Grainger County woman missing
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Grainer County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a Grainger County woman missing since Monday. The authorities found a gruesome note written by 28-year-old Jackie Dalton’s fiancé, 35-year-old Terry Miller, saying that he had killed the woman and that no one would ever find her body. He then committed suicide. The investigation is difficult, because the area of the county where the victim lived, called Bean Station, is secluded and mountainous.
According to Dalton’s family, the relationship between the two was unstable. She would leave for a few days and then return, a typical pattern for abused mates. They believed that the man threatened her life and the life of her three children if she left the house where the couple co-habited for the past six years.
Local soldier has fatal heart attack
Colonel Stan Jacobs of the 278th Division passed away last Thursday of a fatal heart attack. Jacobs ran the regiment and oversaw local armories while the troops are fighting in Iraq. He worked to improve the armory aesthetics and encouraged morale.
Jacobs had a project that was dear to his heart. He wanted special “support our troops” ribbons made for each soldier that deployed. He wanted to hang the ribbons with the name of each soldier on the fence that surrounded the Sutherland Avenue Armory. Jacobs also wanted a special giant ribbon at the end of the armory.
Cary Pitkanen, owner of the Custom Sign Shop said that they would be making 3,000 ribbons in the Colonel’s memory. They will be a foot tall and 1/8 of an inch thick. The cost for each ribbon ranges between $3 to $9. Pitkanen said that they would do the job at 55 to 60 percent of the wholesale price. The total cost will be around $10,000. For those who would like to contribute, a fund is set up at the AMSouth Bank in Bearden. To mail funds make a check out to the Col. Stan Jacobs’ Yellow Ribbon Fund; C/O SFC Jan Rhymer; P.O. Box 10167; Knoxville, TN 37939-0167.