Computer hack under investigation

Newport police are investigating the recent hack of computers at Newport Grammar School.

SRO Sgt. Justin Vinson said an iPad and desktop computers had alerts activated. At least one of the computers had an access code activated, locking personnel from their computer.

Information Technology Specialist Chris Helms was able to access the computer and in turn received a message reading, “Greetings from Russia.” Another message was received, “Gotcha, it’s me again,” and another message said, “Yo! I have your files, you didn’t know I could do this. Text me,” and the message also provided a phone number for contact.

Future Ready Expo returns Wednesday

Eighth-grade students from the Lakeway Area will get an early opportunity to look into their futures.

The 2020 Future Ready Expo will be held at the Walters State Community College Smoky Mountain Expo Center in White Pine on Wednesday. Entering its second year, the FRE is a one-day event designed to give students in the Five Rivers area the opportunity to explore careers within four career clusters, including Advanced Manufacturing, Health & Public Services, Business, Information Technology & Retail Services and Trade & Industry.

Duo faces revocation

Two Hamblen County men convicted in federal court in Greeneville for selling crack cocaine nearly 10 years ago last week ran afoul of the law again in the space of just two days, according to court documents.

Terrance Edwards, a 47-year-old man who was picked up for allegedly using stolen or lost credit cards in September and October 2018. Edwards will remain in federal custody at least until his revocation hearing on March 10.

Edwards, who was released from federal prison on Aug. 23, allegedly stole a wallet from an office at the Hamblen County Health Department office on Sept. 11, 19 days later. The same day, he used the card to buy a $34 meal at Applebee’s. He allegedly used the other card to make a $139 purchase at the West Morristown Ingle’s, according to an arrest petition.

Less is known about the case of Randy Brockwell. Brockwell’s arrest petition remained sealed by late this morning. He was also sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. His sentenced was reduced to 63 months, but he was sentenced to another year and a day in July 2016 after testing positive for methamphetamine and opiates, according to an arrest petition.