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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cocke Circuit Court
In Cocke County Circuit Court this week, Judge Carter Moore imposed a sentence in the case of Matthew Antonio Stewart, who earlier had entered a plea to a charge of aggravated statutory rape. In July, 2017, Stewart,32, Merkler Way, Newport, became involved with a 16 year-old female he met on a social media site. The girl provided a dote of birth which indicated she was not a minor. Judge Moore had previously accepted a plea to the charge, and imposed a four year sentence, but scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to determine how the sentence should be served. Asst. Prosecutor Mark Strange read a statement in which the girl said she was given alcohol "and was used for sex." She went on to say she has suffered from the impact of the sexual relationship including the fear of being alone. Strange asked the court to order the defendant to serve the sentence, saying that is the wish of the victim. But Defense Attorney Barry Valentine pointed out that the victim had an on-line profile which portrayed her as a 21 years-old. The attorney added that the defendant does not have issues with drugs or alcohol, has a full-time job and has a supportive family. "This was aberrant behavior for Mr. Stewart," he told the court. The defendant also gave a statement in which he expressed remorse for the incident. The court ordered the defendant to serve a 45 day term in jail with the balance of the sentence on probation. Valentine then announced he will appeal the decision, and Stewart remains free on bond. Judge Moore also accepted guilty pleas from several defendants. Bradley Gag Ramsey, 27, Old Newport Highway, Dandridge pleaded guilty to three counts aggravated burglary, three counts theft over $1,000 and vandalism over $1,000. he was ordered to serve a five year sentence, make restitution of $5,200 and is restrained from the victims and their properties. Derrick Robinson, 30, Travis Way, Newport pleaded guilty to two counts theft over $1,000 and failure to0 appear for a court hearing. The court ordered Robinson to serve one year of a four year sentence with the balance on supervised probation. He also will make restitution. Andrew Loveday, 31, Oak Ridge entered pleas to resolve his eight pending cases. He entered pleas to two counts burglary of a building, six counts theft, two counts aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, failure to render aid, fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts failure to appear for a court hearing and driving on a revoked license. The charges stemmed from burglaries involving Cocke County Parks and Recreation and Cosby Church of God, and the assault of Christine Fish. Loveday was given a five year sentence, will serve one year in jail and attend a drug rehabilitation program. Eric Campbell, 44, Humane Way, Newport, entered guilty pleas to two counts theft over $2,500 and theft over $1,000. He was ordered to serve four years on supervised probation and make restitution of more than $11,000.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

  • Wilson charges are certified
  • Gardner convicted of aggravated sexual battery of a child
  • TVA moves away from coal
  • Alexander and Roe support budget legislation

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

  • Cocke County schools closed on Friday
  • Students poorly prepared for college
  • TennCare expansion
  • STEM initiative
  • Cocke County Grand jury indicts several
  • Fine arrest

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

  • Newport receives $950,0000 state grant
  • Cocke County education
  • Newport City Council
  • Newport City Council
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    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • Skimming arrests
  • Wyse sentencing
  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Jimtown fire

    Monday, February 11, 2019

  • DCS investigations
  • Efforts to restrict same sex marriage
  • UT Medical Center restricts visits
  • Gas prices move lower
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