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Byline: Becky Campbell
Jun. 21--KINGSPORT -- A General Sessions Court bailiff confiscated a sword-type knife hidden inside a cane Tuesday -- just a day after county money was authorized to install courtroom metal detectors.
Phillip Thomas Serpas, 25, 370 Brookfield Drive, Kingsport, was charged with carrying a weapon during a judicial proceeding after Sgt. James Sluder found the sword.
"He'd had surgery and needed a cane, but he knowingly brought in a cane with a knife in it," Sluder said.
The bailiff said he was opening Sessions Judge Mark Toohey's courtroom for the 1 p.m. session and watched as people filtered in.
"I noticed when …