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Jefferson County seeks $2.5 million for high school repairs


Jefferson County Schools is asking the county commission for nearly $2.5 million to finish repairs at Jefferson County High School.

The repairs are related to a roof collapse in July 2013 that damaged the school's vocational building.

Director of Schools Charles Edmonds says the district needs $2,452,854 to renovate the building, which was built in the 70s, and make structure improvements required because of the collapse.

New Greene Co. Sheriff already making changes


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(WBIR-Greeneville) Two months into his first term as Greene County Sheriff, Pat Hankins said his department is already undergoing some significant changes.

"It takes a while to get used to," he said Wednesday. "I did feel like it was time for a change in Greene County."

One man dead after Cocke County crash


(WBIR) One person is dead following a crash in Cocke County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at mile marker 434 near Newport

Former Newport alderwoman facing new criminal charges


A former Newport alderwoman who's already facing money laundering charges is now charged with perjury while she was running for reelection.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has indicted Kathy Holt. Investigators say Holt filed a petition for an order of protection in July. In that petition, she stated her address is on Hemlock Road which is not inside the Newport city limits.

Investigation: 16 fires in 3 months ruled arson


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(WBIR) The Cocke County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help after a string of fires.

According to Sheriff Armando Fontes, authorities have ruled 16 fires within Cocke County as arson since August.

Crews repairing potholes around Newport


(WBIR - Cocke County) Drivers who travel around Newport may have to deal with some lane closures in the coming weeks.

Starting Monday, road crews for TDOT will be repairing potholes along US25/US70. The repairs will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

TDOT said the repairs should take about two weeks, weather permitting.


Morristown approves beer rule exception for Food City


(WBIR) The Morristown City Council took its first steps to change the city's beer laws for a new grocery store.

The current law keeps the new Food City from getting a beer license because it's built too close to a city park.