Three injured in Wednesday crash

Three people were injured Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Stonebrook Drive in Cosby, authorities say.

Deputy Tony Bailey reported Cory Lee Phillips, 24, Hartford Road, Cosby, lost control when he locked up his brakes. Phillips’ vehicle struck a vehicle driven Esther Huff, 61, Under the Mountain Road, Cosby, head-on at 2:30 p.m.

Phillips and his passenger, Sidonie Fogle, 22, were taken by First Call EMS to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Huff was taken by ambulance to the Newport Medical Center. All three sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Two pick up petitions for trustee

It appears that recently appointed Hamblen County Trustee Scotty Long could have at least two challengers in the March 2020 Republican Party primary.

Long, the former District 14 Hamblen County commissioner, returned his qualifying petition on Friday. Jason Darnell and Nicholas Greene have obtained qualifying petitions, but have not yet returned them to the election commission office, according to Jeff Gardner, Hamblen County administrator of elections.

The county commission is scheduled to appoint an interim replacement in the vacated District 14 seat this week. Three candidates Scott Cutshaw, Edna Greene and Eileen Arwine have qualifying petitions. Only Cutshaw has returned the petition.

Assessor of Property Keith Ely and Road Superintendent Barry Poole are seeking another four-year term in office.

Mike Minnich, District 14 commissioner who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Doe Jarvis, is the only candidate to obtain a qualifying petition in that race.

Cocke County has six ‘highly active’ prospects

The Cocke County Economic Development Commission met Thursday and was told a total of six “highly active” prospective projects are on the drawing board.

President Lucas Graham said the projects include a manufacturing and distribution facility, medical services, expansion of a manufacturing facility, a tourism-development project, a technology and data-storage operation and retail development.

“We’ve had guests in from all over the country all week,” Graham said of the tourism-development project. “It has been successful and I think they all enjoyed their visit and are leaving on a high note, so I feel very good about it.”

Graham did say the due-diligence investigation could take up to a year, and the principals are reviewing multiple plans and are considering applying for a special-use permit.

The full board of directors of the Cocke County Partnership will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Newport City Hall for a discussion of Graham’s annual performance bonus.

Invasive tick found in Lakeway Area

NASHVILLE (AP) — Agriculture officials say an invasive tick that could threaten the heath of cattle has been found in eight Tennessee counties.

Federal and state officials said in a news release Thursday that invasive Asian longhorned tick has been discovered in Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Putnam and Sevier counties. The parasitic arachnids were detected in Roane and Union counties in May.

Officials say there are concerns that the tick may transmit Theileriosis in cattle. Experts say heavy infestations can cause blood loss and kill cattle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in the statement that there is no evidence that the tick has sickened humans in the U.S.

Cattle and dogs are susceptible to tick bites. Livestock producers and dog owners are advised to check their animals for ticks.

Felon to plead guilty to gun and meth charges

A convicted felon who lives in Morristown indicated Thursday he will plead guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine in connection with separate arrests that occurred in July 2017 and March 2018, according to court documents.

Eric James Kruger, a 40-year-old man who lived on Brights Pike, brought both arrests on himself through blatantly suspicious behavior, according to his plea agreement, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.

In the first arrest, Kruger and a female companion were holding 1.58 grams of crystal meth when police were dispatched to a Morristown Walmart to investigate the complaint that Kruger was intoxicated. Kruger will accept responsibility to for possession of less than a gram of crystal meth, according to his plea agreement.

His 2011 conviction for felony possession of cocaine in Dallas, Texas, will not be used to enhance his sentence, the plea agreement states.

Kruger was taken into custody the second time officer Paul Pressley was dispatched to the 500 block of West Sixth North Street on a prowler complaint. Kruger and several others were found hiding in the crawlspace of a home. A search of the crawlspace turned up a 7.65 mm Deutsche Werke handgun, according to the plea agreement.

“Prior to the arrival of police, several witnesses who were with the defendant in the crawlspace observed (Kruger) holding the firearm and the zippered bag, as well as seeing the defendant place the firearm in the zippered bag,” the plea agreement states.

Tennessee reports death from vaping-related illness

NASHVILLE (AP) — Health officials have reported Tennessee’s first death from a vaping-related respiratory illness.

Nashville health officials on Thursday confirmed the adult male’s death amid a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, including 53 cases reported in Tennessee.

State Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey recommended that Tennesseans consider stopping e-cigarette use and vaping while Tennessee’s vaping-related illnesses are investigated.

U.S. health officials have reported about 1,300 vaping-related illnesses and at least 26 deaths nationwide.

Last week, the Tennessee Medical Association and other health care organizations urged Gov. Bill Lee to issue an emergency temporary measure to restrict Tennessee youth from obtaining vaping products. They also urged lawmakers to pass a permanent solution.

Lee said last week there’s not much data available, so officials will look deeper before making a decision about a possible ban.

Nashville: Emergency shelters won’t open this winter

NASHVILLE (AP) — The city of Nashville says emergency shelters for the homeless during the winter won’t open this year because of a lack of funding and resources.

News outlets report the decision was announced Monday during an Emergency Weather Committee and Stakeholder meeting.

The Tennessean reports the potential cut is indicative of Nashville’sbudget issues despite having a “thriving economy” from tourism, new residents and industrial interest. Mayor John Cooper’s spokesman Chris Song says the mayor’s aware of the decision and plans to meet with the Department of Social Services on the decision.

Social Services opened the overflow shelters in 2016 as a “no-barrier” option for the homeless when the temperature drops below 28 degrees.

From December 2017 to February 2018, those shelters served about 2,200 people and their pets.

Man killed in canoeing accident on Tennessee River

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee man died when his canoe capsized on an Alabama river.

News outlets report that the accident occurred Friday evening near Scottsboro on the Tennessee River.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says 51-year-old Gregory Lawson from Hixon, Tennessee was killed when the canoe capsized.

A woman with Lawson was able to swim to shore for help.

State authorities said Saturday that the incident remains under investigation.

Missouri store killing suspect linked to murder

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Thirteen years after Sedley Alley was executed for a 1985 murder in Tennessee, his daughter is seeking DNA evidence testing of a Missouri murder suspect with ties to the same area.

Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck represents Alley’s daughter, April Sedley.

Scheck told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Missouri authorities say Thomas Bruce took an avionics course in Millington, Tennessee, around the time that Suzanne Collins, a 19-year-old Marine, was killed in Millington. Bruce matches a vague suspect description distributed by police.

Bruce is jailed in St. Louis County, accused of sexually assaulting two women and killing a third in a Catholic Supply store in November.

Mom charged with murder, neglect in infant’s death

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A grand jury in Tennessee has indicted a woman on charges of murder and aggravated child neglect in the death of her 6-month-old son.

News outlets cite a statement from the Knoxville Police Department in reporting on Friday the charges against 30-year-old Chantae Cabrera. The infant was found dead in a parked car at a Knoxville shopping center on Aug. 9. Police have not released a cause of death.

Police say the grand jury returned the indictment Wednesday after a weekslong investigation, and Cabrera was taken into custody shortly after midnight Friday.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

Christian music manager accused of child sex crime in Texas

FRANKLIN (AP) — A Tennessee-based manager of Christian music artists is accused of touching the genitals of a child when he worked for a Texas Baptist church more than a decade ago.

News outlets report 55-year-old Jeffrey Charles Berry was arrested this week in Franklin, Tennessee, on charges including being a fugitive of justice and indecency with a child. He was booked into a county jail with a $10 million bond.