time together. James took his son, 11, to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School football and baseball games. Teresa threw large birthday parties for the kids and the family would have friends over for cookouts almost every weekend.
“It seemed like they were fine until the last three years,” said an anonymous source.
Family friends noticed a change in the Kohnles. They began to seem constantly “on edge.”
James Kohnle contracted lyme disease a little less than two years ago. After that he couldn’t work as much in his chiropractic office in Dalton, where his wife worked as a masseuse. And when he did have energy, he spent it working rather than laughing, playing and throwing parties with his family, one friend said.
“Sometimes (Teresa) would just break down and cry,” they said. “She had to work overtime, keep up the bills and be a parent to her children, who had baseball and cheerleading practices to get to. I know there had to be a ton of stress on her.”
With Teresa in jail, the Kohnle children are staying with a family that was close to their parents, a family that might be asking the Department of Family and Children Services for temporary custody.
“They’re in good hands,” said the anonymous source. “She’s a good woman.”
The family the children are staying with also has two kids close in age to the Kohnles.
“But it’s going to get harder before it gets easier,” said the source.
Two of James Kohnle’s brothers have also shown support for Teresa.
“I don’t know anyone who disliked her. She is very loving, very friendly,” said an anonymous source. “Her friends feel like it’s not fair, like she won’t get a fair trial here. They want the case moved out of Catoosa County.”
In a news conference the day after Teresa Kohnle’s arrest, Summers said, "Arson definitely did occur, and she was involved in the arson.”