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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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Monday, January 22, 2018

  • Small fruit and nut seminar
  • Newport leaf pickup
  • Federal shutdown
  • Opioid Task Force
  • Tennessee sees a growing population
  • Radon Awareness month
  • 250K Tree Day

    Saturday, January 20, 2018

  • Carpenter receives lengthy prison term
  • Jefferson Circuit guilty pleas
  • Smoking costs are high
  • Haslam appoints water committee
  • Newport Home grant

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • No school
  • Fine shooting incident
  • Tennessee lottery celebrating 14 years
  • Brooks backs off school vouchers
  • Southerland appointed to committees
  • Voting procedures in Tennessee are secure
  • Smoky Park camping fees to increase
  • Alzheimer research initiative announced

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • Cocke Juvenile Court
  • No Cocke County school
  • Closings
  • Weather update
  • Cocke Circuit arrest warrants issued
  • Abbott charged
  • Bond scam
  • TBI has been dipping into it's Rainy Day Fund.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • No Wednesday school in Cocke County
  • Please conserve power
  • EDC wants input
  • Cushman faces new charges
  • Gas prices
  • School closings
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