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Monday, July 24, 2017

Cocke County fires
Cocke County firefighters responded to two fires on Saturday. The first was reported at 4 am, in a single-story, frame home on Highway 160, Newport. Deputy Eric Ramsey said he arrived at the scene across from the Country Convenience Market, to find the structure fully involved in flames. Owned by Debby Woody of Kodak, the residence was occupied by John and Monique Borden. The couple was not at home at the time and the blaze was reported by a neighbor. Cocke County Firefighter Terry Finchum said his agency and the Parrottsville Volunteer Fire Department concentrated on preventing the fire from spreading to adjacent structures. The home was valued at $50,000 and the contents at $10,000. The American Red Cross was notified of the fire and offered assistance to the Borden couple. The cause of the blaze has not been determined, and the investigation is continuing. Firemen had to respond to the scene a second time Saturday morning and again Sunday, when the debris rekindled. At 4:48 pm, Cocke County firefighters responded to the Mountain View Baptist Church on the Cosby Road in response to a fire alarm, during a wedding reception. Firefighter Finchum said an unidentified man was preparing home fries in a pavilion adjacent to the church when the grease caught fire. The resulting heat melted a portion of the siding, leaving damage estimated at $3,000. The cook sustained minor burns but declined medical treatment.

Authorities search for man wearing a hoodie
Cocke County authorities are looking for a man who wears a hoodie and reportedly has been chasing teenaged boys in the Carson Springs community. Cocke County Deputy Sgt. Max Laughter says he responded to three similar reports late last week. The officer was first contacted on July 20, with a report that the adult white male with long black hair, had chased a juvenile in the area of Johnson Street and Splashaway Road. The boy said the man chased him on foot, armed with a knife and threatened to kill him, as he walked to the home of a friend on Apple Valley Way. The following day another boy reported a similar incident as he rode his bike on Johnson Street. He said the man, wearing a black hoodie, ran from a wooded area, chased him and tried to grab him from his bike. On July 22, officers responded to another complaint of the same man standing on the lawn of one of the boys on Splashaway Road. The boy's father chased the male from the residence.

Mullins charged
A Sneedville woman is facing charges following a Sunday evening incident in the French Broad River which brought out numerous Cocke County rescue agencies. Deputy Heath Willis said he was notified of a woman in the river hanging on to rocks and saying her son was missing. Upon arrival, Deputy Willis found Angela Mullins, 40, Byrds Creek Road, Sneedville, who said she and a male had gone into the river on inner tubes an hour earlier, and her son had not been with her. She had been assisted from the river by three males who were at the scene. The male friend who reportedly had been with Mullins is unidentified and had left the scene. The incident occurred near the Bobarosa Bar on East Highway 25/70. Mullins had slurred speech, blood shot eyes and a very strong odor of alcohol on her person. She was jailed on a public intoxication charge for her own safety and the safety of others, according to Deputy Willis. The agencies who responded after reports that the woman was in danger in the river were; the Newport Rescue Squad, Cocke County Fire Department and the Del Rio Volunteer Fire Department.

Bush Bean recall
For more than 100 years, Bush Brothers & Company has been dedicated to producing the highest quality products for it's valued consumers, customers and their families. On July 22, the firm announced a voluntary recall of certain 28 ounce cans of BUSH’S® Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans due to potentially defective side seams on the cans. The recall was initiated after an internal quality assurance check identified the issue. Subsequent investigations indicated a temporary quality issue from one of the firm's can suppliers. The problem was corrected and no other product is affected.

Boyd to run across Tennessee
Randy Boyd says health is an important issue and he is encouraging others to consider their health as he runs for the Republican nomination for Tennessee governor next year. Next week Boyd will begin a 537-mile run across the state., beginning at the Virginia state line. He plans to run six to 10 miles per day "We can’t afford our heath in Tennessee," argues Boyd,."We’re the 42nd poorest state in the country, but we’re eighth in smoking and ninth in obesity. We need to promote a healthier lifestyle." A wealthy Knoxville businessman, Boyd is a former economic and community development commissioner in the Haslam administration. It won't be Boyd's first run. He has completed 34 full marathons and 49 half marathons in the past. Bill Lee of Williamson County, also wants to be governor and he says he will ride across Tennessee on a tractor in an effort to bring attention to the problems faced by rural residents. A longtime realtor in Johnson City says she is running for Tenneessee governor. Kay White announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination on Saturday. She says God and family are at the center of her campaign. “And I think we need to go back to some of the old values, of God, and country, and family, and good work ethics, that is what I believe in,” White said. White will continue to work as a real estate agent during her campaign. She joins an already crowded GOP ticket.

Gas prices to rise in the short term.
Gas prices have been on a rollercoaster ride this summer. After rising in the spring, then taking a nosedive last month, pump prices are climbing again, setting up for another plunge in the fall. The average price for gasoline in Tennessee rose 3 cents during the past week. The state average on Sunday was $2.05, but prices range from $1.90 and $2.30. The price of crude oil last week rose to its highest daily settlement in 6 weeks. A company that tracks OPEC’s supply and output, forecasts OPEC production to grow by 145,000 barrels per day, adding to a surplus of oil. High inventories have placed a spotlight on OPEC’s production growth, especially with its reduced output agreement in place through March, 2018.

Monday, July 24, 2017

  • Cocke County fires
  • Authorities search for man wearing a hoodie
  • Mullins charged
  • Bush Bean recall
  • Boyd to run across Tennessee
  • Gas prices to rise in the short term.

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Fire/Rescue to get new building
  • Jefferson County eligible for FEMA aid
  • Effort to increase physical activity in Cocke County
  • Dunn to prosecute Sheriff Watson
  • Jefferson County motor home fire
  • FAFSA applications are up
  • Overbey to be US Attorney for East Tennessee
  • Senator Lamar Alexander votes for farm and research programs

    Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Partnership and EDC meeting
  • Revised healthcare law
  • Tennessee governors race
  • Lawsuit filed in Ferris wheel accident

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Lane sentencing
  • Assistance available to local farmers
  • ThreeStar award for Cocke County
  • Senate healthcare bill
  • Hot, Hot temperatures are predicted

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • Cocke County budget discussions
  • Parrottsville fire
  • Financial literacy for Tennessee adults
  • Benanti receives lengthy sentence
  • Dunn/Ray arrest

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