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  • ‘Miracle’ baby survives, thrives 16 years later

    Sixteen years ago, Scott and Carlola Foster welcomed their only child into the world.

    Perry Catherine, known as Perry Cate, was born a month early with multiple birth anomalies and wasn’t expected to live. Doctors told the couple to take her home and enjoy her, basically take her home to die.

    However, since the day she was born, Perry Cate’s life has been a miracle.

    Scott and Carlola weren’t supposed to be able to have children.

  • Sheriff’s wife proud of Young’s accomplishments, career

    From staff reports

    Retiring Sheriff Troy Young will be the first to point out that when he retires, his family is retiring, too.

    That includes his wife Benita, who has been a tireless advocate and partner who has stood by his side throughout his career.

    She has also sacrificed right along with him, from the constant worries shared by all police spouses to the long hours and constant demands on his time.

    Here, Benita shares her thoughts on being the sheriff’s wife.

    Question: What are your thoughts on Troy’s retirement?

  • ‘Honored to be a Young’

    From staff reports

    As retiring Sheriff Troy Young’s family grew, so did the support his office received.

    Regardless the program, his daughter-in-law Natalie Young is always on hand to help out.

    Following are her thoughts on the sheriff’s career and being a member of his family.

    “First, he was my neighbor.

    “Then, he was my DARE teacher.

    “After that, he was my Sheriff.

    “Lastly, he became my father-in-law.

    “Most importantly, he became my friend.

  • Sons recount memories of dad’s career

    From staff reports

    When Sheriff Troy Young announced his retirement earlier this month, one of the first things he was quick to point out that not only is he retiring, but his family is retiring, too.

    Young beams when discussing his triplet sons, Marcus, Martin and Myles, crediting their support and tireless help in transforming his office.

    From the annual DARE Fishing Derby, Shop With a Cop and Haunted House fundraisers, his sons played key roles in helping out wherever they could.

  • Jailer: Humor, dedication define sheriff’s career

    From staff reports

    Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark as known retiring Sheriff Troy Young throughout his entire career and jumped at the chance to share her memories — both funny and frightening — at having the chance to work with him.

    Below are her thoughts on Young’s career.

    “I have worked with Troy almost 25 years and knew him long before that.

    “He was best man at our wedding in 1993.

  • Evans ‘proud’ of Young’s career

    When former Sheriff Jim Evans decided to retire in 2005, there was no question in his mind who then-judge-executive Anthony Stratton should pick to re-place him.

    “I asked the judge to consider Troy when I finished my term,” said Evans. “We had a good working relationship and we worked very well together.”

    As is the case when people are asked to recount memories of being around or working the Young, Evans was quick with a funny story.

  • Loren: ‘I’d give my life for him’

    The business of being a police officer is a serious one, but ask anyone who ever worked around Sheriff Troy Young about his sense of humor and to a person they can tick off a list of funny stories — including some suitable for print.

    Carl Loren, a United States Marshal and longtime law enforcement officer in Woodford County, became lifelong friends with Young during the early years of the DARE program, when they attended a training class nearly 30 years ago.

    “We went to the second-ever DARE training class,” he said.

  • Proud of her ‘baby brother’

    From staff reports

    The following was submitted by Sheriff Troy Young’s sister, Rosanna Young Motley.

    “I’ll start by saying I have been blessed with two brothers that I love and respect very much.

    “Troy is my baby brother. We’ve always been close even after Tommy and I moved 1,100 miles away to Texas.

  • Brother says sheriff did family proud

    From staff reports

    Sheriff Troy Young’s brother Tony offered the following thoughts on his retirement.

    “On behalf of the Young family, we have always been very proud of Troy.

    “He was able to follow his dream in public service and serve as sheriff. With Troy, it’s always been about serving others. No matter what he was doing, he always put the citizens of Anderson County (especially the children) and his deputies first, it was never about him.

  • Young a ‘strong advocate for children’

    From staff reports

    Ask anyone and they’ll say that retiring Sheriff Troy Young went above and beyond in his effort to assist children, particularly through the DARE program.

    Anderson County Schools Superintendent Sheila Mitchell has seen those efforts first hand, and offers the following tribute to Young.