|Barnes is victim of Thursday crash|
A Cocke County man died Thursday afternoon in a two vehicle head-on collision, on Highway 25/70, east of Newport. Lt. Richard Garrison of the Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the victim of the 2 pm crash as Homer Barnes, 45, Newport. The incident occurred near the entrance to the Bridgeport Market, near the Edwina/Bridgeport Road intersection. According to the report by Trooper Ronnie Hall, Barnes was eastbound in a 2004 Dodge Neon, when he applied his brakes and began to skid. His car struck the westbound 2005 Buick operated by Barry Mantooth, 53 of Newport. Mantooth and Sue Mantooth, 53 were flown by medical helicopter to the UT Medical Center. Their conditions were not available this morning. Also injured was Jeremy Mantooth, 31 of Newport. The occupants were wearing their seat belts.