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NEWPORT—Members of the Executive Committee of the Cocke County Partnership and Economic Development Commission met Thursday evening where they received updates from various departments.

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NEWPORT—An upset parent from Cosby addressed the county school board Thursday with complaints of her child’s bus being continuously late. The concerned parent also discussed the lack of response from several calls placed to the bus garage and school board office about the issue.

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NEWPORT—The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted an investigation that led to the indictment and arrest of Melvin James Tucker, former manager of the Hideaway, for tax evasion and theft.

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COCKE COUNTY—With over 300 road signs stolen throughout the county so far this year, the problem has seemed to go beyond a one-time prank and move into a serious and costly issue for the county.

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NEWPORT—A case of mistaken identity stemming from an identity theft caused a North Carolina man to be picked up by bounty hunters and brought to the Cocke County jail on the charge of Failure to Appear for a court date.

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NEWPORT—Pastor Jon Walton and his wife Missy, of Faith, Hope & Love Family Church have spent their Friday evenings supply food an faith to members of the Cocke County High School band.

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NEWPORT—The Industrial Development Board (IDB) of Newport and Cocke County took a giant step forward Tuesday evening by approving the acquisition, financing and contribution agreement for a new industrial park.

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NEWPORT—West End Baptist Church is sponsoring The Hope in Motion Bowl-a-Thon with proceeds going to benefit the county’s Isaiah 117 House efforts and to support Christmas Food Baskets.

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NEWPORT—The Newport Goody’s is expected to close right after the first of the year, but Stage, the parent company of Goody’s, plans to quickly fill the large department space with an off-price concept store known as Gordmans.

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PARROTTSVILLE—Over 100 people ignored nearly 100-degree heat on Saturday, Sept. 28, to come together in the sanctuary of Salem Lutheran Church to enjoy a concert presented by pianist Jason Coleman.

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NEWPORT—Officers were dispatched to the area of Tedder Drive concerning a single vehicle accident on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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NEWPORT— The City of Newport’s Board of Mayor and Alderman spent time Tuesday evening receiving updates and hearing from citizens at Newport City Hall. Council members also voted on a new animal ordinance and to extend a water line on Rack Lane.

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NEWPORT—Requests for new construction permits rose 36 percent last month, according to Michael Williford during his report to the Newport Utilities Board of Directors at their recent meeting. “This is good news for the community.”

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NEWPORT—A Newport woman sustained serious injuries after she was ejected from a vehicle on Monday, Oct. 7. The driver of the vehicle is facing an array of charges including driving under the influence and vehicular assault.

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NEWPORT—Veterans and local officials recently gathered on the lawn of the American Legion building to honor and remember the country’s military members that are listed as POW (Prisoner of War) and MIA (Missing in Action). The event was hosted by American Legion Post 41.

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Welcome to the second month of “Count Down to Kindergarten,” the awareness program designed by the Rural Accelerator Impact leadership team to help parents know what is expected of children entering kindergarten and to help the children be prepared for the transition to school.

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NEWPORT—Two people have been charged following a fatal stabbing in Newport on Monday, Sept. 30.

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NEWPORT—Empower Cocke County’s website has the words “God Sized Change” emblazoned on its page and that’s what facility Executive Director Annette Burke has witnessed the last three years as the once hollow building that houses Empower, has slowly transformed into a fully functioning facilit…

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NEWPORT—Sheriff’s deputies say two men incarcerated in the county jail are now facing charges after allegedly conspiring with a third party to smuggle contraband into their cell.

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NEWPORT—A former City of Newport Alderwoman along with another female were arrested by the Newport Police Department Friday morning after they stole a number of items from Walmart.

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COSBY—Things were really rolling along the roads in Cocke and Sevier Counties last Saturday morning. Motorists in Cosby “shared the road” with almost forty cyclists participating in the inaugural “Tour de Moonshine.”

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NEWPORT—The Newport Police Department Narcotics Unit working in conjunction with the 4th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office sought a padlocking order for a residence and an outbuilding located at 141 English Street in Newport.

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NEWPORT—It’s been a long time coming—way too long, in the eyes of many—but last Thursday, Carlene Robinson finally got to do the “Happy Dance” with fellow members of Tanner Preservation Alliance and employees of the Cocke County Partnership.

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NEWPORT—A hot meal, a refreshing shower and the security of a roof over our heads are things that most of us don’t think twice about in our daily routine. But for a rising number of Cocke County’s homeless, these three simple things are nearly unattainable.

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BYBEE—Ecclesiastes 11 tells us, “Cast your bread upon the waters/for you will find it after many days.” (ESV)