Updated 6/22/17 - 4:17 pm to reflect new weigh ins being posted The teams representing the Whitwell High School Fishing Team at the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship are posting on day one of the tournament. Cameron Bankstown and Spencer Minter have already posted three fish at nine lbs., eight oz. while Dalton Powell and Baylor Layne posted five...
Principal Tim Bible announced Tuesday night that Austin Towery, most recently an assistant coach with the Richard Hardy basketball program, will be the Lady Pirates' coach. Bible acknowledged he was affected by Towery's enthusiasm for provided a gateway for those that wanted to continue their basketball careers beyond high school in his choice of hiring Towery. Towery has traveled in...
In line with information coming out of recent Marion County Commission meetings, Marion County Institute of Higher Learning, which is currently leased by Chattanooga State Community College, broke ground on the second phase of facilities recently. When completed, the companion building to the existing classroom building targets more industrial and trade education. Chattanooga State has already pledged they will lease...
After about seven hours of deliberations over two days, the jury in the Holly Rutledge murder trial found her guilty, but of lessor charges than on the indictment. Most notably, Rutledge, who was charged with first degree murder was found guilty of reckless homicide and was found guilty of aggravated assault. The verdicts carry a 2-4 year sentence and a...
Marion County dispatch called out for a fire call in Jasper this afternoon. Whereas details are still coming in, there's is no doubt that there was significant damage to the home on Betsy Pack Drive.  
Dr. Ronald K. Wright, an expert witness for the defense in the Holly Rutledge trial. Dr. Wright contends that the straight line, narrow nature of the injuries sustained by Lucas Dillon were "most likely" explained by striking the edge of the coffee table in the room where the child was found unresponsive by first responders.
The Rutledge defense team called Dr. William E. Lee III, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida in biomedical engineering. Keith Davis, lead defense attorney, has been carrying Dr. Lee through the science behind "fall impact speed." Some of the testimony includes the "g force" involved in falls. The g force calculated for a fall, according to...
Holly Rutledge's trial continues this morning. Rutledge's lead defense attorney Keith Davis has started by recalling TBI Agent Chip Andy to clarifying phone records on the day of and following day of the dispatch to an unresponsive Lucas Dillon. Additionally, the "ash pile" was, according to the defense, was a pile of table scraps burned periodically.
The City of Whitwell came together to celebrate the Whitwell High School Lady Tigers' softball team for their recent run to the state championship tournament. With several city officials and citizens joining in, the Lady Tigers were escorted down the main thoroughfare through town and ended at the park with food and drink to celebrate the success. The Jasper Journal...
Stemming from a March of 2015 incident, Holly Rutledge stands trial for ending the life of 5 year old Lucas Dillon. The indictment on the murder charge was nearly eleven months after the incident in February of 2016 and this week the case begins the jury deliberations. Among the witnesses called by the prosecution today included the Tennessee Bureau of...