Flash Flood Warning until 12:30 p.m. today


Cherokee County North Carolina is facing up to 2 more inches of rain which may cause flash flooding.

The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Cherokee County in southwestern North Carolina and Clay County in southwestern North Carolina until 12:30 p.m. EDT.

At 9:29 a.m. EDT, Doppler radar indicated 1 to 3 inches of rain has already fallen across Cherokee and Clay counties over the last three hours. An additional inch or two will be possible over the next few hours as well, especially over northern Clay and Cherokee county border areas. As a result, flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Andrews, Murphy, Hayesville, Nantahala Lake, Shooting Creek, Tusquitee, Topton, Marble, Brasstown, and Culberson.

Severe – Significant threat to life or property

Immediate – Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately


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Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Press Release: Local Man Arrested For Thefts

Arrest Reports, Police & Government
John Mckinley Hogan


Friday, December 21, 2018
For more information call 828.837.2589
Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the December 19th, 2018 arrest of 21 year old John Mckinley Hogan of Marble North Carolina for thefts.

During the early morning hours of December 19th, 2018 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that the fenced in area of a local business had been entered and a military type fuel truck had been stolen along with damaging the fence.

John Mckinley Hogan

John Mckinley Hogan

As deputies of the Patrol and Investigations Division were continuing the investigation additional information was made known of a four wheeler that had been stolen some distance from the original breaking and entering. Additionally, information was made know to the deputies that Hogan had previously been suspect into other thefts.

The Patrol Deputy went to the area where Hogan lived. Upon spotting the deputy Hogan gave a short chase before being arrested by the deputy.

During the investigation the truck and the four wheeler have been recovered.

John Mckinley Hogan was charged with 2 counts LARCENY OF MOTOR VEHICLE, RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER, 2 counts INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY, FIRST DEGREE TRESPASS, FAILURE TO APPEAR ON MISDEMEANOR. Hogan is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $26,500.00 secure bond.

Sheriff Palmer stated “Excellent team work between Investigations and Patrol in clearing this case so quickly.”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Marble Man In Jail for Drugs

Press Release

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer June 16th, 2018 arrest of 46 year old Derrick William Wilson of Marble North Carolina for possessing illegal controlled substances.

On June 16th, 2018 shortly before 5:30 am, deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to investigate a traffic hazard where vehicles were parked in the travelled portion of the roadway just off Highway 64 in the Ranger Community of Cherokee County. During the investigation several individuals were found around a camp fire. Deputies also found a tent near the camp fire with an individual snoring. In the process of checking the welfare of the individual the deputies found methamphetamine, Xanax, and morphine lying in plain view next to Wilson who was the sole occupant of the tent at the time.

Wilson was arrested on scene and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center for charges of PWIMSD SCH II CS, PWIMSD SCH IV CS, SIMPLE POSSESSION SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Wilson is currently confined in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $25,000.00 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court on June 26th, 2018.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Good work by the deputies who responded to the call. We continue our fight to control the drug problem in Cherokee County.”

To report suspicious activity and suspect violations of the law please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

Commissioners, Sheriff Palmer hear of bull situation in Unaka community


MURPHY, N.C. – The future of a red, nocturnal bull loose in the Unaka community was discussed at the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners April 2 meeting.

Linda Dubois spoke in public commentary on behalf of herself and her husband, Jon Dubois. Linda DuBois explained they have been residents in the Unaka community for over five years, and in that time, they have invested labor and finances over $1,000 to clear a 5 to 6-acre portion of their 15-acre property that composes the front yard of their residence.

“Lately, a red and curly haired bull has been tromping in our front yard to eat our sprouting green grass that we have seeded, mowed and carefully attended and, of course, leaving hundreds of piles of stinking diarrhea every night,” DuBois stated, while also presenting the board with pictures of the damage sustained in her yard.

The Unaka resident continued to explain the bull has been “free ranging” in their yard at night only for the past month, and during the day, is nowhere to be seen. DuBois also stated she had spoken with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) about the situation on four different occasions, and the CCSO conducted an investigation to determine the owner of the bull, but no nearby residents claimed ownership. DuBois then asked the BOC what they could do to help her.

“So nobody’s claiming this bull?” Commissioner C.B. McKinnon asked DuBois, which DuBois affirmed was correct.   “(It’s) probably a $1,500 to $2,000 animal. Why don’t you claim it and sell it?”

After DuBois asked of the penalty of cattle theft in North Carolina, McKinnon reminded DuBois that no one had claimed it and it was invading her property.

After further discussion, Sheriff Derrick Palmer offered to meet personally with DuBois the next day to discuss options to resolve the situation in accordance with free-roaming livestock laws.

Later, the commissioners voted to affirm a county ordinance already in place concerning name changes for roads. According to Sam Davis, of the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, the consent of 75 percent of property owners on a road is needed to change the name of a road.

At the March 19 commissioners meeting, Marble resident Anthony McCray addressed the BOC of his desire to change the name of Lambert Road, where he resides, back to Lower Vengeance Creek Road. McCray claimed the road name had changed in 2014 to reflect the surname of another resident, Ronald Lambert, without going through the proper channels of procedure. McCray also stated he felt a road should not be given a surname unless all residents of the road have that same surname.

Ronald Lambert, also in attendance at that meeting, told the commission that reverting back to the previous name would cause undue financial stress for him since he is a licensed foster parent through the state and all of his licensing would have to be changed to reflect the road name change.

After affirming the ordinance, the board told McCray and Lambert, both again present for the meeting, to resolve the issue among themselves, and if 75 percent of the residents on Lambert Road desired a new name, the residents could proceed with the process according to the ordinance.

Daphne Dockery, register of deeds, addressed the board about establishing a definite daily deadline time for all land recordings submitted to the register of deeds office. Chairman Dr. Dan Eichenbaum suggested setting the deadline time at 4:30 p.m. and Dockery told the board the sooner daily deadline would help curtail overtime among employees in the register of deeds office. The issue was tabled so as to give Dockery more time to collect data to assist the board with making a decision at a future meeting.

Also in public commentary, Aurelia Stone asked the commissioners to consider adopting a county ordinance that would require vacation rentals by owner (VRBOs) to have regular inspections and to contain fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors. According to Stone, state law currently does not require these mandates as it does for commercially owned vacation rentals. Stone stated this lack of requirements puts guests at risk when renting a VRBO.

The board approved and accepted two budget revisions. The first was an increase for revenue in the amount of $591 from a Smart Start Grant. The other revision was also an increase for an increase in the amount of $9,467 for state health promotion funding for mass media or messaging campaign to promote healthy communities.

Commissioners scheduled three budget meetings for Friday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. in anticipation of finalizing the county budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. The April 27 meeting will be a departmental budget hearing, the May 31 meeting will be a budget work session for the county commissioners and the June 28 meeting is scheduled for the final adoption of the 2018-19 fiscal year county budget.


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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Marble man arrested after shooting spree

News, Press Release

MURPHY, N.C. — Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the Dec. 12, 2017, arrest of 32-year-old Matthew Allen Glantzer, of Marble, North Carolina, for going armed to the terror of the public and injury to personal property.

On Dec. 12, 2017, deputies with the patrol division of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to Airport Road in Marble to investigate a report of an individual walking in the roadway discharging a firearm.

The responding deputy, assisted by Sheriff Palmer and a detective from investigations, located Glantzer who was discharging a small caliber pistol in the air near the intersection of Airport Road and Bluff Road. The responding deputy was able to get Glantzer in custody at which time it was discovered that Glantzer was extremely intoxicated. During the investigation, it was also discovered that Glantzer had damaged road signs as well as other personal property.

Glantzer was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center where the North Carolina Magistrate set a $2,500 secure bond. Glantzer made bond the next day and is awaiting a Dec. 19, 2017, District Court date.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “Alcohol and firearms do not mix for sure. This had all the makings of a very dangerous situation.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law, to please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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