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Monday, January 07, 2019

Pipe bomb arrests
Two men, including a Cocke County native, are in custody in Sevier County in connection with the recovery of pipe bombs and two handguns. At approximately 5:30pm on Friday, a Sevierville police officer stopped a Dodge Neon for an apparent window tint violation. The traffic stop was made at the Pilot gas station at the corner of Highway 66 and Boyds Creek Highway. Sevierville Police Chief Joseph Manning said during the traffic stop, the officer discovered a handgun and what appeared to be pipe bombs in the vehicle. Upon further investigation, three functioning pipe bombs and two semi-automatic handguns were discovered. Both persons in the vehicle were taken into custody. Zachary Cushman, 27, Sevierville and Kenneth Barnett, 42, Newport, were later charged with possession of prohibited weapons and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. Cushman was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and Barnett was charged additionally with a window tint violation. After the apparent pipe bombs were discovered, officers evacuated the Pilot gas station and closed a section of Boyds Creek Highway for public safety. The Sevier County Interagency Hazardous Devices Unit responded to the scene, along with an agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officers determined the pipe bombs were functioning explosive devices and they were rendered safe at the scene by the local and federal officers. Chief Manning said the incident remains under investigation. He expressed his appreciation to all of the agencies that responded and are continuing to assist in the investigation, including Sevierville Fire Department, Sevier County Ambulance Service and Sevier County Emergency Management Agency.


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