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Newport 'Paints Town Pink' for breast cancer awareness


Tennova Medical Center in Newport turned the courthouse lawn pink to show its support for breast cancer awareness.

Dozens of people packed into the lawn to listen to live music and donate breast cancer research as part of the "Paint the Town Pink" campaign. Business throughout Newport also took part in the event, putting up signs in their windows to support the cause.

Spencer Thomas, Newport Medical Center CEO, said the event has a number of benefits.

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Drug raid finds several guns, more than a pound of marijuana


(WBIR) A drug raid in Cocke County turned up several guns, drug paraphernalia, and more than one pound of marijuana on Monday.

According to Cocke County Sheriff Armondo Fontes, narcotic agents went Monday to the home of Donald Williams on the 200 block of Shiloh Road over drug activity concerns.

Authorities searched the home and seized scales, packaging material, 1.28 pounds of marijuana, four rifles, a shotgun and a pistol.

Cocke Co. men cited for ginseng poaching


Three Cocke County men are accused of poaching ginseng inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park rangers cited Danny Grooms, Robert Goben Jr, and Ryan Stieman for digging ginseng.

Wild American ginseng is native to the park. The roots are popular in Asian markets and can sell for hundreds of dollars. Dried ginseng roots are used in medicines, teas, and other health products.

Plans in gear to develop Dandridge waterfront


ID=16553861(WBIR-Dandridge) By early 2015, the people in the town of Dandridge will get an idea of what a massive waterfront development project that's designed to "bring the town together" could look like.

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Bean Station pharmacy shooter pleas, gets life in prison


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The man charged with killing two men and injuring two others during a pharmacy robbery has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Pair charged with dragging dog from moving car


Two people are facing charges after a police officer saw them dragging a small dog beside a moving car.

On Sunday, an officer saw the car with the small dog hanging by a leash coming out of the door and pulled the car over.

John Brooks was driving the car. His passenger, Cyrstal Ledford, told the officer she had tied the dog's leash to the gear shift.

Ammo becomes scarce for sheriff's offices


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Sheriff's departments around the area say they're struggling amid an ammo shortage and they're trying to figure what's the best way to find some.