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Officers rescue bear locked in vehicle

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Lieutenant Jonathon Ochs responded to Middle Way in Cosby, in reference to a bear in a vehicle. Ochs stated that a large black bear could be seen inside a White Honda Pilot SUV upon his arrival to the scene. Beulah Underwood told the lieutenant that she heard a car door shut, so she checked the vehicle and noticed the bear inside.

The bear had chewed on the interior of the vehicle, destroying most of the electronics and upholstery, preventing Michael Underwood and Lieutenant Ochs from unlocking the doors.

The Underwoods agreed to break a window in order to allow the bear to exit the vehicle, but were concerned with the bear’s welfare due to the lack of air while inside the vehicle. Underwood stated that she believed the bear had been locked inside the vehicle for well over an hour.

Dispatch attempted several times to reach TWRA with no success. Lieutenant Ochs shot two 12 gauge bean bag rounds into the left rear passenger window in order to allow the bear an exit from the vehicle. Ochs stated that once the glass was broken, the bear cautiously climbed out of the vehicle and ran off without any apparent injuries.

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Officer administers Narcan on alleged heroin user at travel center

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On August 13, Officer Justin Shelton responded to Time Out Travel Center in reference to a possibly unresponsive male in a vehicle.

Upon arrival, Sergeant Woody administered one 4mg nasal dose of Narcan. Shelton states that the male then became alert and identified himself as Roger Kirkpatrick. The officers reported that Kirkpatrick was covered in sweat and had trouble staying alert. Kirkpatrick then told the officers he had “shot up heroin.”

A used syringe with a blackish substance was found in the floorboard between Kirkpatrick’s feet. Priority EMS arrived, but Kirkpatrick refused medical treatment. Officer Shelton then placed Kirkpatrick under arrest and transported him to the Cocke County Jail.

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Fiery Lady Red fluster Cosby, highlight program differences in volleyball edition of ‘Battle of the Birds’

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COSBY — In the volleyball edition of the ‘Battle of the Birds,’ Cocke County rolled in fresh off a season-opening win over Sevier County.

That win was a refresher in communication and positivity, as the Lady Red — which struggled in both of those aspects in their jamboree — controlled the pace throughout.

Thursday’s match with Cosby was the same way. The aftermath, though, was a stark reminder in the differences in the programs — and how Taylor Halcomb can rebuild the culture within Cosby volleyball.

See more in the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

Cocke County girls soccer hits reset button before beating Cherokee for first win of 2022 season

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NEWPORT — In its first match of the season, Cocke County girls soccer fell to Gatlinburg-Pittman 5-2.

The Lady Red bounced back on Thursday, as five players chipped in with a goal apiece — along with two goals from Mia Budirahaija — en route to a 6-2 win.

So, what changed to spark the Lady Red’s first win of the season?

Find out in the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.  

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Long Creek Christian Church Gospel Music Barn

Gospel singing at Long Creek Christian Church Gospel Music Barn, August 20, at 6:30 pm. Featured groups are Strong Ties, Bluegrass of Faith and The Saults Family. Bring your lawn chairs and join us out on the lawn for some good gospel singing. In the event of bad weather, everyone is invited inside the barn. Long Creek Christian Church is located at 3310 Sane Rd. in the Long Creek community. Everyone is invited.

Victory Mountain Ministries will host Carson Creek Singers

Carson Creek Singers will be at Victory Mountain Ministries on 458 New Cave Church Road this Sunday, August 21, at 11 a.m. Pastor Vaughn Burgin and the congregation invite everyone to come. For more information call 423-487-5491.

Allen’s Chapel Baptist Church Anniversary

Allen’s Chapel Baptist Church, Parrottsville, will celebrate their church anniversary of 138 years August 21 at 11 a.m. The church will introduce and present Elder Leon A. Baker, PhD from Oak Ridge to this community. Come and be blessed. Everyone is invited.

Obituaries

Area Deaths

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Kathy Lynne Williamson - August 18

Wanda Allen Wood - August 17

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