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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

NU plans waterline work
.Newport Utilities water crews have scheduled a water outage in the Edwina Bridgeport area for Wednesday morning. The work is part of the first phase of water line extensions being constructed with the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that were awarded to Cocke County this past year. The grant project consists of 2.6 miles of new waterline. Grant funds will help the utility to extend waterlines in four different locations throughout the county to deliver water service to currently unserved areas. NU Water Crews will begin work at 9:30 am till 1:30 pm. The outage will affect customers along East Hwy 25/70 from Edwina Bridgeport Rd to the Bridgeport Market. NU asks that commuters and residents be aware of crews working in and around the roadways as safety of the public and the NU crews is its highest priority, according to Corporate Communications Manager, Sharon R. Kyser. The utility thanks the community for its cooperation and understanding as they work to improve the community's waterworks infrastructure.

COVID 19 Update
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has issued an executive order allowing counties to require the mandatory wearing of masks. The Mayo Clinic says wearing a cloth mask can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus by people who have COVID-19 but don't realize it. And countries that required face masks, testing, isolation and social distancing early in the pandemic have had success in slowing the spread of the virus. In addition, more than 60 critical care physicians from across Tennessee have written a letter to Governor Lee to issue a statewide face mask mandate, enforce safety guidelines and allow mayors to make public health decisions in their cities. The physicians argue that those who do not wear a mask to protect individuals around them are "selfish", creating a threat to the liberty of everyone else. Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger is asking for feedback from the community on the Cocke County COVID 19, Facebook site. “ I’d like to hear your thoughts on whether or not you would be in favor of the mandatory wearing of masks,” explains the mayor. Here is a sampling of the responses; Says Michael.. I always wear a mask inside public spaces, then remove it outside. It doesn’t seem like much of a bother. Malcom says....No this should be each individuals choice and there’s no science that backs it up 100% Says Valerie.... Mandatory in businesses. If you can't wear one, stay home or get a friend to go get your necessities. This is very serious... Joanne has this thoughtful response....I think everyone should wear masks. It keeps you and your family and everyone around you safe. Would you want your baby or grandparent to go through this? Keep them safe. Stop thinking about yourself. Sheila observes...Yes please!!! I am a respiratory therapist at LeConte and even though the death rate has been reduced with all the new treatments you don’t see what these people go through.. the damage to their lungs is unimaginable!!! Tina says... Yes... I'm sorry that some look at it as punishment or there(sic) God giving right, but you need to stop being selfish and think of your family and friends and the children and elderly. I know it sucks but we are America, act like it But Brittany says..... No.....A few people I know wore them at work and still got the virus. Karen agrees, saying, No! Those who want to wear a mask, please do so. But, I won't be wearing a mask. If you want to comment on the issue go to the Cocke County COVID 19 Facebook page.

Capias' issued for defendants
Judge Carter Moore on Monday ordered the arrest of 22 defendants who did not show up in Cocke County Circuit Court for their scheduled hearing. Three defendants from North Carolina contacted the court to say they are under quarantine by their physician and cannot leave their homes. But at last report, the physician had not confirmed that report for the court. Eric Larue, Lakesha Williams and Willie Green, Jr., were arrested last July when officers found three young children in the transport area of the rental truck they were operating. The trio is charged with three counts each child neglect and violation of the child restraint law as well as traffic and drug violations. Others named on capiases are; Amy Nicole Allison, Amanda L. Ball, Eric Ballard, James Brown, Joseph Emanuel Childs, Eric D. Dalton, Donald Eugene Dover, Willie Ray Fox, Jody Bruce Gunter, Ricky Dean Haney, Charlie McMahan, Clifford Gardner Morse, Joshua Eric Norton, Justin Will Patterson, Gail L. Roberts, Douglas Shropshire, Franklin Ezra Shropshire, Henry Street, Kerry Strickland, Jacen Eugene Valentine, Christopher Williams.

Deadline to register to vote
Tennesseans who want to vote in the Tennessee State and Federal Primary and County General Election on August 6 must register to vote today. Registering to vote, updating your address or checking your registration status is fast, easy and secure with the Secretary of State's online voter registration system, GoVoteTN.com. Any U.S. citizen with a driver's license or a photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security can register online from a computer or mobile device without ever leaving their home at GoVoteTN.com. Voters can also download a paper voter registration application at GoVoteTN.com. Completed paper voter registration applications must be submitted or postmarked to your local county election commission office today. Election Day registration is not available. The Tennessee State and Federal Primary and County General Election is on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Early voting begins Friday, July 17 and runs Monday through Saturday until Saturday, August 1. Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more on the GoVoteTN app available in the App Store and Google Play. For more information about registering to vote, voter eligibility, photo IDs, and other Election Day details visit GoVoteTN.com or call the Secretary of State's Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959.

TWRA July 4 report
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports there were no boating-related fatalities, but there were eight statewide serious injury boating incidents over the July 4th holiday weekend. Operation Dry Water was held July 3-5 and is a national weekend of awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. It is held with the Independence Day holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season. The TWRA reported 11 BUI arrests over the three-day period. There were six property damage incidents reported across the state.

Animal welfare legislation
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has released its Agriculture Appropriations package scheduled for votes by Committees this week. The package includes $3 million in funding for the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act that animal protection groups have worked to successfully get signed into law and $2 million in funding for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). The amount represents a doubling in funding for enforcement of the law against horse soring. The bill also maintains the current ban on horse slaughter in the United States. Animal welfare groups have pushed enhanced spending to enforce federal anti-cruelty laws. The organizations are also pushing for enhanced enforcement at the USDA's Office of Inspector General of all forms of animal fighting in the U.S. The groups are also seeking to create an Animal Cruelty Crimes section at the U.S. Dept. of Justice, to ensure enforcement of all federal anti-cruelty laws.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

  • NU plans waterline work
  • COVID 19 Update
  • Capias' issued for defendants
  • Deadline to register to vote
  • TWRA July 4 report
  • Animal welfare legislation

    Monday, July 06, 2020

  • Register to vote
  • Jefferson County motorcycle crash
  • Tennessee counties may mandate masks
  • Decrease in the number of distressed counties in Tennessee
  • Tennesseans to travel less
  • Latest COVID 19 count

    Friday, July 03, 2020

  • Supreme court statement on racial justice
  • Do not drink and boat
  • TDHS assisting needy families
  • July 4th. gas prices
  • Governor Lee announces increased officer training
  • COVID 19 Update
  • Tucker enters guilty plea
  • Ottinger issues coronavirus update
  • Collins and Short arrested
  • Authorities are searching for Edwards
  • Edwards is missing
  • Restrictions when Jeff scholls open

    Thursday, July 02, 2020

  • Stuart pursuit

    Wednesday, July 01, 2020

  • Dr. Johnson on schools re-opening
  • Couture assault
  • I-40 crash injures two
  • Voter registration deadline