Home   |  Staff   |  Local News   |  Area Events   |  Birthdays   |  Photos   |  Contact Us   |  Employment
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.

Return to Today's News Stories - Front Page

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • Cocke County Grand Jury
  • Road rage

    Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Newport leaf pickup
  • September jobless in Tennessee
  • Newport attorney under investigation
  • Cocke County Partnership update

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • Gass appointment
  • Johnson arrest
  • Gruntzel arrest
  • Campbell jailed
  • Stewart stabbed, Ray is charged
  • Paint The Town Pink
  • Bump stock legislation
  • Mobile Job Center

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Water leak
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • US Senate seat
  • Earthquake awareness
  • National Energy Awareness
  • Emergency responders
  • Alexander on healthcare fix
  • Incredible Tiny Homes

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

  • Bull Rider Noah Thompson
  • Cocke Legislative Body
  • Bob Self obit
  • Cocke County CLB
  • Cocke County Jail vandalism
  • Judge candidates headed to Nashville
  • Phil Fulmer in Newport

    Home  |  Staff  |  Photos  |  Local News  |  Contact Us  |  Employment

    © 2007 92.3 WNPC - Bristol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
    All Rights Reserved