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Cow escapes slaughterhouse, crashes into home

Cow escapes slaughterhouse, crashes into home

A cow being dropped off at a Greene County slaughterhouse ran out of the trailer it was in and broke into a home, causing $10,000 worth of damage.

The cow crashed through a glass door at the home on Graceland Lane in Afton and destroyed the floors in the kitchen, den and dining room.

According to a report from the sheriff's office, the cow also damaged a refrigerator, dishwasher and dining room set.

Deputies say the cow finally left the house through the back door.

The report did not say what happened to the cow following the incident.

Human case of West Nile confirmed in Greene Co.

Human case of West Nile confirmed in Greene Co.

Residents in one East Tennessee county are reacting to a confirmed human case of the West Nile Virus.

The Tennessee Department of Health says there's been one case in Greene County.

That brings the total number of cases of the mosquito-borne illness in the state to five. One case has been confirmed in Hickman County and three cases are confirmed in Shelby County.

Some Greene County residents say they'll start taking extra precautions.

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.

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.

 

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.