Campus mourns student’s death

Jackson Newton

Junior Jackson Newton died from injuries sustained in an ATV wreck early Sept. 16.

Lauderdale County Deputy Coroner Mike Bishop pronounced Newton dead on the scene.

Lieutenant Brad Potts said the cause of the accident is still under investigation through the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s office.

“The case is still being openly investigated,” Potts said. “The case will be presented to a grand jury to determine if any charges will be made against the driver of the ATV.”

The accident occurred in a field near Lauderdale County Road 86 and Lauderdale County Road 97 in Rogersville.

Newton grew up in Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 2015. He was 20 years old.

He umpired for local Dixie Youth baseball games.

Junior Jacob Cole said he grew up with Newton for 20 years.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do next,” Cole said.

Junior Danna Brewer said she is grieving, but her faith reminds her she will see her friend again.

“It really makes you think and put your own life into perspective when you see people who are just as young and full of life as you lose theirs too quickly,” Brewer said in a Facebook post. “We are never promised tomorrow, and that is something that is so hard to realize at 20.”

Lexington High School students wore purple Sept. 18 to symbolize community strength and show support for Newton’s family during this time.

Junior Abbi Brown said he was one of her first friends when she moved to Lexington High School.

“I feel like my world is crumbling without you here,” Brown said.

His Facebook page is now memorialized through Facebook Legacy so his friends and family can share their memories of him.

For information on the funeral, contact Loretto Memorial Chapel.

Stick with The Flor-Ala for updates on the investigation.

Editor’s Note: Jacob Cole is the Sports Editor for The Flor-Ala.