Elderly Cocke County man reported missing

Cocke County authorities are asking for the help of the community in their search for a 74-year-old Cosby man.

Deputy Brock Hannah said he was contacted by relatives of Patrick Bettelli, South Highway 32, who were told by neighbors that Bettelli left his home at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and hasn’t been seen since. He was last seen operating a black 2011 Ford Escape, tag number DP36565.

The subject has medical issues and a pacemaker, and would not normally leave his dog behind unattended.

Bettelli is described as a white male, 5’ 7” tall, weighing 165 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes.

Jeff County Choirs to present Handel’s Messiah

Few things can kindle the Christmas spirit more than the resounding triumph of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Carson-Newman University’s chorus will join with Jefferson County High School’s chorus during the University’s Fall Oratorio, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in First Baptist Church of Jefferson City.

This year’s production will feature the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah.” A 20-piece professional orchestra will provide the accompaniment, and vocal students at the University will be the featured soloists.

The event is free and open to the public.

Lakeway health providers disciplined by state

Two healthcare providers in the Lakeway Area have been fined by the Tennessee Department of Health.

Dr. William Perry Doka, DDS, of Morristown, was disciplined by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry for failure to properly maintain sufficient continuing education credits, including current CPR certification. Doka received a citation, must maintain CPR certification and was assessed a $600 fine.

The Tennessee Board of Nursing disciplined Katharine Belle Lane, RN, of Tazewell, due to unprofessional conduct. Her nursing license was placed on probation for 12 months. In addition, Lane must obtain continuing education hours, plus costs not to exceed $2,000.

Dog impounded after biting boy

A dog is being held at the Friends Animal Shelter in Newport after it bit an 8-year-old boy on the face on Saturday.

Cocke County Deputy Sgt. Chris Barnes said the boy, Caleb Hoskins, was playing with friends in a field off Mountain Valley way in the Cosby community at the time of the incident. The boy sustained lacerations and swelling to his left eye but his father, Robert Hoskins, declined an ambulance to transport the boy for medical treatment.

Witnesses said the pitbull/boxer mix had been aggressive in the past, attacking another dog at the residence.

The dog has been surrendered to the shelter by the owner, William Hall, and will be quarantined for 10 days because it had not been vaccinated according to Barnes. Hall also has been provided with an official notice of “dogs running at large.”

Mobile home destroyed in fire

Firefighters from the Cocke County Fire Department, joined by personnel with the Cosby and Grassy Fork volunteer fire departments, responded this morning to a mobile home fire on Mountain Bluebird Way, off Hartford Road, at 2:24 a.m.

Lt. Justin Shelton of the county fire department said firefighters found flames coming from the front of the home and were able to extinguish the flames. Still, the $70,000 home was destroyed.

Owned by Sandy Green, the residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and the cause of the blaze has not been determined.

Hamblen Health Department offering flu vaccinations

The Hamblen County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “FightFluTN” vaccination event Tuesday.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Sherrie Montgomery, Hamblen County Health Department director. “The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in Hamblen County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”

The Hamblen County Health Department will provide flu shots Tuesday at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at Talley Ward Recreation Building , 324 South James Street, Morristown, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Hamblen County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now.

The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, contact your health care provider, call the Hamblen County Health Department at 423-586-6431 or visit tn.gov/health/fightflu.