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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fontes unveils a new jail investigation
In a weekend release, Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said he worked a 22 hour shift in the Cocke County Jail last week, "because of yet another investigation into correction officers conduct". The sheriff says he recently fired two more jailers for smuggling methamphetamine into the jail which was already seriously understaffed. "Criminal charges against these two jailers and inmates involved will be coming. I want the public to know I am beyond frustrated with people who are interviewed, pass background checks, pass drug tests, have good references, and decide to do illegal stuff in the jail for easy money. I so badly want our inmates drug free and these people who are put into positions of trust and authority are taking advantage of inmates addictions. Their conduct is worse than the inmates," the sheriff said. And he added, "My honest jailers, are overworked, stressed, and simply exhausted as I am. I'm pulling officers from the street to work in the jail and this is putting a strain on my patrol division. my administrator Bob Hogan is doing a great job cleaning up the facility but WE NEED HONEST PEOPLE TO WORK IN OUR JAIL." Contacted by the NewsSource, Sheriff Fontes declined to provide more detail on the firings saying the investigation into the alleged infraction is continuing.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

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  • Saturday fatal crash
  • Faison on improving teachers
  • Tennessee Senate action
  • TVA rate modification
  • TBI probing Sevier fatal fire
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  • ElderWatch meeting

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