Hooper portrait unveiled

Relatives, friends and members of the local bar gathered Tuesday at the Cocke County Courthouse for the unveiling of the portrait of retired Circuit Court Judge Ben W. Hooper II. He retired in 2018. The event was hosted by the Cocke County Bar Association. The honoree was joined by his granddaughter, Emma Layman, as he watched Newport Chief of Police Maurice Shults unveil the portrait. Today the portrait is hanging in the Cocke County Circuit courtroom.