Republican Women will meet tonight

The Hamblen County Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting tonight 7 p.m. at the Hamblen County Republican headquarters on West Andrew Johnson Highway.

The group will first meet for a fellowship dinner at 5:45 p.m. at Bravo’s Mexican Restaurant next door.

This month’s speaker will be Mark Buckner, who will discuss cyber security. He will address how cyber security affects local, state and federal government.

The Hamblen County Republican Women will also be hosting its annual picnic 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Cherokee Park.

Discussions will take place at tonight’s meeting on preparations for the event.


Former nurse sentenced to three years propation

A self-employed Hancock County nurse assistant found guilty at trial earlier of five counts of elder abuse was sentenced to three years probation, according to authorities.

Circuit Court Judge Alex E. Pearson ordered Melissa Stewart, 37, Panther Creek Road, Sneedville, to attend anger-management classes and perform community service. She also will be placed adult abuse registry for life and will have to pay $2,500 in fines, according to Teddy Collingsworth, a criminal investigator with the district attorney’s office.

The victim in the case, 83-year-old Benia Mae Johnson, died after the alleged assault for reasons unrelated to the abuse, according to Collingsworth, who says Stewart had a private agreement with Johnson’s family to take care of her when the assaults occurred in 2017,


Old Russellville School reunion set

All former students of the old Russellville School are invited to attend a reunion Saturday, May 25.

Students are invited to meet for dinner at 4 p.m. at Davy Crockett Restaurant, 3282 E. Morris Blvd. in Morristown.


Man faces drug charges

Cocke County Narcotics officers arrested Ricky Ray Hannah, 60, James Branch Road, Newport, on Friday.

Upon arrival at the home of the suspect, narcotics officer Chuck Evans says Hannah was found to have eight oxymorphone 30 mg tablets on his person. Inside the home, Hannah led officers to his bedroom and voluntarily surrendered 3.9 grams of methamphetamine and $3,300 in cash.

Now the subject is charged with possession of oxymorphone for resale, as well as possession of methamphetamine.


Man faces multiple charges following crime spree

A Parrottsville man was taken into custody on Sunday after an apparent crime spree.

Cocke County Deputy Ethan Keys says he found Dustin Wayne Gregg, 27, Old Parrottsville Highway, laying on the lawn of a Fuller Street, Newport, home.

Gregg was wanted on three counts of theft over $1,000, three additional theft charges, possession of schedule II and IV controlled substances. aggravated burglary, falsification of a drug test, vandalism, three counts conspiracy, credit card fraud, worthless checks, two counts failure to appear for a court hearing, identity theft, impersonation and two probation violations.

A one time bond for Gregg was set at $50,000, however, at the time of the arrest several of the capiases included the language, “Hold without bond. Do not release.”


Strawberry Festival carnival begins Tuesday

The Strawberry Festival Carnival will start tomorrow with rides, games and food at Walters State Community College.

The carnival is presented by the Lion’s Club and is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization, said Gene Honeycutt, Lion’s Club member.

The carnival has moved from its location from last year, where it was held at the site of what is now Rural King.

“We knew that was a one shot deal,” Honecutt said.

The proceeds from the carnival help with a variety of programs, most notably an eye care program that applicants who qualify can get a free eye exam and a free pair of glasses.

The carnival will feature a ferris wheel and other traditional carnival rides and games.

The carnival will be open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Gate admission and parking is free. For $20, an armband for unlimited rides can be purchased.