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Cody Armes takes back his life

Drug Court Coordinator Barrit “Winnie” Gadd points out some of the accomplishments Cody Armes achieved as he went through the Anderson County Drug Court program. At right is Judge Don Elledge. - Ken Leinart

Cody Armes knew he was in trouble. The cold hands of drug addiction were beginning to tighten around him. All the signs were there: The emotional distance from family members because he saw them as a source of funds and they saw him as someone who could no longer be trusted; the run-ins with law enforcement and subsequent arrests, booking photos, court appearances, and jail time; the feeling of his life spiraling out of control. There were arrests dating back to 2015 — simple possession, then theft, violation of probabtion, forgery, shoplifting — all tied to drugs. Then he found a life line, a chance to set his life back on track. “Cody hadn’t had a lot of appearances in front of me before he started Drug Court,” Anderson County Criminal Court Judge Don Elledge said two weeks ago during Armes’ graduation from Anderson County Drug Court.

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People and places of Anderson County

Loy Johnson - Joe Bonomo

Loy Johnson loves meeting people and introducing them to Norris. Selling them a house is just a happy byproduct. She loves Norris so much that she chose it over the Florida Keys years ago, and is now a real estate agent in the quaint, historic town. Johnson is a larger-than-life presence in Norris and is known locally for her bubbly, frequent laughter, words of wisdom to anyone who needs them and willingness to do whatever needs to be done in town. Shy to talk about herself, she’s quick to shift the topic of conversation to whoever she is speaking with at the time. She’s always busy, whether she’s renovating her office beside Archer’s Grocery or producing a play with the Norris Little Theatre. Having been through more than her share of heartache over the years, she knows deep down that truly, all we need is love. And she’s overflowing with it. LaFollette resident Joe Bonomo is a prolific, successful artist, and is passionate about portraiture. He spent many hours in Anderson County recently photographing people in town and learning a little about them, and then going back home and creating their portraits. To find out more about Bonomo’s art, visit, on Facebook at, and on Instagram at @bonomoart. This series, however, is only available in The Courier News.

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Rocky Top development ‘dream’ receives pushback

In early 2018, Rocky Top officials and a number of investors were working up a way to bring the Rocky Top dream back to life. The original scheme that resulted in the town’s name change was a flop. But, according to some, that didn’t mean it wasn’t a good idea. Anderson County Commissioner Tim Isbel, Rocky Top Mayor Michael Lovely, Rocky Top City Manager Michael Foster and Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton have remained supportive of the concept and have been working for years behind the scenes to help development move forward in the town. The revamped concept would be on the Campbell County side instead of Anderson County, and it would be a convention center, resort, indoor/outdoor water park and golf course near the Norris Dam marina. But for the past year, the dream has been silent, at least when it comes to communication with the media. Locals, however, have since organized, and are opposed to the development for one reason: the developers have stated they want it to be on TVA-owned and state park-leased land. Specifically, a section of land near Norris Dam Marina.

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Cameron Boyce, Disney star with Clinton ties, dies at age 20

Cameron Boyce, whose grandmother Jo Ann Allen Boyce was one of the renowned Clinton 12 during Clinton High School desegregation in the 1950s, passed away at the age of 20 over the weekend. He was a Disney celebrity, with a leading role in the film franchise “Descendants” and the TV series “Jessie.” A family spokesperson told ABC News that he had a seizure during the night caused by an ongoing medical condition. “The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him,” the family representative said in a written statement. The family has requested privacy during this time. “The Walt Disney Company mourns the loss of [Cameron Boyce], who was a friend to so many of us, and filled with so much talent, heart and life, and far too young to die,” said Disney CEO Robert Iger in a written statement. “Our prayers go out to his family and his friends.”

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