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Hamblen leads rural counties in Hispanics

Hamblen leads rural counties in Hispanics

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- A report from the University of Tennessee finds that Hamblen County has the largest Hispanic population in Tennessee, outside of metropolitan areas.

The Citizen Tribune reported on the study by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research.

The study used 2010 U.S. Census data and concluded more than 6,700 Hispanics live in Hamblen County, but also noted that because of the way census information is gathered, that figure is probably low.

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2 people plead guilty in 2010 White Pine death

2 people plead guilty in 2010 White Pine death

Two people have pled guilty in the death of a Jefferson County man.

It's tied to the murder of 77-year-old Johnny Douthat of White Pine back in 2010.

Mary Martin pled guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. That charge carries a 20 year sentence with the possibility of parole.

Dustin Ayers pled guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He faces a 36 year sentence without parole.

Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump

Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump

The classes may be small, but that doesn't mean students and parents aren't lining up to attend Newport Grammar School. 791 students go to the Pre-K through 8th grade school this year, 99 more than last year.

"We usually see 30 coming in, 30 going out, kind of an equal balance," said Principal Sandra Burchette. "We have just all summer seen such an increase in enrollment."

The school is zoned for those who live within city limits. Others can attend, but pay tuition.

Flowers Bakery cutting 42 jobs

Flowers Bakery cutting 42 jobs

A bakery in Morristown is laying off dozens of employees.

Managers at Flowers Bakery confirm they are cutting 42 positions.  That includes 29 full time employees and 13 temporary positions.

All of those workers will be offered a severance package and job assistance.

Flowers blames the changing economy for the cuts.

The plant in Morristown will remain open.  Only one production line is closing.

 

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Newport man sentenced on drug charges

Newport man sentenced on drug charges

A Newport man will spend 18 years in federal prison for his part in a drug distribution ring.

According to the FBI,  William H. McMahan, Jr., 41, of Newport, Tennessee, was sentenced on August 20 in U.S. District Court at Greeneville, for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute 1,713 kilograms of marijuana, 14 kilograms of cocaine, and 2,705 (30 milligram) oxycodone pills, as well as laundering money.

Update: Missing tubers recovered from Douglas Lake

Update: Missing tubers recovered from Douglas Lake

Update 4:57 p.m

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency said rescue crews have found both bodies of two tubers missing since Thursday on Douglas Lake in Jefferson County.

TWRA said crews located the body of 53-year-old James Brannan from Illinois on Saturday afternoon around three.

Jefferson Rescue Squad Captain J. Ray Walker confirmed rescue crews found the body of 39-year-old John Perez from Indiana approximately an hour later.

Gov. Haslam declares disaster for flood zones

Gov. Haslam declares disaster for flood zones

Some financial help is on the way for victims of this month's floods in East Tennessee.

Governor Bill Haslam announced a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration for several counties after severe storms and flooding damaged homes and businesses on August 5.

The declaration includes hard-hit Washington County as well as Greene and Hawkins counties.

It makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.