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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Vandalism of Meadow Creek Towers
Officials with the Cherokee National Forest are trying to curtail vandalism on the federal lands, because often the vandalism leaves the area unsightly. "We have put a lot of time, money, and effort into restoring the Meadow Creek tower in Cocke County", says District Ranger Leslie Morgan of the Unaka Ranger District. Morgan says some people are intent on "leaving their mark", in the forest. She says the graffiti vandalism to federal property, forces the USDA to spend limited resources "when we do not have the time and money to do so! " If you see vandalism occurring or have information about suspects contact the forest service at 423-783-2401.

Lundy arrest
Newport authorities Monday evening arrested a Cosby woman in connection with an October 18 carjacking incident. Kendra Hall, Mineral Street, Newport said she was operating a vehicle owned by Chad Stokely, Estie Way, Newport when 36 year-old Melissa Ann Lundy, Stoneview Way, Cosby asked Hall to take her to a residence on Lower Bogard Road. Hall said she refused to take the suspect because she did not have the permission of Stokely to drive his vehicle to that location. Later Lundy reportedly became very angry, found a handgun in the auto, and forced Hall to drive to her Mineral Street home. After Hall was forced from the auto, Lundy fled with the vehicle and the weapon. Hall told Deputy Joseph Owings she was very scared during the episode, calling Stokely to report the incident. Stokely said he later found Lundy on Hedrick Drive, shooting up as she sat in his auto. Stokely retrieved his phone to call 911 at which time Lundy fled on foot, taking his handgun with her. Lundy was stopped by Newport Patrol Officer Tyler Medley and removed from her auto at gunpoint, because of concern that she may be armed with the handgun taken from Stokely. When she was uncooperative, the suspect was grabbed by the hair and held on the ground till it could be determined that she was not armed. Now Lundy is jailed on charges of carjacking, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, theft over $1,000 and theft.

Peanut butter sandwich melee
James Kelly Moore, 27, Sorghum Way, Newport, has been charged with the assault of a fellow inmate in the Cocke County jail. Detective Bryan Murr said Rodney Hance was incarcerated wityh other inmates whien Morre struck him on the head following a confrontation over a peanut butter sandwich that was on Hance's tray. The incident allegedly occurred on September 30, and after Hance was released from the jail, he was treated at the Newport Medical Center for a hand fracture and head concussion.

Trouten arson arrest
A Cocke County man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire which destroyed a Newport home in July, 2014. Cocke County Detective Bryan Murr arrested Ricky Lee Trouten, 28, Bonanza Drive, in connection with the blaze on Wayside Alley, in the home which was being renovated. Newport Fire Chief Randy Ragen at the time said the home was fully engulfed in flame when firefighters arrived just before 3 a.m.. It was the third time firefighters had battled flames in the home, and Chief Ragen said the frame residence was unoccupied, Paul and Kim Gregg owned the structure.

Tennesseans have access to affordable insurance
Despite record increases in premium rates for individual plans by major health insurers, 81 percent of Tennesseans should be able to buy individual health insurance coverage under the health exchanges of the Affordable Care Act for $75 per month or less, according to government figures released Monday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tennessee consumers will have an average of seven plans to choose from for their health care coverage in 2017 through the health insurance exchanges. Health and Human Services estimates 83 percent of those plans will cost the consumer $100 or less after government subsidies are provided to those signing up for such plans. "Thanks to financial assistance, the large majority of current Marketplace consumers in Tennessee will be able to find plans with premiums between $50 and $100 per month," Health and Human Services Director Sylvia M. Burwell said in a statement. "Many uninsured Tennesseans could also qualify for financial assistance, as could 79,000 Tennesseans currently paying full price for off-Marketplace coverage." The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, provides financial subsidies for those making up to 400 percent of the poverty level, or up to $97,200 for a family of four, if a person doesn't have an employer-sponsored health plan where he or she works. Health insurance premiums for individual plans next year are going up by an average of 62 percent for plans offered by Blue­Cross BlueShield of Tennessee, the state's biggest provider of ACA plans. Cigna Healthcare is raising its individual premiums by 46.3 percent and Humana individual rates are going up by 44.3 percent in 2017, according to rate increases approved this summer by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

Mentors needed.....
Cocke County still needs 58 mentors! "Tn Achieves", is a partnering organization with Gov. Haslam's TN Promise. Mentors are needed to work with high school students who will be part of the graduating Class of 2017. With less then one month from the mentor application deadline, only one county has reached its goal......And it's not Cocke County! Members of the business community are being asked to provide one volunteer to represent their company! Each one can reach one... Think of the difference you could make in Cocke County and the future of Cocke County by supporting this one program! TN Promise allows every student in the state the opportunity to attend a local community or technical college tuition free. For more information or to apply as a mentor visit tnachieves.org/mentors/requirements.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • Vandalism of Meadow Creek Towers
  • Lundy arrest
  • Peanut butter sandwich melee
  • Trouten arson arrest
  • Tennesseans have access to affordable insurance
  • Mentors needed.....

    Monday, October 24, 2016

  • Fire destroys Jasmine Drive home
  • Timmy Seay arrest
  • Tax collections continue to exceed expectations
  • Gasoline prices expected to drop
  • Tennessee Hay Directory

    Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Economic Development Commission
  • Newport CVS incident
  • Cosby school smoke
  • Body recovered
  • Jobless rates
  • Chamber breakfast
  • Newport Christmas Parade
  • Frazier sentencing
  • Alexander visit

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

  • Tom Testerman dead at 58
  • Williams in custody after pursuit
  • Lundy is sought after carjacking
  • Cocke School Board meets
  • Paint the town Pink

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • CLB declines to rescind fire civil service board
  • Cocke Corrections Partnership and grand jury
  • Big Creek Expedition fire
  • Raines/Davis arrests
  • I-40 traffic delayed on Monday

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