a crook from way back." - Augusta, GA

   "Yes he was crook, maybe now, it will be his time to sit in of a judge, and take his time, better yet, he needs to stand in the court house yard, holding up a sign saying, I took ever thing i could off of people, even ins money, I am a thief, so hang my butt." - Franklin

   "Farley is not the only crook who keeps getting away with stuff. In fact I can think of a retired lawyer who gets by with a ton on stuff while people look the other way! Hickman county needs to clean up it's act! No wonder we have no new jobs coming in. Companies take one look at this place and run away as fast as they can!" - Nashville

   "Could that retired lawyer be Neal L? He has been getting away with stuff for years!!" - Nashville

   "Yep one and the same! Him and Ole Judge Smith plus the rest of the cronies go way back! For someone who is "supposedly" disabled and drawing disability he can still represent himself when the need arises! HMMM...sounds kind of fishy to me!!" - Nashville

   "Maybe Mr. L needs to be turned in for disability fraud. He is defrauding the federal government and the hardworking taxpayers if he can represent himself in court. Why is he getting disability?? It sounds like he can work just fine and is not disable at all!" - Antioch

   "You CAN NOT practice without a license and Clayton O'Neal Lovlace is not licensed according to the Tennessee Professional of Responsibility Board. He can represent himself but not a client.

Clayton O'Neal Lovlace
BPR Number: 007062
Status: Inactive - Not practicing
Office County:
Year of Birth: 1954
Licensed in TN Since: 1980
Law School: UNIV MEMPHIS"

 - Nashville

   "While I knew that Roger and Carolyn were low life crooks, I never knew how deep it went. The hurt that they have caused and the families that they have robbed and destroyed can never be made well again.
   "May the both of you get what is it you both deserve. May you rot in hell you sick and heartless bastard. This time your big mouth and sick mind won't help you. even your attorney can't help you. What comes around goes around." - Franklin

   "I think we should all sit in court on the 8th of Sept. and watch Carolyn in the courtroom with her fingers crossed!:)
   "I'd pay money to watch them lock up Farley. I'd bet I'm not alone here! He is the lowest of low lives. He's an abuser of children as well." - Franklin

   "How disabled do you even have to be to not be able to go sit in a courtroom?" - Nashville

   "Farley has a knack for having friends in weird places. Jerry Simmons is running for sheriff and announced at a fund raiser he wanted to thank his friends & supporters Roger & Carolyn Farley. People got up and walked out because of this statement laughing out loud. Now a big blinking sign has appeared in front of Carolyn Farley's business that says something like vote for my friend Sheriff Randal Ward. I guess he (FARLEY) hopes everyone would believe this one! Randal Ward is the one who called for the arson investigators so that makes Randal Ward a friend? Never a dull minute in Centerville and East Hickman has always been referred to as the bad a.. scum/trash in comparison to the city dwellers. And just think, Hickman just keeps getting in the media news and these characters that gives the County a bad name have never been from the "East side". FUNNY!" - Bon Aqua

   "And this guy along with Jimmy Barnett are supporting Jerry Simmons...think about it people you are just asking for corruption with Jerry Simmons....." - Nashville

   "I'm surprised his [Farley's] name is not on the ballot for some kind of an elected office." - Ashland City

   "WE NEED A DA THAT WILL PROSECUTE AND INVESTIGATE ON ANYTHING WHEN THE LAW IS BROKEN INSTEAD OF TENDING TO ONLY THE BIG STUFF. Bring the
U.S. marshal's in and let them clean house!" - Ashland City

   "Speaking of Roger Farley he and the sheriff Randal Ward are 2 crooks in a pod. One goes around screwing the people of the county and the other goes around screwing another man's wife. Which ended in divorce. Ward, how has your wife put up with that? What do your children think of their sheriff daddy and his morals?" - Virginia, Nashville

   "I've got news for all of you! You are Wrong!!! Maybe he did do some crooked deals when he was selling cars but if you checked into any used car dealer you'd find the same thing. and no he is not rich and never really has been.
   Oh and its spelled CaroLYN and she does not have fake boobs and if you actually got to know her she is one of the nicest most caring ladies you'd ever meet. But if all you believe is gossip then you're losing out on knowing great people.
   As you might know, he was poor growing up and he has worked hard to become successful. Apparently when someone makes something of themselves no one can stand it especially not in Hickman County and so they start vicious rumors and do everything they can to tear someone down.
   Even the "child abuse" charges someone brought up are made up, their youngest son is actually very well taken care of and even better than one would expect with all his special needs. I bet none of you Haters would take care of Him!!!! I bet nobody is talking about the vandalism that happened before the fire or how they didn't get any money. Or no one is talking about how they take care of their grandchildren or the elderly neighbor who is neglected by her own family. No, of course not, you're too busy condemning someone you don't know because of rumors and hearsay!
   This is why I Hate Centerville. I love it this is just the part that bothers me. It's my home and I will always love it but come on, before you take everybody's word for it look into it yourself. You'd be surprised how much of all this is BS and how good and caring the Farley's actually are." - Lawrenceburg

   "I just saw on the news where he was again taken into custody. This time by the Feds. So if what you are saying is true, then how is this guy getting indicted for money fraud by the federal government. He pay you to post this message? If he did I wouldn't take a dime from him because the money is probably marked." - Nashville

   "WELL PEOPLE HE MIGHT GET OUT IN CENTERVILLE'S COURT, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE FEDS THEY HAVE A 98% CONVICTION RATE. IF ANY OF YOU HAVE HAD ANY DEALINGS WITH HIM YOU BETTER CLEAN UP YOUR ACT CAUSE HE WILL BE SQUEALING LIKE A PIG. I HAVE A FEELING THAT SOME BIG DOGS IN THIS COUNTY MIGHT WANT TO SHUT HIM UP, SO HE BETTER BE THE THE ONE WATCHING HIS ASS. LETS SEE WHO'S NEXT?" - Sidell, IL

   "This felon is also going around town and buying up the cheapest guns he can finds and trying to have his own mini gun show out of his check cashing business. He "claims" that they all belong to his wife, but he is the one going around buying them. Beware, several of the ones he has sold to turn a profit are stolen."

   A lot of these same folks say you can end up burned out or dead by drawing attention to Farley and his mob. I'm sure there's a lot of people here who have no clue what they're talking about - but if even half of them do, then maybe the U.S. attorney, TBI, FBI or even Randal Ward (if he's a good lawman) better start looking into two cold case murders, as many as a dozen arsons, drug dealing, crooked judges and lawyers, arms smuggling and some crooked lawmen - and not just in Centerville.

   Even this time, with the serious charges against him and his notorious background, he walks off without paying a penny in bond, according to NewsChannel5. I'm sure that makes Jerry Martin, U.S. attorney for the middle district of Tennessee, real happy. (Brad Martin reported in the Hickman County Times that he posted a $100,000 bond before U.S. District Court Judge John S. Bryant.

   NewsChannel5's Brent Frazier reported September 2:

   "Farley's name has become synonymous with sinister in his native Hickman County, where many were said to be in tears this week as news of Farley's federal indictment and arrest spread. Farley was charged, two years ago, in the arson fires of two of his own residences; one of them a mansion in the remotest part of the county, said to be worth more than $1 million.

   "Collecting the insurance money was reportedly Farley's motive. Farley is also being linked to as many as five other fires, including at a nightclub he once owned, named "Big River." That club was located on Whitson Bend Road, off Upper Council Bend Road, in rural Hickman County.

   "Farley is wrapping up construction on his latest mansion, reportedly worth $330,000, on the same road, in the same spot where that nightclub once stood.

   "More arrests and charges are possible, as this investigation continues to unravel. Farley was released from federal detention this week on his "own recognizance." In other words, he did not have to post a dime toward bond."

Email: bfrazier@newschannel5.com

   Who is protecting this guy - and how high up does it go? Maybe that's where Martin ought to start looking next.

   NewsChannel5's Brent Frazier described Farley as "a man who's come to be downright hated" in Hickman County.

   According to a 15-count, federal indictment Farley managed to draw hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the First Federal Bank, in Centerville, in a bogus manner in a time frame of February 2007 through August 2007. And he did it, according to investigators, with the help of two other men; one of them an insider at the bank.

   Charles Mikan Harris, a Nashville businessman; and Jarrod Jordan, a loan officer at First Federal Bank in Centerville, are also named as accomplices in the indictment. One of the heftier loans, according to the report, reached $150,000, and reportedly netted Jarrod Jordan a take-home bonus of $3,000 to $5,000 for his help from the inside.

   One of the larger loans, according to the indictment, even went to suspect Charles Mikan Harris himself. The payoff? $70,000, according to an affidavit.

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