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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Honoring victims of crime
Representatives from the four counties in the Fourth Judicial District gathered Wednesday on the Cocke County Courthouse lawn, for the annual ceremony to honor victims of crime. The event was organized by District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn who said "my fear is that next year there will be new faces, if we continue along the same lines that we are going now as a nation. I pray that will not be true." The keynote speakers were Verna Wyatt and Valerie Craig, co-founders of Tennessee Voices for Victims. Wyatt said her sister-in-law, Marsha Wyatt, was a homebound teacher in Nashville, when a male entered the home as she taught a student. The teacher was abducted, raped and murdered. "Unless you are a victim of crime or somepne who works with victims of crime, you probably don't understand the emotional toll that victims suffer every day. There is so much grief," she told the gathering. Wyatt also reported that an effort is underway to produce a specialty license plate to remember lost loved ones. The group also heard from US Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, J. Douglas Overbey. He related a message from US Attorney Jeff Sessions. "The Attorney General has made it clear that we are to 'Back the Blue'. We support law enforcement officers and he stresses that 85 percent of law officers are on the state and local level.And he told us along with national security, we have no higher priority than to combat violent crime." Circuit Court Judge Carter Moore said we sometimes forget who an individual is when we view a photograph. He suggested it is important that we remember the victims of violent crimes. Lisa Maxwell, the mother of Meagan Maxwell who was a murder victim nine years ago, told the audience that handling grief is difficult. "Grief is something we all have in common but it is different for everyone. It isn't just death that we have to grieve; it's life, it's loss, it's change." The music for the ceremony was provided by Reese and Penny Grooms along with Chrystal Coffey.


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