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November 2017 in review

A large crowd gathered at the Johnson County Senior Center this past week as Monday, October 23rd was designated Coach Harold Arnold Day. Tables were covered with pictures, framed awards and newspaper articles that all gave tribute to the man simply know as Coach.
The spec building in the Doe Valley area of Johnson County will soon be humming with activity. STARLED, Inc. has a target date of early next year to begin operations in Johnson County. STARLED manufactures and distributes light emitting diode (LED) lighting products for commercial and residential space, in addition to marine and automotive use. The company has been in business more than 10 years with operations in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Southeast Asia. They are currently manufacturing in China and will soon begin operations in Mountain City.
An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Investigation Division, with the assistance of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, resulted in the indictment of two Mountain City police officers on a variety of drug-related charges last week.
Commissioner Kevin Triplett and Dave Jones of the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development visited the Doe Mountain Adventure Center on Harbin Hill Road Friday morning to discuss the next steps in building Doe Mountain into a world-class wilderness adventure destination. One of the former Mountain City police officers charged in an undercover drug operation has a new indictment against him in federal court. Elmer Kenneth “Ken” Lane, 61, was arrested Monday on a single-count indictment charging him with possessing weapons while being an “unlawful user and addict of a control substance.” The indictment also stated the weapons were “shipped and transported in interstate commerce.”