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DA: No charges in Channing Smith death

There will be no charges filed by Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott in the death of Central High School student Channing Smith. 

Northcott released a statement with the decision Tuesday afternoon. It reads, in full:

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott

“Upon the completion of the full investigation into the circumstances of Channing Smith’s death by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and this office and after a review of the criminal statutes of this State, I have determined that there is not probable cause to believe that any crimes have been committed in this tragic situation. Thus, no criminal charges or juvenile petitions will be sought by this office. The family remains in my prayers and I hope that all of Channing’s friends and family can find peace in this difficult time. “

You may remember the suicide death of Smith garnered national attention. Smith, a 16-year old student at CHS, took his life on Sunday, Sept. 22, allegedly after other students turned personal screen shot messages over to social media that outed Channing’s gay sexual orientation. 

Rutledge Falls Bridge to be closed for approx. four months

Starting on Sunday, November 24, the Rutledge Falls Bridge located on Rutledge Falls Drive will be closed for approximately four months. Crews will begin preparing the bridge to be replaced and the area will be closed for four months while the bridge is completely replaced, according to the Coffee County Highway Department. Dement construction will be overseeing the project. 

Manchester Parks director wins award

Bonnie Gamble, third from left, poses with her Fellow Award for Outstanding Service and Communication in the Parks and Recreation Field.

Manchester Parks and Recreation Director Bonnie Gamble received an award yesterday – she was a recipient of the 2019 Fellow Award for Outstanding Service and Communication in the Parks and Recreation Field. This is the highest awards that TRPA gives to professional members who have made outstanding contributions to the parks and recreation field throughout their careers. Join us at Thunder Radio in saying congratulations to Bonnie Gamble. 

Tuesday fire destroys structure

Volunteer firefighters were dispatched to 258 Dean Ln. Tuesday to reports of a structure fire that destroyed one building before firefighters were able to get it under control. Hickerson Volunteer Fire Department responded, along with other volunteer agencies. No injuries were reported in the fire. 

DA: No charges in case of Channing Smith death

There will be no charges filed by Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott in the death of Central High School student Channing Smith. 

Northcott released a statement with the decision Tuesday afternoon. It reads, in full:

“Upon the completion of the full investigation into the circumstances of Channing Smith’s death by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and this office and after a review of the criminal statutes of this State, I have determined that there is not probable cause to believe that any crimes have been committed in this tragic situation. Thus, no criminal charges or juvenile petitions will be sought by this office. The family remains in my prayers and I hope that all of Channing’s friends and family can find peace in this difficult time. “

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott

You may remember the suicide death of Smith garnered national attention. Smith, a 16-year old student at CHS, took his life on Sunday, Sept. 22, allegedly after other students turned personal screen shot messages over to social media that outed Channing’s gay sexual orientation. 

Birthdays – 11/18/19

Jim Gore

Tim Gasman – 25

Hollis Simmons

Alisha McInturff

Clara Myers – 50 – PIZZA WINNER

Birthdays – 11/17/19

Derek Ridner

Troy Watterson – 44 – PIZZA WINNER

Connie Jones – 55

Wendy Barton

Birthdays – 11/16/19

Margie Gore

McKayla Johnson -18 PIZZA WINNER

Murfreesboro resident arrested for rape of child

A 36 year old man who calls Murfreesboro home has been arrested by the Special Victims Unit.

Jose M. Secaida was captured late last month and charged with two counts of “Rape of a Child.” In both charges, the victim was reported to be under the age of 13.

The subject, who has a citizenship listed as “Guatemala,” is expected to be in a Rutherford County courtroom for a hearing on December 2, 2019. 

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has Secaida listed as “In Custody” as of Monday, November 18, 2019. His bond was set at $100,000.

Two arrested after running from THP in Grundy County

Grundy County Sheriff’s deputies and THP captured two suspects after they fled from a traffic stop on Interstate-24 westbound around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. 

The driver, Clyde Doyle Hamby (28) crashed on Hwy 50 near Bethel Church. He and Michael McMurphy (37) fled on foot. Tracking dogs from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and a THP helicopter searched the area for several hours. A watchful citizen spotted Hamby around 10:30am near The Caverns in Payne’s Cove and called 911. He was taken into custody without incident. McMurphy was taken in custody around 2:15pm near the crash scene. Both men have an extensive criminal history and are wanted out of Georgia on various charges. McMurphy is wanted out of Georgia and Oklahoma on a number of charges. Both men were transported to the Grundy County Jail.