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A different disease: ‘Meth’ cases fill court


Jack Kenneth Plemons, 49, Woodland Drive, Shelbyville, is facing a prison sentence of up to 450 years if he’s convicted on over 20 charges connected with dealing methamphetamine. 

Plemons was arraigned Sept. 20 on 15 counts of “manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of Methamphetamines,” with each count carrying a sentence of eight to 30 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count.  

Plemons was also indicted on drug paraphernalia charges, firearms violations (felon in possession of firearm) and a conspiracy charge for allegedly working with another man to sell drugs and smuggle methamphetamine into the Bedford County Jail. He was served with paperwork for two additional charges while standing for arraignment before Judge Forest A. Durard, Jr. on Sept. 20. 

Plemons is accused of conspiring with Cleon Van Stone, age unknown, to bring meth into the jail on Feb. 25, 2021. According to the indictment, Van Stone and Plemons were housed in the same pod in jail and Plemons made arrangements with persons outside the jail to assist Van Stone with selling methamphetamine after he was released.  

The drug possession charges against Plemons are connected with specific dates over a three year period: July 25, 2019, Aug. 7, 2019, Jan.  28, 2020, Feb. 4, 2020, Sept. 11, 2020, Feb. 10, 2021, Feb. 25, 2021, April 8, 2021, and June 18, 2021.  

Plemons was previously convicted of charges involving methamphetamine in Blount County in 2010, Monroe County on Aug. 24, 2009 and Anderson County on May 8, 2009.  

Also indicted as a co-defendant with Jack Plemons were Tina Renea Brannan, 52, of Flat Creek School Road, Shelbyville and 42-year-old Mary Elizabeth Plemons, of Highland Street in Shelbyville. Mary Elizabeth Plemons  is facing one count of delivering meth on Jan. 28, 2020.  Brannan is charged with one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver meth and one count involving drug paraphernalia.  

Other drug cases 

  • John Barclay Holt, 41, Smith Chapel Road, Shelbyville, was arraigned, Sept. 20, on seven charges connected with dealing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms charges (a prior felony conviction of Aggravated Assault) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 
  • Anthony Phillip Smith, 30, N. College Street, Tullahoma, was arraigned on seven counts related to sales of methamphetamine. The charges are: possession with intent to sell Methamphetamine, being a convicted felon in possession of firearm, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, drug paraphernalia, attempting to evade arrest in a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license. 
  • Nicholas Todd Fortune, 40, homeless, was arraigned on two counts of possession with intent to sell Methamphetamine. 
  • Garrett Logan Morton, 34, Industrial Parkway, Shelbyville, was arraigned on two counts of possession with intent to sell Methamphetamine. 
  • Elijah Isaiah Ray, 21, Elm Street, Shelbyville, was arraigned on two counts of possession with intent to sell Methamphetamine and two counts possession with intent to sell schedule VI drugs. 

Sex with children 

  • Thomas Gordon Brown, 41, Barksdale Lane, Shelbyville was arraigned on a single count of aggravated sexual battery, a class B felony. He is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a young, teenage girl.
  • Murphy Allan Major, 30,BroomsageCircle, Unionville, was arraigned on a charge of rape of a child, a Class A felony.  
  • Geovany Aquino Galindo, 19, Smith Street, Shelbyville, was arraigned on a single count of statutory rape. 

Domestic assault 

  • IssacShuron Knott, 40, South Brittain Street, Shelbyville was arraigned on a single count of domestic assault. 


Antonio Lopez Juarez, 30, of Franklin was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 20 on a charge of first degree murder, but he does not speak English and an interpreter was not available. Juarez is accused of participating in the shooting death of one man and critically wounding another on Oct. 11, 2020 at a residence on Lower Halls Mill Road. 


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