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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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Monday, March 25, 2019

  • Fatal crash investigation continuing
  • Counterfeit currency, meth and heroin seized
  • Flooding assistance requested
  • DCS reviewing its pass policy
  • Search for identity of body continues
  • Search for identity of body continues

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • Herr Arrest
  • Jefferson County guilty pleas
  • Flooding leaves major damage
  • Governor Lee asks for disaster assistance
  • New request for information related to body

    Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Greene crash
  • Jobless rate sets record
  • Rain means lower electric bills
  • Ingle arrest
  • Bankruptcy may impact opioid lawsuits
  • Animal cruelty
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Douglas Lake body update

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • Ellison vindicated
  • Grassy Fork Elementary School is honored
  • Gardner sentenced to 12 years
  • TennCare blockgrants
  • TennCare blockgrants

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Cocke schools absenteeism
  • New Cave Church Road collision
  • Animals at large
  • Litter charge
  • Douglas arrest
  • Fish advisory
  • Fish advisory

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