A1 A1
Health Department offering free flu shots Nov. 19

COCKE COUNTY—The Cocke County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “FightFluTN” vaccination event Nov. 19.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Cocke County Health Department Director Jana Chambers.

“The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in Cocke County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”

The Cocke County Health Department will provide flu shots Nov. 19 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at the Newport Community Center located at 433 Prospect Avenue, Newport from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Cocke County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now.

The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, contact your health care provider, call the Cocke County Health Department at 423-623-8733 or visit tn.gov/health/fightflu.

Gem Lieser 

Veterans honored at Parrottsville Elementary Breakfast

Parrottsville Elementary typically hosts an annual Veteran’s Day Program to honor our local men and women who served in the United States military. However this year they decided to do something a little different by offering a full breakfast buffet for the veterans. Students were on hand serving drinks and opening doors. Elementary students from all classes made homemade thank you cards for the veterans and delivered them personally.

Two homes destroyed in separate fires

COCKE COUNTY—Several fire departments responded to house fires on Sunday and Monday morning. Both homes, one located at Sinking Creek Road, and the other on Long Brand Road, were a total loss according to the Cocke County Fire Department.

On Sunday, the CCFD was dispatched to the 2400 block of Long Branch Road concerning a structure fire just before 5 a.m. Upon arrival, fire crews reported the mobile home, owned by Aurine Barnett, was fully engulfed by flames.

Fire crews spoke with Barnett, who said her daughter woke up and smelled smoke coming from a chest freezer that was located near the laundry room.

The family was able to escape the home without injury.

The home was a total loss and valued at $80,000.

Fire crews who responded were the Cocke County Fire Department, Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department, Del Rio Volunteer Fire Department and Cosby Volunteer Fire Department.

Home destroyed in Parrottsville

A Sinking Creek home was destroyed by an early morning fire on Monday, Nov. 11.

Senior Captain Robert Cashen reported a call came in around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning regarding a structure fire at 2351 Sinking Creek Road in Parrottsville.

Upon arrival, the home was fully engulfed by flames and deemed a total loss.

According to Captain Cashen, the home owner, identified as Christopher Presnell, was not home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Responding agencies were the Cocke County Fire Department, Parrottsville Volunteer Fire Department, Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Centerview Volunteer Fire Department and Del Rio Volunteer Fire Department.

The estimated loss totaled nearly $90,000.