Champion Family Sue County for $1.5 Million

The Southern Standard, by Duane Sherrill — A confrontation between a family of four and deputies has brought a $1.5 million lawsuit, with the Champion family targeting the sheriff, one of his deputies and the county. The suit, filed by Hal and Janice Champion in federal court this week, asks for $500,000 in compensatory damages…

Former 911 Employee has Meth Charges Dismissed

The Southern Standard, by Duane Sherrill — Citing lack of evidence, Judge Larry Ross Tuesday dismissed all criminal charges against former 911 second-in-command Brenda Thompson for the methamphetamine lab found behind her house last month. Her husband, Terry Thompson, was not so fortunate, however, as Ross bound him to the grand jury on meth manufacture…

Lego League Members Make a Difference

The Southern Standard, by Charles W. Johnson — Each year teams participating in the Lego League program are issued a challenge, generally something that will benefit the team’s community in some way. When Warren County’s Limits Busters Lego League team members were issued their challenge this year, they set out to find something that would…

Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict Champions

The Southern Standard, by Duane Sherrill — Grand jurors refused to indict two members of the Champion family over their alleged run-in with deputies, prompting a pledge by prosecutors that the cases will not go away quietly. Charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest against Janice Champion, 48, and her eldest son Lance Champion, 23,…

Bonnaroo Pot Busts Tossed

High Times, by John Swenson —  A righteous local judge released 24 rock fans headed to Bonnaroo after police arrested them unconstitutionally in Tennessee. Warren County judge Larry Ross freed the festival-bound fans on the grounds that their arrests were unfair examples of profiling by police. The fans were arrested on minor drug charges, mostly…