Shanda Sherell ID’d As Missing TN Woman After Wednesday Night Memphis Van Abduction

SHELBY COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Memphis police are asking the public’s help in locating Shanda Sherell, who they say went missing in Shelby County Wednesday after a possible abduction.

Sherell, 41, was forced to get into a white van against her will, according to law enforcement officials on Wednesday night in Memphis.

The Memphis Police Department say, Sherell was last seen on Lamar Avenue near American Way in Memphis around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.

Sherell is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall last seen wearing a gray jean dress and white shoes.

Police are not releasing many details but they say two men were in the van.

If you see her, call 901-545-2677.


Geo quick facts: Shelby County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 927,644. It is the state’s largest county both in terms of population and geographic area. Its county seat is Memphis, a port on the Mississippi River and the second most populous city in Tennessee – Wikipedia.

MI Women Josey Gale, Starr Majors & Cole Hafer ID’d As Victims In Monday TN Triple-Fatal Crash

COCKE COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Josey Gale, of Vassar, Michigan, Starr Majors, of Otter Lake, Michigan and Cole Hafer, of Vassar, Michigan, have been identified as the victims in the triple-fatal vehicle crash in Cocke County, Tennessee Monday night.

Gale and Hafer, both 28, and 26-year-old Majors, were all killed in a Monday night Interstate 40 two-vehicle crash near Hartford, Tennessee.

According to reports, Gale was operating a Ford Focus on I-40 near Newport, when for unknown reason, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes around 11:30 Monday. The vehicle then came into head-on contact with a Toyota Tundra, operated by 18-year-old Isaiah Rathbone, of Penrose, North Carolina.

Rathbone and his passenger, Michael Smithers, 21, suffered unknown injuries in the crash.

The three women in the Ford were pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. previously identified one of the victims as “Kay-Cie Hafer,” although that was the victim’s legal name, it has since come to our attention she was actually a transgender individual who went by the name “Cole Hafer.”


Geo quick facts: Cocke County is a county on the eastern border of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,662. Its county seat is Newport. Cocke County comprises the Newport, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, Tennessee Combined Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

TN Teen Sophie Gourley ID’d As Victim In Bristol Fatal Wednesday Night Single-Vehicle Crash

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Sophie Gourley has been identified as the victim in a fatal single-vehicle crash in Sullivan County, Tennessee Wednesday night, according to reports.

Gourley, 18, died after being involved a single-vehicle crash Wednesday night near Bristol, according to officials with Tennessee Highway Patrol.

THP reports, three people occupied a Chrysler Mini Cooper, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway near the intersection of Beidleman Creek Road and Hickory Tree Road around 8 p.m. Wednesday, in Sullivan County.

The vehicle then struck a grouping of trees before rolling over multiple times. It came to a rest after again striking a tree.

Gourley wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, reports WJHL.

Two passengers suffered unknown injuries in the violent crash and were transported to area hospitals, according to the FHP report.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Sullivan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 156,823. Its county seat is Blountville – Wikipedia.

TN Man George Goodloe ID’d As Victim In Sunday Morning Fatal Nashville Motorcycle Crash

NASHVILLE, TN. (THECOUNT) — George Lewis-Goodloe has been identified as the Nashville man killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning on Interstate 24.

Goodloe, 25, died after the motorcycle he was operating crashed around 4:15 a.m. near exit 52 at the I-24/I-440 split in South Nashville on Sunday.

Goodloe was traveling on a Honda motorcycle on I-24 when, according to a witness, he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and struck a rock wall.

A portion of Interstate 24 East was shut down early Sunday morning after the deadly motorcycle crash, reports WKRN.

Goodloe was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Police said there was no evidence of drug or alcohol use at the scene.

According to social media, Goodloe was a E-4/Specialist at Army National Guard.

Family members and friends took to Facebook to remember the beloved man:

Geo quick facts: Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and home to Vanderbilt University. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer’s life – wikipedia.

Jenny Kirkland Co-Founder TN Discovery Park of America Passes Away

UNION CITY, TN. (THECOUNT) — The co-founder of Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee, Jenny Kirkland, has passed away following a brief battle with cancer, a park official confirmed Monday. She was 76.

Jenny co-founded the park along with her husband, entrepreneur Robert Kirkland, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 77. He was best known for co-founding a Kirkland’s chain of home decor stores.

Mary Bondurant with Discovery Park of America confirmed 76-year-old Kirkland’s death with Local 6. An obituary written for her says she passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are being handled by White-Ranson Funeral Home, reports WPSDLocal6.

The Kirklands donated more than $142 million to create the 50-acre heritage park, and Jenny Kirkland was president of the park’s principle funder — the Robert E. & Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation — until her death. The nonprofit, educational park and museum includes exhibits on nature, science, technology, history, art and more.

A visitation ceremony is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Union City, where she was a longtime member. A funeral service will follow the visitation at the church.

The Discovery Park of America is located at, 830 Everett Blvd, in Union City, TN.

Geo quick facts: Union City is a city located in Obion County, Tennessee, United States. The 2010 census reported the population of the town as 10,895. Union City is the principal city of the surrounding micropolitan area, which includes Obion County and Fulton County, Kentucky – Wikipedia.

TN Man Samuel Charles Talbott ID’d As Victim In Monday Pigeon Forge Police-Involved Shooting

PIGEON FORGE, TN. (THECOUNT) — Samuel Charles Talbott has been identified as the victim in a deadly police-involved shooting in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Monday.

“Sammy” Talbott, 42, allegedly displayed a knife and grabbed an individual as deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a residence in Pigeon Forge on Monday.

Negotiators attempted to get the suspect to exit the home peacefully but eventually fired one shot fatally striking Talbott.

According to a release from the Pigeon Forge Police Department, officers were attempting to serve the warrant around 10:30 a.m. Monday in the 2800 block of Suncrest Drive. When confronted, Talbott revealed a knife and grabbed another individual who was inside the residence, reports WKRN.

Talbott was shot once and pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries.

No other injuries occurred during the incident.

It is unclear if the involved officers were placed on leave pending results of the investigation, as is standard protocol.

Geo quick facts: Pigeon Forge, a mountain town and vacation area in eastern Tennessee, is the home of Dollywood, country singer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed park consisting of rides, an adjoining water park and a museum of her costumes and memorabilia. The city’s other attractions include country music revues like the Smoky Mountain Opry, dinner theaters such as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and outlet malls – wikipedia.

Beloved TN EMS Donnie Surber ID’d As Victim In Thursday Fatal Head-On Chapman Highway Crash

KNOXVILLE, TN. (THECOUNT) — Donnie Lee Surber, of Seymour, Tennessee, has been identified as the veteran Tennessee paramedic killed in head-on collision along Chapman Highway early Thursday. Charged are pending in the crash.

Surber, 48, died following a crash caused by an oncoming car, driven by 28-year-old Isaac John Lynn, who crossed centerlines and struck his southbound Toyota Sequoia SUV near Tipton Station Road in South Knox County shortly after 4 a.m., according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report.

Surber was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

A crash report noted the victim was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the violent collision.

Lynn, of Rockford, Tennessee, had to be extricated from his vehicle by emergency responders, according to the report.

He was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available Friday, reports KnoxNews.

The investigating trooper found evidence Lynn was under the influence of alcohol and an unspecified drug at the time of the crash, the report states.

Surber had more than 20 years of experience with various emergency services agencies across the region, including work as a flight paramedic with Air Evac Lifeteam 88, based in Harlan, Kentucky. More recently, he served on a part-time basis with Sevier County EMS.

Geo quick facts: Seymour is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Blount and Sevier counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The CDP population was 10,919 at the 2010 U.S. census. It is included in the Knoxville, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

TN Man Michael Taylor ID’d As Victim In Thursday Fatal South Knoxville Single-Vehicle Crash

KNOX COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Michael Leroy Taylor, of Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, has been identified as the victim of a fatal single-vehicle crash in South Knox County Thursday evening.

Taylor, 57, was traveling in a vehicle on Tarklin Valley Road Thursday afternoon before 6 p.m., when for unknown reasons, it crossed centerlines and exited the roadway.

The vehicle, driven by Robert Finchum, then rolled over.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded and found the vehicle upside down.

Taylor was pronounced dead a the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Two others unidentified individuals were injured in the violent crash.

Their conditions were not provided by officials.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly incident may contact police at 911.

Geo quick facts: Knox County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 432,226, making it the third-most populous county in Tennessee, and the 153rd-most populous county or county-equivalent in the nation. Its county seat is Knoxville, the third-most populous city in Tennessee – Wikipedia.

AR Man Basha Thomas ID’d As Victim Found Fatally Shot In West Memphis Vehicle Sunday Morning

WEST MEMPHIS, AR. (THECOUNT) — Basha Thomas, of West Memphis, has been identified as the victim discovered suffering from fatal gunshot injuries while seated in a vehicle in West Memphis, Arkansas on Sunday morning.

Thomas, 24, was found shot and killed while sitting in a car in West Memphis, Arkansas, after shots were fired in the 2900 block of East Jackson Avenue, near S Loop Dr, in West Memphis, AR, around 6 a.m. Sunday Morning.

Officials responded to a call of shots fire and arrived to find the victim shot and killed while seated in a vehicle, reports Fox13Memphis.

No suspect or motive information was immediately provided by officials.

West Memphis Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to break the sad news:

According to social media, Thomas attended ASU Mid-South and West Memphis High School. He was originally from Memphis, Tennessee.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly incident should contact police at 911.

Geo quick facts: West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 26,245 at the 2010 census, ranking it as the state’s 18th largest city, behind Bella Vista. It is part of the Memphis metropolitan area, and is located directly across the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee – Wikipedia.

FL Man Terry Lynn Skinner ID’d As Victim In Thursday Night AL Crash

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL. (THECOUNT) — Terry Lynn Skinner, of Molino, Florida, has been identified as the victim in a single-vehicle crash in Robertsdale, Alabama, Thursday evening.

Skinner, 51, was the single occupant operating a Chevy 2500 pickup truck near Thunder Road and Old Pensacola Rd Thursday after 5 p.m., when for unknown reasons, crossed centerlines, exited the roadway and struck a tree.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force injuries consistent with the violent crash.

A crash report noted Skinner was wearing a seatbelt.

Alabama State Troopers say they are still investigating to find the cause in the fatal wreck.

Anyone with possible information on the crash should contact police at 911.

Geo quick facts: Robertsdale is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 5,276. It is part of the Daphne–Fairhope–Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.