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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jones arrest
A Cocke County man faces a number of charges following the Tuesday afternoon seizure of marijuana and weapons from his residence on Dry Fork Road in the Del Rio community. Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said narcotics agents from his department were assisted by agents with the Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication in the arrest. A helicopter with the state agency conducted a fly-over at the residence of Connie Ray Jones, 56, and spotted the suspect "come out of his residence and he was observed pulling plants out of planting pots surrounding his residence", the sheriff said. The helicopter pilot contacted eradication agents on the ground and officers made contact with Jones, who was found hiding in a wooded area, in a marijuana patch which was on his property. Drug Agent David Robertson said 46 marijuana plants were growing near the Jones home, with a water hose running from the home to the growing plants. A subsequent search of the property resulted in the confiscation of 12 firearms and ammunition from the home. Sheriff Fontes said Jones admitted to officers the plants, firearms, and ammunition were his. In addition, the officers located three bags with green leafy material believed to be marijuana, inside the home. Jones reportedly has a history of felony conviction for possession of marijuana for resale, and an arrest history which includes, possession of schedule IV and VI, possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest, and the sale and manufacture of marijuana. The defendant currently is charged with possession of marijuana, felon in possession of a firearm (12 counts) and cultivation of marijuana. Jones now is free on a $75,000.00 bond. The sheriff expressed his appreciation to Governor Bill Haslam for his assistance in providing manpower and equipment to combat the drug issues affecting many Cocke County families.

Bauer fire in Bybee
New information has been released in connection with a Sunday fire which damaged a home in the Bybee community of Cocke County. Deputy Logan Starritt said he responded to the home on Palmer Hollow Road, owned by Saphronia Bauer at 12:15 p.m. He found Clark Bauer and Tim Rathe trying to extinguish the fire. The men told Officer Starritt that a male passenger on a vehicle had driven by the home earlier in the day, screaming "gonna get you." Later Bauer and Rathe were away from the home, but upon returning found the rear portion of the home was on fire. The men were able to extinguish the flames, and the Cocke County and Centerview Volunteer Fire Departments also responded. Detective Bryan Murr was told that the suspect has been threatening Bauer and Clark since recently being released from jail. The damage to the $30,000 home has not been determined, and no arrest has been made.

Kapileo faces charges
A Newport man who allegedly walked into the home of his neighbor, handed her a loaf of bread and then hugged and kissed her, now faces charges. Jesus Kapileo, 52, Highway 160, is charged with aggravated burglary and sexual battery, according to arresting Deputy Zach Shelton. The 24 year-old female victim told authorities Kapileo knocked on her door, handed her the bread and then walked into her home on July 22. As the suspect entered the residence he told the woman she needed help cleaning her house, pushed his way past her and closed the door. After telling Kapileo to leave, the victim says he "began hugging and kissing her and telling her how much he cared for her," Officer Shelton said. According to the victim, she got away and again told the defendant to leave, at which time he did so after telling the woman he loved her. The victim said she feared for her safety during the incident and after Kapileo left she drove to the sheriff's office to report the incident.

Rhythum on the River featuring Mountain Edge
The Rhythm on the River concert series continues this eveing on the Newport downtown Riverwalk. Music from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. by Mountain Edge, popular Cocke County bluegrass band. Food, etc, sponsored by the Partnership Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.

CWEET music event
Red Honey, an Asheville, NC-based rock and blues band will be performing at the Beantrees Cafe on Thursday, in Hartford at 8 p.m. this evening. Open to all ages the show will feature kids activities, food cooked by Maria Guzman, and drinks available from Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee, the group hosting the event. CWEET is a local non profit organization that “encourages healthy, thriving, Appalachian communities. Advocating and creating solutions for clean water and environments, flourishing local economies, participation in politics, and positive social and individual growth.”

Thursday, July 28, 2016

  • Jones arrest
  • Bauer fire in Bybee
  • Kapileo faces charges
  • Rhythum on the River featuring Mountain Edge
  • CWEET music event

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

  • Purkey injured in crash
  • IDB is seated
  • Newport utilities
  • Cocke subdivision planned
  • I-40 traffic to be slow at TN/NC state line

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

  • Finance Committee considers wheel tax and department funding
  • Jefferson County I-40 crash during pursuit
  • Trio charged after Newport traffic stop
  • Weekend fires in Cocke County

    Monday, July 25, 2016

  • Weekend assault incidents
  • Tax -free shopping for school next weekend
  • Two Pigeon River drownings
  • Cocke county firefighters respond to weekend fires
  • Brown search was legal;

    Friday, July 22, 2016

  • Bond refunding .....and wheel tax is considered
  • Cocke County Partnership meet
  • Red Honey to benefit CWEET
  • THP garners awards
  • Unemployment rate remains steady
  • Unclaimed money

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