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Multiple fundraisers being held to help with funeral expenses of local student

Two different fundraisers are being held to help with the funeral expenses of Gordon Central High School freshman Molly Jones, 16, of Resaca, who died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

A group of student leaders at Gordon Central has organized a Spaghetti Dinner benefit in Jones' name on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Gordon Central High School cafeteria. The dinner consists of spaghetti, salad, bread and desserts. Plates are $7 each and those wishing to help out can get to-go orders or dine in the cafeteria. Donations are also being accepted at this fundraiser to assist with funeral expenses. Anyone interested in purchasing an advanced ticket for a plate can do so at Gordon Central High School, located at 335 Warrior Path NE in Calhoun.

A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up to help with final expenses, with a goal of raising $15,000. The fundraiser can be found at gofundme.com; search for "Molly Jones - Boone Ford Rd Tragedy."

According to the Georgia State Patrol, around 8:55 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2017, a 1987 Nissan pickup truck, that Jones was the passenger in, was traveling west on Boone Ford Road just west of Allen Loop and lost control, leaving the roadway on the south side and striking several trees on the passenger side. Even though she was wearing a seatbelt, Jones was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to Gordon Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) performed a follow-up investigation of the accident; those results are pending.


Blood drive in honor of Garrett Jordan to be held Dec. 11

A blood drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 in the fellowship hall of Crane Eater Community Church in honor of Garrett Jordan, the Calhoun High School 10th grader who's been battling Lymphoblastic Lymphoma T Cell since January 2017. The blood drive, hosted by the American Red Cross, will be held from 2 - 7 p.m. that day.

Jordan, who recently turned 16, visited several doctors in late 2016 and early 2017 due to breathing problems, believing he had a flare-up of the asthma he'd suffered when he was younger. In late January, Jordan's mom, Sarah Brown, was frustrated because they were not getting answers to why her son was not getting better, and took him to Floyd Medical Center, where doctors found a large mass sitting on Garrett's windpipe and a major artery. Jordan was then transported to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. for additional testing. On Jan. 29, 2017, Jordan was diagnosed as having Lymphoblastic Lymphoma T-Cell. Doctors told Brown the mass was the size of a baseball, and chemotherapy treatment began immediately.

Lymphoblastic Lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that mainly affects children and teenagers. It is similar to a condition called acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Lymphoma starts when white blood cells, called lymphocytes, become abnormal and grow in an uncontrolled way.

Jordan is now being treated at Scottish Rite in the Aflac Cancer Units. So far, Jordan has received 34 units of blood during his treatment. He has started his second round of chemotherapy, which consists of 10 different chemo medicines. This round will last until February 2018.

"Please come out and donate so that we can ensure there is an adequate blood supply for patients like Garrett throughout the holidays," said Brown.

All presenting donors will receive a gift and a Chick-fil-A coupon.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code "craneeater."


Sheriff's Office releases additional details into the Nov. 21 domestic shooting in Sonoraville community

Sheriff Mitch Ralston released additional details earlier this week on a domestic disturbance on Tuesday, Nov. 21 that resulted in a man being life flighted due to multiple gun shot wounds.

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, deputies responded to a residence on Bud Hardy Road in the Sonoraville community in response to a shooting. According to Ralston, deputies were on the scene within minutes and quickly apprehended a female suspect in the shooting.

Deputies found a male who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds; he was immediately removed by ground ambulance and then flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for treatment.

Detectives have spent the last couple of weeks conducting a thorough investigation into the incident, interviewing multiple witnesses and collecting evidence, including the weapon used during the dispute.

Ralston said that the investigation has revealed that the "primary aggressor" during the domestic incident was William F. Crocker, 62, of 207 Bud Hardy Road. Ralston said he had been hospitalized for several days after the incident, and that on Friday, Dec. 1, he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault/Family Violence Act. Crocker was released on bond shortly after.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the case has been forwarded to the District Attorney's office for prosecution.