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Cocke County Animal Shelter Manager Charged With Animal Cruelty
NEWPORT — The manager of an animal shelter in Cocke County has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Terry Starnes, manager of Friends Animal Shelter, was arrested and charged following an investigation on Dec. 10.
Newport man indicted for sexual exploitation of minor
NEWPORT—A Newport man was indicted on several charges of sexual exploitation of a minor this week. Todd Brock Withey, 44, Tanasi Drive, was indicted by a Cocke County Grand Jury on four counts sexual exploitation of a minor. Sgt. Christopher Barnes served the capias warrants to Withey on Tuesday, De
South Carolina man with alleged nefarious intent found hiding under rig
Cocke County authorities Thursday morning arrested a South Carolina man who allegedly planned to rob the driver and then steal his tractor-trailer rig from a location off Zanzabar Road.
Police Reports - Dec. 15
Failure to appear: Rhennon R. Black, 41, McSween Springs Road, was served with an active outstanding warrant for failure to appear on Friday, Dec. 14. Patrolman Joshyua Shults arrested Black without incident and transported her to the Cocke County Jail Annex.
Scrapbook filled with CCHS Band memorabilia saved from scrapheap
It hurts me to think of all the history that has been tossed on Cocke County’s scrapheaps over the years. Photos by the thousands, letters, family papers, diaries, advertising circulars, family Bibles, military papers—the list is endless of what has been lost.
Brooks sentenced to 10 years for robbery
GREENEVILLE—On October 2, 2018, Benjamin Joel Brooks, 40, of Newport, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable R. Leon Jordan, U.S. District Judge, to serve ten years in federal prison. Upon his release from prison, he will be supervised by U.S. Probation for five years. Brooks pleaded guilty in Ma
Memphis' Penny Hardaway: Tennessee players all 'ran over to fight'
players left their bench and "ran over to fight" with "fists balled" as tempers threatened to boil over late in the Volunteers' 102-92 road win Saturday. During a timeout with less than a minute to play, two Memphis players and one Tennessee player were assessed technical fouls after exchanging word
Leadership Cocke County taking applications for 2019 Class
NEWPORT—Leadership Cocke County is announcing that the organization is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2019. Deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2019.
Newport animal shelter director fired after being charged with animal cruelty
The director of the Friends Animal Shelter in Newport has been fired from his position after Cocke County sheriff's deputies arrested him on animal cruelty charges. The shelter's board voted 4-1 to fire Terry Starnes on Tuesday, one day after his arrest, according to shelter president Anne Fontaine,
Sheriff Reports - Dec. 15
Probation violation: David Curtis Maples, 48, Highland Street, was served with an active outstanding warrant for violation of probation on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Deputy Aaron Loveday served Maples the warrant at the Cocke County Jail Annex.
Woman claims she's assaulted in incident at Friends' Shelter
NEWPORT— The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office has released details following an investigation at the Friends Animal Shelter after a woman reported she was allegedly assaulted on Monday, Dec. 10.
Sheriff: Tennessee shelter manager charged after photos of starving dog circulate online
NEWPORT, Tenn. — Authorities say photos of a starving dog at a Tennessee shelter have circulated on Facebook and now the former manager is charged with animal cruelty. News outlets report Kylar is at least one animal 44-year-old Terry Starnes is accused of endangering at the Friends Animal Shelter i
Library Friends offer thanks for making Christmas event a success
Library Friends of Cocke County, in partnership with Cosby Academy members, once again hosted Lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Stokely Memorial Library. This annual event allows children and parents to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a library setting, enjoy lunch together,
Crews recover missing fisherman's body in Douglas Lake
Search teams have recovered the body of a missing fisherman in Douglas Lake. TWRA was called to the Dandridge Access Area in Jefferson County at 1:30 on Thursday after a report that a boat was adrift and a fisherman was missing near the boat ramp.
TCI's Bob Bass addresses CLB on jail issues
NEWPORT—The Cocke County Legislative Body met in a workshop Tuesday evening where they heard from Detention Facilities Manager Bob Bass with Tennessee Corrections Institute. Last year, Bass made an appearance in Newport to deliver a heated warning to the previous CLB members regarding the lack of me
Newport man charged following pursuit
NEWPORT—A Newport man is facing an array of charges following a vehicle pursuit on Sunday, Dec. 9. Newport police officials identified the male as Rodney Dewayne Williams, 37, 6th Street. He was charged with driving under the influence, violation of implied consent, resisting arrest, evading arrest,
White Tennessee sheriff's officer punching handcuffed black suspect sparks outcry in Chattanooga
The attorney for a black Tennessee man whose beating by a white sheriff's officer while he was handcuffed was caught on video says the officer should be fired immediately and then prosecuted.
Sheriff Reports - Dec. 13
Gudger arrest: Parvel Lamon Gudger, 34, Hurst Street, was served with active outstanding warrants for violation of probation and failure to appear on Sunday, Dec. 9. Sgt. Brian Holt arrested Gudger without incident and transported him to the Cocke County Jail Annex.
Newly-elected Newport City Council meets
Members of the newly-elected Newport Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday evening in their first session. Former Vice-Mayor Mike Proffitt received the highest number of votes in the recent election and so the rest of the council elected him as vice mayor again.
Tennessee Detective Caught Beating a Handcuffed Black Man Still Collecting Checks on Desk Duty
A white Hamilton County, Tennessee, detective caught on camera punching and kicking a black man in handcuffs is now on desk duty as police launch an investigation into the case.