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PRV Education Association to host Hee Haw and Talent Show

The Paint Rock Valley Education Association is sponsoring a “Hee-Haw and Talent Show” fundraiser at Paint Rock Valley High School on April 29.

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Clean Up Jackson County

The Jackson County Commission is asking for your help in cleaning up Jackson County.

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TVA seeks comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment on the potential environmental impacts of completing the sale of its 1,400 acre Bellefonte property, in Jackson County, Alabama, to Nuclear Development, LLC.

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Downtown Scottsboro to host Market on the Square

Downtown Scottsboro will host Market on the Square Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announces Alabama Supreme Court upholds Barry Whitton murder conviction

(MONTGOMERY)— Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced that the Alabama Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of Barry Whitton for the murder of his wife, Michelle Townson Whitton, in Jackson County. Whitton was convicted by a jury in Jackson County Circuit Court on September 24, 2015.

Evidence was presented at trial that Whitton murdered his wife in 1997 when she was 28 years

old. He killed her by bludgeoning her in the head with a shotgun. He then placed her body in a shallow grave, and for 17 years went uncharged for the murder. During the trial, forensic evidence was presented about blood that was found in the bedroom of the Whitton home. Two witnesses testified that Whitton confessed to them that he had killed his wife in the bedroom. Additional evidence was presented about his disposal of her body, the shotgun he used to kill her, carpeting from the bedroom and other related items. Further testimony was presented from family and members of the community about Whitton’s actions and consciousness of guilt following the murder.The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Office Cold Case Unit and prosecuted attrial by Assistant Attorneys General Leigh Gwathney and John Hensley of the Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division. Whitton was sentenced to life imprisonment for his murder conviction on October 15, 2015. He subsequently sought to have his conviction reversed before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. After the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed his conviction on December 9, 2016, he pursued an appeal before the Alabama Supreme Court which was denied today by the state’s high court. The Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Section handled the case during the appeals process, arguing for the affirmance of the conviction. Attorney General Marshall commended Assistant Attorney General Marc Starrett of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Section for his successful work in this case.


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