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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jefferson County Circuit Court
A New Market woman charged with First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse, has had a bond set in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Danielle Autumn Cutshall, 31, Indian Cave Road, was indicted in August in connection with the May 24 death of Nicolae Hensley, a three year-old New Market toddler. Cutshall was being held without bond, but on Monday, Public Defender Ed Miller asked Judge Duane Slone to set bond at $50,000," because the proof likely will not lead to a conviction for this lady." He argued that Cutshall has lived in Jefferson County for a long time, with minimal previous convictions. But Asst. District Attorney Ron Newcomb argued the proof in the case "is strong." He pointed out that Cutshall was in custody of the child. The prosecutor also told the court that the defendants had a flight plan but it was not acted upon. So Newcomb argued for a bond of $150,000. Judge Slone set bond at $100,000, ordering that Cutshall may not be alone with any minor child except her own. She also may not travel more than 100 miles outside of Jefferson County. Investigators say an autopsy showed that the victim died from blunt force trauma to the head and so the child's death was ruled a homicide. They also say the investigation showed that Cutshall lived at the residence and had used blunt force to the head of the child causing his death. Derrick Donavan Hensley, 24, the father of Nicolae is charged with Aggravated Child Abuse/Neglect/Endangerment. Brittaney Barbee, 31, mother of the child is charged with Child Abuse and Neglect. A trial in the case is set for May 2019. The court also accepted a guilty plea in the case of Charles Brackins, 76, Southwind Circle, Dandridge, to a charge of Attempted Aggravated Sexual Battery. Asst. DA Brett Bell said the charges stem from fondling incidents in 2015 involving a six year-old female. The defendant addressed the victim who was in the courtroom saying, "I apologize for what happened and maybe someday everything will be alright." And Brackins told the girl," it's not your fault." The court imposed a ten-year sentence but released Brackins on the time he has served, and the balance will be on supervised probation. Under the plea agreement, Brackins also will register as a sex offender, have no contact with the victim and will be under community supervision for life. Judge Slone also recused himself in the case of Breanna Cervino,36, Dandridge, a former caseworker with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Cervino is charged with two counts of Official Oppression, three counts of Official Misconduct, one count of Filing a False Report and one count of Falsifying a Government Record. The allegations stem from a child abuse case assigned to Cervino, which resulted in children being removed from a home. Investigators allege that Cervino filed false reports during the investigation. In addition, Cervino is also facing a charge of Filing a False Report in Sevier County.

President Trump to visit Johnson City
President Donald J. Trump is scheduled to campaign next Monday at Freedom Hall in Johnson City for Republican US Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn. The rally is scheduled for 7 pm. A news release says Trump is expected to discuss the latest economic news and the importance of protecting and expanding the Republican majorities in Congress. Washington County Republican Party Chairman Turney Williams said he expects President Trump's visit to bolster support for Blackburn ahead of a November Senate election that polls show is still too close to call. "Having a high turnout in East Tennessee is very important for her to win Tennessee as a whole," Williams said. The county's Democratic Party Chairman Kate Craig said Former Democrat Governor Phil Bredesen, is disrupting traditional party lines in Northeast Tennessee, gaining bipartisan support in a region that historically Republicans haven't had to worry about winning. "They have a reason to be concerned if they aren't turning out numbers they should be in what is considered their base," she said.

KCCB Recycles Day
Keep Cocke County Beautiful will host its first annual “America Recycles Day” on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00am until 1:00pm at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 120 Eply Road, Newport. The event is sponsored by E-Cyclers. It will enable Cocke County citizens and businesses to properly recycle old electronics. including TV’s, cell phones, computers, tablets, as an alternative to the landfill. Used eyeglasses also will be accepted and donated to the Newport Lion’s Club for reuse. Worn out blankets, clothes, and towels will be donated to the Newport Animal Shelter. And plastic grocery bags also will be recycled. For more information contact Keep Cocke County Beautiful at (423)623-1050 or kccbdirector@gmail.com.

Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival
Outstanding Scottish & Irish Entertainerswill compete in the Bagpipe & Drum Band Playoff Challenge at the 12th annual Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival, which will take place on Main Street in downtown Dandridge, Tennessee on September 29. The festival provides free admission to the public for all events on Saturday. Saturday’s experience will be a trip back in time to enjoy the heritage of the original Scots-Irish who settled in East Tennessee ca. 1783, following the Revolutionary War. Visitors will experience Scottish & Irish music, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Heritage organizations, Highland Clan booths, Highland Cattle & Black Faced sheep exhibits, Sheepdog Trials, Highland Athletic demonstrations and Storytellers for both children and adults. Scottish & Irish Food, baked goods, meals & treats will abound as well as Scots & Irish merchandise vendors. There will also be a dog parade down Main Street and will feature dogs brought to the festival by visitors.

Coal ash ruling
A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court order that would have required TVA to unearth and remove a massive amount of coal ash at one of its Tennessee power plants. The move comes after another coal ash spill in north carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence. In a 2-1 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that leaks from unlined coal ash pits through groundwater into the Cumberland River are a "major environmental problem" at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Gallatin Fossil Plant, but, the Clean Water Act isn't the way to address it. The cleanup would have involved digging up and moving almost 14 million cubic yards of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal for power. It contains heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and lead. Though the decision was a defeat for environmental interests, state regulators still have a lawsuit pending over similar environmental complaints. The case drew outside interest over how the Clean Water Act is applied. Eighteen largely Republican states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, national coal industry interests and more than a dozen other groups argued a cleanup would have been expensive for ratepayers. But environmental groups and Tennessee regulators argued that rate hikes would not have been necessary.

Walters State Safety program
The Walters State Campus Police Department will host a Safety Awareness Day at the Morristown campus today from 9 am-2 pm, and more than 20 agencies and organizations will be participating. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can see how alcohol affects driving by wearing impairment goggles and driving a pedal car. Experience the effects of a roll-over crash with the roll-over simulator and see how important seat belts are by using the seat belt convincer. Those attending the expo will have chances to win door prizes, including seven new child safety seats.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

  • Jefferson County Circuit Court
  • President Trump to visit Johnson City
  • KCCB Recycles Day
  • Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival
  • Coal ash ruling
  • Walters State Safety program

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

  • Newport East Broadway Update
  • Cocke County Industrial Park
  • Medical issue may have led to Thursday crash

    Friday, September 21, 2018

  • Cocke County to be asked to fund grading for an industrial prospect
  • Justice receives 10 year prison term
  • Tennessee jobless rate remains low
  • Tennessee revenues are up

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • Paulin home burglary
  • Four vehicle crash
  • Boyd may be UT president
  • More opioid crisis funding

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  • Daniel approved for ballot
  • Tennessee average income is rising
  • Tennessee and opioids
  • Roe on Kavanaugh
  • Blake Shelton on Ole Red
  • Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP

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