Kids Fun Fair takes place Friday

The Kids Fun Fair, sponsored by Morristown Parks and Recreation, along with Food City, is taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday at Fred Miller Park on East Morris Boulevard.

The event is free for children ages 14 and under.

June Dairy Month activities will also take place as Parks and Rec partners with the Hamblen County 4-H Clubs. There will also be giant inflatables, a photo booth, balloon art and more fun stuff sponsored by local businesses.

Watermelon will also be provided courtesy of Food City at Barton Springs. No preregistration is required. Sign up for the activities at the park.

For more information, call 423-586-0260.

North Carolina trio accused of theft

Three Asheville, North Carolina, residents face charges in a number of jurisdictions stemming from a Tuesday arrest in Newport.

Newport police received reports the trio had stolen six boxes of various power tools from the Lowe’s store on Epley Road, and a short time later Detective Derrick Webb spotted the getaway car.

The vehicle was seen parked along eastbound I-40 as two of the subjects changed the tag on the vehicle. The officer observed Joshua Allen Byrd, 36; Rusty James Pearson, 24, and Ricky Edward Smith, 54, all of whom were taken into custody.

Pearson said he was to receive 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the stolen items valued at $1,474. Byrd told investigators he had been involved in similar criminal activity in other areas.

As a result, all of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit theft over $1,000 and theft over $1,000.

On Wednesday Newport Detective Jason Ramsey said the men were involved in similar thefts from Lowe’s stores in Jefferson City, Johnson City, Jonesborough and Elizabethton. They all face similar charges there.

Newport Utilities responds to NUconnect outage

Newport Utilities NUconnect services experienced an outage Wednesday evening due to an issue at its Morristown Utilities connection.

“We regret this inconvenience and are actively working to stabilize a completely new service connection,” said Marketing and PR Director Sharon Kyser. “When complete, this new connection will enable Newport Utilities to stand independently, which will provide a more stable, robust internet service. We appreciate your patience as we work through these growing pains in our objective to deliver a locally owned broadband network.”

Runaway teen faces charges following pursuit

A 15-year-old runaway female from Dandridge faces charges in connection with a Tuesday pursuit by Cocke County officers.

Deputy Lt. CJ Ball said the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reported a white Honda Accord had been taken from a residence on Marshall Way in Dandridge.

Family members had spotted the car on Cosby Road in Newport and were following it. Deputies then took over the pursuit which reached speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour. The teen attempted to elude officers with a quick turn onto Cosby Cut-Off Road, but the vehicle slammed into a guardrail. The girl attempted to flee on foot but was captured nearby.

First Call EMS took the teen to the Newport Medical Center for evaluation. She later was released to her parents.

Although the girl’s parents chose not to file charges in the car theft, Ball did file charges in Cocke County of reckless driving, resisting stop, halt and frisk, speeding, driving without a license and a seatbelt violation.

MPD searching for stolen tractor

The Morristown Police Department is searching for a stolen Kubota compact tractor.

Sometime between June 5 to June 7, a Kubota 4-wheel drive BX2200 tractor with a LA211 front end loader and belly mower was stolen from 2708 N. Davy Crockett Parkway, close to the Weigel’s at Cherokee Park.

The tractor was parked close to N. Davy Crockett Parkway when it was stolen.

Anyone with any information on the tractor is asked to contact Detective Ron Sargent at (423) 585-4635 or

Meth dealer sentenced to 87 months

Morristown crystal-meth dealer Ricky Dwayne Collins was sentenced on Wednesday sentenced to less than the mandatory minimum of the offense to which he plead guilty, according to court documents.

Collins, the No. 4 defendant in a five-defendant conspiracy headed by Joshua Tyler Garrett, pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, an offense that typically triggers a 10-year, minimum-mandatory federal prison term.

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced Collins to 87 months, and he’ll get credit for the 14-plus months he’s already served.

Collins sold to a Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department informant before authorities executed a search warrant at his McFarland Street apartment in late April. Collins later identified Laura Covington, a codefendant, as one of his suppliers,

Missing Morristown man found

A Morristown man who police were looking for has been found, authorities said.

The Morristown Police Department said Wednesday that Nicholas Ryan Williams had been located and was safe. The 26-year-old man went missing on June 7 after he left his Rosedale Avenue residence on foot.

Police said he had not been wanted for a crime, but his family and authorities wanted to make sure he was safe.