2016 brought a lot of firsts for Newton County; however, on Nov. 15 the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) had a first it never wanted. One of Newton County’s own became the first sheriff’s deputy to lose his life in the line of duty. NCSO Deputy Justin White was on his way to an emergency call Oct. 30 when he was involved in a single-vehicle car crash. After the crash, he was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he remained in intensive car and later succumbed to his injuries.
In a gesture to remember White, the BOC approved naming a portion of Highway 162 to Deputy Justin White Memorial Highway.