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Saturday, June 17, 2017

NU votes to offer Internet and auxillary services
During a special called meeting Friday, the Board of Directors of Newport Utilities(NU) gave its final approval to the authorization of additional services to include video, Internet, and related offerings. The approval followed the positive comments received during a public hearing held June 1. The approval by the Board brings NU one step closer to being able to implement a fiber-optic Electric Smart Grid network. The infrastructure, which includes fiber to electric meters, will "improve operational efficiency for the utility, reduce peak power demand, lower operating costs, decrease power outage restoration time, increase reliability, enable advances in Automatic Metering applications, and build the platform necessary to offer energy efficiency programs", according to General Manager Glenn Ray. In to benefiting the utility itself, the Smart Grid will allow NU to provide citizens in its service area access to affordable, reliable high-capacity broadband services, including service to many areas that currently have no available Internet. The Newport City Council will meet to consider the Board’s request for approval of the additional services on June 20. A full roll-out of the service is expected to take several years.

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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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