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Monday, August 10, 2020

Newport PD investigates shooting
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two Morristown women were injured Friday when their auto went out of control on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County. Trooper Zandra Hall said 2011 Mazda was eastbound near the 417 milemarker at 10:48 am when the driver, Samantha Maddry, 27, lost control. “For unknown reasons, Maddry traveled off the road on the right at a high rate of speed. The vehicle traveled down an embankment, struck a tree, and caught on fire," the trooper said. First responders extinguished the fire and then used their jaws of life to free Maddry and her passenger, Breanna Dover, 27 also of Morristown. Maddry was wearing her seatbelt but Dover was not. Both women were taken to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey says teamwork saved the lives of the two injured women, as evidenced by a video taken at the scene and posted on the departments Facebook page. "The area was on a hillside and treacherous as one of the first responders lost his footing during the extraction. Sgt. Mark Snowden steps into a yellow jackets nest and is stung 21 times to his legs and abdomen and a trooper with the Highway Patrol, who was behind Sgt. Snowden, was stung several times as well," the sheriff explained. "Sgt. Snowden was treated on the scene by paramedics for multiple bee stings. Both wreck victims were removed from the area and transported to UT suffering from multiple injuries. This video is a perfect example of the teamwork that happens daily by First Responders, so others may live!” Charges of driving on a suspended license, failure to provide insurance and violation of the due care law, are pending against the Maddry.

Crash injures Morristown women
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two Morristown women were injured Friday when their auto went out of control on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County. Trooper Zandra Hall said 2011 Mazda was eastbound near the 417 milemarker at 10:48 am when the driver, Samantha Maddry, 27, lost control. “For unknown reasons, Maddry traveled off the road on the right at a high rate of speed. The vehicle traveled down an embankment, struck a tree, and caught on fire," the trooper said. First responders extinguished the fire and then used their jaws of life to free Maddry and her passenger, Breanna Dover, 27 also of Morristown. Maddry was wearing her seatbelt but Dover was not. Both women were taken to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey says teamwork saved the lives of the two injured women, as evidenced by a video taken at the scene and posted on the departments Facebook page. "The area was on a hillside and treacherous as one of the first responders lost his footing during the extraction. Sgt. Mark Snowden steps into a yellow jackets nest and is stung 21 times to his legs and abdomen and a trooper with the Highway Patrol, who was behind Sgt. Snowden, was stung several times as well," the sheriff explained. "Sgt. Snowden was treated on the scene by paramedics for multiple bee stings. Both wreck victims were removed from the area and transported to UT suffering from multiple injuries. This video is a perfect example of the teamwork that happens daily by First Responders, so others may live!” Charges of driving on a suspended license, failure to provide insurance and violation of the due care law, are pending against the Maddry.

Newport Grammar delays opening
Newport Grammar School on Saturday announced a change of plans in it's school re-opening. Director Sandy Burchette announced that a decision has been made to delay the first day of school until August 17 Registration is set for Tuesday, August 11. More than 80 students in Putnam County are quarantined since the first week of classes after a student tested positive for COVID-19. Other students who were in close contact with the student have been told to quarantine for 14 days. An additional seven teachers and staff, and a bus driver, are also quarantined due to a positive test or coming into close contact with someone who tested positive. Many of the contacts occurred outside of school or before the academic year began on Aug. 3, the district said.

Earthquake rattles the area
A number of local residents in Bybee and Parrottsville reported feeling an earthquake Sunday morning. The United States Geological Survey says a Magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck around 8:07 am near Sparta, North Carolina, not far from the border with Virginia, the strongest quake to hit the area in more than 100 years. It was the second strongest quake ever recorded in North Carolina,- the strongest 5.2, happened in 1916 in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Sunday quake damaged structures and knocked items from shelves in both homes and stores just after 8 am., but no injuries were reported.

Tennessee Business Relief Program
The Tennessee Department of Revenue reports that more than 33,000 small businesses in Tennessee are eligible for the Tennessee Business Relief Program. Spokesperson Samantha Singer says nearly 60 percent of those business owners still haven’t certified their business to claim a COVID 19 relief payment under the program which was established in June. Since then, Singer says the department has sent out nearly half of the $200 million that was in the program to 13,000 Tennessee businesses. Details about the program can be found at the Tennessee Department of Revenue website.

Sunday COVID 19 stats
The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 122,712 as of August 9, 2020 including 1,223 deaths, 5,304 hospitalizations and 80,997 recovered. Local n umbers...confirmed/recovered/deaths Cocke...475/260/ 2 Jefferson 568/338/ 4 Greene 492/ 146// 8 1,396/892/ 14 Sevier 1,886/1,222/ 7

Monday, August 10, 2020

  • Newport PD investigates shooting
  • Crash injures Morristown women
  • Newport Grammar delays opening
  • Earthquake rattles the area
  • Tennessee Business Relief Program
  • Sunday COVID 19 stats

    Saturday, August 08, 2020

  • A census worker may knock on your door
  • Alexander opposes aluminum tariff
  • Walsingham income proposal
  • Tennessee medical ranking
  • Safe Haven law expanded

    Friday, August 07, 2020

  • Thursday balloting
  • Tennessee health ranking
  • Election numbers

    Thursday, August 06, 2020

  • I-81 crash involving THP
  • Supreme Court makes mail voting difficult
  • Today is election day
  • COVID 19 stats

    Wednesday, August 05, 2020

  • Cocke County murder/suicide
  • Rodgers sentenced
  • Bus occupants injured
  • Tractor trailer pursuit


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