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NGS principal praises staff, students for storm response at board meeting

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Newport Grammar School Principal Dustin Morrow praised the faculty, staff and students for their response to the storm that recently caused roof damage to the building. He said that work is continuing and they are getting things back in order. He pointed out new ceiling tiles and new carpet are being installed because it had gotten wet in the building.

“We got the water out, but we wanted to make sure there was no smell or other issues,” he said.

Director Sandra Burchette said that the state approved the request to use the three days school was out for the storm from the stockpiled days that the system had available. She said that drops it down to six days available.

Board Chair Jan Brooks said Cocke County Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Esway could not say enough about the teachers, students and parents here and how they responded to the storm damage at the school.

Read the rest of this story and more in the current issue of The Newport Plain Talk.

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Cosby man faces drug, weapons charges in Jefferson County

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A Cosby man was among three people arrested for drugs and weapons charges when a search warrant was served at 1488 Squire Fox Road in Dandridge on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force and the Special Operations Response Team seized 14 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin, seven grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and scales as well as four firearms.

Among those arrested was Michael Allen Presnell, 50, of Keener Road, Cosby, who was charged with sale and delivery of Schedule I (heroin), sale and delivery of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule VI (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of possession of firearm as a felon and vandalism.

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Stewart's decision affirms 'blessing' of teaming up with Baxter again for Mars Hill

NEWPORT — Jameszina Rucker all but teared up in the fall when she was asked about the prospect of her son playing college football with his best friend.

“Oh Lord,” she said, “that would be such a blessing.”

Tuesday afternoon, that blessing came to fruition when Cocke County wide receiver Brazen Stewart committed to play football for Mars Hill University.

He did so roughly 48 hours after his longtime friend and quarterback, Baylor Baxter, committed to the same school.

The pair has remained tight since they played basketball together in third grade.

But they have also been close through off-field circumstances, such as when Brazen’s father passed away.

“Super exciting for all of our kids,” said CCHS coach Scotty Dykes. “But for (Brazen) in particular, it’s that much more special with everything he has been through.”

Now, both Stewart and Baxter will team up in the Lions’ blue and gold for the next four years.

Stewart’s addition brings a dynamic playmaker to the Mars Hill locker room, as he proved his abilities as a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner in the 2022 season.

He was voted wide receiver of the year for Region 2-5A, hauling in 25 receptions for 289 yards and three scores through nine games.

He also came up with 13 tackles on defense and made several vital pass breakups with a key interception in the Fighting Cocks’ win over Seymour.

Moreover, Stewart showcased his speed as a returner, blazing for touchdowns on multiple kickoff returns during the season.

“Brazen’s obviously going to bring a lot to the offense,” said Baxter. “He’ll get on the field and go make plays.”

And Baxter would know, too, since Stewart was his favorite receiver through high school.

Read more in the Wednesday edition of The Newport Plain Talk. 

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CCHS teams split JCHS matchup

By Jake Nichols​ ​ ​Updated

On Tuesday, both Cocke County teams faced rival Jefferson County on the Patriots' home court. 

The Lady Red lost 58-51, despite Paige Niethammer putting up 29 points and 10 boards.

Casey Ragan's club pulled out a 50-48 win in overtime off a 20-point performance from Baylor Baxter. 

Both CCHS teams will snap back into action on Thursday night at Hancock County. Tip is set for 6:30 for the girls' game. 

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Frances Rhyne, Jan. 31, Newport, Manes Funeral Home

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