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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cocke Veterans program
Cocke County military veterans were recognized during two events Monday in the community. At Cocke County High School the Beta Club hosted the event, which featured speakers, music and renditions. The Cocke County High School Chorus sang "America". An Empty Table recognized POW/MIA's, and Cocke County Trustee Rob Mathis himself a retired veteran recognized the family members of veterans who he said are too often forgotten when those who made sacrifices are recognized. Representatives of the AMVETS and Disabled American Veterans detailed the various programs their organizations offer to local veterans. The keynote speaker was Lt. Col. Rusty Gregg, Retired from the US Air Force. He attended the US Air Force Academy where he also played football. Later Gregg served in a number of combat situations around the world including Desert Storm. After retirement, Gregg was employed for a number of years as a Fed Ex pilot. He called on those in the audience to honor veterans every day. "On Veterans Day and Memorial Day, most Americans profess to truly love our veterans, but it is imperative to remember that veterans are defending us 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. Our gratitude and respect must be forever." And Lt. Col. Gregg suggested that a veteran, in essence, has written a blank check payable to the United States of America," for an amount up to and including our lives. That ladies and gentlemen is honor." He thanked the veterans in the audience for doing what they were called to do "so that we can safely do what we are free to do." State Representative Jeremy Faison, Republican of Cosby, told the crowd that America is great in large part due to its volunteer army, which volunteers its sacrifices for the country. Newport Mayor Roland Dykes III said none of his official events have been more important to him than the veteran's events he has participated in. And he said the sacrifices veterans paid with blood must never be forgotten, resulting in freedom, liberty and peace for Americans. Later on Veteran's Day, a second program was held at the Cosby Elementary School.

Parrottsville home destroyed by fire
A total of five fire departments responded early Monday morning to a home fire on Sinking Creek Road in Cocke County. Senior Captain Robert Cashen of the Cocke County Fire Department said his department responded at 2:24 am to the blaze in the Chris Presnell home. The owner was working in Pennsylvania when the blaze was discovered, and there were no occupants in the residence. A relative who lives nearby told Firefighter Cashen that there was a heater on the porch of the home to warm a dog, and that may have been the source of the fire, however that has not been confirmed. Firefighters from volunteer departments in Parrottsville, Long Creek, Del Rio, and Centerview were able to save a two-bay detached garage near the home, during the two-hour firefighting effort. The 1,600 square foot home was destroyed with the loss placed at $110,000.

TennCare hack
TennCare officials say the personal information of about 44,000 TennCare members may have been stolen recently when the email system of a vendor was accessed. Magellan Health Systems reports information including names and social security numbers was potentially compromised because a Magellan employee was targeted in a phishing hack. The health system says the scheme accessed the employee's email account, which contained members' information. Magellan manages TennCare's pharmacy benefits. Affected members are being notified.

Gas prices moving up due to tighter supplies
AAA says Tennessee Gas Prices are up five cents compared to last week. Today's state average is $2.35 which is the same as a month ago, but still 14 cents less than last year. The national average is $2.61, which is one cent more than last week, and eight cents less than this time last year. "Last week's data from the Energy Information revealed that total domestic stocks of gasoline decreased for the sixth consecutive week and that demand was unseasonably high,” says Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director for AAA. “This week's demand is looking more seasonal and major increases are not expected in the week ahead.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • Cocke Veterans program
  • Parrottsville home destroyed by fire
  • TennCare hack
  • Gas prices moving up due to tighter supplies

    Monday, November 11, 2019

  • Cocke County crash
  • Greeneville officer involved shooting
  • Unclaimed property

    Saturday, November 09, 2019

  • Highway 25E crash
  • Jimmy Dunn recognized by Congressman Roe

    Friday, November 08, 2019

  • Padgett Mill murder (update)
  • Rolling car leaves minor injuries
  • TWRA collecting deer data
  • UT Promise Scholarship is available
  • Infant mortality improves in Tennessee

    Thursday, November 07, 2019

  • Veterans Day programs
  • Philpot arrest
  • Brandon Clark charges
  • Work with Us
  • Assistance for children with disabilities
  • Straw Plains crash
  • Obese Tennesseans

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