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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Appalachian Trail killing
In recent weeks, hikers along the Appalachian Trail had been warning each other about a hiker who was threatening other hikers with a large knife. The man was arrested in Tennessee last month after some hikers reported him to authorities. But he was released after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana and other minor charges. Over the weekend, the situation turned deadly in southwestern Virginia, where the suspect allegedly stabbed one hiker to death and seriously injuring another. James Jordan, 30, of Massachusetts, is charged with murder and assault with intent to commit murder. During his initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court, a judge ordered him to be held in custody and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Jordan had repeatedly threatened four hikers late Friday and early Saturday before attacking them. An FBI agent filed an affidavit alleging that when Jordan initially approached the hikers he was acting in a "disturbed and unstable" manner while playing a guitar and singing. Later that night, he began randomly approaching the hikers' tents, making noises and threatening them. "Jordan spoke to the hikers through their tents, and threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death," FBI Special Agent Micah Childers alleges in the affidavit.


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Friday, May 17, 2019

  • Partnership update
  • Cocke Circuit Court pleas
  • Ealy looses her RN license
  • April employment numbers
  • Johnson execution

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Casada saga continues
  • Roberts arrest
  • Ownby arrest

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • Newport City Council approves new budget
  • Dykes named Big Red coach
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  • Memorial Day travel

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Appalachian Trail killing
  • Kidnapping arrest
  • Gasoline prices move lower

    Friday, May 10, 2019

  • Cocke County rafting industry continues its growth
  • Cocke County Finance Committee
  • Shadow of the Smokies Trail
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