NASHVILLE — One might say Fentress County resident David Beaty suffered a wee bit of abuse at the hands of County Executive Frank Smith, merely for complaining about a dramatic increase in property taxes at commission meetings.

There was that one meeting, of course, when Smith publicly called Beaty a “dumbass,” as videotaped evidence confirms.

Then there was the time when Smith ordered guards to force Beaty out of commission chambers after Beaty spoke a little bit over his allotted time at the public comment section of one meeting.