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Friday, November 30, 2018

Loves Travel Center is progressing
The Newport/Cocke County Partnership and Economic Development Commission meeting Thursday, heard an update on recent economic development in the community. Partnership President Lucas Graham said plans are continuing for a Loves Travel Center at the 432 exit of I-40. "I think that will bring alot of new development opportunities. Just their anticipated truck traffic alone, 300 trucks per day at the low end, so that is alot of new traffic, not to mention the general passenger car, so I'm excited about that," he said. Another tourism project for Cosby and Hartford also is possible, two investment firms are looking at projects in the Hartford area, and both are using the same project manager. Manufacturing and distribution/warehousing projects also are looking to utilize existing buildings. Tourism Director Linda Lewanski said a National Geographic video heavily features Cocke county and it will be posted on the National Geographic website. Plans are coming together for a marketing plan which will target whitewater rafters, with the goal of promoting other venues in the community. Lewanski also reported that East Tennessee Artscapes has received a grant to offer classes aimed at those who are considering a new business startup. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lynn Ramsey intr5oduced Jennifer Ellison as a new addition to the chamber office. A number of Shop Local campaigns are underway including Pixie who will be featured in local businesses for selfies, with visitors qualifying to win a box of goodies for the holidays. Ramsey also reported that the city's Christmas parade on Dec. 8 will be broadcast live on the chamber's Facebook page.

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Saturday, December 08, 2018

  • Friday evening hit and run in Cocke County
  • Friday evening hit and run in Cocke County
  • Pedestrian struck on West Broadway in Newport
  • Jefferson County carjacking

    Friday, December 07, 2018

  • Shots fired at Hamblen officer
  • Jail and justice center options
  • Inmates charged with assault
  • Alexander lauds Corker

    Thursday, December 06, 2018

  • TennCare fraud is alleged
  • Couple arrested in Evans assault
  • Judge Carter Moore hears pleas
  • King arrest
  • Pennington found competent
  • Tennessee attorneys provide more free service
  • New laws effective January 1

    Tuesday, December 04, 2018

  • Newport swearing-in
  • Victim remembrance
  • Life insurance benefits
  • Senate Republicans

    Monday, December 03, 2018

  • President George H.W. Bush dead at 94
  • Tennessee musicians laud President Bush
  • Republicans want to change Tennessee election rules
  • Smokies fatality

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