• After seven years as a detention officer, Valerie Auberry knows the DO's have to be watching a lot because the inmates are "always watching to see where we're at so they don't get caught." Here, she keeps an eye on the inmates from the control tower. Photo by BEN KATZ

The January 10 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out ... Sheriff seeks raise for jail officers, Tri-County changes lives and more

   Murphy – Cherokee County commissioners told the crowd they expected to take no action after a closed session, which is usually their way of saying you can go home without missing anything.
   But there they were at the Jan. 2 meeting, waiting in the second-floor hallway of the Cherokee County Courthouse downtown. It was the entire off-duty portion of the Cherokee County Detention Center staff, waiting to see the result of a closed-door meeting between county commissioners, Sheriff Derrick Palmer and Capt. Mark Patterson.
   “We have each others’ backs,” said one jail staffer, who explained succinctly why they were there.
   Palmer emerged from the meeting to explain that he was lobbying for a $1.46 raise for his detention officers. The commissioners later closed the meeting without making a decision, but the officers did not leave until some kind of word was given.
   For more on this story, click here.

   Other headlines in the Cherokee Scout this week:
   * Tri-County Community College has changed many lives
   * Firefighters defend efforts at local home
   * Young waitress makes daring move to stop potential robber
   * WEB EXCLUSIVE: Murphy thanks Payne for service, pays extra for primary
   * Murphy Bulldogs keep winning on the hardwood

   For the full e-edition, click here.