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Monday, May 21, 2018

Rolling Thunder to stop off in Cocke County
At least 300 motorcycles, members of Rolling Thunder, are expected to stop off in Cocke County on Tuesday as they travel to Washington D.C. The cyclists who began their trip in California, are riding to the Vietnam Memorial, for a Memorial Day ceremony in honor of US military POW/MIA.'s The Run for the Wall is expected to stop off at Downtown Hartford Citgo for refueling. Owner Harold Cates says he expects the entourage of bikes to roll in at about 2:30 pm. Cates has hosted the cyclists at his business, for several years.

Cocke Fire
A number of firefighters Sunday morning responded to a cabin fire in the Del Rio community of Cocke County. Cocke County Firefighter Alex Reese said the 4:15 am blaze started in the kitchen of the home on Fugate Road, owned by David Haney but rented to an unidentified family. The Cocke County Fire Department was assisted in battling the blaze by the Del Rio, Parrottsville and Long Creek Volunteer Fire Departments. The interior of the structure was gutted leaving damage to the cabin estimated at $50,000, plus the contents, according to Firefighter Reese.

Paramedics attacked
Cocke County investigators have released information regarding a May 15 assault of a First Call EMS paramedic and the theft of a First Call radio. Deputy Lt. Chris Gregg said he responded to the Deerfoot Road, Cosby home of Angela Sutton at 10:20 pm. Paramedics James Roach and Robert Carroll Reed said Reed began assessing the 35 year-old Sutton when she became combative. Then Sutton's husband, Tommy Haskell Hale, 63, Sycamore Way, Newport came into the room, jumped onto the back of Paramedic Reed and began punching him on the head. Paramedic James Roach removed Hale from Reed. As the paramedics left the home to await assistance from law enforcement, Hale again attempted to choke Reed, and was taken to the ground. And outside Ms. Sutton again jumped onto the back of Paramedic Reed. and as the paramedics fled to await law enforcement, Hale allegedly beat on the ambulance threatening to kill the paramedics. Lt. Gregg recovered the stolen radio, and now both Sutton and Hale are charged with Assault and at the jail, Ms. Sutton also was charged with Possession of Marijuana.

Lawson arrest in shooting
Cocke County Deputy Lt. Chris Gregg says he jailed a Greeneville man Saturday evening following a reported shooting incident near the Greene/Cocke County line. Upon arrival, Jabob Bledson, 18, Chucky, had already been transported by paramedics for treatment of a gunshot wound to the back. Occupants of the vehicle, Adonte Lawson, 19, Horton Highway, Greeneville, and a 14 year-old Mosheim female, told investigators that they had stopped on Long Creek Road to use the bathroom, when a vehicle stopped and shot Bledson in the back. Deputy Lt. Chris Gregg said a search of the area after the 9:53 pm incident, revealed a 9mm handgun in a cooler along with Codeine, Alprazolam, and scales. The investigation revealed that Lawson had tried to hide the cooler. The officer said Lawson later admitted he had been going through a bag when the 9mm handgun accidentally discharged, striking Bledson in the back. Lawson admitted he had been smoking marijuana, had a strong odor of marijuana on his person and also was found to have 28 grams of marijuana on his person. The handgun involved in the shooting had a serial number which had been filed off. Now Lawson is charged with Aggravated Reckless Assault, Alteration of a Firearm number, Possession of a Handgun During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, Possession of Codeine, Alprazolam and Marijuana, Tampering with Evidence, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Trump to visit Nashville
President Donald Trump has announced he will attend a campaign rally in Tennessee later this month to headline a fundraiser for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and to campaign for his own re-election. The rally to raise money for the candidacy of Blackburn in her bid for the US Senate. Blackburn hopes to succeed Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who is retiring. Former Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's is leading in recent polls for the Senate seat.

Expensive gas for Memorial holiday
As we head toward the Memorial Day weekend, gas prices are increasing in Tennessee. But as the national average continues to push toward $3 a gallon, gas prices in Tennessee are among the lowest in the country. Sunday's national average of $2.92 is 57 cents more than this time last year. As of Sunday, gas prices averaged above $3/gal in 14 states. Rising crude costs, switchover to more-expensive-to-produce gasoline, tighter supplies and robust gasoline demand continue to help lift pump prices . Tennessee gas prices increased 5 cents during the past week, and Sunday's state average of $2.67 is the most expensive daily average in more than three years. Tennessee motorists are paying 58 cents per gallon more than this time last year. "Current fundamentals will likely lead gas prices even higher before the Memorial Day weekend," says Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA. "Regardless of higher prices at the pump, AAA still forecasts the most holiday road trippers in more than a dozen years. More than 41.5 million people will travel for the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, which is nearly five percent more than last year. That would be the most travelers since 2005 for the holiday period that this year runs from May 24 through May 28, according to AAA.

Monday, May 21, 2018

  • Rolling Thunder to stop off in Cocke County
  • Cocke Fire
  • Paramedics attacked
  • Lawson arrest in shooting
  • Trump to visit Nashville
  • Expensive gas for Memorial holiday

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

  • Tiny Homes purchases former Ace Products site
  • Qualifying is underway for Newport and Parrottsville posts
  • Do not disturb young wildlife
  • Farm Bill defeated
  • TBI investigating Greene County officer involved shooting
  • Walters State is tech-savvy
  • Friday fuel leak

    Friday, May 18, 2018

  • Partnership update
  • Fancher is candidate for Newport mayor
  • Missing Retreivers
  • Corley arrest
  • Safe Boating Awareness

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

  • SNAP could be cut to pay for tax cuts
  • Marijuana sentencing
  • Candidates for governor poll
  • Bredesen /Blackburn poll
  • Tennessee sues Oxycontin maker
  • In lieu of tax payments

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

  • Trouten pleads to arson
  • Phone wire cut in Del Rio
  • Cocke County School Board meets
  • Cocke County Jail assaults
  • Buckner injury
  • Burger search

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