Man charged in connection with Friday stabbing

By Abby Morris and Tom Wilson
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com; twilson@starhq.com
A second person has been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred Friday afternoon in Roan Mountain.
Tony Allen Hughes, 41, 279 Teaberry Rd., Roan Mountain, was arrested Monday afternoon by Tennessee Constable Jerry Miller on a warrant charging him with aggravated assault taken out by Carter County Sheriff's Department Investigator Todd Hamm.
According to reports, investigators with the Carter County Sheriff's Department responded to the Doe River Trading Post at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon to investigate a reported assault that occurred in the Roan Mountain area earlier in the day.
Hamm spoke with Eric Street, 25, of 4060 U.S. Highway 19E, who said he and a friend identified as David Shepherd were traveling north on U.S. Highway 19-E in Roan Mountain when he noticed a car following them and flashing its headlights. Street told Hamm that, when he pulled over to determine why the vehicle was following them, a man later identified as Hughes got out of the car and assaulted him.
Street said he struck Hughes to defend himself, and a woman he identified as Billie Jean Odom then got out of the second car and allegedly pointed a gun at him. He told police Odom laughed and said to him "Eric, look what I got" then allegedly fired one shot at him. Street said he ran back to his car and drove away.
After he left the scene, Street said he noticed the left side of his body was hurting from the assault. Police and paramedics determined Street sustained a one-inch wound that looked like a stab wound, according to the police report.
Carter County Rescue Squad paramedics treated Street at the scene. He was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital by Wings Air Rescue. Investigators spoke with witnesses afterward.
Hamm took out warrants charging both Hughes and Odom with aggravated assault on Friday.
Odom was taken into custody early Saturday morning and held at the Carter County Jail where she was released on bond later that day. She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Jan. 30.
Hughes was taken into custody at approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday and transported to the Carter County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Feb. 3.