ROGERSVILLE — A city woman who was Hawkins County Recovery Court’s first graduate five years ago was arrested recently with a male companion accused of meth trafficking at the Rogersville Domino’s Pizza restaurant.
Patricia Marie “Patty” Ward, 48, 152 Hamilton St., was celebrated in 2014 as the first graduate of Sessions Judge Todd Ross’ new Recovery Court, which gives nonviolent drug offenders an opportunity to stay out of jail if they meet his requirements for treatment.
Doing very well
Ross told county commissioners in May that the Recovery Court program guided 25 offenders through completion of long-term rehabilitation programs in 2018.
“Ms. Ward has not been convicted of anything at this time,” Ross told the Times News last week. “She has done very well for more than five years. Our Recovery Court has been very successful, exceeding the national average. However, we also understand that there will be setbacks.”
Improving their life
Ross added, “All we can do is pray that all participants, whether they graduate or not, will learn and grow and be better able to deal with their addiction in the future. Success is based solely on how you define it. To me, success for our Recovery Court is defined by helping someone improve their life in some way. As long as we are doing that, we will be successful.”
On Aug. 21, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Gary Lawson received a call from the Rogersville Domino’s that a red-headed male wearing a white T-shirt was inside the store attempting to sell meth to employees.
The caller also reportedly stated the male was accompanied by a female — later identified as Ward — who was in the driver’s seat of a white Dodge pickup in the parking lot.
Lawson stated in his report that he responded to the scene with Lt. Lynn Campbell.
They reportedly arrived in time to observe the male suspect, identified as Zachary Wayne Jones, exit Domino’s and enter the pickup.
“Patricia then exited the vehicle and attempted to conceal a pink purse,” Lawson stated in his report. “After speaking with Zachary and Patricia, both advised the pink purse belongs to each other, and neither took ownership of the purse.”
Upon searching the purse, deputies allegedly located a baggy containing 0.9 grams of meth, five syringes, a snort straw, 13 buprenorphine pills, nine alprazolam pills, one hydrocodone pill, and an empty baggy containing white powder residue.
At the time, Jones, 24, 529 Tuggle Hill Road, Rogersville, had an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor theft.
Jones also has multiple charges pending in Hawkins County Criminal Court including possession of meth for delivery, possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver, possession of lprazolam with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of a legend drug.
Both Jones and Ward were charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule II narcotics, and possession of Schedule IV narcotics.
Ward was arraigned last Monday and released from the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday on $75,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on Sept. 9.
Jones was arraigned last Monday and ordered held without bond pending his next court appearance on Sept. 9.