Former Tennessee State Senator Joe Haynes has died at the age of 81.
Haynes served nearly 3 decades in the Tennessee legislature as a Democrat, serving as majority party leader for many of the years. Upon his retirement, the state Senate adopted a resolution to honor Haynes.
In more recent years, Haynes was accused of sexual battery, to which he plead not guilty. The woman alleged that he had tried to French kiss her and grab her buttocks. A trial was set for some time this year.