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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Jefferson Circuit pleas
A number of defendants recently were sentenced in Jefferson County Circuit Court after Judge Duane Slone accepted their guilty pleas. Heather Jo Johnson, 34, Hinchey Hollow Road, New Market pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault, two counts Evading Arrest and two counts Violation of the Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender Law. Judge Slone imposed a 12 year sentence, with Johnson eligible for parole after she has served 45 percent of the term. The defendant also will be required to make restitution. On January 6, Johnson was suspected of shoplifting at the Dollar General store on East Old AJ highway. As she exited the store and entered her vehicle, Johnson was approached by Jefferson City Officer Wesley Beckner. As the defendant tried to leave, the officer deployed his taser. The defendant knocked the weapon from the officer's hand and it landed on the front seat. As Johnson drove away, the officer was dragged a short distance. The suspect was pursued but she refused to stop for officers, and headed into Hamblen County with the $1,200 taser. Investigators say she was driving on a license which had been revoked for DUI. Two days later Johnson was spotted and pursued by Jefferson City officers along with troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Then as White Pine Patrol Officer Todd White tried to stop her, the defendant fled and as she rounded a curve she drove into the oncoming lane nearly colliding with an oncoming motorist. At that point the pursuit was discontinued. Johnson was taken into custody at a later date. Amanda Lee Cureton, 34, Centerview Street, Newport, pleaded guilty to the Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Sell and Deliver, as well as Possession of Clonazepam, Marijuana and Suboxone. Judge Slone gave Cureton an eight-year sentence, she was ordered to serve 150 days and the balance will be on probation. The defendant also will pay a $3,750 fine, make restitution and also undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. Cureton was arrested at a White Pine motel on charges of possession of Opana, methamphetamine, marijuana and suboxone, a handgun and drug paraphernalia. Then while in jail in September, the inmate was found to have hidden a quantity of methamphetamine in her navel, leading to the Introduction charge. Cody Logan McGowen, 25, Elmore Road, New Market, pleaded guilty to a charge of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. He was given an 18 year sentence, and was ordered to serve six months in jail, with the balance on probation. McGowen was ordered to undergo an alcohol/drug screen and submit to random drug screens. While in jail on May 19, the subject tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and marijuana. He had been in jail for nine months.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

  • Small fruit and nut seminar
  • Newport leaf pickup
  • Federal shutdown
  • Opioid Task Force
  • Tennessee sees a growing population
  • Radon Awareness month
  • 250K Tree Day

    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
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