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Monday, September 26, 2016

Gregg arrest
For the second time in ten days, Newport authorities have jailed a man who threatened to kill himself. Captain Terry Lawson said he responded to the Jackie Gregg residence on North Susong Street where he found Gregg outside of his home waving a knife and holding it to his chest. The subject asked the officer to kill him. Police said Gregg had been arguing with a female, Angela Renner. Patrol Officer William Garber deployed his taser, disabling Gregg. The subject was evaluated at the Newport Medical Center and then jailed on charges of aggravated domestic assault and resisting arrest. On September, 16, Newport authorities defused a volatile situation without injury, when Dustin Rhinebolt held a pistol to his head and then fired it into the air, saying he wanted to kill himself. He was arrested after being tased by police.

Public indecency charges lodged
Newport police arrested two men on public indecency charges over the weekend. Edward Feldner, 75, Creekview Way, Newport, was jailed by Patrol Offcier Jordan Douglas on Sunday. A neighbor, William Patterson contacted authorities to say while he was grilling for his daughter's birthday party, Feldner was walking around his campsite in the nude. When officers arrived, Feldner was putting on his clothes, however he was jailed on indecent exposure charges. Eldon Coggins, 48, Lakeview Street, Newport was arrested early Sunday morning in a very intoxicated condition. Police found him in the nude, outside of his home, screaming at his wife, Vanessa Coggins. As a result the subject was jailed on charges of public indecency and disorderly conduct.

Widner involved in fatal Grainger County crash
A Cocke County woman was injured Friday in a two vehicle crash in Grainger County which claimed the lives of the two occupants in the other car. Vernie L. Widner, 60, of Newport was operating a 2003 Chevrolet when she was hit at the intersection of Highway 25E and Lakeshore Drive in Grainger County. Trooper Shawn Good said the crash occurred just after 11 a.m. when Tammy Pique, 46, attempted a left turn onto Highway 25E and pulled into the path of Widner. Both Pique and her passenger Don Dalton, 78 died in the crash. They both were residents of Rutledge. Both Widner and her passenger, Tony Dalton, 45 of Rutledge were injured in the crash, however Trooper Good's report does not indicate to which hospital they were taken. The officer said all four occupants of the two cars were wearing seat belts, and he does not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Clevenger arrest
A Bowman Drive, Newport woman was jailed Friday by Deputy Max laughter after he was called to a fishing shack on Brown Hollow Road. Brenda Clevenger, 41, had allegedly threatened to harm herself whele under the influence of methamphetamine. The officer found the woman to be very distraught and making no sense as she talked, indicating a male had broken in the front glass door. While on the scene, Officer Laughter said Clevenger punched her son, Justin Clevenger on the mouth causing a laceration. The owner of the single wide, Carrie Peach said no one was to be inside the the home which is used only as a fishing shack. As a result Brenda Lee Clevenger is charged with aggravated burglary, domestic assault and vandalism.

Johnson arrest
Investigators are looking into an aggravated arson incident in the Bybee community reported on Sunday. Teresa Johnson told Deputy Chris Barnes that she was awakened at 6:30 a.m. by a female friend who had found burned items on her front lawn on Glendale Road. In addition a burned envelope was found on the front wooden steps which had caught fire but went out before spreading. Deputy Barnes and Constable Nathan White recovered an envelope which contained the name of a female. Officers learned there had been a confrontation between several females Saturday night and they surmise the arson incident is somehow related. Neighbors reported hearing tow females talking loudly and giggling out side of the Johnson home late Saturday night.

Gas prices
Gas prices in Tennessee are letting up after a leak in the Colonial Pipeline suppressed gasoline supplies two weeks ago . "The reduction in pump prices are a good sign that supplies are reaching the areas most affected by the outage," says Mark Jenkins, of AAA . "It could take a couple of weeks, but prices should eventually return to levels seen before the leak, then follow a downward trend through the rest of the year." During the 12-day shutdown, the state average price rose 17 cents in Tennessee. Since restoring flow last Wednesday, state averages in Tennessee were up 17 cents a gallon. Despite the recent surge in gasoline prices, Tennessee gas averages are a little more than a dollar less than two years ago, when prices exceeded $3 a gallon.

Clown warning
The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security is asking parents to be on the lookout for people dressed as clowns. The department and Tennessee Highway Patrol sent tweets regarding the issue on Saturday. According to officials, those who pose as clowns could actually be child predators. Several threats have been posted on social media sites by individuals posing as clowns. Anyone who sees a suspicious clown in their area should call 911.

Monday, September 26, 2016

  • Gregg arrest
  • Public indecency charges lodged
  • Widner involved in fatal Grainger County crash
  • Clevenger arrest
  • Johnson arrest
  • Gas prices
  • Clown warning

    Friday, September 23, 2016

  • Hurst takes a state position
  • Scots-Irish festival this weekend
  • New funding to fight meth epidemic
  • Highway 25E delays
  • USDA provides RGE loan
  • Exposure investigated
  • Hodges teen missing
  • Cervino arrest
  • Lawmakers get contributions from opioid manufacturers

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • Three charged with underaged beer sales in Newport
  • Pigeon River drowning victim is identified
  • Industrial Development Board approves guidelines for property tax abatement
  • Cocke Circuit Court pleas
  • EQIP is taking applications from farmers
  • Scottish and Irish music

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Brooks case sent to grand jury
  • LEAP grant apppproved
  • Corrections Partnership meets
  • Brotherton fire
  • Hitchcock charged with statutory rape
  • Coulter/animal cruelty citation
  • Kenjo robbery

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

  • Drugs and industyry
  • Inmates charged in assault
  • Taylor tractor incident
  • Pigeon River drowning
  • Cocke County Circuit Court
  • Cocke Legislative Body

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