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Farmers arrested for growing pot, lose everything, not on their property October 28, 2007 6:31 AM

Chapter One

Our Arrest

June 23,1999 started out like any other early summer day on our farm in Hawkins County,

Tennessee, with a full slate of chores to be done. The first task of the day was to locate a new calf

that had been born a few days previous on the mountain of which I hadnít seen since a few

minutes after itís birth. The fact that our cattle were pastured on better than fifty acres, of which

half or better was brushy wooded area, made this no small task . Even domestic livestock like

cattle are very adept at hiding a baby given adequate terrain in which to do so .I had grown

increasingly concerned about the calf the last couple of day having not seen it, or much evidence

that it was depleting the milk itís new mother was producing. Coyoteís have started to be a

concern that canít be overlooked . Sheila , my wife, tells me Iím being an old mother hen that

experience should have taught me by now that the calf is merely hidden away and that the cow

will bring it out of hiding when she deems the time is right .I still can ill afford to lose a calf due

to negligence on my part, accidents happen. I started my search as soon as light was good enough

to see and at nine oíclock I had yet to see hide nor hair of the calf. I decided to get help. Andy, our

son, was home that mourning and his legs are young and can cover more of this steep, rough

ground than mine can and two set of eyes are better than one. When I came down off the mountain

that mourning Jackie Lee our neighbor was already tethering the hay we were to pick up off the

field when he baled it. In an hour or so the hay will have dried sufficiently for him to start the

bailer to running. We have a deal, Jackie and I , we pick the hay up off the field as soon as he

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