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'Jail substantially complete' According to Chester County Mayor Troy Kilzer, as of May 31 the Chester County Criminal Justice Complex is substantially complete, but an official movein date has not been announced. “This week they’ve got a crew in there cleaning up,” said Kilzer. “They’ve finished the paving and most of the landscapSee JAIL, Page 3-A
Chamber hosting “Meet the Candidates Forum” July 1 The Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to a Meet the Candidates Forum, July 1 at Henderson City Hall. The event gets underway at 8 a.m. with speeches by the candidates about their experience, plans, and goals for the county. Each candidate in the races for sheriff, county mayor, county clerk, circuit court clerk, and road supervisor will have four minutes to speak. For more information, contact the Chamber at 989-5222.
June 3, 2010
SERVING CHESTER COUNTY SINCE 1865
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN Freedom’s warriors honored at Memorial Day ceremony A large crowd gathered Monday at Henderson’s City Hall for Memorial Day services in remembranace of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Captain Wade Reed, of the Tennessee Army National Guard, was the keynote speaker. Others who spoke included city and county mayors, Bobby King, and Troy Kilzer, as well as Major Chris McDaniel, Tennessee ARNG, commander of VFW Post 4844. Bill Jewell, major retired, USAR, was master of ceremonies. The ceremonies were attended by many military veterans.
Photo by James A. Webb, Independent
Above: The colors are presented as taps is played in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
CAPTAIN WADE REED TN ARNG
Military veterans were in abundance Monday at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Henderson’s City Hall.
Ruth Morris, former assessor, laid to rest Sat. Fo r m e r Chester County Tax Assesor R u t h Morris was laid to rest Saturday at U n i t y RUTH MORRIS Cemetery near Jacks Creek, with Shackelford Funeral Directors-Johnson Chapel in charge. Morris was 84. Morris became Chester County Tax Assessor in 1962 following the death of her husband and former assessor John A. Morris. She held the office for 15 years, later working for the State of Tennessee Business License Tax Division for 15 years, as well as serving as Secretary Treasurer of the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officials for 10 years. (See complete obituary, Page 8-A.)
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Freeland granted change of venue Trial date rescheduled for August The man accused of one of Chester County’s most heinous crimes was due to face a Chester County jury next week where he could be sentenced to death. Instead he was granted a last minute change of venue and his trial date has been pushed back to Aug. 30. Judge Roy Morgan granted John Freeland Jr. the venue change to Madison County, requested by his attorneys, due to what he said of media reports that could have persuaded a small local jury pool. Judge Morgan said although the reports may have been factual,
the sensitivity of the information reported could have an effect on any juror’s decision. Freeland is being charged with the first degree murder of Chester County resident Carolyn Ward. Ward was found shot to death in March 2009 on Dry Creek Lane and her car was found burned in the Beech Bluff area. Authorities determined Ward was kidnapped at gunpoint in the parking lot of Fred’s one Saturday afternoon. Judge Morgan had previously denied a change of venue request, but new details of the case have been recently pub-
lished by newspapers, including Freeland’s detailed statements where he said that he pulled the trigger, then issued three follow-up statements claiming Marcus Thompson shot Ward. In Freeland’s statements, motives for killing Ward include obtaining gang status and obtaining a get-a-way vehicle for future robberies. According to Freeland, the trio came to Chester County with the intent to steal a vehicle in order to rob businesses in Memphis. According to Chester County Circuit Court Clerk Keith Frye, Thompson’s trial date has not been scheduled at this time. He remains in custody of the state in a TDOC facility. The other
FREELAND suspect, Tashundra Mosley recently took a plea deal for her involvement and will be granted her sentence after she testifies in Freeland’s trial.