In what sounds like a headline from 1951 instead of 2011, Whitley County Sheriff's deputies seized five gallons of homemade wine and 72 quarts of assorted flavors moonshine Thursday afternoon. Deputy Todd Shelley charged Bob Crawford, 54, of Newcomb, Tenn., with illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage for the purpose of resale.
Nearly a week after 82nd District Rep. Dewayne Bunch announced his resignation, his wife, Regina Bunch, has announced plans to seek her husband's seat during the upcoming special election, which won't take place before December. Dewayne Bunch suffered a serious brain injury while breaking up a fight between students this past spring and resigned his position on Oct. 26.
Patriot BioEnergy partner Roger Ford speaks to local leaders about the possibility of a facility in Whitley County that would turn bioengineered sugar beets into fuel.
Sugar beets could very easily be putting people to work in Whitley County in the not too distant future if Roger Ford has his way, but these aren't the beets that your grandpa grew in his garden. Ford, a partner with Patriot BioEnergy LLC, wants to grow industrial beets that will be turned into fuel.
Former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge will call a prison cell home for the foreseeable future. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove agreed to accept a binding plea agreement Wednesday morning, and sentenced Hodge to 186 months in prison, or 15.5 years behind bars. He also ordered Hodge, 52, to forfeit $50,000 to the federal government and to pay $64,897 in restitution to the Whitley County Fiscal Court.