K of C to hold Big Boys Yard Sale Saturday

The Morristown Knights of Columbus Chapter 6730 will have its annual Big Boys Yard Sale on Saturday, August 17 in the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church pavilion located at 2518 West Andrew Johnson Highway.

Hours of the sale are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be tools and various items available. Proceeds go to the Knights of Columbus’ mission to help Morristown East and Morristown West high schools and other organizations who help the mentally challenged.

For more information, contact Joe Giza at 423-736-4976.


East-West blood drive set for Tuesday

The annual high school football battle between Morristown East and Morristown West isn’t just on the football field.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is sponsoring a blood giving contest between the schools and their fans on Tuesday.

East will host a blood drive at 1 Hurricane Lane on Tuesday. MEDIC personnel will be available inside the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A bloodmobile outside the school will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

West will host their blood drive on campus at 1025 Sulphur Springs Road. MEDIC personnel will be available inside the West High Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A bloodmobile outside the school will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donors will receive a free MEDIC gift and a coupon for a Texas Roadhouse appetizer. All donors will also be entered into MEDIC’s summer long “Save Our Summer” cruise giveaway. The cruise will be awarded in a drawing Sept. 1.

All blood types are needed and everyone in the community is welcome to participate.

For more information, contact Felicia Rhodes, donor recruiter/paramedic at 865-521-2670 (office) or 865-719-9654 (cell).

Hamblen Grainger Farm Office to be closed for training

The Hamblen/Grainger County Farm Service Agency will be closed to attend training for the implementation of the 2019 Farm Bill.

The office will be closed from Monday through Thursday. It will reopen on Friday, Aug. 23. To leave a message during this time, call 423-586-0321.


Claiborne County partners on ‘Booze it and Lose’ it campaign

The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign beginning Friday and ending Labor Day.

This initiative surrounds the Labor Day holiday and coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to increase impaired driving enforcement nationwide.

Claiborne County deputies will aggressively patrol the county to find impaired drivers. There will be a zero-tolerance approach to drivers who appear to be under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.

A single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in Tennessee may include expensive fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in the offender’s vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office’s goal of this campaign is that high visibility enforcement will drastically reduce the amount of drunk driving crashes, injuries and fatalities this year.


Inmates charged following attack

Two Cocke County Jail inmates face charges after they allegedly attacked a fellow cellmate.

Inmate Daniel Clester told Cocke County deputy Joshua Matthews he argued with his cellmates over property and then was attacked.

Both Paul Elmore, 33, New Market, and Kenny Lee Wright, 29, Eighth Street, Newport, are charged with assault.


Apple House damaged by car

Carver’s Apple House on Cosby Highway sustained damage estimated at more than $20,000 on Tuesday when a vehicle crashed into the building.

Cocke County Administrative Capt. C.J. Ball said the 1:20 p.m. incident occurred when 81-year-old Thomas Moyers, Mosheim, accelerated his 2013 Dodge Ram truck when he meant to brake in the parking lot of the business.

The truck struck a 2012 Ford Escape owned by William Burns of Missouri and then continued into the Carver’s Orchard building on the north end, completely entering the structure.

Although Moyers said he had no injuries, he did complain of chest pain. Occupants inside the building were not injured.

The damage to the Burns vehicle was minimal.