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MORRISTOWN—President’s Day makes Dr. Timothy Holder, professor of history at Walters State Community College, very happy. The federal holiday gives him another chance to talk about one of his favorite subjects: American presidents.

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NEWPORT—It might have been snowing and cold on Thursday, February 20, but such weather didn’t deter owners of local rafting companies from reporting to Cocke County Clerk Jan Brockwell’s office to acquire their licenses to operate for the 2020 season.

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NEWPORT—The Cocke County Partnership/Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) will be available to offer counseling services for existing or potential small business owners and entrepreneurs. On the first Monday of the every month a counc…

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As the season of Lent approaches, the observance of Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday, will be observed at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Newport.

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NEWPORT—Cocke County voters have only three more days to cast a ballot during Early Voting for the Super Tuesday Presidential Primary. There is a ballot for both the Republican and the Democratic parties.

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GREENEVILLE—Michael Keith Turner of Hartford, Tennessee, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge R. Leon Jordan to three federal felony counts charging that Turner had created false records to conceal illegal purchases of ginseng made prior to the legal harvest season in 2015.

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NEWPORT—The meeting of the County Legislative Body was at times a free-for-all Tuesday evening as commissioners and citizens discussed the possibility of a county wheel tax.

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NEWPORT—Recent discussions of a wheel tax and budget figures for county departments has led County Legislative Body members to schedule a question and answer session for the public.

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NEWPORT—The Cocke County Legislative Body recently made the decision to fill the position of County Attorney, this after previous attorney Brittany Wild Vick resigned.

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NEWPORT—A new firewood ministry offered by First United Methodist Church is ready to provide much needed wood to low-income residents to assist in keeping homes heated throughout the cold winter months.

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GREENEVILLE—An officer-involved shooting late Monday afternoon in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement at 2375 E. Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville, Tenn., left a Cocke County corrections officer dead after Greeneville police intervened in a reported domestic dispute.

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CARSON SPRINGS—The Cocke County Partnership is pleased to announce the organization will be hosting the 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center beginning at 8 a.m.

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NEWPORT—At least 100 local veterans attended the 16th Annual Valentine’s for Veteran’s Breakfast at the Newport Community Center last Saturday morning. The event was hosted by the Cocke County Democratic Party and Cocke County Women’s Democratic Club.

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NEWPORT—On Tuesday, the City of Newport’s Board of Mayor and Alderman took a huge step forward when they voted to accept a lease agreement between the city and Walters State Community College to establish a campus in Newport. The campus will be located inside the Tanner building.

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NEWPORT—A Newport man has been indicted by a Cocke County Grand Jury on charges stemming from an October 27 incident where he burned down a Newport woman’s residence on West Highway 25/70.

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NEWPORT— The Newport Police Department is investigating a child pornography incident where an explicit photo of a child was uploaded to the internet.

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NEWPORT—Officers were dispatched to Walmart concerning an altercation on Sunday, Feb. 9. While en route, Patrolman Paul Weber was advised that an individual involved in the altercation left the scene and drove toward Goody’s.

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Several drugs were found inside a vehicle following a traffic stop in Newport Monday night. Patrolman Shane Bower said he and Capt. Derrick Webb conducted a traffic stop after they observed a vehicle sitting in the roadway blocking a private driveway.

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NEWPORT—Newport Utilities is currently working on a waterline on Rock Hill Road that was affected by a landslide during the recent heavy rains and the heavy river flow along the French Broad River.

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NEWPORT—The Cocke County Community Action Board (CAB) and Coordinated School Health (CSH) each held meetings this month with discussions focusing on family resources, children’s mental health needs and online safety courses for middle school students.

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NEWPORT—When the weather is dark and dreary parents are left wondering how to entertain the tiny balls of energy (A.K.A. their children) that are trapped in the proverbial same “four walls” of their home for days on end.

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COCKE COUNTY—On Friday, several first responders from Cocke County and Hamblen County rescued a female subject who became trapped in her vehicle after she attempted to drive through a flooded area on Spencer Hale Road. The female was later arrested and charged with possession of drugs.

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NEWPORT—Early Voting for the Super Tuesday Presidential Primary begins Wednesday at the Courthouse Annex in the Cocke County Election Commission office, at 360 E. Main Street in Newport.

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NEWPORT—A new fee for duplicating, storing, and/or maintaining any records required by law to be permanently kept went into effect at the Cocke County Clerk’s office this week.

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NEWPORT—The former Cocke County corrections officer facing charges stemming from the alleged assault of a handcuffed inmate was in criminal court Tuesday morning before Judge Carter Moore.

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NEWPORT—A female subject is now in custody after she was involved in a burglary and kidnapping incident of a Newport man in late December 2019 at a residence on Highway 160.

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NEWPORT—For those who feel “stuck” and think there is no other course of action but to wade into a sea of debt, they can now find help and relief with a free program being offered locally through First Horizon Bank (formerly First Tennessee) known as Operation Hope.

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NEWPORT—Cocke County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Ramblin Road, concerning an assault on Saturday, Feb. 1.

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NEWPORT—Soon, patients with vascular conditions in the Newport area won’t have to travel far to receive medical care. Jennifer Cole, Nurse Practitioner with East Tennessee Vascular Center (E.T.V.C.), will be available for patient visits on a part-time basis.