Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lackey denied appeal in murder charge

Posted on August 1, 2016 6:06 am by Pamela Claytor

James Harland Lackey

James Harland Lackey

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee at Nashville has denied James Harland Lackey’s contentions of insufficient evidence and excessive sentencing, in an opinion filed on July 27, 2016.

Lackey was convicted in a jury trial, in January 2014, of the second-degree murder of James Caldwell, who was shot to death in his bed in his home, on Hensley Chapel Road, on Feb. 23, 2012.

According to the opinion filed by the Court of Criminal Appeals, on the night of Caldwell’s death, a deputy at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from Lackey, who reportedly stated that he had shot someone and … CONTINUED


Bettye Keener

Posted on August 1, 2016 6:06 am by Kim Swindell Wood

Bettye Keener, 74, passed away July 30, 2016, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Ms. Keener was born April 26, 1942. in Spencer. to Lloyd Clendenon and Eula Hitchcock Clendenon.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Aug. 3, 2016, at Layne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Spencer, with burial in Molly Cemetery. Freddy Savage will officiate. Visitation with the family will be 2-10 p.m., Aug. 2, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 3, at the funeral home.

Layne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.


Roberts makes mark in freshman season for TTU

Posted on August 1, 2016 5:05 am by Tammy Wilhite

Two springs ago, Ethan Roberts was spending his time on the mound for the White County High School baseball team.

Just over a year later, Roberts, a 2015 graduate of WCHS, has put his name among the nation’s best college freshmen.

Roberts burst onto the scene for the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. He tied for the team lead with two saves on the year, but his expertise was more as a middle reliever. Roberts completed three or more innings in nine contests. For the season, he was 6-1 with five of those wins coming in a reliever role. He did win his lone start.

Roberts had the best … CONTINUED


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