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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Drugs bust in Cocke County
A joint investigation involving the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the 4th District Attorney General’s Office and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of four Cocke County residents on various drug charges. In January, 2014, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation initiated an investigation into the drug trafficking activities of several individuals in Cocke County. The investigation revealed that they were obtaining prescription pills from various pain clinics and distributing them in Newport and Parrottsville. Multiple purchases of oxycodone were made from a residence on Cottage Way, Parrottsville, which is the primary home of Burn Dockery, Gina Yates, Ricky Dockery and William Dockery. Other transactions were conducted in Newport. On April 27th, the Cocke County Grand Jury returned indictments against the four on various drug charges: - Burn Harris Dockery, 55 - five counts of Delivery of Schedule II Narcotics, one count of Sale of Schedule II in a school zone. - Gina Ann Yates, 48 – five counts Delivery of Schedule II Narcotics in a school zone , and one count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II in a school zone. - Ricky Alan Dockery, 54 – one count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Narcotics. - William Jared Dockery, 26 – five counts of Sale and/or Delivery of Schedule II Narcotics, one count of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II in a school zone. The four were arrested this week by Cocke County Administrative Captain Derrick Woods and other officers. Bond for William Dockery, Burn Dockery and Gina Yates was set at $100,000 each. The bond for Ricky Dockery was set at $25,000.

Be careful of fireworks
The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has a simple message for Tennesseans this Fourth of July:............ Let the pros handle the fireworks. With numerous professional displays scheduled for the Fourth, there’s no shortage of festive and colorful fireworks to enjoy in Tennessee. State fire officials urge Tennesseans to take part in these professionally run events instead of risking their lives and possibly breaking the law by handling fireworks themselves. “The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We encourage Tennesseans to enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals, where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate our nation’s independence.” Using fireworks at home can have tragic consequences. A fireworks-related tragedy has already struck Tennessee this year after a 12-year-old Nashville boy was killed by an exploding firework Sunday night. Unfortunately, fireworks-related fatalities and injuries happen frequently. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 11 people were killed and more than 10,000 were injured last year by fireworks. In addition to injuries, fireworks can devastate homes and property. A 2007 Tennessee law prevents children under 16 from purchasing fireworks; and those who are age 16 or 17 must present a photo ID to purchase them. Locally Parrottsville will present it's First Annual Fireworks Showcase on Saturday, with live music, food, inflatables and fun for the whole family. Also, the Sunset Gap Community Center will offer fireworks at dusk. A 6$ dinner plate will be available beginning at 6 PM, and a silent auction is planned for 6 to 8 pm.

President visits Nashville
President Barack Obama in Nashville on Wednesday, applauded efforts in Tennessee to expand health care access. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 25 that tax credits, a subsidy used to make health insurance affordable, are available on both federally and state-run exchanges. President Obama was in Tennessee on Wednesday saying health care should be a larger part of the national discussion, adding that he wants people to think about it before they need it. The president concentrated on how changing the way providers engage with patients is key to having a healthier society and lower costs. He suggested the country — politicians, citizens, and health care industry — need to think about the complicated system and the steps needed to improve the way it functions. "We need to think more about delivery systems out there, this can get real complicated because we've got a complicated health care system," Obama said. Still the president said the nation needs a "health care system not a disease care system," and he added, "We need to think about this in a practical American way not a partisan political way."

Knox animal cruelty
Another $5,000 has been added to the money already contributed for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the beheading and skinning of two dogs found off the side of the road last week in West Knox County. Ed Loy of the Fort Loudon Marina has pledged $5,000. The total reward is now up to $17,000. Others who have donated are: PETA is contributing $5,000; The Animal Legal Defense Fund will give $5,000; Robert Brannon of the Friends of the Animal Shelter in Newport is personally donating $1,000; and The Humane Society of East Tennessee will donate $1,000. Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said he is very appreciative of these people and organizations and feels that the reward money will help in someone stepping forward to give information. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is appealing to the public for any information connected to this case. KCSO responded to the scene last Wednesday and found the two medium size dogs decapitated and skinned. They had been placed on the side of the road at 1145 Jenkins Lane just off Canton Hollow Road. If you have any information, please call KCSO at 865- 215-2243.

Birds of Prey
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is teaming up with the Balsam Mountain Trust for a third year to present a special program, Birds of Prey,at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room on, July 10. Michael Skinner, Executive Director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, will conduct an hour-long Birds of Prey program beginning at 11:00 a.m. This program will provide visitors with an up-close glimpse of some of the most recognized and revered birds such as the tiny eastern screech owl and northern bald eagle. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Balsam Mountain Trust for a third year,” Said, Supervisory Park Ranger Lynda Doucette. “This program provides an opportunity for park visitors to see and learn about these beautiful birds first hand.” Balsam Mountain Trust is a local non-profit whose mission is the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on Balsam Mountain Preserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain region, through effective land management practices, scientific research, and environmental education. The Trust has earned special distinction as a place where non-releasable birds of prey are taken in, cared for, and then utilized as educational ambassadors. The Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room is adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road, 2 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. For more information on the upcoming Birds of Prey program, contact the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at (828) 497-1904. Park information is also available from the park’s website at www.nps.gov/grsm.

Rhythm on the River
The Newport Rhythm on the River concert series continues this evening on the Riverwalk in downtown Newport this evening. Music will be provided by Loose Change Band of Newport The music series is sponsored by Fisher Insurance, National Bank of Tennessee, Newport Federal bank and US Bank, ConAgra and Wilson's Sav More Drugs, and is being organized by The Partnership /Chamber of Commerce. There will be food at the event.....6:30 pm till 8:30 pm.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

  • Drugs bust in Cocke County
  • Be careful of fireworks
  • President visits Nashville
  • Knox animal cruelty
  • Birds of Prey
  • Rhythm on the River

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015

  • Newport sewer rates to increase.
  • Three charged in railroad theft
  • Speegle arrest
  • Cocke Grand Jury
  • New Tennessee laws

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  • Cosby Campground is again open
  • Obama to visit Nashville
  • Cocke schools to look at upgrades

    Monday, June 29, 2015

  • Value of Cocke County property drops
  • Williams sentenced on bank robbery charges
  • Bald eagle shot
  • President Obama to visit Tennessee
  • Confederate license plate controversy
  • Potter picked up on grand jury charges

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

  • Cook arrest
  • Friday power outages

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