Officials Giddy after Centertown School Papers Signed

The Southern Standard, by Charles W. Johnson — The mood was positively festive Friday morning as County Executive Kenneth Rogers, school board chairperson Dr. Deborah Watlington, Director of Schools Dr. Jerry Hale and school system legal counsel Michael Galligan gathered at the County Administration Building to formally co-sign an agreement between the county and the…

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…

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…