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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Two dead in Dandridge fire
Local and state investigators continue their efforts to identify the cause of a Wednesday morning home fire in Jefferson County which claimed the lives of two individuals. The identities of the victims have not been released pending positive identification from autopsies. This morning Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey told the Citizen Tribune, "we know who they are but we can't release their identities until we have a positive identification." Sheriff Coffey said emergency personnel were notified of the fire on Scarlett Road, Dandridge at 6:48 am. Upon arrival, firefighters and deputies found the single story frame home fully engulfed in flames, after Kenneth Roland, a brother and son of the victims called 911. " A brother was here and said he lives in a mobile home behind the residence. He heard someone yelling and got up and saw it was his brother who was standing in front of the home. He was standing outside the home with flames coming out, and said their mother was still inside the home. The brother then went back into the home, and the brother who lives behind the residence called 911. Neither the mother or the brother came out of the home." The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Bomb and Arson Unit has been called into the probe however Sheriff Coffey says there is no evidence of foul play. "Anytime you have a fire involving a fatality, our investigators request them to assist us just to determine the cause of the fire. That is just standard operating procedure, and our preliminary investigation leads us to believe this was an accidental fire" The home was not equipped with smoke detectors, and the cause of the blaze has not been determined. The Dandridge Fire Department was assisted by the Jefferson City Fire Department, Lakeview Central Volunteer Fire Department and the Nothviewe-Kodak Volunteer Fire Department from Sevier County.

Quality Woodworking damaged by fire
A Cocke County woodworking business was heavily damaged Wednesday morning by fire. Fire units responded to Quality Woodworking in the 1500 block of Highway 73 at 7:18 am, after an employee spotted fire in the attic area. Cocke County Firefighter Michael Allen said owner Michael Holycross reported that there was flammable materials stored throughout the business and so all of the fire departments in Cocke County, as well as the Pittman Center Volunteer unit responded to the scene. The Cocke County Sheriffs Department and Tennessee Department of Transportation blocked off the roadway between the 440 Truckstop and Sweetwater Road, for several hours to facilitate the fire fighting effort. The cause of the fire is undetermined and an investigation is underway to pinpoint the origin. The fire was confined to one area of the business, however, the entire building and the woodworking equipment sustained smoke and water damage. Damage is estimated at more than $250,000.

Jefferson City burglary
Two men are in custody in connection with a Wednesday morning burglary in Jefferson City. Chief of Police Andy Dossett said shortly before 7 am, Jefferson City officers responded to Moyers Street after receiving a suspicious person complaint. While on the scene officers observed two males run from the residence. Raymond Colby Romines, 25, Russell Avenue, Jefferson City, was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit but the second suspect, Seth Aaron Lee Smith, 31, of Jefferson County, fled into a wooded area. Officers learned that the property had been burglarized and later discovered a loaded firearm in the suspect vehicle. A canine team and officers from multiple agencies, including a Knox County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, responded but were unsuccessful in locating Smith. However,he was arrested later Wednesday. Now both men face charges of burglary, evading arrest, and the unlawful possession of a firearm.

Deer hunting season
The 2020 deer archery-only hunting season opens statewide in Tennessee on Saturday. The archery-only season dates are the same statewide Sept. 26 through Oct. 30 and Nov. 2-6. Hunters can use archery equipment at any time during the statewide deer season that runs through Jan. 3, 2021. There are ample opportunities for deer hunters in Tennessee looking for public land on which to hunt. There are more than 100 wildlife management areas and refuges across the state open at various times for hunting. Hunters are reminded that they must possess the appropriate licenses and permits. Specific regulations and license requirements do apply. Private lands are also available for hunting. For hunting on private land, hunters must obtain permission from landowners. Check TWRA bag limits depending on where you hunt.

COVID 19 Update
The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 186,709 as of September 23, 2020 including 2,275 deaths, 779 current hospitalizations and 169,649 recovered. Tennessee has 1,561 new COVID cases since Tuesday. local cases....confirmed/recovered/ deaths Cocke 737/699/ 9 Jefferson 1,085/ 965/ 14 Greene 1,118/ 985/ 39 Hamblen 1,873/1,734/ 25 Sevier 2,553/ 2,398/ 15

Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Two dead in Dandridge fire
  • Quality Woodworking damaged by fire
  • Jefferson City burglary
  • Deer hunting season
  • COVID 19 Update

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • NU Board Meeting
  • Newport Planning Commission
  • World Teachers Day
  • Tennessee House Education Committee
  • COVID Update

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Cocke CLB meeting
  • Two Cocke County homes destroyed by fire
  • Lee doesn't always wear a mask
  • Gas price expected to keep dropping
  • Black bear death and vandalism
  • COVID Update

    Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Mail-In voting
  • Americans mourn the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Jefferson child rape charges
  • Sanderlin pursuit
  • Davis crash results in injuries
  • COVID update

    Sunday, September 20, 2020

  • Cocke County High School Reminder