Local NewsElection complaint dismissed by chancellor

By Paula Walter

A complaint filed by Jessica L. Fallin in the Chancery Court of Johnson County against the Johnson County Election Commission was heard by Chancellor John Rambo on Friday, September 12, 2014. According to William Cockett, attorney for Johnson County, a motion was filed by the county to dismiss the complaint. Chancellor Rambo granted the motion and the case was dismissed. “The election commission is vindicated,” said Cockett.

According to Cockett, the complaint against the Johnson County Election Commission was dismissed because it lacked standing. The law does not give Fallin the right to file a complaint in this instance as it would have to have been filed by an incumbent or a candidate. More...


Mountain City men facing drug charges

Three Mountain City residents currently detained in North Carolina have been named in a federal indictment announced on September 12, 2014 by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne M. Tompkins. Kenneth E. Barnes, 33; Donald L. Dennis, Jr., 28; and Jeremy D. Snyder, 37, all of Mountain City, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers a Schedule II controlled substance.

In addition to conspiracy to manufacture, all three are also charged with possession of equipment, chemicals, and materials, which may be used to manufacture.

Three other defendants, Bobby R. Coffeey, 47 of Banner Elk, NC;  Michael L. Whitehair, 35 of Vilas, NC, and Sean A. Smith, 29 of Statesville, NC were also named in the indictment.    More...


Mayor, inspector remind Mtn. City citizens building codes must be met

By Paula Walter

The Town of Mountain City has hired a new building inspector, Alan Hammons, who comes to the job with a vast amount of experience earned from owning a construction company. Hammons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction technology from East Tennessee State University and is licensed in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Hammons is the fifth building inspector hired by Mountain City and has up to a year to become certified. “The state requires municipalities to have a building inspector,” said Mayor Lawrence Keeble. “I have a lot of confidence in him becoming certified before his 12 months is up.” According to Keeble, Mountain City has previously adopted the 2009 international building codes. “Alan uses that and he has a lot of knowledge,” said Keeble. The city had no choice in the adoption of building codes, as it is required by the State of Tennessee. “We probably are going to have to contract with the state to provide building inspection if Alan doesn’t stay,” he said. “I have confidence Alan will stay.”  More...


Aquaculture and ISS facilities need renovations

By Lacy HIlliard

The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on September 11, 2014. This month the board traveled to picturesque Shady Valley Elementary School for the September meeting. The board continues to meet in a different location each month and will do so until the permanent handicap accessible meeting room housed within the administration building has finished undergoing renovations. All board members were in attendance, including Bill Gambill who was welcomed back after several absences due to ongoing medical issues. New but returning member Kenneth Gregg was also in attendance at the September meeting.

The board immediately got down to the business of electing a new board chair and vice-chair at the September meeting. Kevin Long is the newly elected board chair as a result of a nomination made by Brad Dunn and second motion to approve made by Howard Carlton. The new vice-chair of the Johnson County School Board is Brad Dunn in a nomination made by Howard Carlton and a second motion to approve made by Bill Gambill.  More...


Body of ASU student found

The search for Anna S. Smith, the student who was missing from Appalachian State University, ended when her body was found in a heavily wooded area approximately one mile from the campus on Saturday, September 13th.

Smith, 18 years old, had disappeared approximately 11 days before her body was found. Crews had been searching for several days when Smith was discovered. Her North Carolina driver’s license and Appalachian State University student identification car were at the scene.

The Boone police department is continuing to conduct a thorough death investigation. At this time, there is no evidence there was foul play. According to the Boone police, a note was found with Smith’s body and it will be used in the forensic analysis. It was reported that Smith was having some emotional difficulties prior to her death. Her body was sent to Wake Forest Baptist for an autopsy. More...


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