Babb, Willene

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Willene Babb, 85, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

Simpson, Viola McKenzie

Viola McKenzie Simpson, 82, quietly passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, at her home. She was preceded in death by her adoring husband of 48 years, Charles Simpson. She leaves to cherish her memory a superbly devoted son, Barry Simpson; a loving daughter, Joycelyn Harrison; and loving step-children, Patricia Ziegler, Charles Simpson, and Jean Shropshire. She is further ... (click for more)

Del Real, Linda

Linda Del Real passed away on March 21, 2018.  Left behind to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband, Jose Del Real, and sons, Ronnie and Eddie Booth.  Services will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. with Pastor William Jacques officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. until service time.  Arrangements are under the care of ... (click for more)

Self, Betty JoAnn (Dalton)

Betty JoAnn Self, age 81, of Dalton, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Hamilton Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Rosie Caylor; grandson, Adam Steadman: and sister, Wanda Larmon.  Mrs. Self was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and foster mother to many children. She loved all creatures great and small. ... (click for more)

Kirby, Rayford "Leon" (LaFayette)

Rayford “Leon” Kirby, 76, of LaFayette, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 11, 2018 after battling cancer. He was known as a very sweet man, a good dad, and a loving husband. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margaret Kirby; children, Wanda of Rock Spring, Jackie (Angela) of Rossville, Rickie (Tina) of Calhoun, Phyllis (Charles) of LaFayette, ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)