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Carlie Trent is back home with her family, and she seems to be in pretty good spirits. She was playing with her pets and her little sister, and seems to be untouched by the past weeks' events. She and her family spoke with Local 8 News, and neither the crew nor Carlie's family have asked her what happened to her while she was with her abductor Gary Simpson. Her father James Trent says he is going to let her come to him when she feels like it. Carlie's physician, who had offered a reward for the recovery of Carlie, says he plans to sit down with the four men who helped find her and discuss how the money will be divided.
Funeral Services have been announced for former Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess of Crossville. The Family will receive friends on Monday, May 16th, 10am-2pm at the First United Methodist Church in Crossville. After visitation, the Funeral will be held at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church with burial to follow. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the House of Hope and Cumberland Hospice House. Please check the Funeral Notice page for more updates.
It is with a heavy heart today that we report the passing of our former leader, mentor, friend and Sheriff of Cumberland County Eucle “Butch” Burgess. “Butch”, as he was known to everyone by, served as the Sheriff of Cumberland County for 16 years and was known throughout the south for his love of kids and their well being. Butch touched the lives of so many people throughout his life. Known many years for his service at the Boys Club, he began molding young hearts for a better life. He was instrumental in drug awareness programs from D.A.R.E. to methamphetamine awareness and drug endangered children. Former Sheriff Burgess took office in September, 1998, and maintained his position until his retirement in September, 2014. Sheriff Burgess was instrumental in starting numerous programs to help better so many citizens in Cumberland County and was best known for his creation of the “House of Hope” for children in need due to drug and/or child abuse in their homes. Several officers and employees who served under Butch continue to actively serve now in various capacities within our department or other agencies throughout Tennessee allowing his legacy to continue to protect and serve. We are all thankful that Butch was apart of our lives and especially thankful for all that he did for our community and for helping each of us to reach our potential levels in our service. Sheriff Casey Cox then writes, “As I reflect back on my career, I want to personally thank Butch for his part in planting seeds of knowledge and wisdom that continue to help guide me in my service to the community as Sheriff. I see a bright future for our community as we continue to build on the legacy that Butch has left behind.”
Amber Alert suspect Gary Simpson is spending his 58th birthday under suicide watch in Hawkins County Jail because of his uncertain mental state. He is being held under a charge for especially aggravated kidnapping. He and his niece by marriage Carlie Trent were found Thursday afternoon on private property in Hawkins County after an 8 day-long search. Simpson's bond has been set at one million dollars, and he is set to appear in Hawkins County General Sessions Court Monday at 8:30 am. (Photo Courtesy WATE)
Previous Story: 9 year old Carlie Trent, who had been missing for 8 days from Rogersville, was found Thursday afternoon in Hawkins County with kidnapper Gary Simpson. Simpson is in custody, and is being held at Hawkins County Jail. Hawkins County residents Donnie Lawson and Stuart Franklin found them on their property, in an area that was only accessible by four-wheelers. They tied Simpson up with a belt and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived. Carlie appeared to be in good condition, but was taken to a hospital to be examined to be safe. It is unknown if Carlie and Simpson were at this location the endurance of their disappearance.
Former Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess passed away today due to complications with cancer. No funeral arrangements have been made at this time, updates will follow.
Butch Burgess served as Sheriff of Cumberland County for 16 years, and had many positive impacts on our community. He started House of Hope, which helps children who are removed from dangerous environments. He and his wife had also hosted over fifty foster children in their home. He will always be remembered as an outstanding community leader.