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Families Assess Cemetery Gravestone Damage

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by Chris Conte

SPARTA, Tenn. - Officials are hoping to catch the vandals who caused thousands of dollars in damages to gravestones in a White County cemetery.

"You would think it'd be some place people would respect," says Betty Demps whose husband is buried at the Cherry Creek Cemetery in Sparta.

Officials say 70 monuments in Cherry Creek Cemetery were either broken, or shoved off their bases last weekend. Some of the headstones damages were over 100 years old and more than likely can't be replaced.

"Just heartbreaking, I couldn't put it into words to describe it," she says.

Officials with the White County Sheriff's Department said they have found some evidence at the scene and are working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation but so far have made no arrests.

"For someone to just come out here and attack them in a way is just indescribably cowardice," says Detective Chris Isom with the White County Sheriff's Department.

Some headstones weigh over 100lbs. which is why Isom believes there was more than one person who attacked the cemetery.

"I don't think that when people put these out here they thought this sort of thing would happen," he adds.

Anyone with information that could help authorities is asked to call the White County Sheriff's Department at 931-836-2700.

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