Story No. 1 – Big bills for primary election: Henderson County Commissioners’ Court is still paying bills from last month’s primary election. According to the County Auditor, the election cost the county about $43,000.
Why it is important: Because the primary isn’t over yet! There is still a runoff to go, and that will push the cost even higher.
Learn more: The Malakoff News and The Athens News had the story this week. Check Page 7A.
Story No. 2 – Athens man gets out of jail after illegal sentence: Gerald McMorris was released recently after serving 20 years even though he had the wrong sentence.
Why it is important: Because not only did the system get this wrong, the system also fixed the mistake.
Learn more: Art Lawler at the Review wrote a four-part series on McMorris this week. Start here.
Story No. 3 – Stephanie Perryman is KAB top volunteer: Last Friday, Keep Athens Beautiful named board member Stephanie Perryman its Volunteer of the Year.
Why it is important: Because KAB is an important part of Athens, and the group had a great year.
Learn more: The Athens News had a story and photos. Remember, the Athens News pages start at the back of the file.
Story No. 4 – Tyler police catch man flashing joggers: James Claybourn Kiser was arrested Wednesday for indecent exposure on the Rose Rudman Trail.
Why it is important: Kiser is from Athens, has a long criminal history, and is the suspect in flashing incidents at Cain Park.
Learn more: The Tyler Paper has the story.
Story No. 5 – No information on Tool remains: Police still have no information on the skull and human remains found near Tool earlier in the month. Sheriff’s officials said a report from the forensics lab could still take a few weeks.
Why it is important: A lot of folks are very interested in this story and are waiting to see what happens.
Learn more: There have been no updates in the newspapers, but The Malakoff News/Athens News reported the lack of new information this week on its Facebook page.