Wright in final three for Court of Appeals seat

Third Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Wright is one of the three applicants to fill an impending vacancy on the Eastern Division of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments chose Wright, Jerri Bryant, a circuit court judge in Knox County, and Kristie Davis, chancellor in the 10th Judicial District – Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties – from a list of 16 applicants.

The council forwarded the name of Wright, Bryant and Davis to Gov. Bill Lee, who will make the final decision.

The Court of Appeals vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge Charles D. Susano Jr. Susano’s resignation is effective on April 30.

The Court of Appeals hears civil – noncriminal – cases. Former Hamblen County Chancellor Thomas R. Frierson II is a judge in the Eastern Division.

MEDIC high school blood drives coming up

MEDIC Regional Blood Center will hold blood drives to benefit the HOSA programs at Morristown East and Morristown West high schools during March.

The MEDIC mobile will be at West High on Thursday, March 5. Students may donate in the school auditorium between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A bloodmobile will be available to the public outside the school on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

East’s blood drive will be held at Morristown East on Thursday, March 19.

East students may donate inside the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. MEDIC’s mobile unit will be outside East High to accept donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donors at all events will receive a free T-shirt and a coupon for a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse. MEDIC will give $10 for each donation to the schools to help purchase supplies or needed items for their HOSA programs. All blood types are needed, especially types O and A.

For more information, contact Felecia Rhodes, donor recruiter/paramedic, at 865-521-2670 (office) or 865-719-9654 (cell). Website is medicblood.org.

Circuit Court office worker falls ill, dies on job

Charity Fine, 41, of Newport, passed away Tuesday after she suffered a brain aneurysm on Monday while working at her desk in the Cocke County Circuit Court office. She had been employed in the position for seven years.

The Cocke County Circuit Court office will close at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Cosby woman hurt leaping from out of control vehicle

A Cosby woman was injured Wednesday morning in a single vehicle mishap in her driveway.

Ella Sue Steiner, 54, told Cocke County Sgt. Max Laughter, she was driving down her steep, muddy driveway off West Tan Bark Trail when her brakes failed and she began to slide on the driveway. When Steiner realized she had lost control of her 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, she jumped from the vehicle landing in a ditch.

The Suburban continued down the driveway, coming to rest in a creek.

Steiner, who is believed to have sustained a fractured arm, was taken by First Call EMS to the Newport Medical Center.

Sevier man charged with impersonating officer

Jefferson County authorities arrested a Sevier County man on Tuesday for impersonating an officer and false imprisonment.

At 8:41 a.m., Jefferson County E-911 received a call of a suspicious vehicle with a flashing blue light on the dash and the driver had stopped a vehicle on Old Dandridge Pike near Reagan Road. The vehicle was described as a red Ford Mustang with silver racing stripes. Two patrol deputies arrived in the area within minutes but were unable to locate the vehicle. Later in the morning, a second incident was reported near the Knox County line on Hwy 11E. The tag information provided came back to a residence in Sevierville.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey said Sevierville police officers responded to the address and spoke with the suspect’s mother.

Just before noon, Charles Edward Lakins, 41, W. Payne Drive, Gatlinburg, walked into the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office saying the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was looking for him. Jefferson County detectives responded and arrested Lakins.

The suspect’s vehicle was located at a residence on Peanut Circle in New Tazewell, and further charges are pending in Union County by that county’s sheriff’s office as the result of a another traffic stop Tuesday morning.

Man charged with shooting at vehicle

Cocke County authorities have filed charges against a Cosby man who allegedly fired shots at a vehicle Monday night.

Cocke County Lt. David Moriarty said the 9 p.m. incident involved Timity Steven Proffitt, 29, Giles Road, Cosby.

Proffitt reportedly argued with his girlfriend, Lauren Gabbard, and as she left the scene he fired shots from the roadway. The subject then went to the home of a neighbor while in an intoxicated condition. The neighbor called 911 to say that Proffitt was at the door of the residence trying to get in, and described him as armed and dangerous.

Moriarty said the neighbors are wary of Proffitt and Gabbard was unwilling to cooperate because of her fear of the subject.

Proffitt was jailed on charges of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, possession of a handgun while under the influence, disorderly conduct, false police report and public intoxication.

Search for missing boaters now a recovery effort

SAVANNAH (AP) — Tennessee’s wildlife agency says three boaters who have been missing for several days after participating in a weekend fishing tournament are no longer believed to be alive.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency spokeswoman Amy Snider-Spencer said in a Facebook message Wednesday that the search for two 15-year-old boys and a 43-year-old man has moved from a rescue operation to a recovery effort.

The three went missing Saturday on Pickwick Lake, Snider-Spencer said. They were not reported missing until Sunday evening.

Agency rescue crews and volunteers concentrated their search for the missing boaters on a 14-mile (23-kilometer) stretch the Tennessee River.