Johnson County News

Afternoon services for family killed in weekend collision

Services are scheduled to begin Thursday afternoon for the young family killed in a collision over the weekend.

Northeast Correctional Complex holds resource fair for inmates

For people locked up in prison - getting out and finding a job, or even getting a driver's license can be difficult.

Funeral plans for Mtn. City family killed in head-on collision

A Mountain City family of three has been killed in a high-speed head-on collision. It happened Saturday night on Route 421 North, at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. Their pastor is talking about the loss and funeral arrangements have been made.

Escorting the Potter women (Jenelle in yellow, Barbara being wheeled) into court for the verdicts to be read.

Escorting the Potter women (Jenelle in yellow, Barbara being wheeled) into court for the verdicts to be read.

Guilty on all counts in Potter double-murder trial

The jury in the Potter double-murder trial reached guilty verdicts on all counts: both Jenelle & Barbara Potter guilty of 1st-degree murder. Both will serve life in prison. Text & video archive inside.

Jury deliberating in Potter double-murder trial

The jury in the Potter double-murder trial will continue deliberating Tuesday morning. They started just before 4pm Monday after the defense made its case, both sides made closing arguments, and jurors got their instructions. Live reports continue on News 5 WCYB.

Saturday: 5 new witnesses & prosecution rests

Court was back in session on Saturday in the trial of a mother and daughter for first-degree murder. Five new witnesses were called and the prosecution rested. Continuing coverage on News 5 WCYB.

Ex-boyfriend testifies, gets 25 years, prosecution rests

Late Friday, the prosecution in the mother/daughter double-murder trial we’ve been bringing you details about all week rested its case, and it did so with some big news. Live reports continue on News 5 WCYB.

Hundreds of emails for mom-daughter double-murder jury

Jurors in the double-murder trial of a mother and daughter are shown 207 emails, and hear an emotional confession phone call. Live reports continue on News 5 WCYB. Follow @wcyb_Stephanie for live tweeting during the trial.

Defendants' sister-daughter emotional on stand

Emotional testimony when a woman testifies in her sister & mother's double-murder trial. Turns out, she was friends with the asst. DA's wife. Live reports Thursday on News 5 WCYB. Follow @wcyb_Stephanie for live tweeting.

Autopsies & police interview with the double-murder defendants

Witnesses in the double-murder trial of a mother & daughter on Tuesday included the medical examiner, and we heard police interviewing the defendants the day after the so-called "Facebook murders.” Live reports continue Wednesday on News 5 WCYB. Follow @wcyb_Stephanie for live tweeting.

Johnson County, Tennessee

County courthouse in Mountain City, Tenn. Photo by Brian Stansberry.
General Information
Size: 303 square miles
Population: 17,499 (2000)
County seat: Mountain City
Other cities and towns: Butler, Laurel Bloomery, Shady Valley, Trade
More information: johnsoncountytn.org
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