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Marijuana, guns found in home of suspected Cocke Co. drug dealer

A Cocke County man has been arrested after sheriff's deputies say they purchased marijuana from him during an undercover investigation.

The Cocke County Sheriff's Office says they arrested Lemuel Garver after an investigation spanning nearly a year. They say Garver was part of a larger conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs in Cocke County.

When deputies searched his home, they found 49 bags each containing marijuana, 20 guns and over $13,000 cash.

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Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!

Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!



Cherokee Caverns to offer “Old Fashioned Lantern Tours”  on Saturday, May 25th from 10am til 4pm.   Tour caves the way they used to in the old days!  

Cocke Co. family closer to opening unique local winery

(WBIR- Cocke Co.) A  Cocke County family has been producing grapes at their vineyard since 2004 and selling the crop to wineries in Sevierville, but now they're gearing up to open a winery of their own.

Gene and Laura Poland have spent the past three years designing the facility, which will be equipped with a tasting room, viewing room, Japan-inspired restroom, and retail space.

Still under construction, the Poland's hope to open their winery in September.

Newport teachers make push for STEM curriculum

Two teachers at Newport Grammar School asked the Newport City Board of Education to approve a plan to turn the school into a STEM academy. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

If the plan is approved, Newport Grammar School would be the first public STEM academy that would not require students to go through a selection process to be admitted. It would also be the first to offer STEM courses to students in first through eighth grades.

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Morristown police report increase in traffic deaths

(WBIR- Morristown) Statewide traffic fatalities are down this year compared to last year.

This month in 2012, there had been 378 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes year to date, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. So far this year, 328 people have lost their lives on the road.

But one East Tennessee police department says in their small city, the numbers are up.

Morristown Police Department reports they have already had more deaths in 2013 than they had total in 2012.

Employee accused of stealing more than $50K from humane society

(WBIR- Morristown) A local mayor says he's angry after learning a worker stole more than $50,000 meant to help homeless and abused animals.

The state says the theft happened at Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society over the course of two years. The accused worker has been fired.

The Hamblen County Mayor, Bill Brittain, says the case has been handed over to the district attorney. He says he was disappointed when he first found out about the theft allegations.

Investigation finds animal shelter employee stole more thn $50K

State officials say money intended to help homeless animals was stolen by a former shelter employee.

An investigation by the state comptroller's office found that $51,130 was stolen from the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society between July 1, 2009 and October 31, 2011.

The former employee allegedly altered receipts to conceal the theft.  The employee involved had been responsible for gathering collections, matching collections with receipts and delivering those collections to the bookkeeper for deposit.