Johnson County News

Parole hearing for defendant who took deal in 'Facebook Murders' trial

The man who was supposed to be the third defendant in the so-called Facebook murders case had his first parole hearing. Jamie Lynn Curd ended up taking a plea deal for 25 years in prison, days before the trial in May.

'Safe return' of girl who disappeared during hike 6 days ago

The search for a missing teenager is now over. Rescuers found her in the mountains just before 1pm.  Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece has confirmed to News 5 WCYB she is alive and called this a "safe return."

Searching for girl who disappeared during hike 5 days ago

The search for a missing teenager continues almost a week after she disappeared while hiking with classmates. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said crews have 35-40 people searching with K-9s.

Search for girl missing from boarding school, FBI now involved

Search crews regrouped, Friday afternoon. Now, federal, state and local authorities are back looking for the 16-year-old who disappeared Wednesday while hiking with a group from school. News 5 WCYB has also learned the FBI is involved.

Deputies searching for Johnson County teen

Crews are searching for 16-year-old Ava Zechiel, who disappeared Wednesday while hiking in Johnson County.

No new trial for mother and daughter appealing murder convictions

The mother and daughter convicted in the so-called Facebook murders will not get a new trial. Jenelle and Barbara Potter tried to appeal their conviction and ask for a new trial.

Johnson County wants better higher education options

Johnson County leaders are hoping to establish a Tennessee College of Applied Technology closer to home. Mayor Larry Potter said people could really benefit since right now, the closest campus is in Elizabethton.

New murals to showcase Mountain City's musical heritage

The Johnson County Arts Council is trying to make people more aware of their area's musical heritage, through art.

Mountain Home VA Medical Center holds suicide prevention expo

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, the Mountain Home VA Medical Center held an expo to help educate veterans and their families about services they can use.

School board vice chairman convicted of child abuse

A Johnson County School Board member is in trouble with the law. He was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of child abuse.

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
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