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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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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

    Monday, January 15, 2018

  • No school in Cocke County
  • Arrowood arrest
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Valentine is the new rescue squad Capyain
  • Family of four die in West Tennessee home fire
  • 250K Tree Day in Tennessee
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