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August 13, 2012

Cullman mayoral candidate featured in 2002 episode of Jerry Springer (VIDEO INCLUDED)

Part of series dubbed ‘Foolish Lovers’

CULLMAN — A candidate in the Cullman mayoral race was reportedly featured in a 2002 episode of the syndicated reality talk show Jerry Springer, in an episode titled “Foolish Lovers.”

Verna Hammons, one of four candidates seeking the office in the upcoming  municipal election, spends much of the episode recounting a tryst with a married man she met on a chat line.

Later in the episode she gets into a fist fight with the man’s wife, and is restrained by the show’s security staff while the man and his estranged wife have a conversation about custody of their young child.

A query to the Jerry Springer production studio seeking more information about the appearance was not returned by deadline of this article.

When contacted by The Times Monday, Hammons refused to confirm her appearance on the show, and hung up on a reporter twice.

“If you don’t have nothing good to say about somebody don’t call them,” she said when asked about the appearance.

In a second call, Hammons threatened to have a reporter arrested for harassment if contacted again. 

“You don’t need to call me again, I don’t like you,” she said. “The Cullman Times sucks and if you call again,  I’ll have you arrested for harassment. Put that in the newspaper.”

Hammons was reached at her personal cell phone number, which she chose to list in her announcement story last month confirming her bid for mayor.

The owner of a local barber shop and auto parts store, Hammons was a late addition to the mayor’s race, which includes incumbent Max Townson and fellow challengers Jerry Parker and Marshall Rowe.

The mayor’s race will be included on the Aug. 28 municipal ballot. A forum for city mayoral candidates is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on August 22 at the All Steak Restaurant.

The entire episode is available to view online, embedded below. Hammons is the second guest, entering at approximately the 14-minute mark:

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