DUI leads to  water issue

A Bailey, Tennessee woman faces charges in connection with a Monday evening crash in Parrottsville which damaged a fire hydrant.

At 6:45 p.m., Cocke County Deputy Daniel Smith said Laura Gross, 46, lost control as she traveled on North Highway 340 and struck a fire hydrant. Gross said she swerved to miss a dog or coyote and hit the hydrant.

The woman, who had an odor of alcohol on her breath, was charged with her second offense DUI, driving on a revoked license, vandalism of utilities and a probation violation.

Sharon Kyser of Newport Utilities said water crews responded to the damaged fire hydrant and repairs were expected to take two hours. She advised residents in the area there would be some discoloration in the water until the main lines were fully flushed. Kyser stressed the water is safe to drink. The discoloration, she said, is caused by iron deposits in the pipes and would return to normal once the lines are fully flushed.

Gross was uninjured in the crash.