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Friday, October 24, 2014

Two hurt in Highway 25E crash
Two drivers were transported to the Newport Medical Center by First Call EMS, Wednesday following a crash on Highway 25E. Trooper Mike Bales tells the NewsSource the 3:50 pm crash occurred at the intersection with Rankin Road. It involved a 1998 Dodge Caravan operated by Sherry Stevens, 31, Hawkview Way, Del Rio, who struck the rear of a pickup operated by Humlett Jarnigan, 60, Belcher Road, Newport. Jarnigan had stopped for a third vehicle which was attempting a left turn. His vehicle struck the rear of the turning car but did not injure the driver. Trooper Bales said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs as contributing factors, however Ms. Stevens is charged with failure to exercise due care and no proof of insurance.

Alexander to get green money
One of the country's largest environmental groups has gotten involved in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball. But the Environmental Defense Action Fund isn't spending nearly $250,000 to help Ball, an attorney who represents land owners in their fight against the pollution of the Pigeon River by Blue Ridge Paper. Instead the group is throwing money into ads to help Alexander, saying it blends environmental concerns with science and economics. The group reportedly is funding a seven-figure campaign "to aid green-minded Republicans in the midterm elections, part of a longer-term effort to find GOP partners on priorities like climate change."

Del Rio Days on tap
Del Rio Days is planned for this weekend at the Jones Nature Center on South Highway 107. Activities are planned for both Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 4 pm. A car show and a string band contest are on tap for Saturday, along with traditional and bluegrass music. And there will be gospel music on Sunday. Crafts, lots of food, baked goods and other items will be available with an auction planned for Sunday afternoon. There also will be helicopter rides, kids activities, cornhole competition and lots of other activities. The 29th.annual Del Rio Days-Fall Color Festival is organized by the Del Rio Community Association as a benefit for the Del Rio Volunteer Fire Department. Call 423-487-5455 for additional information.

Promise program has large enrollment
When the creation of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, was announced, the state expected 20,000 students might apply. But here we are a week before the Nov. 1 application deadline, and the number of students applying for free tuition at a Tennessee community college or college of applied technology is closer to 45,000. Essentially two-thirds of all seniors in the state have applied, but that isn't a major problem considering the push by Governor Bill Haslam to have 55 percent of adult Tennesseans with a college degree by 2025.

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Two hurt in Highway 25E crash
  • Alexander to get green money
  • Del Rio Days on tap
  • Promise program has large enrollment

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Hickman trial is delayed
  • Marsh gets award
  • Parrottsville fire
  • Hall and Coggins arrest

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • Tennessee gets more in federal benefits than it pays
  • Poston death
  • Ball campaign releases poll numbers
  • Another suspicious barn fire in Cocke County
  • Cocke jail inmates charged

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • CLB declines to opt out of building code standards
  • Cocke County fires are suspicious
  • Parker offered Newport Utilities post

    Monday, October 20, 2014

  • On Cosby Festival is a success
  • Farley arrest
  • Farm Bureau hosts Senate forum
  • Jobless rate

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