New Market Harvest Festival seeking vendors

The New Market City Hall, 1024 Volunteer St., will be the center of a hub of activity for the 2019 New Market Harvest Festival coming in October.

Organizers are seeking additional vendors and attractions for the Oct. 12 event to add to the list of booked entertainment and features, including a live auction, food, arts and crafts, and face painting and bounce houses for children, among others.. A contest called “Money in the Haystack” is sure to draw attention for visitors to the festival.

Vendor fees for setups which do not require electricity are $25; vendor fees for setups which do require electricity are $40.

For more information about the festival or to inquire about becoming a vendor, contact Michelle at the New Market City Hall at 865-475-3018.

THP to conduct sobriety checkpoints

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety checkpoint on August 30 at State Route 160 near State Route 113 Springvale Road in Hamblen County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The THP recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

Area gas prices down a nickel

On Monday, Tennessee’s state average gas price was $2.33 per gallon for regular unleaded, five cents below last week’s average, 20 cents less than a month ago and 28 cents less than one year ago.

Tennessee was seventh of the top ten states with the largest weekly average decrease.

Monday’s national average was $2.61, which is three cents cheaper than last week, 17 cents less than a month ago and 22 cents cheaper than a year ago. Nearly half of all gas stations in the country are selling gas for $2.50 or less.

“Pump prices continue to trend cheaper for most motorists across the country, though the rate at which they are declining slowed in the last week with a handful of states only seeing a nickel decline at the most,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Demand recorded at a surprising all-time high, but it is expected to drop in the coming weeks as summer comes to an unofficial end.”

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI increased by 40 cents to settle at $54.87. Crude prices rose at the end of last week after sustaining heavy losses for two days. The losses came as a result of continued market worries about crude demand slumping this fall as a result of the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China, the world’s two largest oil consuming countries. If the trade dispute continues this week, crude prices may see further declines.

Cocke County tourism continues to grow

State officials say the county had the fourth-fastest growth rate for tourism in 2018 of any county in the state.

Partnership Director of Tourist Development Linda Lewanski says the economic impact as a result of tourism spending rose 7.7 percent last year.

Last year’s economic input to the county totaled $51 million.

“And of course I don’t do that alone. It has to do with any person who works in any tourism related business, so it may be a rafting guide, someone who works at a service station, or a restaurant. And so I want to thank all of them for working very hard to showcase Cocke County.”

Lewanski said sales tax receipts are up by nearly six percent, and tourism payroll also has increased.

Additional information regarding tourism in Tennessee can be found at www.tnvacation.com.

Knox man injured in crash

A Knoxville man was injured last week in a multi-vehicle collision on Meeting Street in Dandridge.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Sylvia Carpenter, 65, Dandridge had stopped on the roadway attempting to make a left turn onto High Street, at 11:20 am.

Two motorcycles stopped behind Carpenter awaiting her turn. While the cycles were stopped, both were struck by another eastbound car operated by 19 year-old Harley Jarnigan of Dandridge.

A 1997 Kawasaki operated by Charles Leake, 70, Corryton, was shoved into the rear of the Carpenter vehicle. A 2005 Harley Davidson operated by Richard Gillenwater, 79, Knoxville, became pinned under the front of the Jarnigan car and both went off the right side of the roadway.

Jefferson County EMS transported Gillenwater to the Maury Middle School and from there he was flown by medical helicopter to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

Jarnigan is charged with failure to exercise due care.

Jefferson City FUMC to have 5K at 5

Jefferson City First United Methodist Church will have the “FUMC 5@5” five kilometer race on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the church, located at 2011 Branner Avenue in Jefferson City. The event will take place rain or shine.

All proceeds will benefit Renovatus, a recovery community.

Activities will begin at 4 p.m. with a kids’ one-mile fun run at a cost of $15. The five-kilometer race will begin at 5 p.m. with a cost of $25.

Those wanting a T-shirt of the event may purchase one for $20. Once fees have been paid, there will be no refunds.

Available activities include a bounce house, face painting, food and a fun surprise at the finish line.

To register for the event, see firstumcjc.com/5@5 or call 865-475-2827.

State sanctions x-ray technician

One member of the Lakeway Area medical community had action taken against him in July by the Tennessee Department of Health’s Board of Medical Examiners.

Levan V. Trull, of Dandridge, is charged with having failed to timely renew his license and performed x-rays on an expired license. As a result, Trull’s license was reprimanded and he was assessed a $600 civil penalty, plus costs of the cause not to exceed $1,000.

Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 68-1-114 requires the Tennessee Department of Health to issue a monthly release of all disciplinary actions taken by the health related boards during the prior month.