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Monday, October 09, 2017

Newport Harvest Street Festival
The weekend started out wonderful for the Newport Harvest Street Festival but by Sunday afternoon the 130 food and crafts vendors were drenched. Lynn Ramsey of the sponsoring Cocke County Partnership Chamber of Commerce said the Saturday turnout was a record breaker for the annual downtown festival. The big draw for young and old alike was Charles the Pig a survivor of last years Sevier County wildfires. Charles is featured in a book with his "hoofgraph" as well as a limited edition print. The proceeds are earmarked for helping the pig's family rebuild their home. Rob Holmes said he and his wife Amy were not immediately aware of the fires, the evening of the incident in late November of last year. They were at home when winds knocked down trees and powerlines onto their driveway. Their cars were trapped when he called the power company. "They asked if I was still in my house, they said the fire is coming at 50 miles per hour. I told them my driveway was blocked but they said 'we're not coming', so we ran down the mountainside, and found a motorist we could ride with." The family had to leave Charles behind. Weighing 204 pounds, he burrowed into the ground to gain protection from the heat and flames. Although seriously injured Charles survived and was treated at the UT Veterinary Hospital for three weeks. Holmes said an anonymous donor paid the hospital bill of more than $40,000. Holmes said the marketing with Charles has been a success. Initially, the family was $180,000 behind in re-building their home because they had no insurance. Now they have raised $110,000 toward the reconstruction.


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Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • Appropriations Committee considers the Farm Bill
  • Lots of new jobs in Tennessee
  • Cocke County man injured in dog attack
  • Jefferson crash injures three
  • THP beefs up enforcement

    Friday, May 25, 2018

  • Traffic...........Traffic
  • Indecent exposure arrests
  • Smokies lawsuit
  • April jobless numbers
  • Auto import tarriffs
  • Reward in Sevierville pedestrian death

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • Smelly South Highway 321
  • Hemp licenses available
  • Holiday travel

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  • Shelton pursuit and arrest
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Newport Planning Commission
  • Seat belts may be required on school buses

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

  • Cocke Legislative Body
  • Memorial Day boating
  • NAFTA and tarriffs
  • Wallace in Newport on Saturday
  • Corker turns down ambassadorship
  • Immigration
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