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Monday, February 08, 2016

Meth events over the weekend
A Cocke County man is in custody after he allegedly kicked in a door of a home at 2:24 am today while under the influence of methamphetamine. The drug which often is home-cooked and and with use quickly devastates the human body is growing in popularity because of it's cheap cost. As pill usage is controlled, drug abusers are turning to less expensive substances. This morning Cocke County Sgt. Bob Schaff responded to a home invasion report on Sunrise Drive. Angela Thomas said she was in bed when her alarm sounded. She went downstairs from an upstairs bedroom to find Joshua Laws, 37, Long Branch Road, Del Rio in her living room. "Who are you and why are you in my house" asked Thomas. "My name is Josh and who the hell are you,?" responded the intruder. Laws had a toothbrush and toothpaste in his hands while standing in the living room. The intruder fled and drove through the lawn of a neighbor. Further investigation revealed he had kicked open the front door to the Thomas home, leaving damage to the door and frame of $1,100. Laws was stopped a short time later by Trooper Tyler Hall on Highway 411, and an inventory of the vehicle revealed a syringe and small baggies as well as three cell phones. The subject told Trooper Hall he had used methamphetamine on Sunday and was confused. Now Laws is in custody on charges of aggravated burglary, two counts vandalism and possession of drug paraphernalia. But there were other meth incidents in Cocke County over the weekend. Two persons were jailed Friday evening by Newport Patrol Officer Justin Johnson. The arrests were made after a traffic stop on Harper Circle. The driver was identified as Joseph Jacobs, 36, Fifth Street, Newport, and his passenger as Brandy Nicole Timmons, 33, Allen Road, Talbott. Jacobs was wanted on a probation violation and was driving on a revoked license. He was found to have meth on his person, and in addition clear baggies, three sets of scales, and a spoon also were confiscated. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, second offense driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Timmons was in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, Oxycodone and Haproxen, as well as a needle. She faces charges of two counts possession of a Schedule II drug, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and a legend drug. James Scott Hall, 40, Thinwood Drive, Newport, was arrested Saturday by Deputy Jonathan Ball after he and a female who said she was looking for her great aunt, went to a home on Needmore Road in Bybee at 10 pm. Hall had syringes of meth in his pocket and is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Families First drug testing
A Tennessee law requiring drug screening and testing of public benefit seekers has yielded few positives for illicit drugs and no one has been denied benefits for failing a drug test, though scores of people have walked away from the application process. Just 65 of 39,121 people applying for a cash assistance program known as Families First in Tennessee tested positive for illegal substances or drugs for which they had no prescription since the law was implemented July 1, 2014, according to data provided by the Department of Human Services to The Tennessean. An additional 116 refused to participate in an initial drug screening questionnaire, automatically disqualifying them for benefits. The total cost of drug testing so far: $23,592. Opponents of the drug testing requirement point to the small fraction of people testing positive for drugs less than 1 percent of all applicants tested positive as a sign the policy is a failure based on an unfair perception that poorer Tennesseans are more likely to abuse drugs.

New Market Easter Parade
The New Market Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Team is in the planning stages for it's Fifth Annual Easter Parade and Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Captain Sammy Solomon of the New Market Volunteer Fire and Rescue Team says the event will kick off with a parade which will line up on the Old A.J. Highway at Lost Creek Golf Club at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at 11:30, ending at the Roadside Park beside the fire department. The Grand Marshal will be announced at a later date. The Easter egg hunt will follow. Anyone who would like to be a part of the parade (floats, cars, etc.), is invited to join the line up at 11 a.m. For more information, contact 865-475-1417 or 865-740-7928.

Monday, February 08, 2016

  • Meth events over the weekend
  • Families First drug testing
  • New Market Easter Parade

    Saturday, February 06, 2016

  • Yates injury
  • Student charged with marijuana on campus
  • Girlfriend arrested for hiding sex offender
  • Proposed Rocky Top Trail
  • Vouchers would wipe out education funding increase

    Friday, February 05, 2016

  • Sneed faces additional offenses after starting jail fire
  • Gentry tests positive for meth and is jailed
  • Sex offender arrested at Carson Newman
  • Roe wants to limit access to public housing
  • Jones false report

    Thursday, February 04, 2016

  • Fields charged with DUI and drug offenses
  • Moore charged in domestic altercation
  • TVA shows a loss for last quarter
  • Watts Bar...an expensive nuclear plant
  • Abortion poll

    Wednesday, February 03, 2016

  • Broadband lobbying.
  • FAFSA deadline is approaching
  • Marijuana and DUI bills pending
  • Lawmakers to take up school voucher issue
  • White Pine boy convicted of murder

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