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Hubert Glenn Sexton sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty a second time

Hubert Glenn Sexton was convicted Friday of the May 2000 murders of Stanley and Terri Sue Goodman, the Huntsville couple who were shot to death as they slept. Sexton, who had originally been convicted and sentenced to death in 2001, was being retried after an appeals court granted him a new trial in 2019. As was the case the first time around, the state argued that Sexton had killed the Goodmans to prevent himself from being prosecuted on charges that he had sexually abused his eight-year-old stepdaughter. And, as was the case the first time around, the jury returned guilty verdicts against him. This time, the jury sentenced Sexton to two life sentences, without the possibility of parole.

Big South Fork NRRA adds 60-acre tract along North White Oak Creek

A 60-acre tract of land within the current boundaries of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has been added to the park, according to the National Park Service. The property, located along North White Oak Creek, was originally owned by the Allardt Land Company and the estate of Bruno Gernt. It was acquired by TennGreen Land Conservancy, which donated it to the government.

Update: Significant snow possible this weekend

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Hubert Glenn Sexton murder trial concludes its third day

Hubert Glenn Sexton was originally convicted of murdering Huntsville couple Stanley and Sue Goodman as they slept in their beds in May 2000. He was sentenced to death. However, those verdicts were later overturned by an appeals court, which ruled that Sexton was denied his constitutional right to a fair and impartial jury and that he received ineffective legal assistance at trial. The new trial began this week, with jury selection taking place on Monday and testimony beginning on Tuesday. The case is expected to go to the jury on Friday. This time around, Sexton is not facing the death penalty.

Governor’s newest Supreme Court nominee has strong Scott County ties

Sarah K. Campbell, appointed to the TN Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan. 12) by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, has strong ties to Scott County. Her father, David Keeton, is originally from Helenwood. Her grandparents were the late Junior and Delone Keeton, and her uncles — Mike Keeton and Allan Keeton — still live here.

State rejects Scott County’s plan to borrow $10 million for repaving roads

TN Comptroller of the Treasury Jason Mumpower has rejected a plan by Scott County to borrow $10 million for repaving nearly 150 miles of county-owned roads. Mumpower said in a letter to Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals and Scott County Commission that the plan — which was approved by County Commission in November — is being rejected because the 20-year length of the repayment plan would exceed the life of the paving project and is not in compliance with the county's debt management policy. He urged County Commission to consult with CTAS and a financial advisor before considering such projects in the future.

Forty-two local students named to TN Tech dean’s list, six graduate

A total of 42 students from Scott County were named to Tennessee Tech's dean's list for the Fall 2021 semester, after obtaining a grade point average of at least 3.1. Additionally, six of the nearly 800 diplomas awarded following the Fall 2021 semester were to students from Scott County. Among the students who graduated were Dalton Crabtree of Oneida, Madison Dunlap of Oneida, Sharon Neal of Oneida, Kira Robbins of Oneida, Evan Roberts of Huntsville and Kaitlyn Stringer of Oneida.

Oneida man arrested after allegedly twice breaking into his grandmother’s home

David Joshua Lowe, 37, was arrested on Jan. 9 after he allegedly broke into his grandmother's home for a second time. He had first stolen items from her home in November, when she was staying with relatives in Campbell County following the death of her husband and had given Lowe a key to watch over the residence while she was away. Police recovered jewelry that had been pawned under Lowe's name. He is also accused of pawning his deceased grandfather's Korean War medal. When Lowe allegedly returned to his grandmother's home for a second time on Jan. 9, security cameras had been installed.

Stolen wallet leads to arrest of Helenwood couple

Michael Speeks, 52, of Helenwood, was arrested on Jan. 5, four days after he allegedly decided to keep a wallet that a shopper had forgotten in a Walmart shopping cart rather than return it. A second person, 53-year-old Tracy Clark, was also charged and arrested. Police tracked down Speeks using surveillance video footage. However, when he turned over the wallet, he allegedly kept a checkbook that had been inside it. He had also allegedly already spent Amazon gift cards that were a young boy's Christmas gift.

Funeral service planned Monday for Helenwood man who died after work-related accident

30-year-old Brian Sexton, of Helenwood, died at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville on Jan. 4, one month after he was severely burned in a job-related accident. He was a member of the Huntsville Fire Department and leaves behind a wife and four small children.

Robbins School Food Pantry moves locations

The Robbins Elementary School Food Pantry is moving from the school to Barton Chapel on nearby U.S. Hwy. 27. The next food distribution date will be Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Recipients must be the parent, grandparent, guardian or care giver of a student at Robbins Elementary School or head start in order to be eligible.

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