Morristown woman drowns in Florida

Multiple Florida media outlets are reporting the body of a Morristown woman who went missing while swimming in Clearwater has been found.

Alison Nicole Sullivan, 40, reportedly went swimming in waters behind a hotel early Tuesday morning.

“This is an area near Clearwater Pass, near the Sand Key Bridge, that frequently has dangerous currents, especially when the tide is going out and detectives have indicated that at the time she went swimming and subsequently missing, that the current was going out at that time,” said Rob Shaw with the Clearwater Police Department told News Channel 8.

Witnesses told News Channel 8 that Sullivan and two friends went into the water in the early morning hours, Tuesday. The witnesses said they appeared to be having fun in the water until something went wrong.

Sullivan’s boyd was found Tuesday afternoon about a mile away.

Postal employee to plead guilty

A former U.S. Postal Service employee who was caught stealing painkillers from military veterans on his route in Hawkins County will forego indictment and plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense of obstructing the passage of mail, according to court documents unsealed on Monday.

Shawn Ice first reported he was in the service and would not steal from veterans, but he later admitted “he had a problem with prescription pills,” and he had stolen five parcels that contained hydrocodone over a two-month period beginning in December 2016, according to his plea agreement, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.

Officials at the Rogersville Post Office started an investigation after complaints surfaced about Veterans Affairs prescription parcels going missing after they were scanned. Officials placed a surveillance camera inside the post office, which captured Ice placing a parcel in his jacket, according to his plea agreement.

Fake therapist faces additional rape charges

A Morristown man who promoted his alleged sexually intrusive massages as therapeutic for a variety of ailments has been charged with two additional counts of rape and practicing medicine without a license.

Pascual Nucamendi, a 45-year-old Mexican national, operated out of his mobile home on North Liberty Hill Road. His treatment plan for a Latino woman who complained of shoulder pain and abdominal pain, allegedly involved a vaginal exam, which meets the definition of rape, according to Detective Sgt. Al Herrera with the Morristown Police Department.

The woman paid Nucamendi $1,040 for massages performed on Aug. 21 and Aug. 25, according to Herrera.

When another Latino woman complained of back pain, the treatment Nucamendi provided in late August also allegedly included a vaginal examination.

Nucamendi remained in the Hamblen County Jail this morning. It’s unclear if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed an administrative hold on the Mexican national. His initial appearance in Hamblen County General Sessions Court in scheduled for Sept. 17.

Inmate charged with escape

A Cocke County Jail inmate faces an escape charge following an alleged escape on Monday.

Court Bailiff John French said he was told by Probation Officer Loretta Grooms that inmate Stacy Darlene Sisk, 33, Canal Way, Newport, escaped from a courthouse restroom where she had been taken for a court-ordered urine drug test.

Sisk allegedly ran down the courthouse steps and was observed in a vehicle with another female in the parking lot.

French stepped into the path of the vehicle and took Sisk into custody. The suspect told officers she left “to get a money order for her probation fees.”

She was handcuffed, returned to jail and charged.

Greeneville to host bluegrass and BBQ event

Toe-tapping bluegrass, storytelling, line dancing, comedy and more are all part of the entertainment lineup for the fourth annual BBQ & Bluegrass.

The free event will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, on West Depot Street.

In addition to entertainment, BBQ & Bluegrass will feature a kids zone, delicious barbecue and other foods, and craft and commercial vendors.

Kicking off the entertainment will be Greeneville’s own Lonesome Pine Bluegrass Band, performing at noon.

Lonesome Pine prides itself in not only playing bluegrass standards popularized by the likes of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, but also the more contemporary stylings of the Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, Hot Rize, IIIrd Tyme Out, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.

For more information, please call 423-639-7105 or search for the Facebook event called “BBQ & Bluegrass 2018.”