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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Farm Service Agency meet
USDA Farm Service Agency and UT Extension will hold a program outreach meeting on Wednesday, August 22, at 10:00 am at the Cocke County NRCS Office at 451 West Broadway, Newport, TN. James L. Giffin of the Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke Farm Service Agency says programs available to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers, Beginning Farmers and Veterans/Beginning Farmers will be reviewed by USDA representatives and Cocke County Extension Service. For more details, contact the Jefferson/Sevier/Cocke Farm Service Agency, (865)397-3151 Ext. 3214.

SBA loans available
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Tuesday that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties in Tennessee as a result of flooding from tropical storm Alberto that began on May 15, 2018. “These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in North Carolina. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 3.61 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than April 8, 2019.

Social Security and livability
Smart Asset a web-based personal finance site, has studied the cost of living and social security income, in an effort to determine the best place for retirees to live. Another study found that currently only 17 percent of Americans report that they are “very confident” they will have enough money for retirement. While it’s certainly advisable to have some retirement savings of your own to help pay for your golden years, if you will be relying mostly on Social Security benefits, the study may assist in the determination of where to retire. It analyzed where in the U.S. Social Security benefits will go the furthest. The cost of retiring in Tennessee is lower because the state does not tax social security income. The study first looked at the average Social Security income for each county, it then calculated how far the income would go in every county to cover the basic necessities. And finally, it indexed the results to show how much of the costs would be covered by Social Security. In Tennessee, the annual cost of living for a senior is $18,072 and the average annual social security payment in the state is $17,580. Cocke County ranks 66th in the state with an average social security income of $16,667 and a cost of living of $17,442. Jefferson County ranks 48th., as the best county to live in with an average social security income of $17,361 and the cost of living set at $17,874. And CNBC says Morristown is the best community in Tennessee for retirees.

Jefferson County crash
Charges are pending against a Cocke County man in connection with an early morning crash on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County. Troopers said Keith Bailey, 45, Newport was westbound at 1:34 am near the 422 mile marker when his 2007 GMC Yukon went out of control. The Bailey auto struck another westbound vehicle, a 2012 Volvo, operated by Angel Roman, 55, Kissimmee, Florida. Following the initial collision, the Bailey vehicle continued west striking a guardrail in the median. The driver then overcorrected came back onto I-40 and rolled several times ejecting both occupants who were not restrained. The passenger in the Yukon, Dawn Bailey, 43, Newport, was flown to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, and the driver was transported by Jefferson County EMS. Roman who was wearing a seatbelt was uninjured. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, and charges are pending against Bailey.

Dover arrest
A Newport man who allegedly entered the Dollar General store in the Western Plaza on Thursday to take a bath, now faces charges. Store employees told Newport Patrol Officer Paul Weber that the man, later identified as Donald Dover, 43, Woods Street, entered the employee area. A clerk a short time later found the totally naked Dover washing himself off with Clorox and water from the store's mop bucket. Then Dover put on a pair of shorts which employees say he had stolen from the store, leaving his clothes behind. When police were called, the clerks said Dover became hostile. Officer Weber jailed the suspect on charges of Larceny and Theft, Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • Farm Service Agency meet
  • SBA loans available
  • Social Security and livability
  • Jefferson County crash
  • Dover arrest

    Friday, August 17, 2018

  • Moore arrested in threat on Caldwell
  • Bush Brothers fined
  • Cocke County Partnership meet
  • Clint Hammonds
  • Newport/Parrottsville candidates
  • July unemployment
  • Dover arrest

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

  • Speir arrest
  • Cardboard fire
  • Cocke County School Board meet
  • Jefferson City train/car crash

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

  • Cocke Grand Jury indictments
  • Newport City Council
  • Millington drug bust
  • Friends fundraiser

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

  • Nolichucky and Pigeon fish advisories
  • Finance committee lacks quorum
  • Infant death is investigated
  • Cocke inmate assaults
  • Highway 160 yard sale re-scheduled
  • TVA and renewable energy
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