Monteagle, Tenn. – The Monteagle Police Department, in conjunction with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, has been burning the midnight oil over the past few days in an effort to curb the influx of dangerous drugs. Tony Gilliam, Monteagle’s Vice Mayor spoke with Marion County News regarding the progress of ongoing investigations.
“We had some outstanding officers who have been working tirelessly through the night following these leads,” Gilliam said. “Specifically, Chief of Police Jack Hill, Assistant Chief Jared Nunley and officer Gus Raby have been chasing leads all night,” Gilliam continued, “And we’ve got information that, although there was an overdose fatality, these officers in addition to Grundy County Sheriff’s Office deputies Larry Sims and Billy Harris, have also saved two people with by administrating NARCAN for two people who were also part of the investigation.”
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum confirmed that there is an ongoing investigating originating from this series of events, but deflected divulging more details citing not wanting to hinder the investigation. Shortly after, the GCSO issued the following release:
Overnight the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Monteagle Police Department with three overdose investigations. One of those overdoses was fatal. Sheriff Clint Shrum confirmed investigators were called around 6:00 pm to Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee after a 26-year-old unresponsive female was brought there by private vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Investigators quickly determined the overdose occurred in Monteagle and began assisting Monteagle Police Department. During the investigation, and within a five-hour span, two more overdoses were reported. Narcan was administered to both. One was airlifted to an area hospital. Investigators also identified two other potential users and administered Narcan for precautionary measures. Arrested as a result of the investigation was Charles Hollon (64), of Monteagle. Hollon was charged with possession of schedule II, schedule IV and schedule V. and transported to the Marion County Jail. Hollon has not yet been charged with the death of the 26-year-old victim. “Losing another person to an overdose is heartbreaking. Had it not been for the quick actions of law enforcement personnel from both agencies, last night would have been much more deadly. Both the Sheriff’s Office and Monteagle Police Department are working with the District Attorney’s Office to ensure those involved are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” The decedent has been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville for an autopsy. Her name is being withheld pending proper notification. This is an ongoing investigation.