Copeland killed in accident

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Illya Copeland, the executive director of the Industrial Authority of Murray County, was killed on Friday in a single-vehicle accident on Fort Mountain.

Copeland, who had been directing industial development activities here since 2017, died after wrecking his motorcycle.

"He is going to be missed," said Murray County Commissioner Greg Hogan. "Illya did a lot of good things for Murray County."

Copeland served with several other organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce where he volunteered to take on the role of director an interim basis before the chamber board hired current president and CEO, Nicole Densmore.

"Illya tried to help everybody," Hogan said. "He volunteered for about everything. He  was a good guy."

See the Times on Wednesday for an in-depth story.

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