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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Brantley plea
On Wednesday, James Brantley, 61, of Bean Station, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer, to tax fraud, wire fraud, and employment of unauthorized illegal aliens. Brantley is the owner of Southeastern Provision, a slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant located in Bean Station. Brantley faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He agreed to pay restitution to the United States government in the total amount of $1,424,000. Beginning in 1988 and continuing through April, Brantley hired unauthorized aliens to work as employees at Southeastern Provision. The unauthorized aliens to reduce his tax obligations, unemployment insurance premiums, unemployment tax obligations, and workers’ compensation insurance premiums. In April a federal search warrant was executed at Southeastern Provision, during which agents discovered at least 104 unauthorized aliens employed there, the largest ICE raid in US history.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

  • Newport Planning Commission
  • Cocke County Planning Commission
  • Unfounded Jefferson school threat
  • House members "bribed" for votes
  • March jobless numbers
  • Senate voucher bill
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Cruise Against Cancer
  • Drug take back

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Martin sentence
  • Jefferson County pipe bomb
  • Wilson indictment
  • Jenkins arrest
  • Hooper portrait unveiling
  • Cocke County art contest winners

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • House approves voucher bill
  • Newport City Council special meeting
  • Newport Utilities
  • Drug take-back

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Six injured in crash
  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Cocke County grand jury
  • Legislative action

    Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Cocke County flooding
  • Tennessee jobs
  • NFL draft coming to Nashville
  • Earth Day
  • Sturgein release

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