Woman arrested in moonshine case

by Wes Mayer

A woman was arrested as part of an investigation of a moonshine distillery recently discovered on Providence Church Road in Coweta County.

Allyson Bridget Owens McClendon, 50, is suspected of being involved in a moonshine still operation and was charged for the manufacturing, distribution, sale and use of alcohol on Sunday, said Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough. McClendon owns the property on 391 Providence Church Road where the distillery was discovered.

The moonshine distillery was found during the search for a missing 78-year-old woman, Eleanor Alexander, in late July. Coweta County Sheriff’s Office investigators John Curtis and Jason Fetner were the first to stumble upon it in the home’s backyard.

Nine marijuana plants were also discovered growing in pots around the yard. The investigators seized the still and the marijuana plants.

The main suspect at the time was William Reeves Chatham, 30, who apparently fled the area. According to Yarbrough, Chatham has not been located yet.

Chatham has warrants in Coweta for the possession and manufacture of marijuana and the manufacture of distilled spirits with the intent to distribute.



More Local

Marijuana possession charges

Evans Middle School chorus teacher resigns

By Celia Shortt celia@newnan.com Evans Middle School Chorus teacher Johnny Holloway resigned from the Coweta County School System on Monday ... Read More


County sets millage rates, ends old fire district tax

The Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to stop levying property taxes in the old Coweta County Fire Protection District, kno ... Read More


Animal control officers visit for annual conference

Last week, the Southeastern Animal Control Association held its training conference in Newnan, and more than 70 attendees visited from six d ... Read More


UWG Alumni

Send-off held for incoming Coweta freshmen

By Celia Shortt celia@newnan.com University of West Georgia Alumni and the Coweta Alumni Council held the second Coweta County Freshman Send ... Read More


Annexation approved

County does away with higher density zoning

Coweta County’s “RI-B” zoning district is no more. On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to remove th ... Read More

Woman rolls out of vehicle during turn

A woman fell out of a vehicle while it was in motion Tuesday and was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital with minor injuries. Around 12: ... Read More