Man sentenced in Georgia student's death - and more Chattanooga region news

Man sentenced in Georgia student's death - and more Chattanooga region news

January 22nd, 2014 by Staff Reports and Wire Service in Local Regional News

Man sentenced in Georgia student's death

VALDOSTA, Ga. - The man accused of killing a Valdosta State University freshman in 2012 has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports that 19-year-old Darien Joseph Meheux Jr. was given a life prison term after his conviction on Friday.

Meheux is the former boyfriend of 17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin, of Lawrenceville. She was found dead in a campus study room in November 2012. Authorities said the cause of death was asphyxiation.

Assistant District Attorney Brad Shealy said his office is happy with the verdict and that Assistant District Attorney Tracy Chapman did "an excellent job" laying out the facts of the case.

McMinn, Loudon county sites on register

TENNESSEE - Two regional sites are among eight across Tennessee that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The M.A. Helm House in McMinn County and the Greenback Depot in Loudon County were the two sites nearest to Chattanooga to get the official nod for the Register.

The M.A. Helm House, in McMinn County's Riceville community, is an important example of a transitional design that includes elements of Federal and Greek Revival styles, according to officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The 1850-era brick house was designed by the McMinn County building company of Cleage and Crutchfield, officials said.

The Greenback Depot was completed in 1914 after a rail stop had already been established by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Characteristic of many L&N depots, the Greenback Depot is covered in horizontal and vertical boards on the exterior, has wide overhanging eaves and bays for the station manager, office spaces and waiting rooms, officials said.

Other sites added to the National Register included Beaty General Merchandise Store in Fentress County, Crockett Tavern Museum in Hamblen County, Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church in Sevier County, Sears Roebuck and Co. Catalog Distribution Center and Retail Store in Shelby County, Wartburg Presbyterian Church in Morgan County and the Westmoreland Water Wheel and Gatepost in Knox County.

Thompson named assessor of year

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. - Bradley County Assessor of Property Stanley Thompson recently was named 2013 Assessor of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Assessing Officers.

"The organization "proudly recognizes Stanley Thompson for exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism, service and leadership as Assessor of Property for Bradley County and name him as Assessor of the Year for 2013," President Betty Burchett said.

Will Denami, the organization's executive director, said Thompson and the Bradley County Assessor's Office "continue to hit it out of the park. They won the Excellence in Operations award for 2012, and Arnold Tarpley was recognized as the chief deputy of the year for 2011."

The professional organization is made up of the elected officials serving as assessors of property in Tennessee's 95 counties.