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Woman’s body completely decayed in home

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The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office says a woman’s body was found inside of her apartment under a pile of clothes. 

Laronda Jolly was found dead on her bed in her RiverChase Apartment in East Nashville while the Sheriff’s office was there to serve an eviction notice for past rent payments. 

Her brother Anthony Jolly tells News4 “My niece said ‘Yes my momma’s body is upstairs in the bed.’ They went up, removed some of the clothing and uncovered a foot. And that’s when they told everybody back out.” 

Jolly said he had been trying to get in touch with his sister for months and had a welfare check completed, which turned up empty. 

“I started going down there, and my nieces and nephews would say ‘Well she’s asleep. You can’t see her right now’…I would say ‘Well all I want to do is see my sister. If I can just see her face I’ll be fine and I’ll leave you alone’,” said Jolly.  

He explained that he and his sister had a complicated relationship due to childhood trauma and he had to “love her from a distance” but he still wanted to stay in touch with her. 

Jolly said, “Last time I spoke with her was well over two years ago but every time I would call it was a bogus phone call, it wasn’t my sister.”  

He believes it may have been one of his nieces impersonating their mother. 

Laronda’s four children lived with her in the apartment, all whom have developmental disabilities. Metro Police say the oldest one is 30 and the other three are in their late 20s. The two middle children are twins.  

“They lied every time. They would not tell me the truth,” said Jolly. 

After authorities found Laronda’s body, Jolly said he wouldn’t go in and look at her but believes all that’s left is a skeleton. “For them to stay in that apartment with your own mother’s decaying body, I can’t understand it and I guess I never will understand it.” 

He’s now searching for answers about why they never called police when Laronda died but he said all his niece will say is “they was obeying their mother’s wishes to let me lay here. Don’t call anybody, just let me lay here. That’s what they told me but everything else they told me is a lie so you know I’m not sure if I believe that either.” 

Jolly also said he’s told by his niece that Laronda died in 2017, however Metro Police were told by the children that she may have died in 2018, and Jolly said a deputy told him Laronda has been dead for at least a year. 

“We want to know what happened to her. We want to know the cause of death if they can determine the cause of death,” said Jolly. 

Adult protective services have stepped in to help the four children, including Nashville Inner-city Ministry getting them in a hotel for the time being. 

Jolly plans on having his sister cremated and holding a memorial service for his sister but he doesn’t want the children there.  

“I don’t care what happens to them because I tried, I tried to talk to them. I tried to get them to tell me the truth. So, at this point, I don’t care where they go. They can be homeless for all I care. I know that’s hard but what they done to me is worse.” 

Jolly said he’ll miss his sister’s smile and laugh the most. “She was a person that once you met her, most people would just fall in love with my sister because she was just that kind of person. She could talk to anybody and talk about anything to anybody.” 

While the children haven’t explained what happened to Laronda, Metro Police say she may have suffered from seizures.  

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‘Fragile’ Texas energy grid comes back to life, steep challenges remain

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A “fragile” energy grid has fully returned to life for frigid Texans who have spent five days dealing with blackouts caused by a historic winter storm, but challenges in finding drinking water and dealing with downed power lines loomed on Friday.

All power plants in the state were once again functioning, but about 280,000 homes were still without power early Friday while 13 million people – nearly half of all Texans – have seen water services disrupted.

Ice that downed power lines during the week and other issues have linesman scrambling to hook all homes back up to power, while the state’s powerful oil and gas sector has looked for ways to renew production.

Hospitals in some hard-hit areas ran out of water and transferred patients elsewhere, while millions of people were ordered to boil water to make it safe for drinking. Water-treatment plants were knocked offline this week, potentially allowing harmful bacteria to proliferate.

Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official in Harris County, which encompasses Houston, said she was pleased with progress in the past 24 hours, but warned residents to brace for more hardship.

“The grid is still fragile,” she said, noting that cold weather would remain in the area for a few days, which would “put pressure on these power plants that have just come back on.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that all power-generating plants in the state were online as of Thursday afternoon. He urged lawmakers to pass legislation to ensure the energy grid was prepared for cold weather in the future.

“What happened this week to our fellow Texans is absolutely unacceptable and can never be replicated again,” Abbott told an afternoon news conference.

The governor lashed out at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a cooperative responsible for 90% of the state’s electricity, which he said had told officials before the storm that the grid was prepared for the cold weather.

The lack of power has cut off water supplies for millions, further strained hospitals’ ability to treat patients amid a pandemic, and isolated vulnerable communities, with frozen roads still impassable in parts of the state.

Nearly two dozen deaths have been attributed to the cold snap. Officials say they suspect many more people have died, but their bodies have not yet been discovered.
(Schneps Media)

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