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Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekend assaults in Cocke County
Cocke County authorities investigated a number of serious assault incidents over the weekend. Mary C. Huff, 50, Kelp Road, Newport was jailed by Deputy Michael Shelton. Huff allegedly walked to the Clifford Hurst residence, and while Hurst unloaded his groceries, Shelton pointed a handgun at him. She allegedly told Hurst," I didn't get your attention when I ran through your fence now I'm gonna blow your brains out. According to Hurst, Huff pulled the trigger several times but the gun did not fire. At that point, Hurst ran into his home and called 911. Donna McGaha said she confronted Huff about the incident involving her father and the suspect pointed the gun at her saying,"I will kill you both". She then allegedly pulled the trigger of the handgun but it did not fire. Now Huff is charged with two counts aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Danny Lee Sharp, 45, Gossamer Road, Cosby, was jailed by Deputy Lt. Chris Gregg, after he allegedly chased his wife Pamela with a butcher knife and she locked herself in an auto for protection. Witnesses said he smashed out a window of the auto in an attempt to strike his wife. Then Sharp ran into a nearby wooded area. Sharp also had allegedly slapped his wife on the face, and took her phone to prevent her from calling authorities. The subject was arrested about 100 yards from the scene of the incident and was jailed on charges of aggravated domestic assault, vandalism and interference with an emergency call. Kelly Hall, 41, Cabbage County Road, Hartford, was jailed by Deputy Joseph Owings on aggravated domestic assault charges. When the officer responded to the residence Sunday morning he found Tara Diana Ford, lying in the roadway calling for help. She said Hall had demanded her medication, and then struck her on the head with a hammer, before choking her. Ford also said she was dragged through the house by her hair, and was then thrown off the porch railing. Kenneth Doak Barnett, 41, Wileytown Road, Newport, was jailed by Deputy Joseph Owings on domestic assault charges on Sunday. Lonnie Lee Lane said Barnett cursed him, shoved him down several times and he then was hit on the face by Barnett. The injured man was found at his nearby home with a severe cut to his arm. and he also9 had facial injuries. As a result, Lane was transported by First Call EMS to the Newport Medical Center for treatment.

Shelton arrest
A Cocke County man allegedly involved in a Saturday shooting incident was arrested Sunday morning. Cocke County Deputy Wess Keys was told by Jessica McKay, McGaha Chapel Road, that James Michael Shelton, 41, Highway 25/70, Del Rio pulled beside a vehicle that was occupied by Ms. McKay and Benjamin Daniel Laws. Laws said Shelton told his female passenger, "I'm gonna kill you bitch." And as Laws sped away, Shelton allegedly fired two rounds into the passenger side of his auto where McKay was seated. Other witnesses said shots were fired at the Laws vehicle. Early Sunday morning, Deputy Logan Starritt spotted the green Honda which was the object of the search by county authorities. Shelton was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, Alprazolam, Gabapentine, marijuana as well as a large variety of bullets. He was jailed on charges of possession of methamphetamine and Alprazolam for resale, possession of marijuana and a controlled substance, no insurance and driving on a revoked license.

BB gun at Cocke County High
A 16 year-old Cocke County High School student faces charges after he brought a BB gun and marijuana paraphernalia to school on Friday. Newport Captain Amy Gentry said a student overheard two other students talking about trading a gun for a set of head phones. The student was found to be in possession of the BB and paraphernalia. Captain Gentry said the boy was released to a family member on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

David Fine arrest
A New Cave Church Raod, Newport man is in custody following a Saturday evening pursuit involving Newport Patrol Officers Chris Silvers and Paul Weber. Officer Silvers said he tried to stop David Fine, 45, on Epley Raod for a registration violation but the subject fled. Fine was pursued South on South Highway 321, then he swerved off the roadway and drove his 1989 Suburu through several fields at a high rate of speed, then after returning to the roadway, Fine passed vehicles on a double yellow line. Officer Weber tried to block the roadway, but had to back away to prevent being rammed by Fine. The pursued auto was damaged as it crossed an another field and a roadway with a ditch. Fine finally stopped in a driveway on Kingdom Way. The subject said he tried to elude officers because he was driving on a revoked license. Fine was jailed on charges of evading arrest by motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, Fifth offense driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, speeding, failure to exercise due care, failure to obey a traffic control device, no insurance and the registration violation.

Gasoline prices are declining
Gas prices are on a steep slide after reaching 3-year highs due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now supply and demand levels are returning to normal, and prices are on the decline. "If it weren't for the recent hurricanes, gas prices would be about 25 cents lower," says Mark Jenkins, of AAA in Tennessee. Gas prices in Tennessee should drop another 5-10 cents this week." The average price in Tennessee has declined for the last 14 consecutive days since peaking at $2.60 on September 10. Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.52 on Sunday. Tennessee motorists are paying 35 cents more for a gallon of gasoline, compared to this time last year.

Dover to be sworn in
District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn has announced that Geoffrey Alan Dover will be sworn-in as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District this morning in the Cocke County Circuit Courtroom at the Cocke County Courthouse. That ceremony is set for 8:30 am.

Monday, September 25, 2017

  • Weekend assaults in Cocke County
  • Shelton arrest
  • BB gun at Cocke County High
  • David Fine arrest
  • Gasoline prices are declining
  • Dover to be sworn in

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Identity theft or fraud
  • Tennessee Promise is helping students
  • Marijuana hearing
  • Sevier County scam

    Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Job prospects continue to look positive for Cocke County
  • More Pasternak defendants are sentenced
  • Person of interest identified
  • Jobless rate in Tennessee continues to drop
  • Bear season opens on Saturday
  • Water service to be affected

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Trial delayed after only half of prospective jurors show
  • Judge Davidson on monitors
  • Potts is being sought
  • THP wants to locate witnesses
  • New Republican health plan
  • Hurricane losses may hike premiums for us all.

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Pasternak steroid conspiracy
  • Lt. Lawson on medical leave
  • Charles.....the Survivor
  • Proposed ACA modification falls apart
  • Be aware of flood vehicles

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