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Friday, April 21, 2017

Cocke County fires
Cocke County firefighters were joined by the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department in battling a large cabin fire on Pepper Lane in Cosby, at 6 am on Thursday. Deputy Michael Shelton said the David Leonard Morris family was on vacation in Florida at the time of the blaze. When the officer arrioved on the scene he found the structure engulfed in flames, and then noticed a nearby outbuilding with the doors open and most of the contents missing. Mr. Morris was contacted and reported that a 2016 Cub Cadet had been stored in the building, along with tools. Officer Shelton found a padlock lying on the ground along with a key ring, which the resident said had been hanging on the wall inside the home when he left. Further investigation revealed two security cameras on the property. One of the cameras had been turned off and the memory card removed. The second, however was functional and showed two subjects taking many items from the home. "It is believed that the home was burglarized and emptied out, and the keys were used to gain entrance to the outbuilding and everything was taken from there. Then the home is believed to have been set on fire," Shelton said. Morris estimated the value of the cabin at $160,000, and other missing items in addition to the Cub Cadet are, a riding lawn mower, an air compressor, two TV's, miter saw and a 26-inch Tablet, leaving a total loss of $173,000. Firefighters responded to a mobile home fire Wednesday at 12:50 pm, on Whim Way in the Bybee community. Deputy Tony Bailey said the Cocke County Fire Department and the Centerview and Parrottsville Volunteer units responded to the Grace Bagby home at 12:50 pm. Although the flames were contained quickly, the $25,000 home was a total loss. Bagby and her family were at work when the blaze was observed. A neighbor, Linda Parks said she heard a loud explosion just before she observed the blaze. Detective Robert Thornton is currently investigating the cause of the blaze. At about 5 am today, Cocke County firefighters and deputies, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, responded to a tractor trailer fire on westbound I-40 near the 444 milemarker. Westbound traffic was stopped for thirty minutes until the blaze could be controlled. The rig reportedly was loaded with paper products.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Clarification
  • Finance Committee considers sheriff's budget
  • Newport Utilities Board
  • Update on Gatlinburg wildfires

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Funding for animal shelter tentatively approved.
  • Tressler arrest
  • Senate bill bad for Tennessee hospitals
  • Weekend activities in Parrottsville and Cosby
  • First Saturday

    Monday, June 26, 2017

  • Ramsey ruling overturned by Appeals panel
  • Terry Fine arrest
  • Rodriguez arrest
  • Tax changes come on Saturday
  • Gas prices take a dip

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Parrottsville to receive low-interest loan
  • Food and housing grant for Cocke County
  • May jobless numbers
  • Haslam to make job recruitment trip
  • TWRA on wildlife

    Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Healthcare bill
  • Monument vandalism
  • Brandt charged with aggravated assault
  • Nease charged with attempted jail escape
  • Newport couple charged with child abuse or neglect
  • Cocke County Corrections Partnership
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