Woman Who Helped Set Up Polk County Drug Ring Gets 11 Years, 3 Months in Federal Prison

Monday, June 16, 2014

A woman agents say helped set up a Polk County drug ring was sentenced on Monday to serve 11 years and three months in federal prison.

Sarah McElhannon appeared before Federal Judge Sandy Mattice.

She initially was facing a sentencing range of 157-188 months.  However, she got a reduction based on expected sentence cuts under the Fair Sentence Act. She also got a reduction when Judge Mattice said the government had not proven that she knew that guns were involved in the drug activity.

Attorney Graham Swafford said Ms. McElhannon never carried a gun or saw anyone else involved in the conspiracy with a gun during drug-buying trips to Atlanta.

He did acknowledge that she connected Robin and Corey Welch with a drug supplier at a trailer park outside Atlanta.

Ms. McElhannon would get a share of the meth for her personal use, it was stated.

Attorney Swafford said he did not like some of his clients, but he called the 44-year-old Ms. McElhannon  "a sweet little girl.".

Prosecutor Terra Bay said Ms. McElhannon had 16 prior convictions, including two drug felony counts.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ACUFF, DEBORAH LYNN  3334 E. 34TH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 55 years old Arresting Agency:  INDECENT EXPOSURE --- ARNOLD, KENNETH ROGER  3711 CLIO AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 52 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County Booked for Previous Charges ... (click for more)

Councilman Banks Asks Bradley Schools To Dismiss Liquor-By-The-Drink Lawsuit; Fivas Hits The Ground Running

The courts have twice ruled in favor of the city of Cleveland regarding taxes generated by the sale of liquor-by-the-drink, Councilman Richard Banks noted at the Cleveland City Council meeting Monday afternoon. Therefore, he made a motion to ask the new Bradley County School Board to dismiss its lawsuit against Cleveland. That board has been seeking to be paid a large portion of ... (click for more)

Of Course Gangs Are A Public Nuisance

Now, I don't know it all.  Beginning with my parents, folks of all sorts have been actively pointing out my ignorance for more than seven decades now.  So I'm well aware that I don't know it all.  In recent months I've begun to develop an appreciation for the local work of Mr. Neal Pinkston; I've been impressed with several things he's been doing in his official ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arnold Palmer’s Greatness

This is hardly meant to be flippant but I’d be willing to bet I’ve been in the presence of more great people than anyone you know. I’ve never ranked them, or ever dared to wonder who was the greatest, such as Muhammad Ali or Elvis Presley, but there are two traits that those who reach the highest pinnacle have in common. First, not a one of them was any good at what made them famous ... (click for more)

Vols' Dobbs, Barnett Grab SEC Player of Week Honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and end Derek Barnett the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week. This week's honor marks the first time this season that a Vol has earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week. Dobbs was the last UT player to win the award in Week 6 of 2015 following his performance in the Vols' ... (click for more)

Craine, Ribeiro Named SoCon Players Of The Week

Two University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football student-athletes were named Southern Conference Players of the Week, following the Mocs' 41-21 win over Samford on Saturday.  Seniors Derrick Craine and Henrique Ribeiro both earned recognition from the league office announced today. Craine rushed for a career-high 222 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns in the win. ... (click for more)