|Six injured in crash|
A total of six persons, including the former administrative assistant to Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger, were injured Monday afternoon in a single vehicle crash in Newport. Newport Patrol Officer Mike Robey said the 5 pm collision occurred on Jefferson Avenue at the intersection with Mountainview Street. Officer Robey said Charles Weaver Smith, 88, North Highway 340, Parrottsville told him he hit the accelerator instead of the brake as he backed from a private drive on Jefferson Avenue. When the 2015 Chevrolet SUV crashed into a concrete wall on Mountainview Street, the rear glass shattered, sending glass shards onto two children who were playing nearby. Smith's daughter, Pamela Lowe, 65, and Mark Webster, 55, both of Jefferson Avenue, were sent to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville by First Call EMS. Today Lowe is listed in critical condition, however a hospital spokeswoman says Webster is no longer hospitalized. Smith, who is the father of Lowe, along with his 85 year-old wife, Betty Smith, were taken by First Call EMS to the Newport Medical Center for treatment. The children, Harold Putman, 11, Mountainview Street, and Liam Dewitt, 2, of Kansas, were transported by their parents to the Newport Medical Center for treatment of minor lacerations.