Local NewsFacebook murder trials set for January

Jamie Lynn Curd, along with mother and daughter Barbara and Jenelle Potter, are currently scheduled to appear on January 6th in a Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee criminal courtroom. They have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth. The deceased couple was found in their Johnson County home in January of 2012.

Attorneys for the defendants had previously asked for an extension because of the large volume of electronic evidence that needed to be reviewed. A previous defendant, Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. had been found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

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Work begins on first mountain bike trail at Doe Mountain

By: Rebecca Herman



Dark clouds and cool temperatures did not keep 12 volunteers from working at Doe Mountain Recreation Area (DMRA) on Saturday, October 18. Paul Stahlschmidt, president of the Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike (MTB) Alliance chapter, has joined forces with Damon Bell of Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association-Tri-Cities (SORBA-Tri-Cities) in order to sponsor mountain bike trail building at DMRA. More...


Animal control is volatile subject at county commission meeting

 It was a busy night last Thursday as the Johnson County Commission tackled a number of issues including a detail presentation from Dan and Joan Pohlgeers regarding Amendment Number One, which Tennesseans will vote on over the coming weeks. Invited to the meeting by vice-chairman Rick Snyder, Pohlgeers explained that Tennessee is fast becoming an “abortion destination” since the state’s Supreme Court struck down restrictions in 2000.

According to the presentation, one out of every four abortion procedures conducted in Tennessee are now being performed on patients from outside of the state, coming from distant areas of Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia, and even Texas who all have tighter restrictions. Strong pro-life supporters, the Pohlgeers have been working to spread information regarding the yes on number one campaign, whose signs have been springing up all over the county.

If passed, the amendment would change the wording of the state’s constitution to allow local legislators to reinstate many of the past restrictions, such as parental consent and a 48-hour waiting period. Pohlgeers did caution that the amendment would not eliminate abortions as a practice altogether because it is protected by federal law. Pohlgeers also went on to explain that for the effort to pass the amendment, it would have to receive at least half as many votes as are cast in this year’s governor’s race, plus one vote over. That means that is hypothetically the governor received 1,000,000 votes, the amendment would need at least 500,001. Further, Pohlgeers cautioned that the biggest problem would be voters, who pass up on the amendment altogether essentially becoming a no vote by default.  More...


Seven rabid raccoons reported in Watauga

By: Lacy Hilliard

Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

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