Local NewsMarvin Potter denied new trial; other defendants to be tried together April 13th

Marvin “Buddy” Enoch Potter, along with Barbara Potter, Jenelle Potter and Jamie Lynn Curd once again appeared before Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood in a Jonesborough, Tennessee courtroom on December 9th. All four defendants were charged with conspiring to murder Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth after they had allegedly unfriended Jenelle Potter on Facebook. The couple’s six-month-old son was found unharmed in his mother’s arms.

Marvin Potter was previously found guilty of the two murders in October, 2013 and was sentenced to two consecutive sentences. Judge Blackwood denied Marvin Potter’s request for a new trial.

The prosecution had previously hired forensic linguist to go through both emails and messages reportedly sent between two of the defendants. Attorneys for the defendants also found a specialist to also determine their clients’ involvement in the emails. More time to complete the analysis was requested. More...


School Board holds meeting at Mtn. City Elementary

By Lacy Hilliard

The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on December 11 with this month’s meeting taking place at Mountain City Elementary School. All board members with the exception of Bill Gambill, were present at the December meeting. Gambill continues to struggle through an extended illness.

Since the board has begun rotating their monthly meeting with each school in the district as they await the completion of the new boardroom in central office, it has become customary for the host school to give a presentation. Mountain City Elementary School principal Gay Triplett took the podium to share with the board all of the positive happenings. She shared with the board a slideshow of the various activities students at Mountain City Elementary School enjoy and she also welcomed student Chloe Pennington to share with the board her award winning book fair project. Pennington shared with the board her impressive project on Anne of Green Gables, which clearly required a huge amount of effort to complete. The sixth grade students at Mountain City Elementary also delighted the board by performing two Christmas classics under the direction of music teacher Beth Blevins.  More...


Light agenda for city council meeting

By Jonathan Pleasant

With Mayor Lawrence Keeble out of town, the regular monthly meeting of the Mountain City town council was postponed by a week but was back in action Tuesday night. There was much holiday well wishing from across the board, but overall it was a relatively light agenda. There was only one presentation from the audience as Bill McGuire with Iron Mountain Rders came up to ask support for the group’s most recent project.

Hoping to set up two times a year on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, the riders already received permission from the county commission to utilize the courthouse lawn to display flags and crosses bearing the names of all the Killed in Action and Missing in Action veterans from Johnson County. Similar projects have been met with success in nearby Marion, Virginia, and the group has received more than 120 names for veterans in Johnson County.  More...


This year’s Tour of Homes is an enjoyable experience for all

By Rebecca Herman

On Saturday, December 14 Johnson County’s Magic of Christmas Tour of Homes was held from 1:00pm-4:00pm. This year’s tour included seven homes and one church. The event began at 12:30 pm at the Welcome Center where tickets were sold for $10 on the day of the event and $8 in advance. Light snacks were served at the Welcome Center as well as at each location on the tour.

Participants in the tour received directions to seven locations and were also given a map of Johnson County. They were given a suggested order to visit the homes, however this was not a strict guideline.  More...


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