Old Fort, Tn., Man Convicted Of Child Molestation In Murray County

Friday, October 19, 2018

Brian Jones, 47, of 155 Hoyt Browser Road, Old Ford, Tn.,  was convicted late Thursday by a Murray County Jury on three counts of child molestation and one count of sexual battery against a minor. 

 

The case involved abuse against two children and the offenses were indicted separately in two different indictments by the Murray County Grand Jury in March.  

 

In addition to law enforcement, numerous family members testified at trial as did Melissa Wells, forensic interviewer for The GreenHouse who interviewed both children.  The investigation began in the spring of 2017 following both children’s disclosures of abuse to their families.  Jones had access to the children through a relationship with another family member, but he was not himself a relative of the victims. 

 

The trial began on Tuesday after jury selection on Monday.

The jury returned its verdict after business hours on Thursday.  Jones did not testify in his own defense or put up any evidence. He is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 31 before Superior Court Judge Scott Minter. He faces up to 65 years in prison on the four charges.   

 

Jones was represented by Dalton attorney Jerry Moncus.  The state’s case was presented by  Assistant District Attorney Ben Kenemer who handles all child-victim prosecution in Murray County. 

 

The allegations against Jones were investigated by Detectives Eric White and Brett Morrison of the Murray County Sheriff’s Office and by Detective Andy Dill of the Chatsworth Police Department with assistance from The GreenHouse, child advocacy center which serves both Murray and Whitfield Counties.


Roadside Motels Had Their Heyday Until The Freeway Ruined Things; They Are Featured In Chattanooga In Old Photos

City Council Approves $750,000 For Baby University

City Council Asks Scope Be Narrowed On Study Of Fairness Of Stormwater Fee Formula; Ball Fields Being Approved; Grinding Contracting Saving Money


Roadside motels run by Mom and Pop had their heyday in the early days of motor travel up until the 1950s and 1960s. Then the freeways came along and suddenly their traffic was virtually gone. ... (click for more)

The City Council voted Tuesday to approve $750,000 for the expanded Baby University for a year of operations. The program, started by the Berke administration, provides intensive case management, ... (click for more)

City Council members have asked that the scope be narrowed on a study of the fairness of the current procedure for charging the stormwater fee. Justin Holland, public works administrator, ... (click for more)


Breaking News

Roadside Motels Had Their Heyday Until The Freeway Ruined Things; They Are Featured In Chattanooga In Old Photos

Roadside motels run by Mom and Pop had their heyday in the early days of motor travel up until the 1950s and 1960s. Then the freeways came along and suddenly their traffic was virtually gone. A long list of the roadside motels that once thrived in and around Chattanooga are featured in the new book Chattanooga in Old Photos, sponsored by Chattanoogan.com. Some of those pictured ... (click for more)

City Council Approves $750,000 For Baby University

The City Council voted Tuesday to approve $750,000 for the expanded Baby University for a year of operations. The program, started by the Berke administration, provides intensive case management, mentoring, and support to expectant mothers and families. Services are free and voluntary. Officials of Signal Center, who operate the program, said those who have benefited from ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thanks To First Volunteer Bank

Thank you to the Highway 58 branch of First Volunteer Bank. On behalf of the Ernie Pyle Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, I would like to express our appreciation to the manager and staff of the HIghway 58 Branch of First Volunteer Bank for putting on a Veterans Day lunch in the lobby of your bank on Friday, Nov. 9. It was a cold and rainy day and Army, Marines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s A Racist Thing

Being a child of the South, I’ve marveled at our funny sayings for all of my life. I’ve been at a football game and heard a disgruntled fan in the stands say of his team’s quarterback, “That boy couldn’t play dead in a cowboy movie.” I’ve been at the Sunday supper table and heard, “I’m of a mind each one of his sermons is better than the next.” And I’ve sat in a Saturday morning ... (click for more)

Sports

McCallie Beats Ooltewah For Conrady's First Win

McCallie graduated a bunch of outstanding players from last year’s basketball team and coach John Shulman resigned shortly after the season ended. So first-year Blue Tornado coach David Conrady was curious to see just how far his team had come thus far and he got his answer Tuesday night in a Hall of Fame game with the Ooltewah Owls at the McCallie Sports & Activities Center. ... (click for more)

Hurricanes Thrash Hardin Valley, 86-75, In Jones' Coaching Debut

Frank Jones was back where he belongs on Tuesday night: coaching basketball. Jones, the former Riverside High School standout, hadn’t coached a game since the 1999-2000 season when he was at Howard. “It felt good,” said Jones, minutes after leading the Hurricanes to an impressive 86-75 season-opening victory over visiting Hardin Valley. “It’s something I enjoy doing and the ... (click for more)