Park fire still growing.
A WILDFIRE INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAS NOW GROWN TO 236 ACRES IN SIZE. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON JUST WEST OF CADES COVE NEAR THE ABRAMS CREEK AREA. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, A TOTAL OF 27 FIRE FIGHTERS ARE CURRENTLY ATTEMPTING TO CREATE A PERIMETER OF FIRE LINES TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE WHICH IS BURNING IN AN INACCESSIBLE AREA OF THE PARK. THE LITTLE BOTTOMS TRAIL, THE HATCHER MOUNTAIN TRAIL, PART OF THE ABRAMS FALLS TRAIL, PART OF THE COOPER ROAD TRAIL, AND THE BACK COUNTRY CAMPSITE 17 ARE ALL CURRENTLY CLOSED. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 –1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/25/2007
Two men charged with burglary of cabin.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE BURGLARY OF A RENTAL HOME IN THE SHADY GROVE COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, DEPUTY MARK NOTTAGE WAS DISPATCHED TO A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE CALL ON SHADY GROVE COURT. WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE HE FOUND 29 YEAR OLD SCOTTIE LEE OWNBY AND 23 YEAR OLD PAUL MARION YAZEL IN POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, DEPUTY NOTTAGE DISCOVERED THAT A NEARBY CABIN HAD BEEN BURGLARIZED. BOTH SUSPECTS WERE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY, YAZEL WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS AND FOR DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. BOTH MEN ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/24/2007
Fire in park now 150 acres in size.
A WILDFIRE INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAS GROWN TO AN ESTIMATED SIZE OF 150 ACRES. . THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON JUST WEST OF CADES COVE NEAR THE ABRAMS CREEK AREA. OFFICIALS WITH THE PARK SERVICE HAVE REQUESTED ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTERS FROM OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES. THE LITTLE BOTTOMS TRAIL, THE HATCHER MOUNTAIN TRAIL, PART OF THE ABRAMS FALLS TRAIL, AND THE BACK COUNTRY CAMPSITE 17 ARE ALL CURRENTLY CLOSED. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 –1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/24/2007
Sevierville police officer injured.
AN OFF DUTY SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER WAS INJURED TUESDAY MORNING, AFTER BEING ACCIDENTALLY RUN OVER BY A MOTORIST. 36 YEAR OLD DWEESE MILLIRON WAS WALKING ACROSS THE K-MART PARKING LOT WITH HIS TWO DAUGHTERS WHEN A SATURN BEING DRIVEN BY 63 YEAR OLD DOROTHY TAYLOR OF SEVIERVILLE BACKED OVER HIM. MILLIRON WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE, HIS DAUGHTERS. WERE TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE. ALL THREE ARE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL CHARGED TAYLOR WITH IMPROPER BACKING AND FOR A VIOLATION OF THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LAW.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/23/2007
Wild fire burning inside park.
A WILD FIRE IS BURNING INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE BLAZE IS LOCATED IN A REMOTE AREA JUST WEST OF CADES COVE NEAR THE ABRAMS CREEK AREA. THE FIRE WAS REPORTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND HAS SO FAR BURNED ABOUT FIFTY ACRES. PARK OFFICIALS HAVE CLOSED THE LITTLE BOTTOMS TRAIL, THE HATCHER MOUNTAIN TRAIL, AND BACK COUNTRY CAMPSITE 17.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/22/2007
Fire damages property.
A FIRE LAST NIGHT DESTROYED A VEHICLE, DAMAGED A SHED, AND AT ONE POINT THREATENED A MOBILE HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK AT A RESIDENCE IN THE THIRTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF NUNS COVE ROAD, JUST OFF JONES COVE. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN RANDY CARR WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE BLAZE APPEARED TO HAVE STARTED AS A BRUSH FIRE. LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE. A WILD FIRE IS BURNING INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE BLAZE IS LOCATED IN A REMOTE AREA JUST WEST OF CADES COVE NEAR THE ABRAMS CREEK AREA. THE FIRE WAS REPORTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND HAS SO FAR BURNED ABOUT FIFTY ACRES. PARK OFFICIALS HAVE CLOSED THE LITTLE BOTTOMS TRAIL, THE HATCHER MOUNTAIN TRAIL, AND BACK COUNTRY CAMPSITE 17.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/22/2007
Meth lab discovered in trunk of car.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT AND CHARGED WITH THE MANUFACTURE AND INITIATION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. 34 YEAR OLD TRAVIS SINCLAIR WAS FOUND SLUMPED OVER THE FRONT SEAT OF HIS VEHICLE, WHICH WAS PARKED IN A SHOPPING CENTRE ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY, ACROSS FROM BOWER FIELD. WHEN OFFICIALS SEARCHED THE CAR, THEY ALLEGEDLY FOUND A MEDIUM SIZE METH LAB IN THE TRUNK. SINCLAIR WAS ALSO DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/22/2007
Three teens charged with church break-in.
THREE TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE BURGLARY OF A SEYMOUR CHURCH LAST WEEKEND. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF RON SEALS, 18 YEAR OLD DAVID JAMES LOVEDAY, ALONG WITH TWO MALE JUVENILES AGED 17 AND 16, ALLEGEDLY BROKE INTO THE SAINT PAUL EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON BOYD’S CREEK ROAD AND STOLE SEVERAL BRASS AND GOLD PLATED ITEMS, AS WELL AS A COMPUTER FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE. ALL OF THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN RECOVERED. LOVEDAY IS BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL, THE TWO JUVENILES ARE BEING HELD AT THE JUVENILE FACILITY. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/21/2007
Construction worker killed.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS KILLED FRIDAY MORNING FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE NEAR GATLINBURG. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 AT THE WESTGATE RESORT, JUST OFF THE SPUR. 28 YEAR OLD TRAVIS JOE WILLIAMSON DIED WHEN THE FORKLIFT THAT HE WAS OPERATING APPARENTLY FLIPPED OVER AND PINNED HIM BENEATH IT. OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION ARE INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/21/2007
Early morning fire destroys home.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 AT THE STRUCTURE IN THE NINE HUNDRED BLOCK OF YELLOW BRITCHES ROAD, JUST OFF JONES COVE ROAD. THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN AREA. NO INJURIES FROM THE BLAZE WERE REPORTED, BUT ONE PERSON WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH A SNAKE BITE. THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/21/2007
Gatlinburg voters choose incumbents.
GATLINBURG VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY AND GAVE THE THREE INCUMBENTS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE BY RETURNING THEM ALL FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEAR TERM. MIKE WERNER CAME IN FIRST WITH 639 VOTES, MIKE HELTON GARNERED 577 VOTES, AND JERRY HAYES RECEIVED 514 VOTES. CHALLENGER DEBBY COHEN WS FOURTH WITH 257 VOTES, FOLLOWED BY CLARK KING WITH 210 VOTES AND MIKE MAY WITH 183 VOTES. THE GATLINBURG ELECTION RESULTS WILL BE CERTIFIED BY THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION NEXT WEEK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/16/2007
Teen injured in explosion.
A SEVIER COUNTY TEENAGER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE LAST NIGHT AFTER SUSTAINING INJURIES TO HIS HANDS AND FACE AS A RESULT OF AN EXPLOSION. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 O CLOCK. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, 19 YEAR OLD JONATHAN HAYES WAS APPARENTLY ATTEMPTING TO MAKE A PYROTECHNIC DEVICE AT HIS HOME ON BOARDLY HILLS BOULEVARD WHEN THE DEVICE EXPLODED. HAYES UNDERWENT SURGERY EARLY THIS MORNING AND IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. NO CHARGES HAVE YET BEEN FILED BUT THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY BOMB RESPONSE UNIT, THE A.T.F, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ALL RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/16/2007
Pigeon Forge elects new mayor and vice mayor.
THE CITY OF PIGEON FORGE HAS A NEW MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR. MOMENTS AFTER NEWLY ELECTED COMMISSIONER KEITH WHALEY WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE, HE WAS ALSO ELECTED MAYOR. COMMISSIONER KEVIN MCCLURE WAS CHOSEN TO BE VICE MAYOR. WHALEY TAKES OVER THE MAYORAL DUTIES FROM RALPH CHANCE WHO DECIDED NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION, AND MCCLURE TAKES OVER AS VICE MAYOR FROM HOWARD SEXTON, WHO WAS ALSO SWORN IN LAST NIGHT TO SERVE ANOTHER FOUR YEAR TERM.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/15/2007
Stolen vehicle recovered.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 11:30 WHEN THE UN-NAMED DRIVER OF A CHEVY PICK-UP TRUCK WAS APPARENTLY HAVING MECHANICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THE VEHICLE AT THE INTERSECTION OF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY AND JONES COVE ROAD. WHEN A DEPUTY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT STOPPED TO HELP, THE VEHICLE CHECK CAME BACK AS A STOLEN VEHICLE OUT OF COCKE COUNTY. THE 25 YEAR OLD DRIVER ALSO HAD A FEMALE JUVENILE PASSENGER. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/14/2007
Gunman robs auto parts store.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED WEDNESDAY EVENING AT THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STORE ON HIGHWAY 66. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TIM RUSSELL, A MALE STORE EMPLOYEE REPORTED THAT A MAN ALLEGEDLY APPROACHED HIM JUST BEFORE 9:30 AS HE WAS LEAVING THE STORE AFTER CLOSING. THE SUSPECT HAD A HANDGUN AND ORDERED THE EMPLOYEE TO LET HIM INTO THE STORE. THE MAN THEN APPARENTLY TIED UP THE EMPLOYEE AND STOLE AND UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF MONEY AND VARIOUS AUTO PARTS. A MALE ACCOMPLICE REPORTEDLY ENTERED THE STORE AFTER THE EMPLOYEE WAS TIED UP. THE MALE SUSPECT BRANDISHING THE GUN WAS DESCRIBED AS A HISPANIC MALE, WITH BLACK HAIR AND A MUSTACHE APPROXIMATELY SIX FOOT TWO INCHES TALL, AND WEIGHING ABOUT 225 POUNDS. THE SUSPECTS APPARENTLY MADE THEIR GET-A-WAY IN A BLUE MINIVAN WITH TINTED WINDOWS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/11/2007
New health smart card launched.
SEVIER COUNTY OFFICIALS LAUNCHED A NEW HEALTH PLAN WEDNESDAY MORNING THAT WILL HELP EMPLOYERS PROVIDE AFFORDABLE COVERAGE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. THE SMART CARD PLAN ALLOWS EMPLOYERS TO JOIN THE PROGRAM BY PAYING INTO A GENERAL HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT FUND. EMPLOYEES CAN THEN RECEIVE BASIC PRIMARY CARE AT THE MOUNTAIN HOPE GOOD SHEPHERD CLINIC IN SEVIERVILLE, AFTER PAYING A TEN DOLLAR CO-PAY. EMPLOYERS WILL ALSO RECEIVE A PORTION OF THEIR MONEY BACK BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SMART CARD PROGRAM, CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AT: 428 – 2212.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/10/2007
Tractor trailer accident closes Gatlinburg road.
BUCKHORN ROAD IN GATLINBURG WAS CLOSED FOR OVER AN HOUR TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER A TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENTALLY PULLED DOWN A UTILITY POLE AND POWER LINES NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH OGLE ROAD. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30. AUTHORITIES ARE NOT QUITE SURE HOW THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED BECAUSE THE TRUCK DID NOT EXCEED THE LEGAL CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ROADWAY. LUCKILY. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE GATLINBURG POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/9/2007
Pigeon Froge voters elect two commissioners.
PIGEON FORGE VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY AND ELECTED TWO OF THREE CANDIDATES TO SERVE ON THE CITY COMMISSION FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. CHALLENGER KEITH WHALEY CAME IN FIRST WITH 468 VOTES, INCUMBENT HOWARD SEXTON GARNERED 331 VOTES, AND JIMMY R. REAGAN RECEIVED 242 VOTES. WHALEY AND SEXTON WILL BE SWORN INTO OFFICE THIS MONDAY DURING THE CITY COMMISSION MEETING. DURING THAT MEETING, COMMISSIONERS WILL ALSO ELECT A NEW MAYOR. MONDAY’S MEETING BEGINS AT 5:30 PM.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/9/2007
Sevierville man charged with burglaries.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A SEVIERVILLE MAN IN CONNECTION WITH A STRING OF BURGLARIES IN THE CHAPMAN HIGHWAY – ZION HILL AREA OF THE COUNTY. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, 29 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CHAD SUTTON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FOUR COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED BURGLARY. APPARENTLY, AN ALERT HOMEOWNER CALLED THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WITH A SUSPICIOUS CAR DESCRIPTION, WHICH ULTIMATELY LED TO SUTTON’S ARREST. DETECTIVES WERE ABLE TO RECOVER SEVERAL OF THE STOLEN ITEMS. SUTTON, WHO WAS RECENTLY RELEASED FROM STATE CUSTODY FOR PRIOR BURGLARY CHARGES, WAS ON STATE PAROLE WHEN HE WAS APPREHENDED. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/8/2007
Wreck claims the life of Sevier Co. man.
ONE PERSON IS DEAD FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT ON DOUGLAS DAM ROAD – HIGHWAY 139. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE TEN O CLOCK NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH ROBERTS ROAD. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, A NISSAN ALTIMA BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD TONY RAY RAMSEY OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 22 YEAR OLD JASON OWENS OF SEVIERVILLE. APPARENTLY, RAMSEY WAS TRAVELLING EASTBOUND WHEN HE CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE TO PASS ANOTHER VEHICLE, AND HIT THE TRUCK HEAD-ON. RAMSEY WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. OWENS WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/7/2007
Sevierville has a new alderman.
THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE HAS A NEW ALDERMAN. CHALLENGER BARRY GIBBS UNSEATED INCUMBENT ED WHITE DURING YESTERDAY’S MUNICIPAL ELECTION. TRAVIS MCCROSKEY CAME IN FIRST WITH 741 VOTES, JERRY LOVEDAY GARNERED 663 VOTES, GIBBS RECEIVED 560 VOTES, AND ED WHITE WAS FORTH WITH 492 VOTES. INCUMBENT MAYOR BRYAN ATCHLEY RAN UNOPPOSED AND WILL SERVE ANOTHER TWO YEAR TERM. PIGEON FORGE WILL HOLD THEIR ELECTION NEXT ON TUESDAY MAY 8TH, FOLLOWED BY GATLINBURG ON TUESDAY MAY 15TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/4/2007
Fire destroys Wears Valley home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 AT 3208 COTTER WAY IN THE WEARS VALLEY COMMUNITY. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, THE OWNER, 87 YEAR OLD OLIVER COTTER WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE UN-INJURED. AN ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP AT SEVIER COUNTY BANK FOR ANYONE WISHING TO MAKE A DONATION TO HELP COTTER GET BACK ON HIS FEET. THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/3/2007
Two Sevier Co. men charged with murder.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY MEN HAVE BEEN INDICTED FOR THE MURDER OF A COCKE COUNTY MAN. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL JIMMY DUNN, 31 YEAR OLD TOBIAS “TOBY” SENTER AND 31 YEAR OLD EDWARD “LEON” TALLEY, BOTH OF RED BUD LANE, ALLEGEDLY MURDERED 20 YEAR OLD MIKEY GRIMES OF NEWPORT. SENTER AND TALLEY ARE ACCUSED OF BEATING AND SHOOTING GRIMES IN A FIELD BESIDE O’NEIL ROAD IN COCKE COUNTY, BECAUSE THE PAIR BELIEVED THAT GRIMES HAD BROKEN INTO THEIR HOME ON APRIL 6TH, AND STOLEN SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DRUG MONEY. A GRAND JURY INDICTED THE TWO SUSPECTS WHO ARE ALREADY IN FEDERAL CUSTODY ON UNRELATED CHARGES. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/3/2007
Brush fire threatens homes.
FIRE FIGHTERS ARE CURRENTLY BATTLING ANOTHER BRUSH FIRE IN THE WEARS VALLEY COMMUNITY. THE BLAZE WAS FIRST REPORTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON JUST OFF TWIN CITY WAY. OFFICIALS WITH THE FORESTRY DIVISION WERE ORIGINALLY ABLE TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE, BUT THE FIRE JUMPED THE FIRE LINES THIS MORNING JUST AFTER ONE AM. AT LEAST THREE CABINS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER THREAT. FIRE FIGHTERS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE, WALDEN’S CREEK AND SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE CURRENTLY FIGHTING THAT BLAZE. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/3/2007
Driver flown to U.T following wreck.
ONE PERSON WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE TUESDAY MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 AM AT THE INTERSECTION OF WEARS VALLEY ROAD AND THE PARKWAY AT TRAFFIC LIGHT NUMBER THREE. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT RICHIE CATLETT WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 46 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH SANCHEZ OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH AN SUV BEING DRIVEN BY 37 YEAR OLD ANGELA KAY MCCARTER OF PIGEON FORGE. SANCHEZ WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. CHARGES AGAINST SANCHEZ ARE PENDING. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/2/2007
F.A.A Investigate plane crash.
OFFICIALS WITH THE F.A.A ARE INVESTIGATING A PLANE CRASH THAT OCCURRED LAST NIGHT AT THE GATLINBURG – PIGEON FORGE AIRPORT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 O CLOCK AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND. APPARENTLY, WHEN THE PLANE TOUCHED DOWN, THE NOSE GEAR ON THE TRINIDAD SINGLE ENGINE FIXED WING AIRCRAFT COLLAPSED. THE PILOT AND A PASSENGER WERE BOTH UNINJURED. THE PLANE WHICH IS OWNED BY A CHARLOTTE BASED CHARTER COMPANY, WAS EN-ROUTE FROM JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/1/2007
Grandmother tied up, beat up, and robbed.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE SEARCHING FOR TWO MEN WHO ALLEGEDLY TIED, BEAT UP, AND ROBBED A 56 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 1:30 AT THE HOME ON NORTH ROGERS ROAD, WAS APPARENTLY WITNESSED BY THE VICTIM’S THREE YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, THE VICTIM HAD BEEN BOUND AND HIT SEVERAL TIMES IN THE FACE BY THE TWO MEN WHO WERE BOTH WEARING MASKS. THE ASSAILANTS APPARENTLY TOOK SEVERAL WEAPONS FROM THE HOME AND LEFT THE SCENE IN THE VICTIMS BUICK. THE THREE YEAR OLD CHILD WHO HID UNDER A TABLE, WAS NOT HARMED. THE STOLEN VEHICLE WAS LATER FOUND ON DINKIN’S ROAD NEAR THE KNOX COUNTY LINE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/30/2007
Sevier Co. Couple arrested in Knoxville.
A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE WERE ARRESTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER THEY LEFT THEIR INFANT DAUGHTER UNATTENDED IN A CAR AT A KNOXVILLE SHOPPING CENTRE. 24 YEAR OLD DAVID MCCROSKEY AND HIS WIFE, 29 YEAR OLD CRYSTAL MCCROSKEY, WERE BOTH TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT THE STORE ON NORTH BROADWAY. THE FEMALE INFANT WAS TAKEN TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOR AN EVALUATION. THE MCCROSKEY’S ARE BEING HELD ON A TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/30/2007
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME SATURDAY NIGHT. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7 O CLOCK AT 1479 RUSSELL HOLLOW ROAD, JUST OFF JONES COVE. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. FIRE FIGHTERS RETURNED TO THE HOME LAST NIGHT AFTER SMOLDERING EMBERS RE-IGNITED THE REMAINS OF THE STRUCTURE. THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN AND SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/30/2007
Wreck sends two to area hospitals.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT ONE PERSON TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR, AND ANOTHER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 IN THE TWENTY NINE HUNDRED BLOCK OF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SHARP ROAD. THE UN-NAMED FEMALE VICTIM WHO WAS FLOWN TO UT, WAS APPARENTLY THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE CAUSE OF THAT ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE RESCUE SQUAD, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/27/2007
Wildfire burns inside park.
A WILDFIRE IS CURRENTLY BURNING INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. ACCORDING TO PARKS SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE BLAZE NEAR WATERVILLE NORTH CAROLINA, HAS SO FAR CONSUMED ABOUT FORTY ACRES. THE BIG CREEK TRAIL, THE CHESTNUT BRANCH TRAIL, AND THE BAXTER CREEK TRAIL ARE ALL CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE BIG CREEK CAMPGROUND AND HORSE CAMP ARE ALSO CLOSED. NATIONAL PARK FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING TO ESTABLISH FIRE LINES TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AT: 436 – 1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/25/2007
Two fires keep firefighters busy in Pigeon Forge.
TWO BRUSH FIRES WITHIN A MILE OF EACH OTHER, KEPT SEVERAL FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY TUESDAY MORNING. THE BLAZES WERE REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PINE MOUNTAIN ROAD AND OLD ENGELTOWN ROAD. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE FIRE CHIEF TONY WATSON, BOTH FIRES TOOK ABOUT TWO AND A HALF HOURS TO EXTINGUISH. WATSON ALSO SAID THAT THE CAUSE OF THOSE FIRES IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT THEY MAY HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY SET. THE PIGEON FORGE, SEVIER COUNTY, WEARS VALLEY, AND THE WALDEN’S CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/25/2007
Fire fighters battle brush fire.
FIRE FIGHTERS SPENT SEVERAL HOURS LAST NIGHT FIGHTING A BRUSH FIRE IN SEVIER COUNTY. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF A.M. KING WAY AND UPPER MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME, AND LUCKILY NO INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED SO FAR. THE FIRE HAS BEEN CONTAINED AND FORESTRY OFFICIALS ARE MONITORING THE AREA. THE CATON’S CHAPEL, PIGEON FORGE, AND SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/24/2007
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE SATURDAY NIGHT DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK AT THE HOME IN THE ONE THOUSAND BLOCK OF HOLIDAY LANE. APPARENTLY, THE FIRE STARTED IN THE GARAGE AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A DRYER. NOT ONLY DID THE FIRE CLAIM THE HOME, IT ALSO APPARENTLY DESTROYED TWO VEHICLES AS WELL. LUCKILY THOUGH, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY, ENGLISH MOUNTAIN, AND NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/24/2007
Local restaurants agree to pay back wages.
SEVEN SEVIER COUNTY RESTAURANTS HAVE AGREED TO PAY NEARLY ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACK WAGES TO EMPLOYEES, AFTER INVESTIGATORS WITH THE U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT, FOUND VIOLATIONS OF THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT. THE RESTAURANTS APPARENTLY PAID WORKERS LESS THAN THE REQUIRED MINIMUM WAGE OF $5.15 PER HOUR AND VIOLATED OVERTIME PROVISIONS. THE MANDARIN HOUSE CHINESE RESTAURANT IN PIGEON FORGE, THE CHIANG HOUSE IN PIGEON FORGE, THE NUMBER ONE CHINESE BUFFET IN PIGEON FORGE, KIN KA KU IN PIGEON FORGE, NO WAY JOSES IN PIGEON FORGE AND GATLINBURG, AND BLAINES BAR AND GRILL IN GATLINBURG, ALL AGREED TO PAY THE BACK WAGES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/23/2007
Teen charged with bomb threat.
A SEVIER COUNTY TEENAGER WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A BOMB THREAT AT THE SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL. THE STUDENT, A JUVENILE Whose NAME AND AGE WAS NOT RELEASED, WAS CHARGED WITH A CLASS C FELONY FOR POSSESSION OF A HOAX DEVICE. INFORMATION RELAYED TO THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER LED TO THE EVACUATION OF THE SCHOOL, AND OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT BOMB RESPONSE TEAM FOUND THE FAKE DEVICE IN THE STANDS OF THE FOOTBALL STADIUM. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/23/2007
Wreck sends two drivers to U.T via lifestar.
TWO PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE SUNDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7 AM IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66 IN FRONT OF VOLUNTEER CHEVROLET. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER RAY BROWN, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 64 YEAR OLD DOUGLAS LITTRELL OF BRISTOL TENNESSEE, CROSSED THE CENTRE LANE AND HIT A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 47 YEAR OLD DIANE SWEET OF KODAK. SWEET WAS LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION, LITTRELL WAS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/23/2007
Fire destroy's home.
A FIRE THURSDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 AT THE TRAILER IN THE EIGHTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF CREEK HOLLOW WAY, JUST OFF PEARL VALLEY ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A TOTAL LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. OFFICIALS DID HOWEVER ASK FOR A FIRE INVESTIGATOR TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE. THE SEVIER COUNTY, CATON’S CHAPEL, AND ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/20/2007
School evacuated.
THE BOYD’S CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED FOR A SHORT TIME THURSDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A BOMB THREAT. APPARENTLY, THE MALICIOUS CALL WAS MADE TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE JUST BEFORE 9 AM. SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND A K-9 UNIT SEARCHED THE BUILDING, BUT FOUND NOTHING. DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING. IF APPREHENDED, THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FACES UP TO SIX YEARS IN JAIL. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/20/2007
Three arrested in allegedly stolen truck.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED THREE PEOPLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A CALL FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN CONCERNING A RECKLESS DRIVER. THE TAG NUMBER AND VEHICLE DESCRIPTION THAT WAS GIVEN TO DISPATCHERS CAME BACK MATCHING A TRUCK THAT HAD APPARENTLY BEEN STOLEN OUT OF KNOXVILLE. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PAUL LAYMAN LOCATED AND STOPPED THE VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 66 NEAR MILE MARKER 16 POINT 5 JUST AFTER 1:30. OFFICER LAYMAN AND OFFICER TED NEWMAN ARRESTED THE TRUCK DRIVER, 32 YEAR OLD JOHN REED OF DUFF TENNESSEE, AND CHARGED HIM WITH FELONY THEFT, THEFT, AND FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. THE TWO PASSENGERS WERE ALSO ARRESTED : 38 YEAR OLD DEAN BAIRD OF LAFOLETTE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND 33 YEAR OLD DEBORAH PELLAM OF KNOXVILLE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH THEFT. REED AND PELLAM WERE BOTH IN POSSESSION OF SEVERAL ALLEGEDLY STOLEN CHECKS AND HAD APPARENTLY BEEN USING THEM AT SEVERAL BUSINESSES IN SEVIER COUNTY. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/19/2007
Officials seek info about decapitated cat.
THE RESULTS OF AN ANIMAL AUTOPSY PERFORMED ON THE HEAD OF A CAT THAT WAS DISCOVERED IN THE DRIVEWAY OF A PIGEON FORGE RESIDENCE, SHOW THAT THE DECAPITATION WAS THE WORK OF A HUMAN AND NOT THE RESULT OF AN ATTACK BY ANOTHER ANIMAL. ACCORDING TO JAYNE VAUGHN WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, THE AUTOPSY ALSO REVEALED THAT THE HEAD WAS REMOVED AFTER THE CAT WAS DEAD. THE ADULT SHORT HAIRED CAT WAS ABOUT TEN YEARS OLD AND HAD GRAY TIGER MARKINGS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/18/2007
Wreck kills Sevierville man.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK AT THE WEEKEND. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12:30 SATURDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER ERIC DENTON, 48 YEAR OLD RICKY PARTON LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICKUP TRUCK IN THE 1200 BLOCK OF SMITHWOOD ROAD AND HIT A TREE. PARTON WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THAT ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/17/2007
Park investigates death of Gatlinburg man.
PARK RANGERS ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO WRECKED HIS VEHICLE ON THE SPUR SUNDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR NEAR THE TUNNEL. THE DODGE CARAVAN LEFT THE ROADWAY AND HIT A GUARDRAIL. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE, 45 YEAR OLD TERRY FOX OF GATLINBURG WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. GIVEN THE MINOR DAMAGE TO THE DODGE CARAVAN, RANGERS ARE INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY THAT A MEDICAL SITUATION MAY HAVE CAUSED THE ACCIDENT AND BEEN THE CAUSE OF DEATH. OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/17/2007
Two arrested in seperate alleged sexual assaults.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE RAPE OF A CHILD. THE INCIDENT ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE KENJO MARKET ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT MIKE HODGES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 33 YEAR OLD STEVEN BRUCE HAWKINS OF RED BUD LANE, ALLEGEDLY FORCED THE 12 YEAR OLD FEMALE TO PERFORM A SEXUAL ACT UPON HIM IN HIS VEHICLE. HAWKINS IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET. ANOTHER SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS ALSO BEHIND BARS AFTER HE ALSO ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WAS CONTACTED BY DOCTORS AT THE EAST TENNESSEE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL YESTERDAY, CONCERNING AN ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT THAT HAPPENED IN KODAK. DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE INTERVIEWED THE FIVE YEAR OLD BOY AND HIS MOTHER WHO SAID THAT THEY WERE VISITING THE HOME OF 49 YEAR OLD BOBBY GENE FALIN ON TEMPLIN WAY WHEN THE ASSAULT ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE. THE VICTIM’S MOTHER TOLD DETECTIVE MCCLURE THAT SHE SAW FALIN TOUCHING HER CHILD IN A SEXUAL WAY WHILE THE CHILD WAS SLEEPING. FALIN, A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WHO IS CURRENTLY ON THE TENNESSEE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY, WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/16/2007
Search for teen continues.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND OTHER EMERGENCY WORKERS ARE LOOKING FOR A TEENAGER WHO WENT MISSING YESTERDAY. THE SIXTEEN YEAR OLD MALE WAS APPARENTLY DISTRESSED OVER A BREAKUP WITH A GIRL AND DISAPPEARED INTO A WOODED AREA JUST OFF MAPLES BRANCH ROAD IN THE RED BANK AREA. THE STUDENT WAS APPARENTLY COMMUNICATING WITH A FRIEND VIA CELL PHONE. THE SEARCH WAS CALLED OFF OVERNIGHT BUT IS EXPECTED TO RESUME TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/13/2007
Three teens arrested in Pigeon Forge.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED THREE TEENAGERS EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE THREE JUVENILES FROM HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA, ALLEGEDLY THREW A CINDER BLOCK THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE PATRIOT MART CONVENIENCE STORE AT THE CORNER OF TEASTER LANE AND OLD MILL AVENUE. WHEN AUTHORITIES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THE SUSPECTS WERE ALLEGEDLY HELPING THEMSELVES TO ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 18 YEAR OLD JOHN POWELL MATHIS WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, VANDALISM, UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION, AND FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR. THE IDENTITIES OF THE OTHER TWO SUSPECTS IS BEING WITHHELD AS THEY ARE 16 AND 17 YEARS OF AGE AND LEGALLY STILL MINORS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/13/2007
Three teens arrested in Pigeon Forge.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED THREE TEENAGERS EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE THREE JUVENILES FROM HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA, ALLEGEDLY THREW A CINDER BLOCK THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE PATRIOT MART CONVENIENCE STORE AT THE CORNER OF TEASTER LANE AND OLD MILL AVENUE. WHEN AUTHORITIES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THE SUSPECTS WERE ALLEGEDLY HELPING THEMSELVES TO ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 18 YEAR OLD JOHN POWELL MATHIS WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, VANDALISM, UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION, AND FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR. THE IDENTITIES OF THE OTHER TWO SUSPECTS IS BEING WITHHELD AS THEY ARE 16 AND 17 YEARS OF AGE AND LEGALLY STILL MINORS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/13/2007
Search for teen continues.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND OTHER EMERGENCY WORKERS ARE LOOKING FOR A TEENAGER WHO WENT MISSING YESTERDAY. THE SIXTEEN YEAR OLD MALE WAS APPARENTLY DISTRESSED OVER A BREAKUP WITH A GIRL AND DISAPPEARED INTO A WOODED AREA JUST OFF MAPLES BRANCH ROAD IN THE RED BANK AREA. THE STUDENT WAS APPARENTLY COMMUNICATING WITH A FRIEND VIA CELL PHONE. THE SEARCH WAS CALLED OFF OVERNIGHT BUT IS EXPECTED TO RESUME TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/13/2007
Fire destroys Gatlinburg home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A GATLINBURG HOME EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 AT THE RENTAL UNIT IN THE NINE HUNDRED BLOCK OF CLINE DRIVE, IN THE HIDDEN HILLS SUBDIVISION. LUCKILY, THE VISITORS THAT WERE STAYING AT THE CABIN WERE ABLE TO EXIT THE STRUCTURE WITHOUT INJURY, BUT THEY DID LOSE ALL OF THEIR POSSESSIONS. THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED ON THE FRONT PORCH. THE GATLINBURG AND PITTMAN CENTRE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/12/2007
Body found in Cocke County.
OFFICIALS WITH THE TBI ARE INVESTIGATING A HOMICIDE AFTER A BODY WAS FOUND NEAR THE PIGEON RIVER IN COCKE COUNTY. THE BODY OF 20 YEAR OLD MICHAEL DERRICK GRIMES OF NEWPORT WAS FOUND YESTERDAY AFTERNOON NEAR INTERSTATE FORTY MILE MARKER 439. GRIMES IS THE NEPHEW OF AN AGENT WITH THE TBI. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL JIMMY DUNN SAYS THAT AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED TODAY AT UT AND THAT DETECTIVES ARE INTERVIEWING SEVERAL WITNESSES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE TBI AT: 800 TBI FIND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/12/2007
Cat's head found in Pigeon Forge.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT IN WHICH THE HEAD OF A DOMESTIC CAT WAS LEFT IN THE DRIVEWAY OF A PIGEON FORGE HOME. THE GRUESOME DISCOVERY WAS MADE ON SATURDAY. THE DOMESTIC SHORT HAIRED CAT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 9 – 10 YEARS OLD WITH GREY TIGER MARKINGS. THE HEAD HAS BEEN TAKEN TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE FOR AN AUTOPSY, IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISCOVER WHETHER THEIR WAS HUMAN INVOLVEMENT, OR IF THE CAT WAS THE VICTIM OF AN ATTACK BY ANOTHER ANIMAL. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/11/2007
Accused child molester to be tried four times.
A FORMER DIXIE STAMPEDE WORKER ACCUSED OF MOLESTING CHILD PERFORMERS IN 2004, WILL STAND TRIAL FOUR TIMES. ARMANDO GONZALEZ HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWELVE COUNTS OF SEXUAL CONTACT WITH FOUR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN. JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE MADE THE RULING YESTERDAY DURING A MOTIONS HEARING AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE. ALL FOUR VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES ATTENDED THAT HEARING. GONZALEZ HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES. THE FIRST TRIAL IS SET FOR JUNE 27TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/11/2007
Three sentenced for torture and beating.
THREE SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING AND BEATING ANOTHER WOMAN, WERE ALL JAILED YESTERDAY FOLLOWING A PLEA AGREEMENT. ERIKA DAWN BAILEY OF KODAK, AND SHAWN GILBERT GREEN OF SEVIERVILLE, WERE BOTH SENTENCED TO TWELVE YEARS IN JAIL, AND BRADLEY FOX OF SEVIERVILLE WAS SENTENCED TO FIFTEEN YEARS. THE THREE ADMITTED TO KIDNAPPING JANNITA HARDIN AND HER TWO YEAR OLD SON. HARDIN WAS STUFFED IN THE TRUNK OF A CAR, TAKEN TO A HOUSE, TAPED TO A CHAIR, WHERE SHE WAS THEN BEATEN AND TORTURED. THE INCIDENT WAS ALL OVER A SIX HUNDRED DOLLAR DRUG DEAL THAT HAD GONE WRONG. HARDIN WAS EVENTUALLY FOUND AT A KNOX COUNTY HOME, BUT NOT BEFORE SHE HAD BEEN BURNED WITH CIGARETTES, HAD LIGHTER FLUID POURED ON HER FEET AND IGNITED, AND HAD HER FINGERS BROKEN WITH PLIERS. BAILEY, GREEN, AND FOX, WILL ALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE AFTER SERVING AT LEAST A THIRD OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PRISON TERMS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/10/2007
Robbery suspect still at large.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO ROB A KODAK GAS STATION AT KNIFEPOINT YESTERDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT THE SHELL MART CONVENIENCE STORE IN THE THIRTY THREE HUNDRED BLOCK OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. THE MAN WAS APPARENTLY WEARING A CAMOUFLAGE JACKET WITH THE HOOD PULLED AROUND HIS FACE. HE REPORTEDLY LEFT THE STORE WITHOUT ANY MONEY. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A WHITE MALE IN HIS MID 20’S, APPROXIMATELY FIVE FOOT ELEVEN INCHES TALL, AND WEIGHING ABOUT 150 POUNDS. HE APPARENTLY MADE HIS GET-A-WAY IN A SMALL WHITE OR OFF-WHITE PASSENGER CAR. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/10/2007
Officials search for armed robbery suspect.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED EARLY THIS MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT THE SHELL GAS STATION AND CONVENIENCE STORE IN THE THIRTY THREE HUNDRED BLOCK OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY IN KODAK. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR THE MALE SUBJECT WHO WAS APPARENTLY BRANDISHING A KNIFE AND WEARING A SKI MASK. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/9/2007
Three arrested following attempted burglary.
AN ALERT NEIGHBOR HELPED SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES APPREHEND TWO BURGLARS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK AT A HOME JUST OFF NORTH PITNER ROAD IN SEYMOUR. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, THE FEMALE WITNESS SAW TWO MEN KICK OPEN HER NEIGHBORS DOOR AND CALLED 911. DEPUTY WES RUTHERFORD AND DEPUTY ROY LOWE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE WITHIN FIVE MINUTES TO FIND THE TWO SUSPECTS LEAVING THE HOME WITH SEVERAL STOLEN ITEMS. 19 YEAR OLD JACK EDWARD NORTON OF KNOXVILLE WAS ARRESTED IMMEDIATELY, BUT THE SECOND MAN FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT. FOLLOWING A SHORT FOOT CHASE, 20 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER JAMES SLAY, ALSO OF KNOXVILLE, WAS APPREHENDED BY DEPUTY RYAN CLEVELAND. BOTH MEN WERE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. HOWEVER, WHEN DETECTIVES ARRIVED AT THE HOME, THEY ALLEGEDLY FOUND DRUGS AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA BELONGING TO THE HOME OWNER. 24 YEAR OLD ANDREW NAPIER WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE SIX NARCOTIC FOR RESALE. HE WAS BOOKED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL AND GIVEN A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/6/2007
Dandridge home destroyed by tree.
A DANDRIDGE FAMILY BARELY ESCAPED WHEN HIGH WINDS BROUGHT A ONE HUNDRED FOOT TALL OAK TREE DOWN ONTO THEIR MOBILE HOME TUESDAY NIGHT. THE HOME ON DOUGLAS LAKE WAS SPLIT IN TWO BY THE IMPACT. KIM LEE AND HER HUSBAND WERE LESS THAN TWO FEET AWAY WHEN THE TREE CAME CRASHING INTO THEIR HOME. THEIR TWO YOUNG BOYS AGED SIX AND SEVEN, WERE ASLEEP IN THEIR BEDROOM. THE FAMILY IS CURRENTLY STAYING WITH RELATIVES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/5/2007
N.C Woman arrested for felony forgery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A NORTH CAROLINA WOMAN AND CHARGED HER WITH FELONY FORGERY AND DRUG POSSESSION. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TED NEWMAN, HE AND OFFICER DAVID FINCHUM RESPONDED TO A SEVIERVILLE STORE THAT WAS HAVING PROBLEMS ACCEPTING AN 871 DOLLAR CHECK. FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THAT THE CHECK WAS STOLEN. 27 YEAR OLD APRIL MICHELLE LESTER OF CANTON NORTH CAROLINA WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY FORGERY AND FOR POSSESSION OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/5/2007
Alleged child molester to face accusers.
A FORMER DIXIE STAMPEDE EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF MOLESTING SEVERAL CHILD PERFORMERS IN 2004, WILL FACE THE ALLEGED VICTIMS BEFORE HIS CASE GOES TO TRIAL. ARMANDO GONZALEZ IS CHARGED WITH 12 COUNTS OF SEXUAL CONTACT WITH FOUR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. HIS TRIAL IS SET FOR JUNE 27TH BUT A MOTIONS HEARING THIS TUESDAY WILL MEAN THAT THE ALLEGED VICTIMS WILL HAVE TO FACE GONZALEZ. JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE WILL LISTEN TO THE WITNESSES TESTIMONY AND DECIDE IF GONZALEZ WILL BE TRIED SEPARATELY FOR EACH CHARGE. GONZALEZ FLED TO MEXICO IN 2004 BEFORE BEING CAPTURED IN NORTH CAROLINA IN 2006. HE HAS PLED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/4/2007
Seymour man admits to internet fraud.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAD PLED GUILTY TO INTERNET FRAUD. CHARLES EDWARD BUSH OF SEYMOUR ACCEPTED A PLEA AGREEMENT AND ADMITTED TO BEING THE SOLE OWNER AND EMPLOYEE OF INTERSTATE PRO VIDEO. THE BUSINESS WOULD ADVERTISE PROFESSIONAL GRADE VIDEO EQUIPMENT FOR SALE, BUT WHEN CUSTOMERS PAID FOR ITEMS, BUSH WOULD NEVER SEND THE EQUIPMENT TO THE PURCHASER. BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2002 AND DECEMBER 2005, BUSH HAD APPARENTLY GROSSED ABOUT FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE NOW FACES UP TO TWENTY YEARS IN JAIL, A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE, AND AN ORDER TO PAY BACK ALL THE MONEY THAT HE STOLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/3/2007
Pigeon Forge business robbed at gunpoint.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 9:30 SATURDAY EVENING. APPARENTLY AN EMPLOYEE AT THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STORE IN THE TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF WEARS VALLEY ROAD, WAS APPROACHED BY THE MALE SUSPECT WHO WAS ARMED WITH A SEMI AUTOMATIC HANDGUN. THE ROBBER LEFT THE STORE WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A WHITE MALE, APPROXIMATELY 30 YEARS OF AGE, ABOUT FIVE FOOT NINE INCHES TALL, AND WEIGHING BETWEEN 160 AND 175 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/2/2007
Arrest made in armed robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW MADE AN ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A LOCAL GAS STATION TWO WEEKS AGO. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, 18 YEAR OLD THOMAS JOSHUA CARTER OF WINSTON GEORGIA, WILL BE EXTRADITED BACK TO SEVIER COUNTY TO FACE CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT CARTER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MARCH 15TH ROBBERY AT THE VALLEY MART EXXON CONVENIENCE STORE ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD. APPARENTLY EVIDENCE FOUND AT THE SCENE AND INFORMATION FROM A WITNESS LINKED HIM TO THE CRIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/30/2007
Officials investigate alleged home invasion.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED HOME INVASION THAT HAPPENED EARLY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12:30 AT A HOME IN THE ONE THOUSAND BLOCK OF EAST MADISON DRIVE. APPARENTLY, THE MALE SUSPECT THREW AN OBJECT THROUGH THE GLASS FRONT DOOR. THE UN-NAMED MALE HOME OWNER ALLEGEDLY FIRED A WEAPON AT THE SUSPECT WHO THEN FLED ON FOOT. AUTHORITIES DO NOT KNOW IF ANY SHOTS HIT THE SUSPECT. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/29/2007
Two charged with counterfeiting.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF PASSING COUNTERFEIT MONEY. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE INCIDENT BEGAN ON MONDAY AFTERNOON JUST BEFORE 12:30. APPARENTLY, 26 YEAR OLD WILL RUSTON SPRAYBERRY OF OXFORD ALABAMA, AND 31 YEAR OLD MELISSA PRITCHETT OF MUNFORD ALABAMA, USED THE FAKE BILLS AT GO FORTH TIRE IN KODAK. A DESCRIPTION OF THEIR BLACK JEEP WAS FORWARDED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND WAS LATER SPOTTED BY DEPUTY SELENA BALL ON HIGHWAY 321. BALL PURSUED THE VEHICLE ALONG 321 AND ONTO BRANHAM HOLLOW ROAD BEFORE THE OCCUPANTS FLED ON FOOT INTO A WOODED AREA. K9 OFFICER BRAD WILDS AND HIS PARTNER FOUND THE TWO SUSPECTS IN THE COBBLY NOB AREA. SPRAYBERRY AND PRITCHETT ALSO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO PASS THE COUNTERFEIT BILLS AT WAL-MART. BOTH FACE FEDERAL COUNTERFEITING CHARGES AND BOTH WERE CHARGED WITH EVADING ARREST. SPRAYBERRY WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH BEING A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE LIKELY. THE PITTMAN CENTRE POLICE DEPARTMENT ASSISTED WITH THAT SEARCH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/28/2007
Brush fire keeps firefighters busy.
ANOTHER BRUSH FIRE KEPT SEVERAL SEVIER COUNTY FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS LAST NIGHT. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6:30 ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN, JUST OFF BREEDEN BRANCH ROAD. FIRE FIGHTERS HAD TO HIKE INTO THE HEAVILY WOODED AREA AND DIG FIRE LINES. THE BLAZE WAS EVENTUALLY BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL AT 9:30. NO INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED. A BURN BAN IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF TENNESSEE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/28/2007
Sevier Co. man gets plea agreement.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN TWO SHOOTINGS AND A ALTERCATION, WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL YESTERDAY FOLLOWING A PLEA AGREEMENT. PHONG TRAN PLED GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A NOVEMBER 2005 INCIDENT IN PIGEON FORGE, IN WHICH ANOTHER MAN ALLEGEDLY SHOT AT THREE PEOPLE IN A VEHICLE. TRAN ALSO PLED GUILTY TO A SECOND COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FOR USING A BEER BOTTLE AS A WEAPON DURING AN ALTERCATION AT A PARTY. THE PLEA AGREEMENT REQUIRES TRAN TO SERVE TWO CONCURRENT FOUR YEAR SENTENCES, BUT AS HE HAD BEEN INCARCERATED SINCE 2005, HE WAS RELEASED ON TIME SERVED. JUDGE RICHARD VANCE ALSO PLACED HIM ON PROBATION AND TOLD THAN THAT HE MUST FIND EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/27/2007
Gambling operation shut down.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE SHUT DOWN AN ILLEGAL GAMBLING OPERATION IN KODAK. DEPUTIES WENT TO THE SPEEDWAY DINER ON ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY FOLLOWING SEVERAL COMPLAINTS FROM AREA RESIDENTS. FOUR MACHINES WERE CONFISCATED, TWO OF WHICH WERE VIDEO GAMES THAT WERE RIGGED TO SWITCH TO POKER MACHINES VIA REMOTE CONTROL. DEPUTIES ALSO SEIZED 338 DOLLARS THAT WAS INSIDE THE MACHINES. THE OWNER OF THE STORE, 54 YEAR OLD SHARON TARWATER, WAS CHARGED WITH THE ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF GAMBLING DEVICES AND WILL BE ARRAIGNED ON APRIL 27TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/26/2007
Businessmen injured in wreck.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY BUSINESSMEN WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A THREE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT IN KENTUCKY. TODD THOMPSON AND DALE CARR OF THOMPSON, CARR AND ASSOCIATES, WERE TRAVELLING IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF INTERSTATE 75 IN WHITLEY COUNTY KENTUCKY, WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK. APPARENTLY, TWO PEOPLE TRAVELLING IN ONE OF THE OTHER VEHICLES INVOLVED WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THOMPSON AND CARR ARE BOTH CURRENTLY LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE KENTUCKY STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/23/2007
Sevierville store evacuated.
A CASE OF SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION CAUSED SOME ANXIOUS MOMENTS AT A SEVIERVILLE BUSINESS WEDNESDAY MORNING. AN EMPLOYEE AT THE LODGE CAST IRON FACTORY OUTLET ON KNIFE WORKS LANE, CALLED 911 JUST AFTER 7:30 TO REPORT THAT THE BUSINESS WAS FULL OF SMOKE. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT BENNY PICKENS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT, SOME OVERNIGHT WORKERS HAD DISCARDED SOME LINSEED OIL RAGS BY PUTTING THEM INTO A PLASTIC TRASH CAN. DURING THE NIGHT, THE RAGS CAUGHT ON FIRE AND MELTED THE TRASHCAN, FILLING THE STORE AND THE WORKSHOP TOOLS STORE NEXT DOOR WITH SMOKE. FIRE FIGHTERS EXTINGUISHED THE BLAZE AND REMOVED THE TRASHCAN. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/22/2007
Missing Pigeon Forge man found.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE AND WELL IN NORTH CAROLINA, THREE DAYS AFTER HE WENT MISSING. 79 YEAR OLD GRANVILLE ADAMS WAS FOUND TUESDAY AFTERNOON JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK IN HAYWOOD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. ADAMS TRUCK WAS FOUND WRECKED ON MONDAY IN THE WHITE OAK COMMUNITY NEAR WAYNESVILLE. ADAMS WHO IS BELIEVED TO SUFFER FROM DEMENTIA, WAS TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL TO BE CHECKED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/21/2007
Sevierville wreck sends one to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE OVER THE WEEKEND SENT ONE PERSON TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED SUNDAY EVENING JUST BEFORE 7:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AND VETERAN’S BOULEVARD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE WILLIAMS, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 27 YEAR OLD CANDACE COOK OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS CASS OF CONVERSE INDIANA. HIS PASSENGER, 26 YEAR OLD TARA CASS WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. COOK WAS CITED FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, AND FOR FAILURE TO HAVE PROOF OF INSURANCE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/20/2007
Fire destroys Sevier Co. Home.
A FIRE SUNDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME AND SENT ONE OF THE RESIDENTS AND A FIRE FIGHTER TO THE HOSPITAL. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 AM AT THE HOME IN THE TWENTY FOUR HUNDRED BLOCK OF BIG RIVER OUTLOOK DRIVE. CHRISTINE GARNER WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE AND TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION. A FIREFIGHTER WAS ALSO TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH CHEST PAINS. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED. THE SEVIER COUNTY AND NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/19/2007
Blair sentenced to life in prison.
A SEVIER COUNTY JURY FOUND JOHN WAYNE BLAIR GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN THE DEATH OF HIS NEIGHBOR, 23 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLARS IN APRIL OF 2005. BLAIR WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. THE JURORS TOOK ABOUT FOUR HOURS TO DELIBERATE THE VERDICT. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS TRIED TO PROVE THAT BLAIR WAS MENTALLY RETARDED AND THAT HIS FRIEND, TOMMY HUMPHREY WAS THE REAL KILLER. SELLARS BODY WAS FOUND IN A SHALLOW GRAVE ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN. SHE HAD BLED TO DEATH AFTER BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AND STRUCK SEVERAL TIMES WITH A BLUNT OBJECT. 51 YEAR OLD BLAIR IS A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER WITH A PREVIOUS CONVICTION IN FLORIDA FOR SEXUAL BATTERY. PROSECUTORS HAD BEEN SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/19/2007
Juror collapses during Blair trial.
THE JURY IN THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL OF JOHN WAYNE BLAIR, IS NOW MADE UP OF EIGHT WOMEN AND FOUR MEN AFTER ONE OF THE ORIGINAL JURORS COLLAPSED YESTERDAY. THE MALE JUROR THREW UP AND PASSED OUT AFTER WATCHING A VIDEO SCREEN DISPLAY SHOWING THE WOUNDS THAT KILLED 23 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS. JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE ORDERED THE FIRST OF FOUR ALTERNATE JURORS TO TAKE THE MALE JURORS PLACE. DURING YESTERDAYS TESTIMONY, A MEDICAL EXAMINER EXPLAINED THAT A LOSS OF BLOOD CAUSED BY BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA IS WHAT KILLED SELLERS. THE VICTIM RECEIVED AT LEAST FIVE STRONG BLOWS TO THE HEAD, AND HAD OTHER BODY INJURIES CONSISTENT WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT. TBI CRIME LAB EXPERTS TESTIFIED THAT THE VICTIMS BLOOD WAS FOUND ALL OVER BLAIRS PROPERTY, INCLUDING UNDER THE CARPET IN HIS HOUSE, ON A PLASTIC BUCKET, ON HIS BACK PORCH, AND ON THE TAILGATE OF HIS TRUCK. PROSECUTOR AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR SAID THAT HE EXPECTS TO CONCLUDE HIS CASE TODAY. PUBLIC DEFENDER ED MILLER SAID THAT HE COULD WRAP UP THE DEFENSES PRESENTATION BY TOMORROW AT THE LATEST. 51 YEAR OLD BLAIR IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS AT HIS HOME ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN IN APRIL OF 2005. IF CONVICTED, HE COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/16/2007
Armed robbery suspect sought.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY THAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 AT THE VALLEY MART EXXON CONVENIENCE STORE IN THE THREE THOUSAND BLOCK OF WEARS VALLEY ROAD. APPARENTLY, A MALE SUBJECT WEARING A MASK, ENTERED THE STORE BRANDISHING A KNIFE AND DEMANDED CASH FROM THE CLERK. THE ROBBER THEN TOOK THE CASH DRAWER AND FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE IN HIS EARLY 20’S, APPROXIMATELY SIX FOOT TALL, AND WEIGHING ABOUT 150 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/16/2007
Blair trial continues.
THE MOTHER OF MURDER VICTIM KELLY SELLERS TOOK THE STAND YESTERDAY DURING THE MURDER TRIAL OF 51 YEAR OLD JOHN WAYNE BLAIR, THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HER. TAMMY PETERSON TESTIFIED THAT BLAIR WAS HER DAUGHTERS MARIJUANA SUPPLIER. SHE ALSO TESTIFIED THAT SHE SMELLED A STRONG ODOR OF BLEACH ON BLAIR AFTER HER DAUGHTER DISAPPEARED IN APRIL OF 2005. HER BODY WAS FOUND SEVERAL DAYS LATER IN A SHALLOW GRAVE ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN. PROSECUTORS SAY THAT BLAIR’S HAIR WAS FOUND ON SELLERS BODY, AND THAT THE VICTIMS BLOOD WAS FOUND IN BLAIR’S TRAILER AND HER HAIR WAS FOUND IN THE BED OF BLAIR’S TRUCK. DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S SAY THAT BLAIR’S FRIEND TOMMY HUMPHREY WAS THE PERSON THAT KILLED SELLERS AND THEN HE FRAMED BLAIR WITH THE MURDER. THE DEFENSE IS ALSO ARGUING THAT INVESTIGATORS DID NOT HANDLE EVIDENCE PROPERLY AT THE CRIME SCENE. IF CONVICTED BLAIR COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/15/2007
Sevier Co. minister gets probation.
A SEVIER COUNTY MINISTER WHO FIRED A PISTOL DURING A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT ON THE SPUR WAS PLACED ON A YEARS PROBATION YESTERDAY. MICHAEL DALE BECK PLED GUILTY IN DECEMBER TO A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. HE ADMITTED TO FIRING A 22 CALIBER PISTOL IN THE AIR AFTER A CONFRONTATION WITH ANOTHER MOTORIST, BUT SAID THAT HE NEVER POINTED THE GUN AT HIM. BECK ATTEMPTED TO RESIGN HIS MINISTRY AT THE LITTLE COVE BAPTIST CHURCH, BUT CHURCH MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTED THE OFFER. BECK WAS ALSO ORDERED TO UNDERGO MANDATORY MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT, ORDERED TO TAKE ALL HIS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, ORDERED TO PERFORM 150 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE, AND FORBIDDEN TO POSSESS ANY FIREARMS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/15/2007
Bank robber pleads guilty.
A MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROBBERY OF A SEYMOUR BANK IN DECEMBER, PLED GUILTY TO THE CRIME YESTERDAY. 39 YEAR OLD STEVEN CASTLES ADMITTED TO ROBBING THE BB&T BANK ON DECEMBER 27TH. HIS CO-DEFENDANT, 32 YEAR OLD BRITTANY MARTINEZ WHO WAS APPARENTLY THE GET-A-WAY DRIVER, ADMITTED THAT THE MONEY WAS TO BE USED TO BUY CRACK COCAINE. THE PAIR WERE ARRESTED ON STRAWBERRY PLAINS PIKE THE DAY AFTER THE ROBBERY, FOLLOWING A 20 MINUTE HIGH SPEED CHASE. CASTLES WILL BE SENTENCED ON JUNE 18TH AND FACES UP TO EIGHTEEN YEARS IN JAIL AND A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/14/2007
Jury set for Blair trial.
A JURY WAS SEATED YESTERDAY FOR THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL OF JOHN WAYNE BLAIR. SEVEN WOMEN AND FIVE MEN HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO MAKE UP THE JURY WITH FOUR OTHERS THAT WILL SERVE AS ALTERNATES. THE TRIAL WILL BEGIN (BEGAN) TODAY AND JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE HAS ORDERED THAT THE GROUP OF SIXTEEN BE SEQUESTERED DURING THE TRIAL. 51 YEAR OLD BLAIR IS ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS NEIGHBOR, 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS, IN APRIL OF 2005 AND BURYING HER BODY IN A SHALLOW GRAVE ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN. BLAIR WAS CONVICTED IN FLORIDA IN 1995 OF ARMED SEXUAL BATTERY BEFORE MOVING TO EAST TENNESSEE IN APRIL OF 2005. IF CONVICTED HE COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/14/2007
Blair murder trial begins.
THE JURY SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL OF JOHN WAYNE BLAIR IS NOW UNDERWAY. JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE, PUBLIC DEFENDER ED MILLER, AND PROSECUTOR AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, INTERVIEWED SEVERAL PROSPECTIVE JURORS ABOUT THE MEDIA COVERAGE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TOO, AND ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS CONCERNING THE DEATH PENALTY. BLAIR IS ACCUSED OF MURDERING 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN IN APRIL OF 2005. THE JURY WILL BE SEQUESTERED WHEN THE TRIAL BEGINS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/13/2007
Another wild fire keeps firefighters busy.
FOR THE THIRD TIME IN AS MANY WEEKS, FIRE FIGHTERS FROM ALL ACROSS SEVIER COUNTY BATTLED ANOTHER WILD FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE LATEST BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 NEAR THE LAUREL BRANCH COMMUNITY, JUST OFF MCMAHAN – SAWMILL ROAD. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE FIRE CHIEF TONY WATSON, THE FIRE CONSUMED ABOUT TEN ACRES OF WOODLAND, BUT LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND NO HOMES WERE DAMAGED. ABOUT A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED WHILE FIRE FIGHTERS FOUGHT TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE. THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED NEAR A CONSTRUCTION SITE. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/13/2007
Officials search for home invaders.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE SEARCHING FOR TWO MEN WHO ALLEGEDLY BROKE INTO A HOME, TIED UP THE OCCUPANTS, AND ROBBED THEM OF TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT A HOME ON HEATLEY LANE. THE VICTIMS TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT BOTH MEN WERE ARMED WITH GUNS. THE SUSPECTS ARE DESCRIBED AS BEING BETWEEN 18 AND 20 YEAR OF AGE, ONE HAD A LARGE BUILD, THE OTHER WAS WEARING A SKI MASK. THEY MAY HAVE BEEN DRIVING A DARK BROWN FORD BRONCO. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453-4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/12/2007
Wild fire ruled as arson.
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT A WILD FIRE THAT BURNT APPROXIMATELY TWO HUNDRED ACRES OF SHIELDS MOUNTAIN LATE LAST WEEK, WAS THE WORK OF AN ARSONIST. THE FIRES WERE STARTED EARLY WEDNESDAY EVENING AND KEPT OVER ONE HUNDRED FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY UNTIL THURSDAY AFTERNOON. ONE OF THE FIRES WAS STARTED NEAR A ROADWAY JUST OF SEATON SPRINGS ROAD, THE OTHER IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN STARTED IN THE MCCARTER HOLLOW AREA. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/12/2007
Body in hot tub identified.
AUTHORITIES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED A DECEASED MALE THAT WAS FOUND IN A HOT TUB AT A SEVIER COUNTY RENTAL. THE DEAD MAN WAS IDENTIFIED AS NATHAN CHARLES HAZEL-BAKER OF FLORIDA. HE HAD APPARENTLY RENTED A CABIN JUST OFF RUSH BRANCH ROAD. HAZEL-BAKER WAS WANTED IN GEORGIA ON AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT FOR RAPE. THE CAUSE OF DEATH HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/9/2007
Sheriff's deputy injured in wreck.
A SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE AFTER HIS CRUISER WAS SIDE-SWIPED ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY LAST NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK NEAR BOB’S MOUNTAINEER RESTAURANT. SHERIFF’S DEPUTY JOHNNY BOHANNON WAS TREATED AT FORT SANDERS SEVIER AND LATER RELEASED. THE FEMALE DRIVER OF THE OTHER VEHICLE WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OD DRIVING WHILST IMPAIRED. THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/9/2007
Missing children found.
ALL FOUR OF THE MISSING CHILDREN TAKEN BY THEIR NON CUSTODIAL MOTHER LAST WEEK HAVE NOW BEEN LOCATED. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, 16 YEAR OLD CASSANDRA BURRIS AND 15 YEAR OLD JIMMY BURRIS, TURNED THEMSELVES IN TO DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY LAST NIGHT AT THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THE WOMAN THAT AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE WITH, 19 YEAR OLD CHRISTINA MUSE, ALSO TURNED HERSELF IN. SHE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED AND LATER RELEASED AFTER MEETING A TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND. ON MONDAY, 33 YEAR OLD SANDRA BURRIS TURNED HERSELF IN, AS WELL AS 7 YEAR OLD CATELYNN BURRIS AND 12 YEAR OLD CAROL ANN BURRIS. ALL FOUR KIDS ARE NOW IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES AND ARE SAID TO BE DOING FINE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/8/2007
Wild fires force evacuations.
TWO RAGING WILD FIRES ON SHIELDS MOUNTAIN HAS FORCED THE EVACUATION OF APPROXIMATELY ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE. THE FIRES WERE REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 O CLOCK WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND HAVE BURNT ABOUT 70 ACRES SO FAR. SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES AFFECTED INCLUDE EAGLE CREST, TREE TOPS, AND THE SHIELDS MOUNTAIN GATED COMMUNITY. A RED CROSS SHELTER HAS BEEN SET UP AT THE PIGEON FORGE COMMUNITY CENTRE. SO FAR, NO INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED. FIRE FIGHTERS FROM EVERY DEPARTMENT IN SEVIER COUNTY ARE ON THE SCENE AS WELL AS FIRE FIGHTERS FROM COCKE COUNTY, JEFFERSON COUNTY, AND STATE FORESTRY EMPLOYEES. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/8/2007
Optometrist charged with first degree murder.
A SEVIER COUNTY OPTOMETRIST ACCUSED OF RUNNING OFF THE ROAD AND KILLING A MAN ON HIS PORCH, HAS BEEN RE-INDICTED ON AN UPGRADED CHARGE OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. DR. EDWARD SMITH OF KODAK WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE FOR THE INCIDENT THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF CHUCK FINCHUM IN SEPTEMBER OF 2006. OFFICIALS SAY THAT SMITH DROVE HIS PICK-UP TRUCK OFF NEWPORT HIGHWAY IN AN APPARENT SUICIDE ATTEMPT. THE VEHICLE HIT A TREE AND THEN PLOWED INTO A HOME WHERE FINCHUM WAS ASLEEP ON THE PORCH. FINCHUM WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. SMITH WAS RELEASED ON A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN ON MARCH 26TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/7/2007
Seals appointed Sheriff.
RON SEALS WAS APPOINTED SHERIFF OF SEVIER COUNTY LAST NIGHT AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED TWENTY FOUR TO ONE IN FAVOR OF SEALS’ APPOINTMENT BY ACCLAMATION. AFTER THE VOTE, SEALS WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE BY COUNTY MAYOR LARRY WATERS. SEALS SAID HE WILL UPGRADE OFFICER TRAINING, WORK FOR AN ENHANCED RADIO SYSTEM WITH GPS, AND CONTINUE THE NEW JAIL PROJECT. HE WILL SERVE AS SHERIFF AT LEAST UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION IN SEPTEMBER OF 2008. SEALS REPLACES BRUCE MONTGOMERY WHO PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 9TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/6/2007
Two kidnapped children returned.
TWO OF THE FOUR CHILDREN TAKEN BY THEIR NON-CUSTODIAL MOTHER LAST WEEK, ARE NOW BACK IN SEVIER COUNTY. 7 YEAR OLD CATELYNN BURRIS AND 12 YEAR OLD CAROL-ANN BURRIS WERE TAKEN TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL YESTERDAY BY THEIR MOTHER SANDY BURRIS, WHO WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE. THE CHILDREN WERE PLACED INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE OTHER TWO CHILDREN. BURRIS IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/6/2007
Sevier Co. Meth lab busted.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CLOSED DOWN A METHAMPHETAMINE LAB AND ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE YESTERDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RON SEALS, 29 YEAR OLD JERRY SHANE WEBSTER OF MCMAHAN SAWMILL ROAD IN SEVIER COUNTY, AND 23 YEAR OLD TARA ALISHA ROSE OF KNOXVILLE, WERE BOTH ARRESTED AT THE MAKESHIFT METH LAB INSIDE A RENTAL CABIN ON WEST SIDE HILLS ROAD. BOTH WERE CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING METH, POSSESSION OF ANHYDROUS AMMONIA, AND POSSESSION OF METH. WEBSTER AND ROSE WERE ALSO CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AFTER OFFICIALS DISCOVERED THAT A SIX YEAR OLD CHILD WAS PRESENT. THEY ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/6/2007
Former deputy charged.
A SEVIER COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED A FORMER SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ON TWO COUNTS OF FELONY THEFT. MARK VICTOR SHULTS OF KING HOLLOW ROAD WAS ASSIGNED TO THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE, BUT WAS SUSPENDED LAST YEAR FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION REGARDING MISSING FUNDS. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL JIMMY DUNN, SHULTS WAS RELEASED AFTER POSTING A THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL BE ARRAIGNED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/5/2007
Burglary suspect arrested.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IN CONNECTION WITH A SERIES OF HOME BURGLARIES IN THE WALDEN’S CREEK AREA. DETECTIVES HAVE CHARGED 46 YEAR OLD JOHNNY RAY HILL OF GNATTY BRANCH ROAD, WITH SEVEN COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED BURGLARY. OFFICIALS ALLEGEDLY RECOVERED SEVERAL GUNS AND ITEMS OF JEWELRY THAT WERE STOLEN FROM HOMES IN THE AREA. HILL IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND MORE CHARGES ARE LIKELY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/5/2007
Seals recommended for Sheriff's position.
THE STEERING COMMITTEE ENTRUSTED WITH CHOOSING A NEW SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF MET LAST NIGHT AND RECOMMENDED CHIEF DEPUTY RON SEALS FOR THE POSITION. SEALS WAS THE ONLY PERSON NOMINATED FOR A VOTE BY COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. THE RECOMMENDATION WILL NOW GO BEFORE THE FULL SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSION ON MONDAY FOR FINAL APPROVAL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/2/2007
Authorities search for missing children.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR FOUR CHILDREN, WHO WERE ALLEGEDLY TAKEN OUT OF SCHOOL EARLIER THIS WEEK BY THEIR NON – CUSTODIAL MOTHER. 16 YEAR OLD CASSANDRA BURRIS, AND 15 YEAR OLD JIMMY RAY BURRIS, WERE BOTH TAKEN FROM THE GATLINBURG PITTMAN HIGH SCHOOL, AND 12 YEAR OLD CAROLANN BURRIS AND 7 YEAR OLD CATELYNN BURRIS, WERE BOTH TAKEN FROM THE NEW CENTRE SCHOOL. ALL FOUR CHILDREN ARE BELIEVED TO BE WITH 33 YEAR OLD SANDY DIANE BURRIS. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT THEY MAY BE IN THE OAK RIDGE AREA OR ON THEIR WAY TO FLORIDA. SANDY BURRIS IS BELIEVED TO BE DRIVING A 1994 MAROON COLORED OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS WITH THE TENNESSEE LICENSE PLATE 786 NKJ. SANDY BURRIS HAS BROWN HAIR,TATTOO’S ON HER CHEST, IS ABOUT FIVE FOOT TALL AND WEIGHS ABOUT 140 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/2/2007
Fire destroys Several Cove Mountain homes.
FIRE FIGHTERS FROM ALL ACROSS SEVIER COUNTY RESPONDED TO A BLAZE ON COVE MOUNTAIN IN THE WEARS VALLEY AREA YESTERDAY MORNING. THE FIRE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5:30 AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY AN FIRE EARLIER THIS WEEK AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE. APPARENTLY, AT LEAST SIX CABINS WERE DESTROYED AND OVER 500 ACRES BURNED. RESIDENTS WITHIN A TWO MILE RADIUS WERE ORDERED TO EVACUATE BY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/2/2007
G.P. Student killed.
A GATLINBURG – PITTMAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS KILLED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT MIKE VON CANNON WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 ON JONES COVE ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HENRYTOWN ROAD. 15 YEAR OLD JESSE NORELL AND 15 YEAR OLD NOAH ELROY WERE WALKING TOGETHER ALONG THE ROADWAY TO A NEARBY STORE TO CATCH A RIDE. NORELL WAS HIT BY A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 22 YEAR OLD JOSHUA STUART OF NEWPORT AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. ELROY WAS UNINJURED. NO CITATIONS WERE ISSUED AND THERE WAS NO INDICATION THAT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL WERE INVOLVED. NORELL HAD BEEN LIVING WITH AN AUNT AFTER HIS MOTHER WAS KILLED IN A WRECK A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENT HAVE NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/2/2007
Seymour F.D. to receive grant.
THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IS TO RECEIVE A GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE YESTERDAY BY CONGRESSMAN DAVID DAVIS. THE ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT WILL BE FOR NEARLY FIFTY NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IS THE LARGEST VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT IN EAST TENNESSEE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/1/2007
Officials investigate death of Georgia man.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND AT A SEVIER COUNTY CABIN MONDAY EVENING. THE UN-NAMED DECEASED MALE WAS FOUND JUST BEFORE 5:30 IN A HOT TUB AT A CABIN IN THE SIX HUNDRED BLOCK OF RUSH BRANCH ROAD. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT THE MALE HAD BEEN IN THE HOT TUB FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE AFTER OFFICIALS WITH THE FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IN GEORGIA, REQUESTED ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS WANTED IN GEORGIA ON A WARRANT FOR RAPE. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/28/2007
Steering committee meets to find next Sheriff.
A STEERING COMMITTEE ENTRUSTED WITH FINDING SEVIER COUNTY’S NEXT SHERIFF MET LAST NIGHT AND INTERVIEWED ALL SIX CANDIDATES. MARY BOSWELL, DEAN LEWIS, BRADLEY LOWE, JOEY PARTON JUNIOR, KIM PIERCE, AND RON SEALS, ALL SPENT BETWEEN FIVE AND TEN MINUTES DISCUSSING THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPLAINING WHY THEY SHOULD BE THE PERSON TO REPLACE BRUCE MONTGOMERY, WHO PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 9TH. THE MAJORITY OF THE CANDIDATES WANTED TO OFFER CIVIL SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENTS EMPLOYEE’S AND TAKE THE POLITICS OUT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE STEERING COMMITTEE WILL MEET AGAIN THURSDAY EVENING TO SELECT THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WHO WILL ANNOUNCE THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE ON MARCH 5TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/28/2007
Tax evaders agree to deal.
A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE WHO WERE ACCUSED OF FEDERAL TAX EVASION, HAVE PLED GUILTY TO THE CHARGE AS PART OF A PLEA AGREEMENT. ARNOLD AND KATHLEEN SCHMID WHO REFUSED TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS BECAUSE THEY WERE LIVING SOULS AND NOT U.S. CITIZENS, WERE ARRESTED IN JULY OF 2005. HOWEVER, WHILST FREE ON BAIL, THE SCHMID’S FLED AND HID OUT IN THE NORTHWEST UNTIL AGENTS WITH THE U.S. MARSHALL’S OFFICE TRACKED THEM DOWN LAST APRIL. THE COUPLE WHO ALLEGEDLY MADE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SEVIER COUNTY REAL ESTATE VENTURES, AGREED TO A NEGOTIATED FIGURE OF FIFTY THREE THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DOLLARS, AS THE TAX LIABILITY OWED TO THE GOVERNMENT. THE DEAL WILL ALSO CUT THE POTENTIAL PRISON TERMS BOTH FACE FROM YEARS TO MONTHS, MOST OF WHICH MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN SERVED DURING THE LAST TEN MONTHS. ARNOLD AND KATHLEEN SCHMID WERE RELEASED BUT REQUIRED TO WEAR ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICES. THEY WILL BE SENTENCED ON MAY 24TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/27/2007
Six apply for Sheriff's position.
SIX CANDIDATES HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS TO TEMPORARILY FILL THE OFFICE OF SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY WAS FRIDAY AT NOON. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL BE CHOSEN BY THE SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSION ON MARCH 5TH, AND WILL SERVE AS SHERIFF UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2008. THE CANDIDATES ARE DEPUTY CHIEF RON SEALS, DEAN LEWIS AND KIM PIERCE, WHO BOTH RAN FOR THE POSITION LAST YEAR, JOEY PARTON, BRADLEY LOWE, AND MARY CURBO – BOSWELL. FORMER SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 9TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/26/2007
Gatlinburg teen dies in wreck.
A GATLINBURG TEENAGER WAS KILLED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN KNOXVILLE. NINETEEN YEAR OLD ROLAND “ROLLIE” FILE APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS SUV NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY AND JOHN SEVIER HIGHWAY. HIS FOUR PASSENGERS WHO WERE ALL WEARING SEATBELTS, RECEIVED ONLY MINOR INJURIES. FILE, WHO HAD JUST GRADUATED FROM GATLINBURG – PITTMAN HIGH SCHOOL, WAS A FRESHMAN AT CARSON NEWMAN COLLEGE. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS FROM 4 UNTIL 8 TOMORROW AT ATCHLEY FUNERAL HOME. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT 11 WEDNESDAY MORNING AT ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN GATLINBURG.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/26/2007
Man arrested on drug and firearm charges.
A NEW CENTRE MAN WAS ARRESTED ON SATURDAY AFTER HE WAS ALLEGEDLY FOUND IN POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS AND A LOADED HANDGUN. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, DEPUTY BRAD WILDS RESPONDED TO A CALL JUST AFTER 12 NOON, ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE AT A NEWPORT HIGHWAY BUSINESS. DEPUTY WILDS APPARENTLY FOUND JOHN TREY LUCK THE THIRD SITTING IN HIS PICKUP TRUCK, AND FOLLOWING A SEARCH, CHARGED HIM WITH POSSESSION OF COCAINE FOR RESALE, POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE TWO AND FOUR MEDICATIONS, AND FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON. LUCK IS CURRENTLY FREE ON A TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON MARCH 23RD.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/26/2007
Woman charged with theft from courthouse.
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STEALING AT LEAST TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE. 52 YEAR OLD SANDRA MANNING WAS ARRESTED ON WEDNESDAY BY AGENTS WITH THE TBI. MANNING WHO WAS EMPLOYED AT THE COURTHOUSE, WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF THEFT. SHE IS CURRENTLY FREE ON BAIL. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/23/2007
Candidate withdraws from election.
THE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATES WHO HAVE RETURNED PETITIONS TO RUN IN THIS MAY’S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN SEVIERVILLE, PIGEON FORGE, AND GATLINBURG, CAME AND WENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. ONLY JEFF OWNBY WHO WAS ON THE BALLOT FOR THE GATLINBURG ELECTION, DECIDED TO WITHDRAW HIS APPLICATION. SEVIERVILLE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE A MAYOR AND THREE ALDERMEN ON MAY 3RD, PIGEON FORGE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE TWO COMMISSIONERS ON MAY 8TH, AND GATLINBURG VOTERS WILL CHOOSE THREE COMMISSIONERS ON MAY 15TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/23/2007
Fire destroys Sevier Co. Home.
A FIRE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6:30 AT A HOUSE IN THE THREE HUNDRED BLOCK OF FALLEN OAK CIRCLE, JUST OFF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO SEYMOUR FIRE CHIEF CHUCK GODFREY, LUCKILY, THE NEW OWNERS OF THE HOME HAD NOT MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, SO NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEYMOUR, SEVIER COUNTY, NORTHVIEW, AND WALDEN’S CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/22/2007
Several wrecks keep emergency workers busy.
SEVIER COUNTY EMERGENCY WORKERS WILL KEPT BUSY MONDAY FOLLOWING SEVERAL WRECKS . THE FIRST ONE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10:30 IN THE FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF KINGS BRANCH ROAD. APPARENTLY AND SUV AND A TRUCK HAULING A ATV COLLIDED. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, ONE OF THE VEHICLES ENDED UP IN A NEARBY CREEK. THE DRIVER HAD TO BE EXTRICATED AND THEN TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. ANOTHER DRIVER WAS ALSO TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH A HEAD INJURY FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK JUST BEFORE 2:30 ON ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HIGHWAY 139. AND FINALLY, TRAFFIC WAS BROUGHT TO A NEAR STANDSTILL AFTER A SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNED ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE FOUR O CLOCK IN THE WESTBOUND LANES NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH WHITE SCHOOL ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE RIG, OVER CORRECTED, AND FLIPPED IT ONTO IT’S SIDE, CAUSING ABOUT TWO HUNDRED GALLONS OF FUEL TO LEAK INTO A NEARBY CREEK. THE DRIVER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/20/2007
Commissioners to hold special meeting.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON MARCH 7TH TO SELECT AN INTERIM SHERIFF TO REPLACE THE LATE BRUCE MONTGOMERY WHO PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 9TH. CHIEF DEPUTY T.J. CANTWELL HAS BEEN RUNNING THE DEPARTMENT ON A TEMPORARY BASIS SINCE MONTGOMERY’S DEATH, BUT COMMISSIONERS WILL CHOOSE A FULL TIME REPLACEMENT TO RUN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST 2008 AT WHICH TIME THE WINNER OF A SPECIAL ELECTION WILL BE SWORN IN. CHIEF DEPUTY RON SEALS IS EXPECTED TO BE NAMED SHERIFF AT THAT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING NEXT MONTH. ANYONE WISHING TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION HAS UNTIL NOON ON FRIDAY TO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION TO COUNTY MAYOR LARRY WATERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE COUNTY MAYORS OFFICE AT: 453 – 7161.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/20/2007
Sevierville P.D Arrest Fugitive from justice.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE FOLLOWING A CALL REGARDING A SUSPICIOUS PERSON LATE LAST WEEK. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE TIM COULTER WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, HE AND DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH RESPONDED TO THE CALL CONCERNING A MALE SUBJECT DRESSED IN BLACK, SITTING BESIDE A COMMUNICATIONS TOWER JUST NORTH OF HIGHWAY 448. WHEN THEY TRIED TO APPROACH THE SUSPECT HE BEGAN TO FLEA ON FOOT DOWN THE HILLSIDE BUT WAS INTERCEPTED BY SERGEANT ROBBIE BALL. AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH FLEEING FROM THE POLICE, 42 YEAR OLD THOMAS LAMBERT WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH BEING A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE IN OHIO, WHERE HE WAS WANTED FOR A PAROLE VIOLATION. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL AWAITING EXTRADITION BACK TO OHIO.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/19/2007
Fire destroys Sevier Co. Home.
A FIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AT 860 GUFFY HOLLOW ROAD, JUST OFF ALLENSVILLE ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE SINGLE WIDE TRAILER WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/19/2007
Candidates announce for May elections.
YESTERDAY WAS THE DEADLINE FOR CANDIDATES TO QUALIFY FOR MAY’S MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN SEVIERVILLE, PIGEON FORGE AND GATLINBURG. SEVIERVILLE’S THREE INCUMBENT ALDERMEN, ED WHITE, JERRY LOVEDAY, AND TRAVIS MCCROSKEY, ALL RETURNED THEIR PETITIONS AND WILL BE CHALLENGED BY BARRY GIBBS. BRYAN ATCHLEY WILL RUN FOR MAYOR UNOPPOSED. IN PIGEON FORGE, HOWARD REAGAN, KEITH WHALEY, AND JIMMY REAGAN ALL RETURNED THEIR PAPERWORK. MAYOR RALPH CHANCE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION. MEANWHILE IN GATLINBURG, INCUMBENTS MIKE WERNER, MIKE HELTON, AND JERRY HAYES WILL BE CHALLENGED BY JEFF OWNBY, MIKE MAY, DEBORAH COHEN, AND BOBBY CLARK KING. SEVIERVILLE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE THREE ALDERMEN AND A MAYOR ON MAY 3RD, PIGEON FORGE VOTERS WILL CHOOSE TWO COMMISSIONERS ON MAY 8TH, AND GATLINBURG VOTERS WILL CHOOSE THREE COMMISSIONERS ON MAY 15TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/16/2007
Chapman Highway wreck claims the life of driver.
ONE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7:30 ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH ZION HILL ROAD. 24 YEAR OLD ALBERT GREEN OF KNOXVILLE WAS DRIVING IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES F CHAPMAN HIGHWAY WHEN HE APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICK-UP TRUCK, HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 22 YEAR OLD DANIEL OWNBY OF SEVIERVILLE, AND THEN COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER LARGER STYLE TRANSFER TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 44 YEAR OLD MICHAEL CUPP, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE.. GREEN DIED AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF THE TRANSFER TRUCK WAS TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT ICE AND SLUSH ON THE ROADWAY CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, THE RESCUE SQUAD, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/15/2007
Sevierville wreck injures two.
ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SEVIERVILLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE FOUR O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AND VETERAN’S BOULEVARD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TIM RUSSELL, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 61 YEAR OLD JOHN LETHCO OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 16 YEAR OLD EMILY GRAVES ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE. GRAVES WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER, HER UN-NAMED FEMALE PASSENGER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. LETHCO WAS APPARENTLY UNINJURED. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/15/2007
Authorities look for armed robbery suspect.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE SEARCHING FOR A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY ROBBED A SEVIERVILLE DRUG STORE AT GUNPOINT MONDAY EVENING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 O CLOCK AT STEWART’S DRUG STORE ON FORKS OF THE RIVER PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN WEST, WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE SUSPECT DISPLAYED A SEMI AUTOMATIC HANDGUN AND DEMANDED OXYCONTIN PILLS FROM THE PHARMACIST. APPARENTLY, THE PHARMACIST COULD NOT PROVIDE THE OXYCONTIN TO THE SUSPECT AND GAVE HIM SEVERAL BOTTLES OF ANOTHER DRUG INSTEAD. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, AGED BETWEEN 30 AND 40, APPROXIMATELY FIVE FOOT NINE INCHES TALL, AND WEIGHING ABOUT 190 POUNDS. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A BLACK HOODIE WITH A CREAM COLORED DESIGN ON THE BACK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/14/2007
Seymour brush fire keeps fire fighters busy.
A BRUSH FIRE SUNDAY AFTERNOON KEPT SEVERAL SEVIER COUNTY FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST OFF ZION BAPTIST CHURCH ROAD IN SEYMOUR. BECAUSE OF THE LOCATION OF THE BLAZE, FIREFIGHTERS HAD A HARD TIME GETTING WATER TO IT. OFFICIALS MADE A FIRE LINE AROUND THE BLAZE TO CONTAIN IT AND WERE THEN ABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE SEVERAL HOURS LATER. NO INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE WERE REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEYMOUR, NORTHVIEW AND SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/13/2007
Accident victim flown to U.T.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK MONDAY MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK ON WALDEN’S CREEK ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SULFUR SPRINGS WAY. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICK-UP TRUCK AND ROLLED IT ONTO IT’S SIDE. THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE WALDEN’S CREEK, WEARS VALLEY AND PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK, AS WELL AS THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/13/2007
Fire damages Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME MONDAY EVENING, BUT THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR A SPEEDY RESPONSE FROM FIRE FIGHTERS. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 AT 850 LOOP ROAD, JUST OFF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN RANDY CARR WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE BLAZE STARTED IN THE CHIMNEY BEFORE SPREADING TO A SIDE WALL AND THE ATTIC. FIRE FIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE A LARGE PART OF THE HOME AND LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY AND SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/13/2007
Sheriff Bruce Montgomery loses cancer battle.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY WILL BE HELD THIS EVENING BEGINNING AT 7 CLOCK AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN GATLINBURG. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS FROM 2 UNTIL 6 PM. INTERMENT WILL BE HELD AT 11 O CLOCK TUESDAY MORNING AT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN MEMORY GARDENS. SHERIFF MONTGOMERY PASSED AWAY FRIDAY MORNING AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER. HE WAS 73 YEARS OLD.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/12/2007
Blair to face death penalty if guilty.
SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE RULED ON FRIDAY THAT JOHN WAYNE BLAIR IS COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL AND FACE THE DEATH PENALTY, SHOULD HE BE CONVICTED OF KILLING HIS NEIGHBOR, 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLARS ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN IN APRIL OF 2005. OGLE REJECTED THE DEFENSES ARGUMENT THAT BLAIR WAS MENTALLY INCOMPETENT AND SHOULD THEREFORE NOT FACE THE DEATH PENALTY. THE TRIAL IS SCHEDULED TO START IN APRIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/12/2007
Man accused of embezzling funds from little league
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING MONEY FROM THE NEW CENTRE LITTLE LEAGUE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 31 YEAR OLD JONATHAN MINIARD WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY AND CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT. MINIARD WHO WAS THE LEAGUES PRESIDENT LAST YEAR, ALLEGEDLY STOLE FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE ORGANIZATION. HE APPARENTLY USED LITTLE LEAGUE FUNDS FOR PERSONAL USE AND PURCHASES. MINIARD HAS ALSO BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT AFTER IT WAS ALSO DISCOVERED THAT HE HAD BEEN IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN CHEVY TAHOE. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/9/2007
Park to receive additional funding from feds.
THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL ONE POINT NINE MILLION DOLLARS IN IT’S 2007 – 2008 BUDGET, AN INCREASE OF ELEVEN PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE BY PRESIDENT BUSH ON MONDAY. THE EXTRA MONEY IS TO HELP THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR IT’S ONE HUNDRED YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN 2016. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, ABOUT FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE ONE POINT NINE MILLION WILL BE USED TO COVER THE PAY COST INCREASES THIS YEAR. THE REMAINING MONEY WILL STILL BE THE LARGEST BASE INCREASE THAT THE PARK HAS EVER RECEIVED IN A SINGLE YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/8/2007
Sevierville planners approve Kodak development.
SEVIERVILLE’S PLANNING BOARD MET LAST NIGHT AT THE CIVIC CENTRE. PLANNING COMMISSION MEMBERS APPROVED A SITE PLAN FOR A NEW RETAIL DEVELOPMENT BEHIND THE BB&T BANK ON WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. THE BRYAN CROSSING DEVELOPMENT WOULD INCLUDE SEVERAL NEW BUSINESSES ANCHORED BY A NEW FOOD CITY GROCERY STORE. NO WORD YET ON WHEN WORK ON THE NEW SHOPPING CENTRE WILL BEGIN.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/7/2007
Fire destroys several Sevier County homes.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY HOMES WERE DESTROYED BY FIRE OVERNIGHT. THE FIRST BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11:30 AT 2097 LITTLE VALLEY ROAD, JUST OFF WALDEN’S CREEK. THE MOBILE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS BUT NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE WALDEN’S CREEK AND WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE. THE SECOND FIRE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 AM AT A HOME IN THE 2800 BLOCK OF NUN’S COVE ROAD, JUST OFF SHARP ROAD. THAT HOME WAS ALSO BADLY DAMAGED BUT AGAIN, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE. GATLINBURG FIRE FIGHTERS HAD A BUSY 12 HOURS WITH TWO RESIDENTIAL FIRES IN THE ARTS AND CRAFTS COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE FIRST BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 O CLOCK SUNDAY NIGHT AT A HOME ON LAUREL LANE, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH GLADES ROAD. THE HOME, WHICH ALSO DOUBLED AS A PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, WAS FULLY INVOLVED WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SECOND BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 MONDAY MORNING AT A HOME IN THE 900 BLOCK OF MOYERS DRIVE, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH GLADES ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE STRUCTURE WAS DESTROYED, LUCKILY AGAIN, THE HOME WAS UNOCCUPIED AT THE TIME. THE CAUSE OF BOTH FIRES IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO BOTH BLAZES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/6/2007
Four charged with detonating explosive devices.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED THREE JUVENILES AND ONE ADULT IN CONNECTION WITH TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS INVOLVING THE DETONATION OF EXPLOSIVE DEVICES. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT KEN GARNER WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE FIRST DEVICE WAS DETONATED LAST MONTH ON THE PORCH OF A HOME ON RIVERS EDGE LANE. LUCKILY THE EXPLOSION DID NOT CAUSE ANY DAMAGE OR INJURIES. 18 YEAR OLD NICK LAY OF SEVIERVILLE AND A 17 YEAR OLD SEVIER COUNTY JUVENILE WERE BOTH ARRESTED ON A CHARGE OF PROHIBITIVE WEAPONS EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. TWO OTHER TEENS WERE ALSO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN EXPLOSION AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN THE FINE GLEN SUB DIVISION. THE 16 AND 15 YEAR OLD JUVENILES ALLEGEDLY DETONATED THE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE INSIDE A PORTABLE TOILET, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. BOTH WERE ARRESTED ON A CHARGE OF PROHIBITIVE WEAPONS EXPLOSIVE DEVICE, AND THE 15 YEAR OLD MALE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH VANDALISM. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT IN BOTH INCIDENTS, LEGAL FIREWORKS WERE USED TO CAUSE THE EXPLOSIONS. NO COURT DATES HAVE YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/6/2007
Child flown to U.T after being drove over.
A NINE YEAR OLD CHILD WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE SEVIERVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK. APPARENTLY, 9 YEAR OLD PHOENIX KEELER WAS WALKING THROUGH A PARKING LOT WHEN HE BENT DOWN TO PICK UP AN ITEM HE HAD DROPPED. AT THE SAME TIME, A DRIVER UNABLE TO SEE THE CHILD PULLED OUT AND DROVE OVER HIM. HE WAS TREATED AT UT FOR MINOR INJURIES BUT AMAZINGLY WAS RELEASED LATER THAT SAME DAY. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/5/2007
Fire destroys Pigeon Forge home.
A FIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING DESTROYED A PIGEON FORGE HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AT A HOUSE IN THE FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF OGLE DRIVE. THE FIRE IS BELIEVE TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A WOOD FURNACE. LUCKILY, ALL OF THE OCCUPANTS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE THE FIRE UNINJURED. THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/5/2007
ATV incident claims riders life.
ONE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING AN ATV ACCIDENT THURSDAY EVENING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE SIX O CLOCK ON LONG RIFLE ROAD IN THE WEARS VALLEY AREA, NEAR THE SEVIER – BLOUNT COUNTY LINE. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT THE UN-NAMED MALE VICTIM MAY HAVE SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK WHILE RIDING THE VEHICLE. HIS NAME IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, WALDEN’S CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, RURAL METRO AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/2/2007
Wilderness resort finalizes deal with Sevierville.
THE WILDERNESS RESORT COMPANY HAS NOW FINALIZED A DEAL WITH THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE TO PURCHASE TWO PARCELS OF LAND ADJACENT TO THE NEW SEVIERVILLE EVENTS CENTRE. THE DEVELOPER AND CITY OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING THE DEAL FOR ABOUT A YEAR. WILDERNESS RESORTS WILL BUILD A 236 ROOM, FOUR STORY HOTEL, WHICH WILL BE CONNECTED, TO THE EVENTS CENTRE VIA AN ENCLOSED CORRIDOR. THE HOTEL WILL ALSO INCLUDE A TWENTY THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT INDOOR WATERPARK. WILDERNESS WILL ALSO BUILD AN UPSCALE SIX STORY CONDOMINIUM RESORT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE EVENTS CENTRE. THE PROPERTY WILL CONSIST OF 233 CONDOS AND IT’S OWN FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT INDOOR WATERPARK. THE COMPANY HOPES TO BREAK GROUND THIS APRIL AND COMPLETE THE HOTEL DEVELOPMENT BY EARLY 2008.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/1/2007
Brush fire keeps firefighters busy.
SEVERAL SEVIER COUNTY FIRE FIGHTERS WERE KEPT BUSY TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FIGHTING A BRUSH FIRE IN THE NEW CENTRE COMMUNITY. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK IN A WOODED AREA BETWEEN CONNASTER LANE AND ROBIN HOOD LANE. THE FIRE CONSUMED ABOUT TEN ACRES OF LAND. FIREFIGHTERS WERE FINALLY ABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE JUST BEFORE 8 PM. NO INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY, ENGLISH MOUNTAIN, AND CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE, AS WELL AS FIRE FIGHTERS FROM THE STATE FORESTRY DIVISION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/31/2007
New reservation system for park campers.
CAMPERS VISITING THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR CAMPSITE RESERVATIONS ONLINE OR VIA A TOLL FREE PHONE NUMBER BEGINNING FEBRUARY 7TH. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE NEW SYSTEM WILL ALLOW RESERVATIONS TO BE MADE AT 12:01 AM FOR ARRIVAL UP TO SIX MONTHS LATER. CAMPERS WILL ALSO NOW BE ABLE TO SELECT A SPECIFIC CAMPSITE RATHER THAN JUST SELECTING A DATE AND HAVING A SITE ASSIGNED TO THEM UPON ARRIVAL. RESERVATIONS MAY BE MADE ON-LINE AT RECREATION DOT GOV, OR BY CALLING TOLL FREE AT: (877) 444 – 6777.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/31/2007
Robbery suspect apprehended.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A 20 YEAR OLD SEVIER COUNTY MAN AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY ROBBED AN EMPLOYEE AT A CONVENIENCE STORE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 AM AT THE STOP AND SAVE CONVENIENCE STORE AT THE CORNER OF PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD AND JAYEL ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER BRYAN SHIVER, AN EMPLOYEE AT THE STORE STATED THAT SHE WAS GETTING CHANCE FOR ANOTHER CUSTOMER WHEN THE SUSPECT GRABBED AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY AND FLED THE STORE. A WITNESS WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE AUTHORITIES WITH THE TAG NUMBER OF THE WHITE GET-A-WAY VEHICLE. DEPUTIES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE VEHICLE A SHORT TIME LATER AND SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED 20 YEAR OLD EDMUND YAYZEL OF SHADY GROVE ROAD, WHO IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/29/2007
Park visitation increases.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT VISITATION TO THE PARK LAST YEAR, WAS AT IT’S HIGHEST SINCE 2001. ACCORDING TO SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, A TOTAL OF NINE MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN THOUSAND PEOPLE ENTERED THE PARK LAST YEAR, AS OPPOSED TO JUST UNDER NINE POINT TWO MILLION PEOPLE IN 2005. LAST YEAR, INCREASES IN VISITATION WERE RECORDED IN JANUARY, MARCH, APRIL, AND SEPTEMBER THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. THE LARGEST SINGLE MONTH INCREASE WAS RECORDED IN NOVEMBER WHEN OVER 830 THOUSAND PEOPLE VISITED THE PARK, A FIFTEEN PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/29/2007
Three charged with cabin break-in's.
AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAMES OF THREE PEOPLE ARRESTED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING, IN CONNECTION WITH SEVERAL CABIN BREAK-IN’S AT THE LEGACY MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT. 22 YEAR OLD PAUL YAYZEL, 23 YEAR OLD ROY GAMBILL, AND 23 YEAR OLD AMANDA MILLS, ALL OF SEVIER COUNTY, WERE ALL CHARGED WITH BURGLARY BY DETECTIVE MIKE WATSON WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. ALL THREE WERE ALLEGEDLY RIDING IN A VEHICLE THAT ALSO CONTAINED SEVERAL OF THE STOLEN ITEMS. NO COURT DATES HAVE YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/26/2007
Sevier Co. woman charged by state dept. of revenue
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THIRTY COUNTS OF FELONY EVASION OF SALES TAX AND ONE COUNT OF FELONY THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE CHARGES WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE YESTERDAY. 35 YEAR OLD NICOLE LYNN TIBBS OF THURMAN CIRCLE IN SEVIERVILLE, WAS THE MANAGER AT THE SLEEPY BEAR CABIN RENTALS COMPANY, A BUSINESS THAT WAS CLOSED DOWN FOR SEVERAL WEEKS IN AUGUST BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS THAT THE ORGANIZATION WAS NOT PAYING IT’S STATE SALES TAXES. IF CONVICTED, TIBBS FACES UP TO EIGHT YEARS IN JAIL AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN FINES. SHE IS CURRENTLY FREE ON A SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/26/2007
Overnight pursuit leads to arrest.
A VEHICLE PURSUIT LATE LAST NIGHT EVENTUALLY LED TO THE ARREST OF THE DRIVER. THE INCIDENT BEGAN IN PIGEON FORGE JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK. APPARENTLY, A PIGEON FORGE OFFICER STOPPED THE VEHICLE ON THE PARKWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH OLD MILL AVENUE. THE DRIVER ALLEGEDLY REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH THE OFFICERS REQUESTS AND DROVE AWAY. THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER THEN LED AUTHORITIES ON A PURSUIT ALONG UPPER MIDDLE CREEK ROAD AND PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD, BEFORE EVENTUALLY BEING STOPPED ON JAYEL ROAD BY DEPUTY MARK NOTTAGE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. SO FAR, CHARGES AGAINST THE DRIVER INCLUDE RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, RECKLESS DRIVING, FELONY EVADING, DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE OR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, SPEEDING, AND RESISTING ARREST. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/26/2007
Sevierville man charged with statutory rape.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE STATUTORY RAPE OF A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT. JOHN ROBERT NEAL WAS CAUGHT WITH THE YOUNG GIRL MONDAY AFTERNOON JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK IN A PARKED CAR AT THE END OF A NORTH KNOXVILLE ROAD. A NEIGHBOR ALERTED AUTHORITIES AFTER SEEING THE SUSPICIOUS BLUE PICKUP TRUCK PARKED AT THE END OF PRATT STREET, JUST OFF BROADWAY IN KNOXVILLE. THE GIRL WHO IS A STUDENT IN KNOX COUNTY WAS TAKEN TO A MEDICAL FACILITY FOR AN EXAMINATION. NEAL IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE KNOX COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/25/2007
Burglary suspects arrested.
SOME PRO-ACTIVE POLICE WORK OVERNIGHT BY DEPUTIES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, HAS LED TO THE ARREST OF THREE ALLEGED BURGLARS. THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK WHEN A CHECK OF CABINS IN THE LEGACY MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT, TURNED UP SEVERAL CABINS THAT HAD BEEN BROKEN INTO. DEPUTIES THEN OBSERVED THE AREA FOR SEVERAL HOURS AND WERE EVENTUALLY ABLE TO TAKE THREE PEOPLE INTO CUSTODY. THE THREE SUSPECTS ARE CURRENTLY HELPING DETECTIVE MIKE WATSON WITH HIS INVESTIGATION. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/25/2007
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE LAST NIGHT DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11 O CLOCK AT 1723 BLUFF MOUNTAIN ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE HOME WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE WALDEN’S CREEK AND WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/24/2007
Additional charges for alleged dui driver.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, WAS INDICTED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES BY A GRAND JURY YESTERDAY. 43 YEAR OLD LARRY BRUCE WILLIAMSON OF SEYMOUR WAS ALLEGEDLY INTOXICATED WHEN HIS TRUCK COLLIDED WITH A MOTORCYCLE ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY IN SEPTEMBER, A WRECK THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 21 YEAR OLD BRANDON FRANKLIN, AND HIS 18 YEAR OLD WIFE JENILYN. WILLIAMSON ALSO NOW FACES CHARGES OF DRIVING AS A HABITUAL MOTOR OFFENDER. PROSECUTORS SAID THAT WILLIAMSON HAD ALREADY LOST HIS LICENSE BECAUSE OF THREE PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS. FOLLOWING THE DEADLY WRECK, WILLIAMSON ALLEGEDLY ADMITTED TO TAKING PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS, AND A SEARCH OF HIS VEHICLE APPARENTLY TURNED UP SEVERAL OTHER DRUGS. HE IS CURRENTLY STILL BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A FIVE HUNDRED AND FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 5TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/24/2007
Hotel death being investigated.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO’S BODY WAS INSIDE A ROOM AT A LOCAL HOTEL ON SUNDAY. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE NOON AT THE LANDMARK INN ON FORKS OF THE RIVER PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PAUL LAYMON, HOTEL STAFF REQUESTED ASSISTANCE REGARDING TWO POSSIBLY INTOXICATED INDIVIDUALS STAYING IN ONE OF THEIR ROOMS. OFFICER LAYMON RESPONDED TO THE ROOM AND FOUND 33 YEAR OLD JEFFREY MARK CARPENTER OF RUSSELLVILLE, DEAD AT THE SCENE. LAYMON ALSO ARRESTED 31 YEAR OLD CHRISTY LONG OF MORRISTOWN AND CHARGED HER WITH DRUG POSSESSION. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE TIM COULTER, NUMEROUS PRESCRIPTION PILLS WERE FOUND IN THE ROOM. COULTER ALSO SAID THAT THE INCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY. CHRISTY LONG IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON MARCH 27TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/23/2007
Firefighter arrested while responding to emergency
A SEVIER COUNTY FIRE FIGHTER AND E.M.T RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY LAST WEEK, WAS FORCED OFF THE ROAD AND ARRESTED BY A STATE TROOPER. MIKE HUSKEY WAS DRIVING HIS PRIVATE VEHICLE WHEN HE HEARD A CALL FROM DISPATCH NEEDING AN EMERGENCY DRIVER TO HELP A NEARBY AMBULANCE. HUSKEY TURNED ON HIS FLASHERS AND WAS DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 85 IN A 55 MILES PER HOUR ZONE WHEN THE TROOPER TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER. HUSKEY RADIOED DISPATCH TO CALL OFF THE TROOPER BUT THE TROOPER ALLEGEDLY PULLED IN FRONT OF HIS VEHICLE AND CAUSED HIM TO WRECK. HUSKEY APPARENTLY EXPLAINED THE SITUATION TO TROOPER JACKIE BAILEY, WHO STILL ARRESTED HUSKEY, HANDCUFFED HIM, AND TOOK HIM TO JAIL. HUSKEY RECEIVED A SPEEDING TICKET AND WAS CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO YIELD TO LIGHTS AND SIRENS. THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL IS NOW INVESTIGATING IF TROOPER BAILEY WENT TOO FAR IN FORCING THE FIREFIGHTER TO STOP. HUSKEY WILL APPEAR IN COURT NEXT MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/22/2007
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AT 1718 HAGGARD ROAD, JUST OFF HIGHWAY 338 – DOUGLAS DAM ROAD. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED. THE SEVIER COUNTY AND NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/18/2007
Two more businesses sue beer board.
TWO MORE SEYMOUR BUSINESSES HAVE DECIDED TO SUE THE SEVIER COUNTY BEER BOARD OVER IT’S DISTANCE PROVISION OF BEER RESOLUTION. LOCAL ATTORNEY STEVE MARSHALL WHO RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED THE PILOT CORPORATION IN THEIR BID TO SELL BEER AT THEIR SEYMOUR LOCATION, WILL ALSO BE REPRESENTING THE BOYD’S CREEK MARKET ON BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY, AND THE PRE-CONSTRUCTION WEIGELS STORE AT THE CORNER OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY AND BOYD’S CREEK. THE COUNTY BEER LAWS WERE WRITTEN TO ONLY APPLY TO LAND THAT IS UN-ZONED, AND SINCE COUNTYWIDE ZONING WAS INSTITUTED LAST SEPTEMBER, MARSHALL WILL ARGUE THAT THE RESOLUTION IS NOW NULL AND VOID.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/18/2007
Barn fire keeps area fire fighters busy.
A FIRE OVERNIGHT IN SEVIERVILLE DESTROYED A BARN AND APPARENTLY THREATENED TO SPREAD TO A NEARBY CONDO. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 IN THE ELEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF EARNEST MCMAHAN ROAD. FIRE FIGHTERS WERE AT THE SCENE FOR OVER THREE HOURS. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIERVILLE, SEVIER COUNTY AND NORTHVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/16/2007
County approves real estate transfer fee.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AND VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE A TRANSFER FEE ON REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS. THE REQUEST MUST NOW GO BEFORE THE STATE LEGISLATURE, WHICH IN THE PAST, HAS DENIED SIMILAR REQUESTS FROM OTHER COUNTIES. HOWEVER, IF THE COUNTYWIDE REAL ESTATE TRANSFER FEE IS APPROVED, THE FEE WOULD BE 250 DOLLARS FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS UP TO FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR TRANSACTIONS OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. COMMISSIONERS ALSO APPROVED A THREE PERCENT TAX ON ALL OVERNIGHT LODGING IN THE COUNTY. ALL OF THE NEW REVENUE WOULD BE EARMARKED TO BENEFIT THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/16/2007
County considers school revenue sources.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET TONIGHT AT THE COURTHOUSE. ON TONIGHT’S AGENDA, COMMISSIONERS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON RESOLUTIONS TO ADD A THREE PERCENT COUNTY OVERNIGHT LODGING ROOM TAX, AND A GRADUATED REAL ESTATE TRANSFER FEE. THE PROPOSALS WERE MADE FOLLOWING RECENT DISCUSSIONS ON HOW THE COUNTY CAN RAISE MONEY FOR THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. THE PROPOSED REAL ESTATE TRANSFER FEE WOULD LEVY A $250 FEE ON REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS UP TO 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND A $500 FEE FOR TRANSACTIONS ABOVE HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. EVEN IF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PASS THE RESOLUTION, IT WOULD STILL NEED TO BE PASSED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE. TONIGHT’S MEETING GETS UNDERWAY AT 7 O CLOCK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/15/2007
Woman charged with Tenncare fraud.
A JEFFERSON COUNTY WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD AFTER TRYING TO USE TENNCARE TO PAY FOR AN ALLEGEDLY FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION FOR THE PAINKILLER HYDROCODONE. . 31 YEAR OLD BRANDI WITT HAS BEEN INDICTED ON SEVEN COUNTS OF PRESCRIPTION FRAUD AND SEVEN COUNTS OF TENNCARE FRAUD. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL JIMMY DUNN WILL BE PROSECUTING. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/12/2007
Mistrial declared in Gentry trial.
JUDGE RICHARD VANCE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO DECLARE A MISTRIAL YESTERDAY IN THE TRIAL OF 34 YEAR OLD KEVIN ALLAN GENTRY. THE TRIAL HAD ONLY BEEN UNDERWAY FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS WHEN ATTORNEY’S LEARNT THAT A MEDICAL EXAM HAD BEEN PERFORMED ON THE ALLEGED VICTIM A FEW DAYS AFTER THE INCIDENT HAD SUPPOSED TO HAVE OCCURRED. BOTH THE DEFENSE AND PROSECUTION ASKED FOR ADDITIONAL TIME TO RE- PREPARE THEIR CASES. JUDGE VANCE RESET THE TRIAL FOR JULY 26TH. GENTRY IS ACCUSED OF RAPING THE THEN NINE YEAR OLD FEMALE AT HIS HOME ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS IN 2004. GENTRY WAS ARRESTED IN SOUTH CAROLINA AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO FAKE HIS OWN DEATH IN 2005. HE APPARENTLY LEFT A RECORDED SUICIDE MESSAGE IN A VEHICLE THAT WAS PARKED NEAR A BEACH IN SOUTH CAROLINA. HE ALSO HAS BEEN INDICTED ON 23 COUNTS OF ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR. GENTRY COULD FACE BETWEEN FIFTEEN AND TWENTY FIVE YEARS IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/11/2007
Fake death trial to begin today.
THE TRIAL OF A SEVIER COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF THE RAPE OF A CHILD, IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TODAY. KEVIN ALLEN GENTRY WAS ARRESTED IN SOUTH CAROLINA AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO FAKE HIS OWN DEATH IN 2005. GENTRY APPARENTLY LEFT A RECORDED SUICIDE NOTE IN A VEHICLE THAT WAS PARKED NEAR A BEACH IN SOUTH CAROLINA. JUDGE RICHARD VANCE RULED YESTERDAY THAT STATE PROSECUTORS CAN USE THE RECORDING AS PART OF THEIR CASE. GENTRY HAS ALSO BEEN INDICTED ON 23 COUNTS OF EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR, AFTER AUTHORITIES ALLEGEDLY FOUND SEVERAL IMAGES ON HIS COMPUTER, AND WILL ALSO BE CHARGED WITH AN ADDITIONAL TWO COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY. IF FOUND GUILTY, GENTRY COULD FACE BETWEEN FIFTEEN AND TWENTY FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/10/2007
Sevierville man arrested after attacking women.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY EVENING AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED TWO WOMEN AT THE SEVIERVILLE CITY PARK. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7 O CLOCK. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE TIM COULTER WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, SERGEANT BRIAN LEWELLING AND OFFICER JASON BALLARD RESPONDED TO THE PARK AFTER RECEIVING A 911 CALL FROM ONE OF THE VICTIMS. WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THEY ARRESTED 23 YEAR OLD ALEX NOE ROSALES AND CHARGED HIM WITH ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. ROSALES ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED THE TWO UN-IDENTIFIED WOMEN AGED 19 AND 21, AS THEY WERE ENTERING THE COVERED BRIDGE AREA OF THE PARK’S WALKING TRAIL. ROSALES REPORTEDLY PUNCHED BOTH OF THE WOMEN AND ALSO HIT ONE OF THEM WITH A ROCK. ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOR INJURIES TO HER FACE AND HEAD. ROSALES OF PAYNE STREET IN SEVIERVILLE, IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/9/2007
Stab victim recovering.
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN THAT WAS STABBED DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY AT A DENTAL SURGERY OFFICE ON THURSDAY MORNING, IS RECOVERING AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. 26 YEAR OLD BETHANY BRANTON WAS STABBED IN THE LOWER LEFT TORSO JUST AFTER OPENING THE EAST TENNESSEE ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY OFFICE JUST OFF MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. HER ATTACKER ALLEGEDLY PUSHED HER DOWN AT KNIFEPOINT AND STABBED HER, BEFORE TAKING AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM THE BUSINESS. THE MALE SUSPECT WAS WEARING A BLACK SKI MASK, BLACK GLOVES, AND A BLACK SWEATSHIRT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/8/2007
Northview Middle receives grant.
THE NORTHVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED A NINETY THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT THANKS TO UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZE MONEY. THE LOTTERY EDUCATION AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM ALLOCATED THE MONEY TO NORTHVIEW MIDDLE, TO HELP PAY FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT NORTHVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL JIM DAVIS HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING THE GRANT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/5/2007
Medical worker stabbed during armed robbery.
A SEVIERVILLE MEDICAL WORKER WAS STABBED DURING AN ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY THURSDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 AM AT THE EAST TENNESSEE ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY OFFICE ON MEDICAL PARK COURT, JUST OFF MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT T.C.FALCONER WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, HE AND OFFICER MIKE WILLIAMS RESPONDED TO THE DENTAL SURGERY OFFICE AND WERE TOLD BY A UN-IDENTIFIED FEMALE EMPLOYEE THAT A MAN HAD CONFRONTED HER AS SHE ENTERED THE BUSINESS. THE ATTACKER ALLEGEDLY PUSHED HER DOWN AT KNIFEPOINT AND STABBED HER. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE AND THEN FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE MALE SUSPECT WHO LEFT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY, WAS WEARING A BLACK SKI MASK, BLACK GLOVES, AND A BLACK SWEATSHIRT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/5/2007
Seymour woman charged with Tenncare fraud.
A SEVIER COUNTY WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL USE OF ANOTHER PERSON’S IDENTITY IN ORDER TO PAY FOR A FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION. 24 YEAR OLD AMANDA JULIE YORK OF SEYMOUR WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY AND CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF TENNCARE FRAUD, FOUR COUNTS OF ALTERING A FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION, FOUR COUNTS OF OBTAINING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE BY FRAUD, AND TWO COUNTS OF UNLAWFUL USE OF ANOTHER PERSONS IDENTITY. AUTHORITIES SAY THAT YORK PRESENTED A FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION FOR THE PAINKILLER HYDROCODONE, IN THE NAME OF A TENNCARE ENROLLEE AND USED THAT PERSONS BENEFITS TO PAY FOR THE PRESCRIPTION. IF CONVICTED SHE FACES UP TO SIX YEARS IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/4/2007
Driver flown to U.T.
A SEVIER COUNTY DRIVER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 O CLOCK IN THE THIRTY EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF SUTTON ROAD, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HENRYTOWN ROAD. THE MALE PATIENT WAS EXTRICATED FROM THE VEHICLE AND TRANSPORTED TO THE JONES COVE SCHOOL AND THE WAITING LIFESTAR HELICOPTER. THE DRIVERS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/4/2007
Three vehicle wreck damages convenience store.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY TUESDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL AND DAMAGED A POPULAR CONVENIENCE STORE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER FIVE O CLOCK IN FRONT OF DUNN’S MARKET AT THE CORNER OF BIRDS CREEK ROAD AND UPPER MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. APPARENTLY THE INJURED DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE, HIT TWO OTHER CARS AND DROVE THROUGH THE FRONT DOORS OF THE STORE. LUCKILY, NO ONE INSIDE THE STORE WAS INJURED AND THE DRIVER RECEIVED A NON-LIFE THREATENING HEAD INJURY. THE CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/3/2007
Blaze destroys Pigeon Forge restaurant.
ANOTHER FIRE DESTROYED A PIGEON FORGE RESTAURANT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THAT BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6:30 AT THE ALL AMERICAN PANCAKE HOUSE AT THE CORNER OF THE PARKWAY AND WEARS VALLEY ROAD. THE FIRE APPEARS TO HAVE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN AREA AND THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/2/2007
Child killed in ATV accident.
A SEVIER COUNTY CHILD IS DEAD FOLLOWING AN ATV ACCIDENT EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 NEAR BOHANON HOLLOW ROAD NEAR GATLINBURG. APPARENTLY, SEVEN YEAR OLD MICHAEL DAVID OGLE WAS RIDING THE FOUR WHEELER WHEN HE BECAME TANGLED UP IN A FENCE. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. FINANCIAL DONATIONS TO HELP COVER EXPENSES MAYBE MADE AT ANY TENNESSEE STATE BANK LOCATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/2/2007
Five inmates charged with rape.
FIVE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL INMATES HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH RAPE FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT ON DECEMBER 5TH. THE FIVE FEMALES CHARGED ARE 28 YEAR OLD MICHELLE MAE GUNTER OF GATLINBURG, 27 YEAR OLD KANDI LEE ARWOOD OF PIGEON FORGE, 21 YEAR OLD KRYSTAL MARIE KAWALSKI OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS, 25 YEAR OLD MEGAN ASHLEY HUDSON OF KNOXVILLE, AND 19 YEAR OLD VANDY MORIN, ALSO OF KNOXVILLE. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE FIVE WOMEN ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED THE 46 YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM WHO THEY BELIEVED WAS HIDING DRUGS FROM THEM. ALL FIVE SUSPECTS WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON JANUARY 5TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/22/2006
United way come up a little short for 2006.
THE UNITED WAY OF SEVIER COUNTY HAS ANNOUNCED A CAMPAIGN TOTAL FOR THIS YEARS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN OF NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT DOLLARS. ALTHOUGH THE NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION DID NOT REACH IT’S ONE MILLION DOLLAR GOAL, THE ORGANIZATION WILL CONTINUE TO SOLICIT DONATIONS THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST. THE UNITED WAY OF SEVIER COUNTY SUPPORTS 28 LOCAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/21/2006
Early morning wreck sends two to area hospitals.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE AND HIS PASSENGER TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE, FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING IN KODAK. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 139 – DOUGLAS DAM ROAD JUST BEFORE 2 AM. APPARENTLY THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE CAR NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CANTWOOD DRIVE, HIT THE MULCH AND MORE FENCE, AND THEN HIT A TREE. THE UN-IDENTIFIED MALE VICTIM HAD TO BE CUT FREE FROM THE WRECKAGE AND WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE FEMALE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WHERE SHE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL IS INVESTIGATING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/21/2006
Fire damages Sevierville building.
A FIRE IN SEVIERVILLE LAST NIGHT KEPT AREA FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 AT THE JOHNSON MATHEY BUILDING ON OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY. THE BUILDING WAS FORMERLY OWNED BY ACTIVATED METALS. ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER BOB STAHLKE, FIRE INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT SOME CHEMICALS INSIDE THE BUILDING DRIED OUT, REACTED AND CAUGHT ON FIRE. THE CHEMICALS INVOLVED WERE BELIEVED TO BE NICKEL AND ALUMINUM WHICH WOULD POSE NO THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND A PORTION OF KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED FOR OVER TWO HOURS. DAMAGE ESTIMATES ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE. THE SEVIERVILLE, SEVIER COUNTY, NORTHVIEW AND PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENTS, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/21/2006
Man sentenced for death in park.
A 42 YEAR ALCOA MAN WAS SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON AFTER FATALLY STABBING ANOTHER MAN DURING A FIGHT INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. 42 YEAR OLD WILLIAM JOSEPH MOYERS PLED GUILTY TO THE VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER OF 24 YEAR OLD STEVEN LYNN DAVIS OF GREENBACK AT THE ABRAMS CREEK CAMPGROUND ON MAY 21ST. INVESTIGATORS SAID THAT BOTH MEN HAD SPENT ALL DAY DRINKING WHICH LED TO VIOLENT HORSEPLAY AND ULTIMATELY THE DEATH OF DAVIS. MOYERS HAD ALSO PREVIOUSLY BEEN CHARGED WITH STABBING ANOTHER MAN DURING A BAR FIGHT IN NOVEMBER OF 2005.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/20/2006
Fire damages Sevierville home.
A FIRE DAMAGED A SEVIERVILLE HOME TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 AT 420 CATE ROAD, JUST OFF THE PARKWAY. APPARENTLY, THE FIRE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN BUT WAS QUICKLY CONTAINED BY FIREFIGHTERS. THE KITCHEN AREA WAS BADLY DAMAGED AND THE REST OF THE HOME SUSTAINED SMOKE DAMAGE, BUT LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIERVILLE AND SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/20/2006
Couple arrested for breaking into vending machines
TWO NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS WERE ARRESTED SATURDAY EVENING FOLLOWING A FOOT PURSUIT IN SEVIERVILLE. THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST BEFORE 7:30 WHEN DISPATCHERS RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE COMFORT INN ON HIGHWAY 66 ABOUT TWO PEOPLE BREAKING INTO A VENDING MACHINE. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER DAVID FINCHUM AND HIS K9 PARTNER, RESPONDED TO THE MOTEL AND OBSERVED THE SUSPECTS WHO IMMEDIATELY FLED THE SCENE VIA THE RIVER. FINCHUM AND THE K9 TRACKED THE PAIR TO THE LANDMARK INN NORTH ON WINFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. WHEN OFFICERS CHECKED IN WITH THE DESK CLERK, HE INFORMED THEM THAT A COUPLE WHO WERE BOTH SOAKING WET HAD JUST RENTED A ROOM AND PAID FOR IT USING ONE DOLLAR BILLS. SUBSEQUENTLY, 41 YEAR OLD STEVEN DOUGLAS TAYLOR AND 42 YEAR OLD LISA SUZETTE HERNANDEZ, BOTH OF CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA, WERE ARRESTED AND EACH CHARGED WITH BURGLARY OF A COIN MACHINE. OFFICERS ALLEGEDLY FOUND THEM IN POSSESSION OF APPROXIMATELY 35O DOLLARS IN ONE DOLLARS BILLS AND COINS. BOTH ARE BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND EACH. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS MIKE ODOM, JASON BALLARD, SERGEANT BRIAN LEWELLING, AND LIEUTENANT TODD NAILLON ASSISTED FINCHUM WITH THOSE ARRESTS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/19/2006
Brush fire keeps fire fighters busy.
A BRUSH FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON KEPT SEVERAL SEVIER COUNTY FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O COCK AT 2232 CRESCENT WAY, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF GLADES ROAD AND BIRDS CREEK ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE FIRE STARTED IN A SHED AND QUICKLY SPREAD TO A NEARBY WOODED AREA. THE BLAZE CONSUMED ABOUT TWO ACRES BEFORE FIRE FIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN IT. NO OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGE OR INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE GATLINBURG, PITTMAN CENTRE, AND CATON’S CHAPEL FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE AS WELL AS FIRE FIGHTERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/19/2006
Fire damages Sevierville home.
A SEVIERVILLE HOME WAS DAMAGED FOLLOWING A FIRE FRIDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 AT THE HOUSE IN THE THIRTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF EAST RIDGE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE SMALL FIRE WAS CAUSED BY A FAULTY ELECTRICAL OUTLET. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE TO THE LIVING ROOM AREA AND LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/18/2006
Park fall victim named.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE NOW NAMED A TEENAGER THAT WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL ON THURSDAY. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, 18 YEAR OLD DAVID HOBSON OF BRENTWOOD TENNESSEE AND THREE COMPANIONS, WERE WALKING UP THE SPIRAL CONCRETE RAMP AT THE LOOK ROCK OBSERVATION TOWER, WHEN THE TEEN FELL APPROXIMATELY 30 FEET ONTO THE RAMP BELOW. DUE TO THE LOCATION OF THE FALL, PARK RANGERS BELIEVE THAT HORSEPLAY WAS INVOLVED AND ARE INVESTIGATING. THE VICTIM STILL LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT UT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/18/2006
Pursuit suspect named.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAME OF MAN ARRESTED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT ON GLADES ROAD. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG POLICE CHIEF RANDY BRACKINS, 31 YEAR OLD TROY DAVID WHIS-NANT OF GATLINBURG, WAS CHARGED WITH SPEEDING, DUI, EVADING ARREST, AND THEFT OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE JEEP, WHICH WHIS-NANT WAS DRIVING, WAS APPARENTLY REPORTED AS STOLEN. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE AFTER WRECKING THE VEHICLE EAR COLE LANE. THE INCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND OTHER CHARGES ARE PENDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/15/2006
Wrecks slow traffic on Highway 66.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO BAPTIST HOSPITAL. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND HUFFAKER ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE WILLIAMS, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 27 YEAR OLD JACOB HALL OF KODAK, COLLIDED WITH A VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD COREY SCHULTZ OF SEVIERVILLE. SCHULZ WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE WRECK ON HIGHWAY 66 THURSDAY EVENING SENT THREE PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE SECOND ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 PM. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE ODOM, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 76 YEAR OLD DIXIE JOHNSON OF FLORIDA, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 23 YEAR OLD DUSTIN SIMPSON OF SEVIERVILLE. JOHNSON, SIMPSON, AND HIS PASSENGER, JOSIE PINDELL, WERE ALL TRANSPORTED TO UT WHERE THEIR CONDITIONS ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, RESPONDED TO BOTH WRECKS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/15/2006
Park fall victim flown to U.T.
AN UNIDENTIFIED TEENAGER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A FALL INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE 18 YEAR OLD MALE AND THREE COMPANIONS WERE WALKING UP THE SPIRAL CONCRETE RAMP AT THE LOOK ROCK OBSERVATION TOWER, WHEN THE TEEN FELL APPROXIMATELY 30 FEET ONTO THE RAMP BELOW. DUE TO THE LOCATION OF THE FALL, PARK RANGERS BELIEVE THAT HORSEPLAY WAS INVOLVED AND ARE INVESTIGATING. THE VICTIM IS LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT UT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/15/2006
Pigeon Forge regulates adult businesses.
PIGEON FORGE CITY COMMISSIONERS MET MONDAY NIGHT AND UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A NEW STRICTER ORDINANCE THAT WOULD REGULATE SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES AND THEIR EMPLOYEE’S. THE NEW ORDINANCE WILL CHANGE HOW MUCH OF A BUSINESSES INVENTORY CAN BE DEDICATED TO ADULT PRODUCTS, BEFORE BEING CLASSIFIED AS AN ADULT BUSINESS. THE NEW ORDINANCE WILL ALSO INCLUDE NEW LICENSING RULES, LIMIT THE HOURS THAT SUCH A BUSINESS CAN OPERATE, AND ONLY ALLOW ADULT ORIENTED BUSINESSES TO OPERATE FROM ONE OF TWO INDUSTRIAL ZONED AREA’S IN THE CITY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/14/2006
Man pleads guilty to road rage incident.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY TO A RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT CHARGE FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT ON THE SPUR IN OCTOBER. MICHAEL DALE BECK ADMITTED TO FIRING A GUN DURING A ROAD RAGE DISPUTE WITH ANOTHER MOTORIST. BECK SAID THAT HE FIRED THE PISTOL INTO THE AIR, BUT DENIED POINTING THE GUN AT THE OTHER VEHICLE. BECK SAID THAT HE HAD STOPPED TAKING A PRESCRIBED MEDICATION FOR HIS ANGER PROBLEMS ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT. BECK WILL BE SENTENCED ON MARCH 14TH AND COULD FACE UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/14/2006
Gatlinburg pursuit sends driver to U.T.
A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT IN GATLINBURG EARLY THIS MORNING ENDED WHEN THE DRIVER WRECKED HIS VEHICLE. THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST AFTER 1:30 WHEN AUTHORITIES TRIED TO PULLOVER THE DRIVER OF A JEEP NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 321 AND GLADES ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE DRIVER REFUSED TO STOP AND CONTINUED DOWN GLADES ROAD. THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AT THE INTERSECTION WITH COLE LANE AND WENT OVER THE EMBANKMENT. HE WAS TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND CHARGES ARE PENDING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE GATLINBURG POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/14/2006
Blaze destroys Sevier Co. Home.
A FIRE TUESDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10 AM AT 2305 NEESE COURT, JUST OFF RED BUD LANE IN THE NEW CENTRE COMMUNITY. THE BLAZE APPARENTLY STARTED IN A BEDROOM AND QUICKLY CONSUMED THE HOME. LUCKILY, ALL OF THE OCCUPANTS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE THAT BLAZE. THE RESIDENTS MOVED TO SEVIER COUNTY LAST YEAR AFTER LOOSING EVERYTHING TO HURRICANE KATRINA. MONETARY DONATIONS FOR THE ROME FAMILY, CLOTHING ITEMS AND TOYS, MAY BE DROPPED OFF AT THE Y-12 CREDIT UNION ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY. THE SEVIER COUNTY, NORTHVIEW AND ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/13/2006
Wreck injures one.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE TUESDAY MORNING SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 AM ON THE PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH PINE MOUNTAIN ROAD AT TRAFFIC LIGHT NUMBER SIX. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT RICHIE CATLETT WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 39 YEAR OLD JAMES MARCUS CURRY OF SEVIERVILLE, WAS REAR ENDED BY A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 38 YEAR OLD CRYSTAL MICHELE CRUISE OF KODAK. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/13/2006
Parton makes surprise visit to Pigeon Forge.
DOLLY PARTON MADE A SURPRISE VISIT TO A CELEBRATION LAST NIGHT AT A PIGEON FORGE HOTEL. LOCAL POLITICIANS AND DIGNITARIES HAD JOINED THE STAFF OF COVENANT HEALTH TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT STATE APPROVAL TO BUILD A NEW HOSPITAL AND CANCER CENTRE. PARTON MADE A PLEDGE OF HALF A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE BUILDING FUND AND WILL ALSO PERFORM AT A FUNDRAISING CONCERT AT SMOKIES STADIUM IN MAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/13/2006
Man arrested with van full of weapons.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A MAN OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER HE WAS ALLEGEDLY IMPERSONATING AN A.T.F AGENT. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN LARRY MCMAHAN WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 35 YEAR OLD JAY ROBINSON OF ROANOKE VIRGINIA, WAS ARRESTED ON SATURDAY NEAR A HOME IN THE 1300 BLOCK OF HODGES FARM WAY. AUTHORITIES APPARENTLY FOUND SEVERAL WEAPONS IN THE VAN THAT HE WAS DRIVING. THE A.T.F IS ASSISTING WITH THAT INVESTIGATION. ROBINSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT, AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/12/2006
Non profit benefits from lawsuit.
THE FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION RECEIVED A HUGE DONATION YESTERDAY, THANKS TO A SETTLEMENT OF A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. THE CHECK FOR NEARLY EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS CAME FROM A PRICE FIXING LAWSUIT AGAINST THE POLYESTER INDUSTRY THAT WAS FILED IN NEWPORT. THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE SUIT AGREED THAT A GIFT TO THE FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES WOULD BE A LOT MORE PRACTICAL THAN DISBURSING THE FUNDS AMONGST AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/12/2006
Court appearance for man accused of killing couple
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A NEWLY WED COUPLE IN SEPTEMBER APPEARED IN COURT YESTERDAY, FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE WAS ENOUGH PROBABLE CAUSE TO WARRANT A TRIAL. LARRY WILLIAMSON OF SEYMOUR, WAS DRIVING A TRUCK ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AT STRUCK A MOTORCYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY BRANDON AND JENILYN FRANKLIN OF KODAK. BRANDON WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE, JENILYN DIED AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. WILLIAMSON WHO ALLEGEDLY HAD SLURRED SPEECH AND TROUBLE WALKING, HAD ALREADY BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF BEING A HABITUAL MOTOR OFFENDER AND PREVIOUSLY ORDERED NOT TO DRIVE. AUTHORITIES ALSO APPARENTLY FOUND SEVERAL BOTTLE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN HIS TRUCK. AUTHORITIES ARE AWAITING THE BLOOD TEST RESULTS TO DETERMINE IF WILLIAMSON WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. JUDGE JEFF RADER SENT THE TWO VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CHARGES AGAINST WILLIAMSON TO A GRAND JURY. IN THE MEANTIME, WILLIAMSON IS BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A FIVE HUNDRED AND FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/12/2006
Man sentenced for part in deadly wreck.
A MIDDLE TENNESSEE MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO NEARLY TWENTY TWO YEARS IN JAIL FOR HIS PART IN A DEADLY DRAG RACING WRECK ON THE SPUR LAST MARCH. 20 YEAR OLD JONATHAN HALL OF LEBANON PLED GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN JUNE, AFTER THE VEHICLE HE WAS DRIVING SLAMMED INTO A VEHICLE CARRYING FIVE VISITORS FROM VIRGINIA. ALL FIVE OCCUPANTS WERE KILLED. THE OTHER DRAG RACER, STEVEN WILLIAMS WAS SENTENCED LAST MONTH TO EIGHT AN A HALF YEARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/11/2006
Officials name women killed during wreck.
AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAMES OF TWO WOMEN WHO DIED FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE TEN O CLOCK IN THE TWENTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF BLACK OAK RIDGE ROAD, JUST OFF ATCHLEY ROAD. 36 YEAR OLD KATHY SOEHN OF SEVIERVILLE AND 43 YEAR OLD TAMMY SHARP, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE, WERE BOTH PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. ANOTHER PASSENGER, 39 YEAR OLD STEPHANIE MCCARTER OF SEVIERVILLE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE, 42 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CROSS THE SECOND OF SEVIERVILLE, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND ONE COUNT OF VEHICULAR ASSAULT. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/8/2006
Attempted armed robbery suspect sought.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO ROB A MOTEL AT GUNPOINT THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 AT THE SUPER EIGHT MOTEL ON PICKEL STREET. THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY PULLED A HANDGUN AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE HOTEL CLERK, BUT LEFT ON FOOT EMPTY HANDED. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, APPROXIMATELY SIX FOOT TWO INCHES TALL, WITH A SLENDER BUILD. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/8/2006
Pigeon Forge store vandalized.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ACT OF VANDALISM THAT OCCURRED EARLY THIS MORNING JUST BEFORE 4 AM. APPARENTLY, SOMEONE THREW A ROCK THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE PIGEON FORGE OUTLET FASHION TEE’S STORE ON OLD MILL ROAD. INITIAL INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT NO MERCHANDISE WAS STOLEN. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/7/2006
Wreck kills two people.
TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY LAST NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10 O CLOCK IN THE TWENTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF BLACK OAK RIDGE ROAD, JUST OFF ATCHLEY ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS CHEVY BLAZER AND ROLLED THE VEHICLE DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. THE DRIVER SURVIVED THE ACCIDENT, BUT APPARENTLY HIS TWO FEMALE PASSENGERS WERE BOTH KILLED. THE NAMES OF THE DECEASED ARE BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF THE NEXT OF KIN. BLACK OAK RIDGE ROAD WAS CLOSED FOR APPROXIMATELY FOUR HOURS. THE DRIVER HAS APPARENTLY BEEN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, THE RESCUE SQUAD, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/7/2006
Seymour man flown to U.T.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 ON OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH LOVE ROAD. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT ERIC RAMSEY WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 38 YEAR OLD PAUL FUTCH OF SEYMOUR, LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR AND HIT A POWER POLE. THE COLLISION BROUGHT DOWN SEVERAL POWER LINES AND MEANT THAT FUTCH HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM THE VEHICLE. THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/6/2006
Blaze damages Sevier County home.
A FIRE TUESDAY MORNING SERIOUSLY DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7:30 AT 1852 ALLENSVILLE RIDGE ROAD. ACCORDING TO ASSISTANT CHIEF MATT HENDERSON WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE FIRE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A WALL HEATER. LUCKILY, THE OWNERS OF THE HOME NOW RESIDE AT A NURSING HOME, SO THE PROPERTY WAS VACANT AT THE TIME OF THAT BLAZE. ONE ROOM WAS DESTROYED BY THE FIRE, THE REST OF THE HOUSE SUSTAINED SMOKE DAMAGE. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/6/2006
Fire damages Pigeon Forge restaurant.
ANOTHER FIRE LATE LAST NIGHT DAMAGED A PIGEON FORGE RESTAURANT. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT THE GREAT AMERICAN STEAK AND BUFFET ON THE PARKWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SUGAR HOLLOW ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE FIRE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN AREA AND BROKE THROUGH THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE TO THE KITCHEN, AND ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/6/2006
Vehicular homicide court date delayed.
A COURT APPEARANCE BY A SEVIER COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO MOTORCYCLE RIDERS IN SEPTEMBER, HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY AFTERNOON. 43 YEAR OLD LARRY B. WILLIAMSON WAS DRIVING A PICK-UP TRUCK WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE OF NEWPORT HIGHWAY, AND COLLIDED WITH A MOTORCYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY 21 YEAR OLD BRANDON FRANKLIN AND HIS WIFE, 18 YEAR OLD JENILYN, BOTH OF KODAK. BRANDON WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE, JENILYN DIED AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. WILLIAMSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND ONE COUNT OF HABITUAL MOTOR OFFENDER.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/5/2006
Vehicle hits park elk on I40.
A SIX HUNDRED POUND BULL ELK FROM THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WAS EUTHANIZED AFTER BEING HIT BY A VEHICLE ON INTERSTATE FORTY AT THE WEEKEND. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11:30 SATURDAY NIGHT NEAR THE CATALOOCHE EXIT. PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER SAID THAT THE ELK WAS NOT ONE OF THOSE RELEASED SIX YEARS AGO BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. LUCKILY, THE DRIVER WAS UNINJURED BUT THE VEHICLE WILL PROBABLY BE A WRITE – OFF
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/5/2006
Wreck sends one driver to Fort Sanders Sevier.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE FRIDAY MORNING SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10 AM ON FORKS OF THE RIVER PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH BRUCE STREET. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN TURNER, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 43 YEAR OLD CHARLES RENO OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 32 YEAR OLD MISTY NOHMER, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE MINOR INJURIES. RENO WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/4/2006
Student arrested for taking gun to school.
A SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL STUDENT WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY AFTER HE APPARENTLY TOOK A GUN TO SCHOOL WITH HIM. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AT THE SEYMOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE JUVENILE ALLEGEDLY HAD THE WEAPON STORED IN HIS BACKPACK, WHICH WAS CONFISCATED BEFORE ANY SHOTS WERE FIRED. THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER WAS CHARGED WITH CARRYING A WEAPON ON SCHOOL PROPERTY BY OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THE STUDENT IS BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION CENTRE AND WILL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
12/1/2006
Three arrested in home invasion and shooting.
THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A HOME INVASION AND SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED ON NOVEMBER 13TH. ROY AND WANDA TAYLOR WERE ATTACKED IN THEIR DANDRIDGE HOME NEAR HIGHWAY 25 – 70. ROY TAYLOR WAS SHOT AND WANDA TAYLOR WAS STABBED. BUT A FEMALE SUSPECT WAS ALSO SHOT DURING THE ROBBERY ATTEMPT. THOSE ARRESTED ARE 38 YEAR OLD RICHARD STAPLETON, WHO WAS CAUGHT IN NORTH CAROLINA, 35 YEAR OLD RANDALL HALL, WHO WAS CAUGHT IN ATLANTA, AND 20 YEAR OLD MIRANDA BRISCOE, WHO WAS FOUND IN TOLEDO OHIO. ALL THREE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, BUT ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE. THE THREE SUSPECTS WERE APPARENTLY LIVING IN THE NEWPORT AREA DURING THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT AND ADDITIONAL SUSPECTS MAY BE ARRESTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/30/2006
Sevierville wreck injures three.
THREE PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 AM ON MAIN STREET NEAR CARL OWNBY HARDWARE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JAMIE ROBERTS, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 23 YEAR OLD FELICIA COBURN OF SEVIERVILLE, LEFT THE ROADWAY AND STRUCK A POWER POLE. HER PASSENGERS, 23 YEAR OLD ROY GAMBLE OF SEVIERVILLE AND 20 YEAR OLD RACHEL VOYER OF SEVIERVILLE, WERE ALSO INJURED. THE VICTIMS CONDITIONS ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/30/2006
Seymour man indicted by Feds.
A GRAND JURY HAS RETURNED AN ELEVEN COUNT INDICTMENT AGAINST A SEYMOUR MAN ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING CUSTOMERS VIA THE INTERNET. 52 YEAR OLD CHARLES EDWARD BUSH IS ACCUSED OF POCKETING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM CUSTOMERS ALL OVER THE WORLD, BY OFFERING EXPENSIVE CONSUMER GRADE ELECTRONICS THROUGH HIS BUSINESS “INTERSTATE PRO VIDEO.” BUSH WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK BY FBI AGENTS AND WAS ARRAIGNED YESTERDAY. HE FACES UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON AND/OR A FINE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/29/2006
Amusement ride owners sued.
THE OWNERS OF A PIGEON FORGE AMUSEMENT RIDE A BEING SUED BY A LEBANON TENNESSEE MAN, WHO CLAMS THAT HE WAS INJURED WHILE EXITING THE RIDE AFTER IT MALFUNCTIONED IN APRIL. JESSIE DUKE JUNIOR ALLEGEDLY SLIPPED AND FELL AFTER THE JURASSIC JUNGLE BOAT RIDE STOPPED, AND OPERATORS ASKED CUSTOMERS TO WALK TOO AN EXIT. DUKE APPARENTLY FELL INTO THE WATER, HIT A METAL RAIL, AND SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES. DUKE IS SEEKING FORTY FIVE THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY THREE DOLLARS IN COMPENSATORY DAMAGES, AND TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/29/2006
Optometrist charged with vehicular homicide.
A KODAK MAN WHO’S VEHICLE RAN OFF NEWPORT HIGHWAY IN SEPTEMBER AND KILLED A MAN IN HIS HOME, WAS CHARGED YESTERDAY WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL JIMMY DUNN, 56 YEAR OLD EDWARD WILCOX SMITH, A SEVIERVILLE OPTOMETRIST, HAS BEEN CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF 57 YEAR OLD CHUCK FINCHUM. FINCHUM WAS ASLEEP ON A COUCH ON AN ENCLOSED PORCH AT HIS HOME, WHEN A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY SMITH HIT A TREE IN THE YARD AND THEN HIT THE HOME. SMITH WAS ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE. FINCHUM WAS KILLED INSTANTLY. SMITH WILL APPEAR FOR A PRELIMINARY COURT HEARING ON MARCH 26TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/28/2006
Sevierville man charged with rape.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH RAPE FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT LAST WEEK. 50 YEAR OLD JAMES EDWARD WHITTED OF SOUTH GEORGIA WAY, ALLEGEDLY FORCED HIMSELF ON A FEMALE ACQUAINTANCE AT HER HOME LAST MONDAY. WHITTED WAS BOOKED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL AND LATER RELEASED ON A ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/28/2006
Collapse injures several family members.
SEVEN PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE AND FOUR OTHERS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT AT A SEVIER COUNTY RENTAL CABIN FRIDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 AT 720 PINE CREST DRIVE, JUST OFF WILEY OAKLEY. APPARENTLY, 34 PEOPLE WHO WERE ATTENDING A FAMILY REUNION, WERE GATHERED ON AN OUTDOOR STAIRCASE FOR A PICTURE WHEN IT COLLAPSED. THE VICTIMS WHO WERE AGED BETWEEN 4 AND 45 AND VISITING FROM FLORIDA, FELL APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN FEET. THREE OF THE VICTIMS SUFFERED BROKEN BONES, THE OTHERS ALL RECEIVED VARIOUS CUTS AND BRUISES. ALL WERE RELEASED LATE SATURDAY. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF'’ DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/27/2006
Wreck sends driver to UT.
ONE PERSON WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A THREE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE SATURDAY NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 IN THE 3400 BLOCK OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER KEVIN STONE, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 60 YEAR OLD EDITH MOORE OF KENTUCKY, PULLED OUT OF THE ZOOMERS PARKING LOT AND COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 37 YEAR OLD GREG PHILLIPS OF MASCOT, AND ANOTHER VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 40 YEAR OLD FRED ROSE OF DANDRIDGE. MOORE’S CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE OTHER TWO DRIVERS WERE NOT INJURED. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/27/2006
County commission approves bond issue.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A THIRTY SIX MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE DURING A MEETING MONDAY EVENING AT THE COURTHOUSE. THE BOND WILL HELP TO FUND SEVERAL PROJECTS INCLUDING NEW SCHOOLS, THE NEW MINIMUM SECURITY JAIL, WATER PROJECTS, AND A NEW LIBRARY. THE BOND ISSUE WILL PROBABLY MEAN A 2 TO 5 CENT PROPERTY TAX INCREASE FOR SEVIER COUNTIANS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/22/2006
Seymour man arrested by F.B.I
A SEYMOUR MAN WAS ARRESTED ON MONDAY AND CHARGED WITH INTERNET FRAUD. 52 YEAR OLD CHARLES BUSH WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT HIS HOME BY FBI AGENTS. BUSH, VIA HIS COMPANY, INTERSTATE PRO VIDEO, ALLEGEDLY DEFRAUDED SEVERAL OTHER COMPANIES BY MEANS OF THE INTERNET. HE FACES UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON AND / OR A FINE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/22/2006
Pilot wins case against Sevier Co. beer board.
THE PILOT CORPORATION HAS WON IT’S LAW SUIT AGAINST THE SEVIER COUNTY BEER BOARD REGARDING A BEER PERMIT FOR A NEW SEYMOUR CONVENIENCE STORE. THE DECISION WAS MADE ON FRIDAY BY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE DUANE SLOANE. SEVIERVILLE ATTORNEY STEVE MARSHALL WHO WAS REPRESENTING PILOT, SUCCESSFULLY ARGUED THAT REFUSING THE PERMIT BASED ON THE LIBRARY BEING CLASSIFIED AS A GATHERING PLACE WAS UNREASONABLE. MARSHALL’S ARGUMENT WAS BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE SEYMOUR POST OFFICE HAS MANY MORE PATRONS THAN THE LIBRARY, AND THAT THREE BUSINESSES WITHIN TWO THOUSAND FEET OF THE FACILITY, HAD BEEN ISSUED BEER PERMITS AFTER THE LIBRARY HAD OPENED. THE PILOT CORPORATION WAS GIVEN IT’S BEER PERMIT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE HEARING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/21/2006
Flea market break-in under investigation.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A BREAK IN THAT OCCURRED EARLY MONDAY MORNING AT THE FLEA MARKET ON WEST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD. A CASH REGISTER AND SOME RECEIPTS WERE FOUND ALONGSIDE PARKER BOULEVARD JUST BEFORE 10 AM YESTERDAY. THE INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/21/2006
Man arrested for telephone harassment.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A DANDRIDGE MAN ON SATURDAY, AND CHARGED HIM WITH EXTORTION, STALKING, AND TELEPHONE HARASSMENT. 49 YEAR OLD LANCE KRAMER ALLEGEDLY, REPEATEDLY CALLED A LOCAL WOMAN ON HER CELL PHONE, MADE SEXUALLY EXPLICIT COMMENTS, AND THREATENED TO HARM HER UNLESS SHE COMPLIED WITH HIS REQUESTS. KRAMER IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/20/2006
Weekend wrecks send three to UT.
THREE WRECKS WITHIN FIVE MINUTES OF EACH OTHER SATURDAY NIGHT, SENT AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS, THREE OF THEM TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE FIRST ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK ON OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CROSSOVER. THE FEMALE DRIVER WAS FLOWN TO UT. ONE MINUTE LATER, ANOTHER WRECK WAS REPORTED ON OLD MOUNTAIN ROAD, BEHIND CATON’S CHAPEL SCHOOL. THE FEMALE DRIVER APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE AND HIT A UTILITY POLE. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER AND THEN FLOWN TO UT. THE THIRD AND MOST SERIOUS ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7 O CLOCK ON JONES COVE ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION WITH DIXON BRANCH. THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS FORD STATION WAGON AND ROLLED THE VEHICLE DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. HE WAS ALSO FLOWN TO UT, HIS TWO PASSENGERS WERE TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE CONDITION OF ALL THE VICTIMS IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/20/2006
Wreck claims the life of Sevier Co. Man.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LATE LAST NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK IN THE FOUR THOUSAND BLOCK OF ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY, NEAR THE HANDY DANDY STORE. THE UN-NAMED 49 YEAR OLD VICTIM APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND HIT A TREE. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE NAME OF THE VICTIM IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF THE NEXT OF KIN. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/17/2006
Nursing home fined.
A NEWPORT NURSING HOME HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PAY A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR JUDGEMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEATH OF A SEVIERVILLE MAN LAST YEAR. THE VERDICT CAME FOLLOWING A NINE DAY TRIAL CONCERNING THE DEATH OF THOMAS PARM SENIOR, WHO DIED JANUARY 15TH 2005, AT THE MARINER HEALTH FACILITY IN NEWPORT. THE LAWSUIT FILED BY THE FAMILY ALLEGED THAT AS A RESULT OF INADEQUATE AND IMPROPER CARE, PARM DEVELOPED SEVERE KIDNEY AND URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS, THAT ULTIMATELY LED TO HIS DEATH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/17/2006
Medical condition causes wreck.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK CLOSED PART OF THE NEW VETERAN’S BOULEVARD EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN WEST, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 64 YEAR OLD CHARLES MAPLES OF SEVIERVILLE, REAR ENDED A FORD F150 BEING DRIVEN BY 44 YEAR OLD ROBERT YOUNGER OF GATLINBURG. EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT THE ACCIDENT WAS CAUSED WHEN MAPLES SUFFERED AN UNKNOWN MEDICAL PROBLEM. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/15/2006
Gatlinburg bear proofs trash containers.
OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF GATLINBURG HAVE NOW INSTALLED A NEW TRASH COMPACTOR AT THE CITY OWNED GARBAGE DUMP ON HEIDEN DRIVE. THE EIGHT BY TWENTY FOUR FOOT COMPACTOR IS TOTALLY ENCLOSED EXCEPT FOR ONE DOOR. THE UNIT ALSO HAS A HYDRAULIC RAM THAT COMPACTS THE TRASH, AND WILL BE EMPTIED ONCE A WEEK. THE NEW COMPACTOR IS DESIGNED TO BE COMPLETELY BEAR PROOF. THE CITY IS WORKING TO HOOK UP ELECTRICITY TO THE UNIT AND HOPES TO HAVE IT UP AND RUNNING TOMORROW.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/15/2006
Authorities search for robbers.
AUTHORITIES IN DANDRIDGE ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN AND WOMEN WHO ALLEGEDLY STOLE A TRUCK, BROKE INTO A HOME, AND TRIED TO ROB THE HOMEOWNERS. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK MONDAY AFTERNOON AT THE HOUSE JUST OFF HIGHWAY 25 – 70. ROY AND WANDA TAYLOR, THE HOMEOWNERS, WERE BOTH INJURED. WANDA TAYLOR WAS APPARENTLY STRUCK IN THE HEAD, AND ROY TAYLOR WAS SHOT IN THE SHOULDER. HOWEVER, TAYLOR SAID THAT HE DID SHOOT BACK AND HE BELIEVES THAT HE HIT THE FEMALE. AFTER THE ATTACK, THE ROBBERS REPORTEDLY DROVE TO A NEARBY GAS STATION AND DUMPED THE STOLEN TRUCK WHICH DID HAVE BLOOD IN THE PASSENGER SEAT. BOTH ROY AND WANDA TAYLOR WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE THEY ARE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/14/2006
Fugitive arrested after trying to buy gun.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE OVER THE WEEKEND, AFTER THE MAN TRIED TO BUY A SHOTGUN AT A LOCAL STORE. 56 YEAR OLD RONALD LEONARD WEEKS WAS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH A 1994 KIDNAPPING CASE IN COLORADO. HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/14/2006
Power outage causes problems.
A POWER OUTAGE SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE LEFT MOST OF HIGHWAY 66 WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. THE OUTAGE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK AND CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR SEVERAL BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS, AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS. APPROXIMATELY EIGHT THOUSAND CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. APPARENTLY THE OUTAGE WAS CAUSED BY A MECHANICAL FAILURE THAT SHUT DOWN TWO TVA SUBSTATIONS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/13/2006
Fire damages Sevierville business.
A SEVIERVILLE BUSINESS BUILDING WAS DAMAGED FOLLOWING A FIRE THURSDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 AM AT THE JOHNSON MATTHEY COMPANY ON OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT BENNY PICKENS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE BLAZE STARTED IN A DUCT SYSTEM AND SPREAD TO A SMALL PORTION OF THE EXTERIOR WALL. THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/10/2006
Man arrested at Pigeon Forge theme park.
A BLOUNT COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT AT DOLLYWOOD AT THE WEEKEND. 51 YEAR OLD JAMES HERRON OF LOUISVILLE WAS ARRESTED BY OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHED THREE YOUNG GIRLS WHO WERE WAITING IN LINE FOR A RIDE. HERRON WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY AND TWO COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/10/2006
Fire destroys home.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 AM AT A MOBILE HOME IN THE 300 BLOCK OF EAST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT NO ONE WAS LIVING IN THE TRAILER AND ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE. THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/9/2006
Home evacuated after suicide attempt.
SEVERAL SEVIER COUNTY HOMES HAD TO BE EVACUATED LAST NIGHT AFTER A NEIGHBOR APPARENTLY TRIED TO KILL HIMSELF. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11:30 AT A HOME IN THE SIXTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF SNAPP ROAD. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT MIKE HODGES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE GIRLFRIEND OF THE DISTRESSED 31 YEAR OLD SEVIER COUNTY MAN, CALLED AUTHORITIES AND TOLD THEM THAT HER BOYFRIEND HAD LOCKED HIMSELF IN THE HOME AND RIPPED THE GAS LINE AWAY FROM THE FIREPLACE. HE THEN LOCKED HIMSELF IN A BATHROOM WHILE THE HOME FILLED WITH GAS. ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF MATT HENDERSON HAD SCUD TURN OFF THE GAS SUPPLY TO THE HOME AND THEN VENTILATED THE HOME BY BREAKING SEVERAL WINDOWS. SERGEANT HODGES AND DEPUTY J.J. BREEDEN THEN ENTERED THE HOME JUST BEFORE 2 AM, AND FORCIBLY REMOVED THE MAN BEFORE TRANSPORTED HIM TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION. CHARGES ARE PENDING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/8/2006
Former soldier sentenced.
A FORMER SOLDIER WAS SENTENCED TO NEARLY NINE YEARS IN JAIL ON MONDAY, FOR HIS PART IN AN ACCIDENT ON THE SPUR THAT KILLED FIVE PEOPLE. THE WRECK HAPPENED IN MARCH 2005. 20 YEAR OLD STEVEN WILLIAMS MADE THE PLEA AGREEMENT FOR HIS ROLE IN A DRAG RACE AGAINST 19 YEAR OLD JONATHAN MATHEW HALL, WHO WILLIAMS WILL ALSO TESTIFY AGAINST. HALL WHO WAS APPARENTLY HIGH ON MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL, CRASHED INTO THE MINIVAN, KILLING ALL FIVE OCCUPANTS WHO WERE VISITING THE AREA FROM VIRGINIA BEACH. HALL WILL BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/8/2006
Protesters hit Gatlinburg.
A SMALL GROUP OF PROTESTERS TOOK TO THE STREETS OF GATLINBURG OVER THE WEEKEND, TO PROTEST THE CITY’S APPARENT FAILURE TO ENFORCE IT’S OWN ORDINANCE REGARDING BEAR PROOF GARBAGE CONTAINERS. THE PROTESTERS HELD UP SIGNS AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARKWAY AND HIGHWAY 321. THE PROTEST COMES A WEEK AFTER SEVERAL BEAR INCIDENTS IN THE HEIDEN DRIVE AREA, INCLUDING THE EUTHANIZATION OF A MOTHER BEAR AND THREE CUBS. IN JUNE OF 2000, A CITY WIDE ORDINANCE WENT INTO EFFECT REQUIRING RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES TO BEAR PROOF THEIR TRASH CONTAINERS OR FACE FINES. THE CITY HAS HOWEVER, RECENTLY PURCHASED A TRASH COMPACTOR TO REPLACE THE DUMPSTERS THAT HAVE BEEN ATTRACTING NUISANCE BEARS IN THE HEIDEN DRIVE AREA.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/7/2006
Stabbing investigation continues.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY MEN THAT WERE STABBED DURING AN ALTERCATION SUNDAY NIGHT, ARE STILL RECOVERING AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MARK TURNER WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 25 YEAR OLD JACOB CAMPBELL IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AND 24 YEAR OLD JUSTIN STINNETT IS LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7:30 AT A HOME ON GRINDSTONE RIDGE ROAD, JUST OFF MILL CREEK ROAD. AT LEAST THREE OTHER PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY HELPING DETECTIVES WITH THAT INVESTIGATION. SO FAR, NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/7/2006
Gatlinburg bear relocated.
OFFICIALS WITH THE TWRA TRAPPED AND RELOCATED A MALE BLACK BEAR THURSDAY MORNING, THAT HAD APPARENTLY BEEN RUMMAGING THROUGH GARBAGE ON HEIDEN DRIVE IN GATLINBURG. THE TRASH COLLECTION CENTRE WHERE THE BEAR WAS CAUGHT IS CLOSE TO WHERE A 72 YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS BITTEN BY ANOTHER BEAR AT THE WEEKEND. OFFICIALS SAID THAT THE 350 POUND BEAR HAD BEEN FEEDING IN THE AREA FOR QUITE SOME TIME. HE WAS RELOCATED TO A BEAR RESERVE IN MONROE COUNTY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/3/2006
Park repair expected to cost half a million.
THE WINDSTORM THAT HIT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, IS EXPECTED TO COST THE PARK OVER FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN REPAIRS. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE COST INCLUDES CLEARING TRAILS AND REPAIRING VEHICLES AND STRUCTURES. MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND TREE’S WERE BLOWN DOWN AND APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FOUR TRAILS REMAIN CLOSED TO HORSE TRAVEL. THE MOST SERIOUS STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS TO THE HISTORIC DAN LAWSON BARN AT CADES COVE, WHICH WAS PARTIALLY BLOWN OFF IT’S FOOTINGS. OFFICIALS HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED A THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR STORM DAMAGE RELIEF REQUEST TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. FUTURE ADDITIONAL SALARIES AND OVERTIME COST WOULD MAKE UP THE ADDITIONAL TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/2/2006
Wreck injures two.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 IN THE TWO THOUSAND BLOCK OF NEWPORT HIGHWAY, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH WALNUT GROVE. APPARENTLY, RACHEL ROWE OF SEVIER COUNTY, LOST CONTROL OF HER CHEVY BLAZER WHICH ENDED UP ROLLING ONTO IT’S TOP. ROWE AND HER PASSENGER, BILLY GUNTER WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO UT WHERE THEIR CONDITIONS ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/2/2006
House fire victim identified.
A HOUSE FIRE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A SEVIER COUNTY MAN. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 AT 984 HICKS WAY IN SEYMOUR. THE HOME AND SEVERAL VEHICLES WERE FULLY INVOLVED WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL FRED ATCHLEY, THE BODY OF 66 YEAR OLD CHARLIE MCMURRAY WAS FOUND INSIDE THE DESTROYED HOME. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
11/1/2006
Aggressive bears euthanized.
TWRA OFFICERS HAVE EUTHANIZED FOUR BEARS FOLLOWING A WEEKEND ATTACK IN GATLINBURG THAT INJURED A 72 YEAR OLD WOMAN. ONE OF THE CUBS WS CAUGHT BY A TRAP AND THE REMAINING MOTHER AND TWO CUBS WERE SHOT AFTER CONTINUING TO SHOW SIGNS OF AGGRESSION. CAROL BENOIST WAS ATTACKED SATURDAY MORNING WHILST WALKING HER DOG AT HER HOME ON HEIDEN DRIVE. THE FEMALE BEAR THAT SCRATCHED HER WAS WITH TWO CUBS RUMMAGING THROUGH GARBAGE ON THE DECK OF THE HOME. BENOIST WAS RELEASED FROM FORT SANDERS SEVIER AFTER BEING TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES. A TWRA SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FEEDING THE BEARS HUMAN FOOD WILL OFTEN CAUSE BEARS TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/31/2006
Seymour high school evacuated.
THE SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED MONDAY MORNING FOLLOWING ANOTHER BOMB THREAT. ACCORDING TO JOHN ENLOW, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES FOR THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE NOTE WHICH WAS ATTACHED TO A WALL INSIDE THE SCHOOL, WAS DISCOVERED JUST BEFORE TEN O CLOCK. THE BUILDING WAS EVACUATED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF WHILE K9 UNITS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SEARCHED THE SCHOOL. THE THREAT TURNED OUT TO BE A HOAX AND AN INVESTIGATION IS NOW UNDERWAY. THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE COULD FACE UP TO SIX YEARS IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/31/2006
Fire destroys Seymour home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME EARLY THIS MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 AT 984 HICKS WAY IN SEYMOUR. THE HOME AND SEVERAL VEHICLES WERE FULLY INVOLVED WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. THERE IS NO WORD YET ON POSSIBLE CASUALTIES. SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY IS INVESTIGATING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/31/2006
Seymour man dies in wreck.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AM ON BIRDS CREEK ROAD NEAR CATON’S CHAPEL ROAD. APPARENTLY, 30 YEAR OLD JOHN WHALEY OF SEYMOUR, LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICKUP TRUCK, RAN OFF THE ROADWAY, AND ROLLED THE VEHICLE ONTO IT’S TOP. WHALEY WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE AND PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL BELIEVE THAT DRUG USE MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THAT ACCIDENT. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/30/2006
Gatlinburg woman attacked by bear.
A GATLINBURG WOMAN WAS APPARENTLY ATTACKED BY A BEAR SATURDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10 O CLOCK AT A HOUSE ON HEIDEN DRIVE. APPARENTLY, 72 YEAR OLD CAROL BENOIST, STEPPED OUT OF HER HOME TO WALK HER DOG WHEN THE FEMALE BEAR LUNGED AT HER. THE BEAR AND TWO CUBS WERE APPARENTLY RUMMAGING THROUGH GARBAGE ON THE DECK. BENOIST WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH BITE WOUNDS TO HER ARM AND LEG. TWRA OFFICERS ARE SEARCHING FOR THE BEAR AND TRAPS HAVE BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/30/2006
Visitor flown to UT.
A FEMALE VISITOR TO SEVIER COUNTY WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE THURSDAY MORNING AFTER SHE WAS APPARENTLY INVOLVED IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES FOUND THE UNNAMED 41 YEAR OLD FEMALE WANDERING ALONG SILVER POPLAR LANE IN THE SKY HARBOR COMMUNITY JUST BEFORE 9 AM. THE VICTIM INITIALLY LOOKED AS IF SHE WAS INTOXICATED, BUT WAS IN FACT SUFFERING FROM INJURIES TO HER HEAD, NECK, AND PELVIC AREA. SHE WAS ALSO SUFFERING FROM HYPOTHERMIA. REPORTS SUGGEST THAT SHE HAD WANDERED FROM THE TIMBER TOPS CABIN THAT SHE WAS STAYING AT TO THE ROADWAY BEFORE COLLAPSING. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/27/2006
Widow sues restaurant and taxi driver.
THE WIDOW OF A GATLINBURG REALTOR WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND IN PITTMAN CENTRE LAST JUNE, HAS FILED A MULTI MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT AGAINST THE GONDOLIER RESTAURANT IN GATLINBURG AND A TAXI DRIVER IN CONNECTION WITH HIS DEATH. EDWINA MONTGOMERY CLAIMS THAT HER HUSBAND, THOMAS MONTGOMERY, WAS OVER SERVED ALCOHOL BY THE RESTAURANT AND THAT THE TAXI DRIVER STRANDED MONTGOMERY ON HIGHWAY 321 AFTER THE TWO MEN GOT INTO A DISAGREEMENT AS THEY DROVE TOWARDS THE BENT CREEK AREA. THE DRIVER KEN KIRKLAND, THEN CALLED DISPATCHERS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TO ADVISE THEM OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED. ON JUNE 26TH, MONTGOMERY’S BODY WAS FOUND UNDER A RIDGE IN THE LITTLE PIGEON RIVER. AN AUTOPSY DETERMINED THAT HE WAS HEAVILY INTOXICATED AND DIED AS A RESULT OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA INJURIES SUSTAINED WHEN HE FELL FROM A BRIDGE. MONTGOMERY’S WIFE IS ASKING FOR TWO POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN COMPENSATORY DAMAGES, AND FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES. SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY STATED THAT THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT HAS ENDED AND THAT NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/26/2006
Three arrested on meth charges.
THREE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN SEVIER COUNTY ON THURSDAY AS PART OF AN ON-GOING INVESTIGATION INTO A LOCAL METHAMPHETAMINE RING. OFFICIALS WITH THE TBI AND THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTED 42 YEAR OLD JAMES O’DELL OF KODAK, 37 YEAR OLD ROBERT LYNN HICKMAN OF NEWMARKET, AND 50 YEAR OLD PAULINE JOHNSON OF KNOX COUNTY. ALL THREE WERE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE METH. NO COURT DATES HAVE YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/25/2006
Pigeon Forge road contract awarded.
PIGEON FORGE CITY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AND AGREED TO AWARD THE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR A NEW ROAD IN THE RECENTLY DESIGNATED TOURIST DEVELOPMENT ZONE, TO CHARLES BLALOCK AND SONS. THE THREE POINT ONE MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON FALLS LANE WILL RUN FROM TEASTER LANE BESIDE THE BELZ OUTLET MALL, AND CONNECT WITH A PROPOSED EXTENSION OF JAKE THOMAS ROAD. THE NEW ROAD IS EXPECTED TO TAKE BETWEEN NINE AND TWELVE MONTH’S TO COMPLETE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/24/2006
Park closes some horse trails.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT SOME HORSE TRAILS HAVE HAD TO BE CLOSED DUE TO RECENT STORM DAMAGE. THE AFFECTED TRAILS ARE ON THE TENNESSEE SIDE OF THE PARK BETWEEN ELKMONT AND CADES COVE. FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF TRAILS THAT ARE CLOSED TO EQUESTRIAN USE, CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 – 1200 OR LOG ONTO NPS.GOV FORWARD SLASH G R S M.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/24/2006
Woman flown to UT following ATV accident.
A SEYMOUR WOMAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE LAST NIGHT FOLLOWING AN ATV ACCIDENT IN THE RICHARDSON COVE COMMUNITY. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 NEAR JOHNSON HOLLOW TRAILS, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE VICTIM RECEIVED A PELVIC INJURY BUT IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE PITTMAN CENTRE AND GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/23/2006
Student claims sexual assault.
A SEVIER COUNTY FOURTH GRADE STUDENT IS CLAIMING THAT SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY ANOTHER GIRL IN HER CLASS. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED LAST WEEK AT THE SEVIERVILLE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. THE NINE YEAR FEMALE WAS APPARENTLY STANDING IN LINE TO USE THE BATHROOM WHEN THE OTHER STUDENT ALLEGEDLY INITIATED THE INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT. THE VICTIM ALSO CLAIMS THAT THE SAME STUDENT HAD A SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONVERSATION WITH HER LAST YEAR. THE STUDENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO ANOTHER CLASS AND OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ARE INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/23/2006
Sevierville wreck sends three to local hospitals.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SENT THREE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK IN THE EASTBOUND LANES OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY NEAR THE HIGH SCHOOL. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER KEVIN STONE, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 23 YEAR OLD ELIO RAMOS OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY SARAH THOMPSON, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE. THOMPSON WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. RAMOS AND HIS PASSENGER, 19 YEAR OLD VANESSA GARNER, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. RAMOS WAS CITED FOR RECKLESS DRIVING. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/23/2006
Two convicted on gun trafficking charges.
TWO MEN WILL BE HEADING TO A FEDERAL PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO GUN TRAFFICKING FROM A SEVIER COUNTY FLEA MARKET. 71 YEAR OLD GEORGE MANUS AND 49 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY COBB, MADE THEY PLEA AGREEMENT AFTER UNDERCOVER A.T.F AGENTS MASQUERADING AS CONVICTED FELONS AND DRUG DEALERS, WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE SEVERAL WEAPONS FROM THE PAIR. MANUS AND COBB WILL BE SENTENCED IN JANUARY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/20/2006
Park service reopens several roads.
SEVERAL ROADS INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK THAT HAD BEEN CLOSED DUE TO RECENT STORM DAMAGE, ARE ONCE AGAIN OPEN. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, U.S. HIGHWAY 441 – NEWFOUND GAP ROAD BETWEEN GATLINBURG AND CHEROKEE, CLINGMAN’S DOME ROAD, LITTLE RIVER ROAD, AND LAUREL CREEK ROAD, HAVE ALL REOPENED. THE CADES COVE LOOP ROAD SHOULD OPEN TODAY TO HYATT LANE,PROVIDING AN EIGHT MILE LOOP THROUGH THE COVE. THE FOOTHILLS PARKWAY WAS ALSO REOPENED. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON PARK CAMPGROUNDS, FACILITIES AND CONCESSIONS, CALL THE PARK AT: 436 – 1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/19/2006
Child injured in park.
A CHILD WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE, FOLLOWING A FALL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE FOUR O CLOCK AT CATARACT FALLS, JUST BEHIND THE SUGARLANDS VISITOR CENTRE. APPARENTLY THE SIX YEAR OLD FEMALE FELL APPROXIMATELY THIRTY FEET. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. PARK RANGERS AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/19/2006
Fire destroys cabin.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY CABIN. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 AT 1612 LITTLE CABIN LOOP, JUST OFF OF RAINBOW ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE STRUCTURE WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, BUT LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/18/2006
Local teacher honored.
A SEVIER COUNTY TEACHER WAS HONORED MONDAY NIGHT DURING AN AWARDS BANQUET IN NASHVILLE. HELEN BLAIR WAS ONE OF THE FINALISTS IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S, 2007 TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. BLAIR WHO TEACHES AT SEVIERVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL, ALSO RECEIVED A ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/18/2006
Storms close several park roads.
STORMS THAT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA YESTERDAY REEKED HAVOC INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, WIND GUSTS UP TO 106 MILES PER HOUR WERE REGISTERED AT THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM, TOPPLING SEVERAL TREE’S AND SENDING DEBRIS ONTO ROADWAYS. NEWFOUND GAP ROAD, LITTLE RIVER ROAD, LAUREL CREEK ROAD AND CHEROKEE ORCHARD ROAD, WERE SOME OF THE MAJOR PARK ROADWAYS THAT WERE CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE STORM. MANY CAMPGROUNDS WERE ALSO AFFECTED AND A SIX YEAR OLD BOY WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A TREE FELL ON THE CAMPER THAT HE WAS SLEEPING IN AT THE CADES COVE CAMPGROUND. FOR UP TO DATE ROAD CONDITIONS INSIDE THE PARK, CALL: 436 – 1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/18/2006
Weather causes damage and power outages.
HIGH WINDS AND RAIN OVERNIGHT CAUSED SEVERAL POWER OUTAGES ACROSS SEVIER COUNTY. SOME OF THE WORST HIT AREA’S WERE THE WEARS VALLEY COMMUNITY, CATON’S CHAPEL AND GATLINBURG, ESPECIALLY IN THE CARTERTOWN ROAD AREA. AT ONE POINT EARLY THIS MORNING, APPROXIMATELY TWELVE HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE WITHOUT POWER. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ALSO ADVISE THAT SEVERAL TREE’S HAVE COME DOWN AND ADVISE MOTORIST TO USE CAUTION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/17/2006
Fire damages Sevierville home.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DAMAGED A SEVIERVILLE HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT THE MOBILE HOME IN THE ONE HUNDRED BLOCK OF JERSEY STREET, JUST OFF OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY. LUCKILY, THE FEMALE OCCUPANT AND HER PETS WERE ALL ABLE TO ESCAPE UNINJURED. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE WHICH APPARENTLY STARTED IN THE BEDROOM AREA OF THE HOME, IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE AND SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/17/2006
Early morning wreck injures one.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING SENT AT LEAST ONE PERSON TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 IN THE TWO THOUSAND BLOCK OF MAPLES BRANCH ROAD, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HIGHWAY 416. APPARENTLY, THE MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS JEEP LAREDO AND RAN OFF THE ROAD. HE AND HIS MALE PASSENGER WERE BOTH INJURED. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/16/2006
Sevierville man charged with aggravated burglary.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AND CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, JUST BEFORE 12:30 AM, A BURGLAR ALARM WAS ACTIVATED AT A HOME IN THE 700 BLOCK OF HICKORY HILLS ROAD. THE HOMEOWNERS SON ARRIVED AT THE RESIDENCE TO FIND A VEHICLE IN THE DRIVEWAY AND THE FRONT DOOR OPEN. THE BURGLAR EXITED THE HOME AND FLED THE SCENE IN A TRUCK, BUT NOT BEFORE THE HOMEOWNERS SON WAS ABLE TO GIVE AUTHORITIES A GOOD DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE. THE TRUCK WAS STOPPED ON HARDIN LANE AND THE DRIVER DETAINED. ITEMS FOUND INSIDE THE VEHICLE ALLEGEDLY MATCHED THE ITEMS THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM THE HOME. THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED AS 22 YEAR OLD BRANDON LEE SMITH OF HARDIN LANE IN SEVIERVILLE. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A THIRTEEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/13/2006
Wreck injures one.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE PERSON TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4 O CLOCK ON THE PARKWAY AT THE PARK ROAD INTERSECTION IN SEVIERVILLE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER STEVE FORD, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 33 YEAR OLD JOHN WOLFENBARGER, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 60 YEAR OLD MARY ANN TRENTHAM. APPARENTLY, WOLFENBARGER STATED THAT HIS BRAKES FAILED AS HE ATTEMPTED TO STOP AT THE INTERSECTION. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/12/2006
Officer suspended.
AN OFFICER WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY BASED DRUG TASK FORCE HAS APPARENTLY BEEN SUSPENDED. MARK SHULTZ WAS SENT HOME FROM WORK ON TUESDAY BY TASK FORCE DIRECTOR MACK SMITH. OFFICIALS WITH THE ORGANIZATION AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY JIMMY DUNN ARE INVESTIGATING SOME ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/12/2006
Pigeon Forge lane to be built by Blalock's.
CHARLES BLALOCK AND SONS IS THE APPARENT LOW BIDDER TO BUILD PIGEON FORGE LANE, THE FIRST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO BEGIN THE CITY’S NEWLY DESIGNED TOURISM DEVELOPMENT ZONE. PIGEON FORGE LANE WILL START AT TEASTER LANE JUST SOUTH OF THE BELZ FACTORY OUTLET MALL AND WILL CONNECT WITH A PROPOSED EXTENSION OF JAKE THOMAS ROAD. ACCORDING TO JOHN JAGGER WITH THE CITY OF PIGEON FORGE, THE THREE POINT ONE MILLION DOLLAR ROAD SHOULD TAKE BETWEEN NINE AND TWELVE MONTH’S TO COMPLETE. THE CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO BE AWARDED DURING THE OCTOBER 23RD CITY COMMISSION MEETING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/11/2006
Juveniles arrested for making bomb threats.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW ARRESTED A MALE JUVENILE IN CONNECTION WITH A BOMB THREAT AT THE NEW CENTRE SCHOOL ON THURSDAY. THE UNNAMED PUPIL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE OFFENCE OF MAKING A FALSE REPORT AND IS CURRENTLY BEING DETAINED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JUVENILE FACILITY. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. FOUR FEMALE STUDENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN ARRESTED BY OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH A BOMB THREAT AGAINST THE PIGEON FORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE NOTE WAS FOUND MONDAY ON A PICNIC TABLE AT THE PIGEON FORGE CITY PARK. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/11/2006
Man charged following alleged road rage incident.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WILL FACE FEDERAL CHARGES FOLLOWING AN ALLEGED ROAD RAGE INCIDENT ON THE SPUR. MICHAEL DALE BECK WAS APPARENTLY WEAVING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC WHILST DRIVING FROM GATLINBURG TOWARDS PIGEON FORGE. ANOTHER MOTORIST, RONALD DELACRUZ, SAID THAT HE CHANGED LANES TO ALLOW BECK’S TRUCK TO PASS. AS THE TWO VEHICLES PASSED EACH OTHER, BECK ALLEGEDLY FIRED THREE SHOTS INTO THE AIR FROM THE WINDOW OF HIS VEHICLE, AND THEN POINTED THE PISTOL AT DELACRUZ. DELACRUZ SLOWED HIS CAR TO AVOID FURTHER CONTACT WITH BECK’S TRUCK AND NOTIFIED THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHOSE OFFICERS STOPPED BECK AS HE ENTERED THE CITY. BECK ADMITTED FIRING HIS PISTOL INTO THE AIR, BUT CONTENDS THAT HE FIRED THE WEAPON ONLY ONCE. HE ALSO STATED THAT HE HAD RECENTLY STOPPED TAKING MEDICATION FOR SOME EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS AND THAT HE HAD HAD A BAD DAY AT WORK. BECK IS CURRENTLY FREE ON BOND AND WILL BE IN COURT ON OCTOBER 20TH FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/10/2006
School reopens following bomb threat.
THE NEW CENTRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS OPEN AGAIN TODAY AFTER SCHOOL OFFICIALS DECIDED TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL YESTERDAY. THE DECISION WAS MADE AT THE WEEKEND FOLLOWING A BOMB THREAT THAT WAS MADE LAST THURSDAY. SCHOOL OFFICIALS FOUND A NOTE WRITTEN ON A BATHROOM WALL THAT APPARENTLY STATED THAT THE BOMB WOULD GO OFF AT THE SCHOOL ON MONDAY. AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, ONE MORE THOROUGH SWEEP OF THE PROPERTY WAS MADE ON MONDAY BY K9 UNITS FROM THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, COULD FACE UP TO SIX YEARS IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/10/2006
Man sentenced for attempted kidnap.
A MAN WHO TRIED TO KIDNAP A NINE YEAR OLD GIRL FROM A PIGEON FORGE MOTEL LAST YEAR, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO ELEVEN AND A HALF YEARS IN JAIL. JUDGE RICHARD VANCE HANDED DOWN THE SENTENCE TO CHARLES CHRISTOPHER WHITE OF KNOXVILLE AFTER HE PLED GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. WHITE ADMITTED TO GRABBING THE YOUNG GIRL, THREATENING HER WITH A GUN, AND COMMITTING A LEWD ACT UPON HER. WHITE APPARENTLY HAS A LONG CRIMINAL RECORD INCLUDING PREVIOUS CHARGES OF INDECENT EXPOSURE AND INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING A WOMAN AT A KNOXVILLE MALL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/9/2006
Two charged with cabin burglaries.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE CHARGED TWO PEOPLE WITH A RASH OF RECENT CABIN BURGLARIES. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 23 YEAR OLD TRAVIS RAY WILKINS OF NEWPORT AND 32 YEAR OLD LINDA BEACH WILKINS OF SEVIERVILLE, ALLEGEDLY STOLE VARIOUS TV’S FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT CABINS DURING THE MONTH’S OF AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. THE ITEMS WERE APPARENTLY RECOVERED FROM A HOME IN COCKE COUNTY AND A HOME JUST OFF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. TRAVIS WILKINS IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A 150 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND, LINDA WILKINS IS AWAITING ARRAIGNMENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/9/2006
Teen flown to U.T. following wreck.
ONE PERSON WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN GATLINBURG THURSDAY MORNING. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK ON CAMPBELL LEAD AT THE INTERSECTION WITH WILEY OAKLEY DRIVE. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE 17 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE, TRAVELED ABOUT 15 FEET DOWN AN EMBANKMENT AND HIT A TREE. SHE WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE SHE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/6/2006
School evacuated following bomb threat.
THE NEW CENTRE SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS THURSDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A BOMB THREAT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11 O CLOCK. ACCORDING TO JOHN ENLOW, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES FOR THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE THREAT WAS ACTUALLY WRITTEN ON A WALL INSIDE THE FACILITY. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CHECKED THE SCHOOL FOR ANY SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES BUT FOUND NOTHING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/6/2006
Boating accident claims the life of Sevier Co. man
ONE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A BOATING ACCIDENT IN SEVIER COUNTY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 ON THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER NEAR BINGHAM ISLAND, CLOSE TO THE RIVER MEADOWS SUBDIVISION. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT DARREL LEE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 65 YEAR OLD RALPH LEE HUSKEY OF PIGEON FORGE, AND 61 YEAR OLD EUGENE WISE OF SEVIERVILLE, WERE FISHING IN A BORROWED 16 FOOT BOAT WHEN APPARENTLY THE MOTOR QUIT. THE CURRENT CARRIED THE BOAT INTO AN AREA OF BRUSH ON BINGHAM ISLAND WHERE THE BOAT FILLED WITH WATER AND CAPSIZED. HUSKEY WAS ABLE TO SWIM SAFELY TO THE ISLAND. WISE HELD ON TO A TREE LIMB FOR A SHORT WHILE BEFORE BEING OVERPOWERED BY THE CURRENT. HIS BODY WAS FOUND ABOUT THREE HOURS LATER NEAR THE RIVER ISLANDS GOLF COURSE. HUSKEY WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER FOR A BLOOD ALCOHOL TEST, AND THEN TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A CHARGE OF BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. THE TWRA IS INVESTIGATING AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND VARIOUS OTHER LOCAL EMERGENCY WORKERS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/6/2006
Fire damages Sevierville home.
A FIRE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SERIOUSLY DAMAGED A SEVIERVILLE HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 AT 970 CANDY TUFT ROAD. FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE MOBILE HOME JUST MINUTES AFTER THE FIRE WAS REPORTED AND WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE. THE DAMAGE WAS CONTAINED PRIMARILY TO THE LIVING ROOM AND KITCHEN AREA. AN ADULT FEMALE WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE FOR SMOKE INHALATION BUT WAS NOT TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL. THE FEMALE RESIDENT REPORTED THAT THE FIRE WAS STARTED WHEN A LIT CANDLE WAS KNOCKED OVER BY A DOG. THE SEVIERVILLE AND SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE FIRE, AS WELL AS THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/5/2006
Tax payment available at drive thru facility.
COUNTY CLERK JOE KEENER HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SEVIER COUNTIANS MAY ONCE AGAIN PAY THEIR CURRENT PROPERTY TAX AT THE COUNTY CLERK’S DRIVE THRU LOCATION AT THE BACK OF THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. IN ORDER TO PAY AT THE DRIVE THRU FACILITY, PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY CHECK, YOU MUST HAVE YOU TAX NOTICE WITH YOU, AND NO DELINQUENT TAX PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE AT: 453 – 2767.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/5/2006
Gatlinburg commission passes opc law.
GATLINBURG CITY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AND APPROVED A THIRD AND FINAL READING ON AN ORDINANCE THAT AMENDED THE MUNICIPAL CODE RELATED TO THE NUMBER OF O.P.C LOCATIONS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. THE ORDINANCE THAT WAS APPROVED WAS WITHOUT THE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN PROPERTY OWNERS A 30 DAY PERIOD TO RENT TO ANOTHER O.P.C BUSINESS, IF THE CURRENT O.P.C LOST IT’S LEASE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/4/2006
Top rated daycare to close.
A TOP RATED DAYCARE FACILITY IN SEVIERVILLE IS CLOSING IT’S DOORS. THE “JUST FOR KIDS” LEARNING CENTRE WHICH IS OPERATED BY THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHILDREN’S HOME, HAS GIVEN PARENTS AND EMPLOYEES 3O DAYS NOTICE. THE CENTRE WILL CLOSE IT’S DOORS ON NOVEMBER 1ST. ALTHOUGH THE DAY CARE HAD A THREE STAR RATING – THE HIGHEST SCORE THE STATE CAN GIVE, THE FACILITY HAS APPARENTLY BEEN LOOSING MONEY FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/4/2006
Wreck sends two to U.T.
TWO PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY LAST NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF MILL CREEK AND LAUREL LICK. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER OF A PICK UP TRUCK, LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND HIT A TREE. HE AND HIS MALE PASSENGER WERE BOTH FLOWN TO UT WHERE ONE OF THEM IS LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/4/2006
Sentencing of drag racers delayed.
THE SENTENCING OF TWO MEN WHO PLED GUILTY TO CAUSING A DEADLY WRECK ON THE SPUR WHILST DRAG RACING, HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL OCTOBER 26TH. 19 YEAR OLD JONATHAN HALL OF LEBANON AND 20 YEAR OLD STEVEN WILLIAMS OF MURFREESBORO, ADMITTED IN JUNE TO THE OFFENCE WHICH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF FIVE PEOPLE IN MARCH OF 2005. THE TWO WERE APPARENTLY DRAG RACING AT SPEEDS OF UP TO ONE HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR WHEN HALL’S CAR HIT A VEHICLE CARRYING FIVE TOURISTS FROM VIRGINIA BEACH. AL FIVE WERE KILLED. HALL AND WILLIAMS EACH PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON AND FINES UP TO TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/3/2006
Deputies allegedly asked to resign.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARE NO LONGER WITH THE DEPARTMENT AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING TOLD TO RESIGN OR BE FIRED. SERGEANT DAVID ROBERTSON AND DEPUTY JUSTIN CLABO SAY THAT THEY WERE FORCED FROM THEIR JOBS FOLLOWING SEVERAL INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS. APPARENTLY, ROBERTSON WAS ACCUSED OF CONDUCTING AN ILLEGAL SEARCH AND CLABO WAS ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY FROM A DRUG SUSPECT. REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DECLINED TO COMMENT OTHER THAN TO CONFIRM THAT BOTH MEN HAD RESIGNED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/3/2006
Park wreck sends two people to UT.
TWO PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE WRECK INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK ON SATURDAY. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF NEWFOUND GAP ROAD, NEAR THE CHIMNEY TOPS TRAIL. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, GEORGE HEATON LOST CONTROL OF HIS HARLEY DAVIDSON AFTER THE BIKE’S LEFT FOOT PEG APPARENTLY MADE CONTACT WITH THE PAVEMENT. HEATON AND HIS WIFE MELINDA, WERE BOTH THROWN FROM THE MOTORCYCLE. GEORGE HEATON RECEIVED MASSIVE HEAD INJURIES AND IS STILL UNCONSCIOUS AND LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. MELINDA HEATON RECEIVED SEVERAL FRACTURES TO THE LEFT SIDE OF HER BODY. PARK RANGERS AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
10/2/2006
Home damaged by lightning.
A SEVIER COUNTY HOME WAS DAMAGED BY A LIGHTNING STRIKE THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 AT 313 WICK CLIFF COURT, IN THE ALLEN RIDGE ESTATES SUB DIVISION. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY, THE LIGHTNING HIT A NEARBY TREE, THEN TRAVELED ALONG AN UNDERGROUND GAS LINE TO A GAS METER ON THE SIDE OF THE HOME. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS INJURED AND THE DAMAGE WAS KEPT TO A MINIMUM BY A NEIGHBOR WHO FOUGHT THE FIRE WITH A GARDEN HOSE. THE GAS SUPPLY HAD TO BE CUT WHILE WORKERS REPLACED THE UNDERGROUND LINE AND METER. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/29/2006
Fire damages Gatlinburg home.
A FIRE TUESDAY EVENING IN GATLINBURG SERIOUS DAMAGED A SKI MOUNTAIN HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 AT 1125 LOWER ALPINE ROAD. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE BLAZE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL FAULT IN A WATER HEATER THAT WAS IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HOME. THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED TO THE LOWER STORY AND LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/28/2006
Victims identified from motorcycle wreck.
OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAMES OF TWO PEOPLE THAT WERE KILLED FOLLOWING A WRECK ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE DECEASED HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 21 YEAR OLD BRANDON FRANKLIN OF KODAK, WHO WAS DRIVING THE MOTORCYCLE, AND HIS PASSENGER, 18 YEAR OLD JENILYN FRANKLIN, ALSO OF KODAK. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK THAT HIS THE MOTORCYCLE, 43 YEAR OLD LARRY WILLIAMSON OF SEYMOUR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND ONE COUNT OF DRIVING AS A HABITUAL MOTOR OFFENDER.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/28/2006
Sevier Co. wreck kills two people.
TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HATTIE BRANCH ROAD. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE COLLISION INVOLVED A MOTORCYCLE AND A TRUCK, BOTH OF WHICH BURST INTO FLAMES. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK, 43 YEAR OLD LARRY WILLIAMSON OF SEYMOUR, ALLEGEDLY CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AND HIT THE MOTORCYCLE HEAD-ON. THE MALE DRIVER OF THE MOTORCYCLE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIS FEMALE PASSENGER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE BUT DIED DURING SURGERY. THE NAMES OF THE DECEASED ARE BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF THE NEXT OF KIN. WILLIAMSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND ONE COUNT OF HABITUAL MOTOR OFFENDER. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL ARE INVESTIGATING. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/27/2006
Sevierville road reopens.
OFFICIALS WITH THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE PORTION OF OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY BETWEEN GIST’S CREEK ROAD AND EAGLES LANDING GOLF COURSE, WILL REOPEN TO TRAFFIC TOMORROW AFTERNOON. WEATHER PERMITTING, TWO LANES OF THE FUTURE FOUR LANE HIGHWAY WILL BE OPEN. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ROAD PROJECTS WITHIN THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE, LOG ONTO: SEVIERVILLE TN DOT ORG.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/26/2006
Man charged with the death of Sevierville woman.
A KNOX COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN INDICTED ON A VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CHARGE IN THE DEATH OF A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN. APPARENTLY, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 64 YEAR OLD WILLIAM JEFFERY SWEET, CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE ON CARMICHAEL ROAD IN KNOXVILLE LAST DECEMBER, AND ALLEGEDLY HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 23 YEAR OLD ADAM FLYNN OF KNOXVILLE. THE COLLISION KILLED ERICA MANNING OF SEVIERVILLE WHO WAS A PASSENGER IN FLYNN’S CAR. THE ACCIDENT LEFT SWEET SEVERELY INJURED WITH POSSIBLY A PERMANENT BRAIN IMPAIRMENT. NO TRIAL DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/26/2006
Sevierville wreck victims named.
THE TWO VICTIMS THAT WERE INJURED DURING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 ON WEST MAIN STREET NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CENTRE STREET. THE DRIVER OF THE PICKUP TRUCK WAS 27 YEAR OLD DEBORAH GIBSON OF SEVIERVILLE. SHE AND HER PASSENGER, 16 YEAR OLD WILLIAM WILLIAMSON ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE, WERE BOTH FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE THEY WERE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/26/2006
Two flown to U.T. following wreck.
TWO PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 ON WEST MAIN STREET NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CENTRE STREET. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN BOSCO, THE UN-NAMED 27 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HER FORD RANGER PICKUP TRUCK AND HIT SEVERAL TREES. PART OF WEST MAIN STREET WAS CLOSED FOR OVER AN HOUR. THE DRIVER AND HER 16 YEAR OLD JUVENILE PASSENGER WERE BOTH FLOWN TO UT WHERE THEIR CONDITIONS ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/25/2006
Wade to be sworn-in as Supreme court justice.
JUDGE GARY WADE WILL BE SWORN – IN AS A TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TODAY ON THE LAWN AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE. THE CEREMONY WHICH BEGINS AT 2 O CLOCK, WILL BE ATTENDED BY GOVERNOR PHIL BREDESEN AND IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IN CASE OF RAIN, THE EVENT WILL MOVE TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/22/2006
Tennessee Smokies sign deal with Cubs.
THE TENNESSEE SMOKIES BASEBALL TEAM HAS SIGNED A TWO YEAR ASSOCIATION ALIGNMENT DEAL WITH THE CHICAGO CUBS ORGANIZATION. THE AGREEMENT ENDS THE SMOKIES TWO YEAR ASSOCIATION WITH THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/22/2006
Fire damages Seymour home.
A FIRE SERIOUSLY DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 AT 216 MARYVILLE HIGHWAY IN SEYMOUR. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE FIRE APPARENTLY STARTED IN THE KITCHEN AREA OF THE HOME, WHICH BELONGS TO OSCAR JOHNSON. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/21/2006
Sevierville arrests Parrotsville man.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A PARROTSVILLE TENNESSEE MAN IN CONNECTION WITH NUMEROUS CHARGES. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 22 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER BLACK HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY, AGGRAVATED STALKING, FELONY VANDALISM, AND HARASSMENT. BLACK HAD APPARENTLY VIOLATED A NO CONTACT ORDER BETWEEN HIMSELF AND HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND THAT HAD BEEN ISSUED BY A JUDGE, FOLLOWING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE AGAINST HIM EARLIER THIS YEAR. LAST MONDAY, BLACK ALLEGEDLY ENTERED HIS EX-GIRLFRIENDS RESIDENCE WITHOUT PERMISSION, ASSAULTED HER, DESTROYED PERSONAL PROPERTY, AND SEVERELY VANDALIZED HER CAR. BLACK IS CURRENTLY FREE AFTER POSTING A TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/20/2006
Three people dead following fight at baseball game
THREE PEOPLE WERE SHOT DEAD DURING A CONFRONTATION LAST NIGHT AT A DANDRIDGE BASEBALL COMPLEX. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 10 O CLOCK AT FIELD OF DREAMS FACILITY ON U.S. HIGHWAY 25-70. THE NAMES OF THE THREE ADULT VICTIMS HAVE NOT YET BEEN RELEASED. A FOURTH FEMALE ADULT WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOW AT THIS TIME. APPARENTLY, ONE PERSON PULLED THE GUN FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT AMONGST FANS WATCHING A BASEBALL GAME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/19/2006
Park to start charging for weddings.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT BEGINNING OCTOBER 1ST, INDIVIDUALS WANTING TO MARRY INSIDE THE PARK AND BUSINESSES THAT PUT TOGETHER WEDDING PACKAGES FOR WEDDINGS INSIDE THE PARK, WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A PERMIT. INDIVIDUALS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY FIFTY DOLLARS, BUSINESSES, INCLUDING WEDDING CHAPELS, WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR APPLICATION FEE AND PAY TEN DOLLARS A MONTH DURING THE 24 MONTH LIFE OF THE PERMIT. THE NEW FEE’S WILL ALSO APPLY TO PEOPLE WANTING TO HAVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN INSIDE THE PARK. PARK OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE NEW APPLICATION PROCESS WILL HELP THEM BALANCE THE INTERESTS OF PEOPLE PERFORMING WEDDING CEREMONIES, REGULAR PARK VISITORS, AND STAFF AND RESOURCE USE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/19/2006
Sevierville man beat with pool cue.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN IS RECOVERING AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING BEATEN WITH A POOL CUE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 MONDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 68 YEAR OLD ROBERT HOLLAND OPENED THE DOOR OF HIS HOME ON CATE BYRD ROAD, JUST OFF EAST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD, AND WAS ATTACKED BY THE UNKNOWN ASSAILANT, WHO WAS APPARENTLY LOOKING FOR A MAN THAT HOLLAND DID NOT KNOW. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/19/2006
Spur wreck sends local man to U.T.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1 AM IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH KINGS BRANCH. THE UNNAMED 35 YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS JEEP AND HIT THE EMBANKMENT. THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/18/2006
Authorities investigate alleged armed robbery.
AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED OVERNIGHT IN SEVIERVILLE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AT THE HOLLYWOOD VIDEO STORE ON HIGHWAY 66 NEAR STAPLES. EARLY REPORTS SUGGEST THAT TWO BLACK MALES WHO WERE BOTH BRANDISHING HANDGUNS, ENTERED THE BUSINESS JUST AS THE STORE WAS CLOSING. DURING THE ROBBERY, ONE OF THE MALE STORE CLERKS WAS ASSAULTED. LUCKILY, HIS INJURIES WERE NOT THOUGHT TO BE SERIOUS. THE TWO MEN THEN MADE THEIR ESCAPE IN A DARK COLORED SUV WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/18/2006
Sevierville man charged with death of teenager.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW ARRESTED A MAN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEATH OF A TEENAGER, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND AT AN APARTMENT ON CROFFORD STREET IN APRIL. DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS CHARGED 44 YEAR OLD MELVIN GRAY BLAKE OF SEVIERVILLE WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER, IN THE DEATH OF 19 YEAR OLD BRITNEY MONIQUE FOSTER OF PIGEON FORGE. AN AUTOPSY REVEALED THAT FOSTER DIED OF A DRUG OVERDOSE AND OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT BLAKE WAS THE PERSON THAT SUPPLIED AND ADMINISTERED THE LETHAL CONCOCTION. AUTHORITIES WHO HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR BLAKE SINCE APRIL, RECEIVED A CALL ON WEDNESDAY FROM AN EMPLOYEE AT THE SEVIERVILLE K-MART, ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS PERSON INSIDE THE STORE. WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED THEY IDENTIFIED THE MAN AS BLAKE AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/15/2006
Three arrested in Seymour home invasion robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED THREE PEOPLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN ALLEGED ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AND ASSAULT. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MIKE WATSON, ON AUGUST 31ST JUST BEFORE TEN O CLOCK, SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A HOME ON NORTH ROGER ROAD IN SEYMOUR WHERE THEY FOUND A 69 YEAR OLD FEMALE THAT HAD BEEN BEATEN AFTER SHE ANSWERED HER FRONT DOOR. THE VICTIM HAD SEVERAL BROKEN RIBS, A BROKEN COLLARBONE, AND SEVERAL LACERATIONS TO HER FACE. FOLLOWING A LENGTHY INVESTIGATION, DETECTIVES ARRESTED 20 YEAR OLD JASON KEITH SEATON OF SEYMOUR, 19 YEAR OLD PAUL KEITH GALYON, ALSO OF SEYMOUR, AND A 15 YEAR OLD FEMALE JUVENILE. APPARENTLY, THE THREE SUSPECTS STATED THAT THERE INTENT WAS TO ROB THE VICTIM AND HER HUSBAND, BUT RAN FROM THE SCENE AFTER BEATING THE FEMALE AND HEARING HER HUSBAND COMING TO HER AID. ALL THREE WERE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/14/2006
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE WEDNESDAY MORNING SERIOUSLY DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 AM AT A HOUSE IN THE 800 BLOCK OF GUFFY HOLLOW ROAD, JUST OFF ALLENSVILLE ROAD. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT GREG PARTON WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE WAS ELECTRICAL IN NATURE. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY AND NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/14/2006
Visitor to park flown to U.T.
A VISITOR FROM ALABAMA WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK. ACCORDING TO CHIEF GREG PATTERSON WITH THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE UN-NAMED 42 YEAR OLD MALE WAS HIKING WITH HIS WIFE JUST OFF THE MOTOR NATURE TRAIL WHEN HE SLIPPED, FELL INTO A CREEK, AND HIT HIS HEAD ON A ROCK. THE VICTIM WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION AT U.T. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/13/2006
Sevier Co. man arrested following pursuit.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED SUNDAY EVENING FOLLOWING A PURSUIT THAT BEGAN IN PIGEON FORGE. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT STEVE HELTON WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 PM ON THE PARKWAY NEAR LIGHT NUMBER 10. APPARENTLY, PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER LYNN MILLER TRIED TO STOP A CHEVY CAMARO THAT WAS ALLEGEDLY BEING DRIVEN ERRATICALLY. THE DRIVER REFUSED TO STOP AND HEADED TOWARDS THE SPUR. GATLINBURG OFFICERS WERE WAITING FOR THE VEHICLE WHEN IT ENTERED THEIR CITY AND EVENTUALLY MANAGED TO STOP THE CAR NEAR TRAFFIC LIGHT NUMBER ONE. 61 YEAR OLD RONNIE HARRISON GIBBS OF CAMP CREEK ROAD WAS CHARGED WITH EVADING ARREST, SEVERAL TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS, RESISTING ARREST, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/13/2006
Wreck's keep rescue workers busy.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN THE WEARS VALLEY AREA MONDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF LYON SPRINGS ROAD AND MARION LAKE WAY. APPARENTLY, A HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE RIDDEN BY AN UN-NAMED MAN FROM INDIANA, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY A LOCAL MAN. THE CONDITIONS OF BOTH VICTIMS IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE. ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SEVIERVILLE AT THE WEEKEND SENT A MOTORCYCLE RIDER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THAT WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARKWAY AND APPLE VALLEY ROAD. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT KEN GARNER WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 61 YEAR OLD ROBERT BRYANT OF CINCINNATI WAS RIDING A HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE WHEN HE COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 29 YEAR OLD BILLY HILTON OF SEVIERVILLE. BRYANT WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/12/2006
Sevier Co. man flown to U.T. following fall.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HE FELL FROM A TREE. THE UN-NAMED 38 YEAR OLD MALE WAS APPARENTLY TRIMMING TREE LIMBS WHEN HE FELL APPROXIMATELY FORTY FEET, AND THEN ROLLED A FURTHER THIRTY FEET DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT A HOME IN THE 600 BLOCK OF WILEY OAKLEY DRIVE. THE VICTIM IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/12/2006
Officials investigating overnight robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED EARLY THIS MORNING AT THE HUDDLE HOUSE RESTAURANT ON EAST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 AM. APPARENTLY, A BLACK MALE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN ARMED, ALLEGEDLY GRABBED SOME CASH FROM THE REGISTER. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A BLUE ASTRO VAN THAT WAS USED AS THE GET-A-WAY VEHICLE. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/12/2006
Man killed when truck hits Sevier Co. home.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD AFTER BEING HIT BY A TRUCK WHILST HE SLEPT IN HIS HOME. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON JUST AFTER 6:30 PM. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 56 YEAR OLD EDWARD SMITH OF KODAK, ALLEGEDLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS TOYOTA TRUCK WHILE DRIVING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED IN THE FORTY ONE HUNDRED BLOCK OF NEWPORT HIGHWAY. THE VEHICLE HIT A TREE AND THEN HIT A HOUSE. THE HOME OWNER, 57 YEAR OLD CHUCK FINCHUM WAS ASLEEP ON THE SOFA ON THE ENCLOSED PORCH OF THE HOME. THE TRUCK STRUCK FINCHUM WHO WAS KILLED INSTANTLY. SMITH WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL IS INVESTIGATING AND CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/11/2006
Motorcycle collision sends two to U.T.
A WRECK INVOLVING TWO MOTORCYCLES SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT TWO RIDERS TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66 IN FRONT OF VOLUNTEER CHEVROLET. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER RAY BROWN, THE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS WERE TRAVELLING TOGETHER SIDE BY SIDE WHEN THEY COLLIDED. THE UNNAMED 51 YEAR OLD MALE RIDER OF ONE OF THE BIKES WHO IS FROM KNOXVILLE, WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WITH A HEAD INJURY. 57 YEAR OLD PATRICIA LEWIS OF KNOXVILLE WHO WAS A PASSENGER ON THE OTHER BIKE, WAS ALSO TRANSPORTED TO UT WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/11/2006
Wreck sends driver to the hospital and jail.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING SENT THE DRIVER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE, AND THEN TO JAIL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR NEAR THE PIGEON FORGE CITY LIMIT. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED 36 YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER FROM FLORIDA, LOST CONTROL OF HIS AUDI AND FLIPPED IN ONTO IT’S TOP. AFTER BEING TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES, THE DRIVER WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DUI. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/8/2006
Sevierville woman charged with statutory rape.
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE STATUTORY RAPE OF A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD BOY. 22 YEAR OLD DIANE MICHELLE PARTON OF OLD MILL DRIVE, DID ALLEGEDLY ADMIT TO A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TEENAGER DURING THE SUMMER. PARTON WAS RELEASED ON TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/8/2006
Higher bear activity expected this fall.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK ARE WARNING PARK VISITORS AND NEIGHBORS, THAT THEY ARE EXPECTING A HIGHER THAN NORMAL BEAR ACTIVITY THIS FALL. PARK WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST KIM DELOZIER EXPECTS BEARS TO BE ESPECIALLY ACTIVE AND PERSISTENT IN SEEKING FOOD, BECAUSE OF A COMBINATION OF LIMITED NATURAL FOOD SOURCES AND HIGHER BEAR NUMBERS THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS. RESIDENTS, VISITORS, AND THOSE IN THE LODGING BUSINESS, ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT WHEN PROTECTING THEIR FOOD AND GARBAGE FROM ATTRACTING BEARS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 –1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/8/2006
Motorcycle wreck in park sends two to U.T.
A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WEDNESDAY MORNING SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10 AM ON LITTLE RIVER ROAD ABOUT A MILE WEST OF ELKMONT. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, 35 YEAR OLD JOHN FULLER OF TRINITY ALABAMA, LOST CONTROL OF HIS YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE AND SLID ALONG THE ROADWAY. FULLER SUFFERED SEVERE FACIAL INJURIES AND HIS WIFE, WHO WAS HIS PASSENGER, RECEIVED INJURIES TO HER LEFT LEG. PARK RANGERS AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/7/2006
Fire destroys Seymour home.
A FIRE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK IN THE EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF CARTER STREET, IN THE EAGLES DEN SUBDIVISION OFF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY IN SEYMOUR. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/7/2006
Pi Beta Phi recognized.
THE PI BETA PHI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN GATLINBURG HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A RECIPIENT OF THE 2006 “TAKE PRIDE IN AMERICA NATIONAL AWARD.” THE SCHOOL WAS RECOGNIZED IN THE SCHOOL PROGRAM CATEGORY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROJECTS PERFORMED INSIDE THE PARK AND IN GATLINBURG. SCHOOL PRINCIPAL GLEN BOGART AND PARK SUPERINTENDENT DALE DITMANSON WILL TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON D.C. ON SEPTEMBER 14TH FOR THE AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/6/2006
Officials investigate break-ins.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A RASH OF BREAK-INS AND ATTEMPTED BREAK-INS THAT OCCURRED LAST NIGHT. THE BURGLARIES WERE REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 AT SEVERAL CABINS ON OLD MOUNTAIN ROAD IN THE CATON’S CHAPEL COMMUNITY. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/6/2006
Sevierville woman charged with filing false report
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FILING A FALSE POLICE REPORT AFTER SHE SAID THAT HER EIGHT YEAR OLD SISTER WAS MISSING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED SUNDAY MORNING JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE TIM COULTER WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 19 YEAR OLD AMANDA NELSON TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT HER EIGHT YEAR OLD SISTER WAS MISSING FROM THE NEW HOPE CHURCH OF GOD. SEVERAL OFFICERS AND CHURCH MEMBERS SEARCHED THE AREA BEFORE IT WAS DETERMINED THAT NELSON DID NOT HAVE AN EIGHT YEAR OLD SISTER. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH A CLASS D FELONY. NELSON IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/5/2006
Indictment issued in 2004 Blevins murder.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A SUSPECT HAS NOW BEEN INDICTED IN THE MURDER OF KYM BLEVINS, WHO WAS FOUND DEAD AT HER JEFFERSON CITY DUPLEX IN AUGUST 2004. BLEVINS WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS AT A SEVIERVILLE TRAVEL AGENCY. 24 YEAR OLD MARCUS SHERAD FLOWERS OF KNOXVILLE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AND ATTEMPTED RAPE. THE DEFENDANT IS CURRENTLY INCARCERATED AT A FEDERAL PRISON IN BECKLEY WEST VIRGINIA. EXTRADITION ARRANGEMENTS ARE CURRENTLY UNDERWAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/1/2006
Fire destroys resort pavilion and car.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING HAS DESTROYED A RESORT PAVILION AND A CAR THAT WAS PARKED BESIDE IT. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT THE LITTLE VALLEY MOUNTAIN RESORT, JUST OFF LIGHTFOOT WAY IN THE WEARS VALLEY COMMUNITY. THE WOODEN STRUCTURE AND THE NISSAN THAT WAS PARKED BESIDE IT WERE BOTH DESTROYED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE WALDEN’S CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
9/1/2006
Wreck sends two to area hospitals.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT TWO PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 AM IN THE 3500 BLOCK OF BIRDS CREEK ROAD. APPARENTLY, 51 YEAR OLD WANDA HAYES LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE AND HIT A TRUCK THAT WAS TRAVELLING IN THE OPPOSITE LANE. ANOTHER VEHICLE THEN STRUCK HER VAN IN THE REAR. HAYES WAS TRAPPED INSIDE THE WRECKAGE OF HER VEHICLE FOR NEARLY AN HOUR BEFORE EVENTUALLY BEING FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE UN-NAMED DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH MINOR INJURIES. HAYES CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/31/2006
Two arrested during undercover sting.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED TWO MEN WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO SELL A STOLEN WRECKER. DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL C.I.D. AUTO THEFT DIVISION, SET UP THE UNDERCOVER PURCHASE ON TUESDAY IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE BASS PRO SHOP. THE 1999 CHEVY ROLLBACK WRECKER WAS REPORTED STOLEN IN MAY. THE TWO MEN SOLD THE VEHICLE TO AN UNDERCOVER OFFICER FOR SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS. 32 YEAR OLD JODY GIBSON AND 26 YEAR OLD JAMES GIBSON BOTH OF KNOXVILLE, WERE CHARGED WITH THEFT AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. BOTH WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON OCTOBER 6TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/31/2006
Boyd's Bear to close Pigeon Forge location.
THE BOYD’S BEAR COMPANY WILL BE CLOSING THEIR PIGEON FORGE RETAIL LOCATION ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 29TH. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE YESTERDAY BY BOB COCCOLUTO, CEO OF THE BOYD’S COLLECTION BASED IN GETTYSBURG PA. COCCOLUTO THANKED EVERYONE IN THE PIGEON FORGE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY THEIR DEDICATED EMPLOYEE’S. THE CATES LANE BOYD’S LOCATION OPENED IN PIGEON FORGE IN NOVEMBER 2004 AND EMPLOYED 115 PEOPLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/30/2006
Pittman Centre wreck injures two.
TWO PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE MONDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PITTMAN CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE FOUR O CLOCK ON HIGHWAY 321 NEAR THE PITTMAN CENTRE FIRE HALL. ACCORDING TO FIRE CHIEF ANTHONY CARR, THE REAR END COLLISION INVOLVED TWO TRUCKS. A 23 YEAR OLD MALE AND A 30 YEAR OLD MALE WERE BOTH FLOWN TO UT WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THE TWO VICTIMS ARE BOTH FROM VIRGINIA BUT WERE APPARENTLY WORKING IN THE AREA. THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PITTMAN CENTRE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE GATLINBURG AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/30/2006
Lightning destroys Kodak mobile homes.
A LIGHTNING STRIKE IN THE KODAK AREA EARLY THIS MORNING HAS DESTROYED OR DAMAGED SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 AM IN THE FOUR THOUSAND BLOCK OF BENT ROAD. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT A LIGHTNING STRIKE HIT ONE OF THE HOMES WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY CAUGHT ON FIRE. IT APPEARS THAT THE BLAZE THEN SPREAD TO TWO NEARBY HOMES. EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT ALL THREE HOMES WERE VACANT. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/29/2006
Blair trial delayed again.
THE TRIAL OF JOHN WAYNE BLAIR HAS BEEN POSTPONED ONCE AGAIN. JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE HAS RESET THE TRIAL FOR JANUARY 23RD 2007. BLAIR IS ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS NEIGHBOR, 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS, AT HIS ENGLISH MOUNTAIN HOME IN APRIL OF 2005. THE CASE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN SET FOR VARIOUS DATES, THE LAST ONE BEING DECEMBER 4TH. APPARENTLY THE TRIAL DATE WAS RESET AT THE REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND BLAIR’S PUBLIC DEFENDER, NEITHER OF WHICH WANTED TO START THE TRIAL RIGHT BEFORE THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/29/2006
Sevier Co. man in critical condition.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK ON THE SPUR EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1 AM IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES ABOUT A MILE FROM PIGEON FORGE. APPARENTLY, 24 YEAR OLD JOSH MCCARTER LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK AND HIT A TREE. HE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. PARK RANGERS, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, AND THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/28/2006
Sevier Co. man arrested after pursuit.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT THAT STARTED ON OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY AND ENDED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY. APPARENTLY, SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY JASON MADISON, ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE DRIVER OF A VAN WHO RAN A RED LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF OLD NEWPORT AND NEWPORT HIGHWAY JUST BEFORE 3 AM. THE DRIVER, 34 YEAR OLD ROBIN GLEN ANGEL OF CONNER HEIGHTS ROAD, ALLEGEDLY REFUSED TO STOP AND TOOK AUTHORITIES ON A 25 MILE PURSUIT THAT AT TIMES REACHED NEAR ONE HUNDRED MILES PER HOUR. OFFICERS FROM COCKE AND JEFFERSON COUNTY ALSO JOINED THE PURSUIT, BEFORE ANGEL FINALLY STOPPED THE VEHICLE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY. OFFICERS HAD TO PHYSICALLY REMOVE ANGEL FROM THE VEHICLE AFTER HE REFUSED TO EXIT THE VAN. HE WAS CHARGED WITH THIRD OFFENSE DUI, THREE COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, VIOLATION OF THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW, RESISTING ARREST, EVADING ARREST, DRUG POSSESSION AND FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON SEPTEMBER 29TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/28/2006
Woman killed in wreck identified.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED A WOMAN THAT WAS KILLED DURING A WRECK ON WEST MAIN STREET EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. THE VICTIM WAS 27 YEAR OLD JO FORD OF SEVIERVILLE. SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. APPARENTLY, HER CAR CROSSED INTO THE ONCOMING LANE AND COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 33 YEAR OLD JEFFERY JOINER OF CLARKSVILLE TENNESSEE. JOINER AND HIS PASSENGERS WERE UNINJURED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/28/2006
Early morning wreck claims the life of local woman
ONE PERSON IS DEAD FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING IN SEVIERVILLE. ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER BOB STAHLKE, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 ON WEST MAIN STREET NEAR FOOD LION. APPARENTLY A 28 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVING ONE OF THE VEHICLES WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE NAME OF THE DECEASED IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/25/2006
Three arrested following chase.
TER – AGENCY COOPERATION BETWEEN THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, LED TO THE ARREST OF THREE PEOPLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST AFTER 2:30 AT THE WORKSHOP TOOLS STORE BEHIND KNIFEWORKS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER STEVE FORD, TWO MALE SUBJECTS AND ONE FEMALE WERE IN THE STORE AND HAD ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF TOOLS IN THEIR POSSESSION. 35 YEAR OLD SHANNON ARRIAGA OF KNOXVILLE, WAS ATTEMPTING TO WRITE A CHECK FOR THE TOOLS AND WAS ASKED FOR IDENTIFICATION. WHEN SHE WENT TO THE VEHICLE FOR HER I.D., SHE AND THE TWO MALES ALLEGEDLY LEFT THE STORE WITH THE TOOLS THAT HAD NOT BEEN PAID FOR. THE THREE THEN HEADED DOWN BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY TOWARDS SEYMOUR, BUT A SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WAS ABLE TO INTERCEPT THEM NEAR THE DEERFIELD TRAILER PARK. THE DRIVER THEN TURNED THE VEHICLE AROUND AND HEADED BACK TOWARDS HIGHWAY 66 AND THE APPROACHING SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS. THE VEHICLE WAS FINALLY STOPPED ABOUT A MILE FROM THE SEVIERVILLE CITY LIMITS. DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS CHARGED ARRIAGA WITH FELONY FORGERY. ALSO CHARGED WERE 35 YEAR OLD DEREK PRICE AND 35 YEAR OLD WILLIAM LUNDSFORD, BOTH OF KNOXVILLE. BOTH MEN WERE CHARGED WITH THEFT OF PROPERTY AND BOTH ALSO HAD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS IN KNOX COUNTY. ALL THREE WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL FOR BOOKING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/24/2006
United way sets 2006 campaign goal.
THE UNITED WAY OF SEVIER COUNTY HAS SET A CAMPAIGN GOAL OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR 2006. ACCORDING TO ELAINE DELOZIER, THE GOAL WOULD REPRESENT A TEN POINT FIVE PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEARS TOTAL OF JUST OVER 905 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE UNITED WAY OF SEVIER COUNTY FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS 28 LOCAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/24/2006
Rape & Murder suspect could face death penalty.
A DANDRIDGE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND RAPING A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN, WILL FACE THE DEATH PENALTY IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY. PROSECUTORS IN SOUTH CAROLINA MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY. JERRY BUCK INMAN ALLEGEDLY RAPED AND MURDERED 20 YEAR OLD TIFFANY SOWERS ON MAY 26TH NEAR HER OFF – CAMPUS APARTMENT. INMAN IS ALSO ACCUSED OF RAPING A 28 YEAR OLD WOMAN AT HER HOME IN THE BELLE MEADOWS SUBDIVISION ON MAY 22ND. A TRIAL DATE IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA CASE HAS YET TO BE SCHEDULED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/23/2006
Mudslide damages Gatlinburg resort.
A MUDSLIDE TUESDAY MORNING DAMAGED PART OF THE WESTGATE RESORT IN GATLINBURG. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 AM AT THE 70 ACRE RESORT JUST OFF WILEY OAKLEY DRIVE. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS INJURED, BUT ONE FAMILY WAS FORCED TO RELOCATE AND AT LEAST ONE CABIN WAS DAMAGED. CLEAN UP EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/23/2006
Sevier Co. Educator nominated for State award.
A SEVIER COUNTY EDUCATOR HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR. JERRY WEAR IS ONE OF NINE FINALISTS NOMINATED BY THE STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED DURING THE ANNUAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE BANQUET IN OCTOBER.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/23/2006
House fire ruled suspicious.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF A FIRE THAT DESTROYED A HOUSE EARLY THIS MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12:30 AT A HOME IN THE FOURTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF RUSSELL HOLLOW ROAD, JUST OFF JONES COVE ROAD. THE SAME PROPERTY HAD ALREADY BEEN DAMAGED BY A FIRE THAT OCCURRED SATURDAY NIGHT. THE HOME WAS VACANT AT THE TIME OF THE BLAZE. SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY IS INVESTIGATING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/22/2006
Man arrested for driving wrong way on interstate.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A MORRISTOWN MAN FRIDAY EVENING, AFTER HE DROVE THE WRONG WAY ON INTERSTATE FORTY AND CAUSED AN ACCIDENT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 O CLOCK NEAR MILE MARKER 402. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER STEVE FORD, 30 YEAR OLD SOLOMON PEREZ AQUINO, ALLEGEDLY FORCED ANOTHER VEHICLE TO HIT THE GUARDRAIL WHILST TRYING TO AVOID AQUINO’S TRUCK. OFFICER CHRIS CARTER WAS FINALLY ABLE TO STOP THE VEHICLE NEAR MILE MARKER 412. AQUINO WAS CHARGED WITH DUI, LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT, AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/21/2006
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE AM AT A CABIN IN THE 300 BLOCK OF SAINT ANDREWS WAY IN COBBLY NOB. FIREFIGHTERS HAD PREVIOUSLY RESPONDED TO A CALL AT THE SAME LOCATION FRIDAY EVENING TO EXTINGUISH A SMALL FIRE AND TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY. THE HOME WAS VACANT AT THE TIME OF THE BLAZE AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/21/2006
Sevierville woman wins Georgia lottery.
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN IS HALF A MILLION DOLLARS RICHER AFTER SHE STOPPED FOR GAS IN ACWORTH GEORGIA, AND PURCHASED A LOTTERY SCRATCH – OFF TICKET. 41 YEAR OLD ANGELA HALL BOUGHT THE JUMBO JUMBO BUCKS GAME TICKET BECAUSE SHE LIKED THE COLORS ON IT. HALL, WHO MANAGES A CONVENIENCE STORE IN SEVIERVILLE, WAS ON HER WAY TO FLORIDA. SHE PLANS TO BUY A NEW HOME AND PAY OFF SOME BILLS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/21/2006
Fire destroys home.
A FIRE THURSDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK AT 2159 WALNUT GROVE ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CIRCLE SEE WAY. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A LOSS,, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/18/2006
Body of Sevier Co. man found.
THE BODY OF A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FOUND THURSDAY EVENING JUST OFF WILHITE ROAD. THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE JUST BEFORE 5:30 NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH JONES COVE. APPARENTLY, A MOTORCYCLE WAS SPOTTED IN A WOODED AREA BESIDE THE ROADWAY. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE BODY OF 24 YEAR OLD WILLIAM HURST WAS DISCOVERED ABOUT THIRTY FEET FROM THE BIKE. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT THE ACCIDENT MAY HAVE HAPPENED THREE OR FOUR DAYS AGO. THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL IS INVESTIGATING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/18/2006
Visitor injured after fall in park.
A VISITOR TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL LATE THURSDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, 30 YEAR OLD MIKE PARKER OF MONROE MICHIGAN WAS VISITING THE PARK WITH FAMILY WHEN THEY DECIDED TO STOP AT THE CHIMNEY’S PARKING LOT OVERLOOK JUST BEFORE NOON. APPARENTLY, PARKER LOST HIS FOOTING, SLID ABOUT 15 FEET DOWN AN EMBANKMENT, AND THEN FELL AN ADDITIONAL 15 FEET OF THE SIDE OF A LEDGE. PARK RANGERS AND MEMBERS OF THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT TECHNICAL RESCUE TEAM, TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR TO RESCUE PARKER WHO HAD SUSTAINED A SEVERE LACERATION TO HIS KNEE. HE WAS TREATED AT FORT SANDERS SEVIER AND LATER RELEASED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/18/2006
Fire destroys Sevier County home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AT A MOBILE HOME IN THE FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF ALLENSVILLE ACRES. APPARENTLY, THE HOME WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE BUT LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/17/2006
Four arrested in conjunction with vehicle break-in
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED FOUR JUVENILES IN CONNECTION WITH A RECENT RASH OF VEHICLE BURGLARIES. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE BREAK-INS OCCURRED SUNDAY AND MONDAY AT THE DEERFIELD PARK TRAILER COMMUNITY JUST OFF BOYD’S CREEK ROAD. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT MIKE HODGES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, A TWELVE YEAR OLD, TWO FOURTEEN YEAR OLDS, AND A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD, WERE ALL CHARGED WITH EIGHT COUNTS OF THEFT OF PROPERTY. THE JUVENILES WERE ALLEGEDLY IN POSSESSION OF THE STOLEN STEREO AND SPEAKER EQUIPMENT. THEY WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JUVENILE FACILITY FOR BOOKING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/17/2006
Man charged for dumping biohazardous waste.
THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS NOW IDENTIFIED THE MAN THAT WAS ARRESTED LATE FRIDAY AND CHARGED WITH THE ILLEGAL DISPOSAL OF BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE. 59 YEAR OLD STEPHEN ADAMS OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS WAS ARRESTED BY SERGEANT KEN GARNER AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY DUMPED ABOUT 500 POUNDS OF USED SYRINGES, URINE, MEDICAL BAGS AND SOME MEDICAL RECORDS IN A DUMPSTER ON WEST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD. ADAMS WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH THE POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON AFTER A RIFLE WAS DISCOVERED INSIDE HIS TRUCK. NO WORD YET ON WHERE THE MEDICAL WASTE CAME FROM. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/16/2006
Hit & run driver charged.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A MAN THAT WAS INVOLVED IN A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT MONDAY EVENING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 ON WEST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD NEAR THE COMFORT INN. ACCORDING TO AN EYEWITNESS, 20 YEAR OLD DONAVAN DAVIS OF KODAK WAS RIDING A BICYCLE WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A TRUCK. THE TRUCK DRIVER CONTINUED WITHOUT STOPPING ONTO WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. THE WITNESS FOLLOWED THE TRUCK AND MADE CONTACT WITH THE DRIVER AT A CAR DEALERSHIP. THE TRUCK DRIVER THEN RETURNED TO THE ACCIDENT SCENE UNTIL A POLICE OFFICER ARRIVED. SEVIERVILLE POLICE SERGEANT ROBBIE BALL CHARGED 46 YEAR OLD CHARLES WILLIAMS OF KODAK WITH LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT AND FOR DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. DAVIS WAS TRANSPORTED TO ST MARY’S HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/16/2006
Chapman highway wrecks injure three.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY MORNING SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS DISCOVERED JUST AFTER 4 AM BY A SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY IN THE TWELVE THOUSAND BLOCK OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SOUTH SHILOH ROAD. THE UN-IDENTIFIED MALE WHO WAS DRIVING A WHITE DODGE, WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. A TWO VEHICLE WRECK MONDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER ONE O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY AND WEST MACON LANE IN SEYMOUR. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED DRIVER OF A 1995 FORD, COLLIDED WITH A MOTORCYCLE. THE EXTENT OF THE VICTIMS INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/15/2006
Sevierville man charged with Knoxville robberies.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND FOLLOWING A FOUR HOUR ROBBERY SPREE IN KNOXVILLE. 33 YEAR OLD KEITH JOSEPH MCGOVERN WAS CHARGED WITH FOUR COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, ASSAULT, AND FELONY FLEEING. MCGOVERN ALLEGEDLY GRABBED CASH FROM THE REGISTER AT A FAST FOOD STORE ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY, AND AT GAS STATIONS ON MAGNOLIA AVENUE, WESTERN AVENUE AND ON NORTH BROADWAY. MCGOVERN IS ALSO ACCUSED OF USING HIS VEHICLE TO KNOCK OVER A WITNESS, WHILST MAKING HIS ESCAPE FROM THE NORTH BROADWAY ROBBERY. OFFICIALS SPOTTED MCGOVERN’S SILVER HYUNDAI NEAR WASHINGTON PIKE, AND FOLLOWING A SHORT CAR CHASE, TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/15/2006
Store evacuated following bomb threat.
THE SEVIERVILLE WAL-MART STORE WAS EVACUATED SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING AN ANONYMOUS TELEPHONE BOMB THREAT. JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK, THE CALLER TOLD A STORE EMPLOYEE THAT THE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE HAD BEEN PLACED IN ONE OF THE BATHROOMS. THE STORE WAS EVACUATED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR WHILE A SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT BOMB SNIFFING K9 SEARCHED THE BUILDING. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING. IF CAUGHT, THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE COULD FACE UP TO FIFTEEN YEARS IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/14/2006
Medical waste found dumped in Sevierville.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE CHARGED A MAN WITH THE ILLEGAL DISPOSAL OF APPROXIMATELY FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS OF MEDICAL WASTE. THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE FRIDAY EVENING IN A DUMPSTER AT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS CRAFT FAIR ON WEST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD. ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER BOB STAHLKE, THE WASTE INCLUDED USED SYRINGES, URINE, AND SOME MEDICAL RECORDS. THE SUSPECT WAS CHARGED ON SATURDAY BUT AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RELEASING HIS NAME BECAUSE OF THE ON-GOING INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/14/2006
Law enforcement cooperation leads to arrest.
AN OBSERVANT OFF DUTY PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER HELPED OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARREST A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON JUST BEFORE 4 O CLOCK IN THE WESTBOUND LANES OF INTERSTATE FORTY NEAR EXIT 407. APPARENTLY, PIGEON FORGE OFFICER JAMES BERGADO CALLED DISPATCHERS TO REPORT THAT A VEHICLE WAS DRIVING ERRATICALLY AND HAD ALMOST CAUSED SEVERAL ACCIDENTS. WHILE SEVIERVILLE OFFICER PAUL LAYMAN WAS EN ROUTE TO THE AREA, OFFICER BERGADO WAS ABLE TO STOP THE VEHICLE. WHEN LAYMAN ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, HE ARRESTED 52 YEAR OLD MICHAEL KING OF KINGSPORT AND CHARGED HIM WITH DUI AND VIOLATION OF THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/11/2006
Seymour man dies in wreck.
ONE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE WYE. APPARENTLY, HAROLD MCCARTER JUNIOR OF SEYMOUR, LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND ENDED UP DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/11/2006
Woman jumps from moving vehicle.
A BIZARRE INCIDENT IN PIGEON FORGE WEDNESDAY MORNING RESULTED IN A FEMALE VISITOR BEING FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK IN THE 3500 BLOCK OF THE PARKWAY NEAR POP’S CATFISH. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT STEVE HELTON WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE VICTIM APPARENTLY DECIDED TO JUMP FROM A VAN THAT WAS TRAVELLING AT APPROXIMATELY 30 MILES PER HOUR. ACCORDING TO EYE WITNESSES, 34 YEAR OLD JENNIFER MARIE PATTERSON OF NORTHFIELD NEW JERSEY, OPENED THE REAR DOOR OF THE VEHICLE AND JUMPED. SHE RECEIVED A MASSIVE HEAD TRAUMA AND IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. NO OTHER VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED. THE INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/10/2006
Overnight wreck injures two including Constable.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY LAST NIGHT SENT TWO PEOPLE TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SUGARLOAF ROAD. APPARENTLY, A UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER FROM SEVIER COUNTY WAS TRANSPORTED TO UT WITH A HEAD INJURY. THE OTHER INJURY OCCURRED WHEN CONSTABLE JACKIE GALYON WAS HIT BY ANOTHER VEHICLE WHILE DIRECTING TRAFFIC AT THE SCENE. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH MINOR INJURIES. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/10/2006
Man admits to molesting child.
A KNOXVILLE MAN PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY TO MOLESTING A NINE YEAR OLD GIRL AT A PIGEON FORGE MOTEL LAST JULY. 34 YEAR OLD CHARLES CHRISTOPHER WHITE DECIDED TO ADMIT TO THE CRIME, MOMENTS BEFORE HIS TRIAL WAS DUE TO BEGIN. JUDGE RICHARD VANCE HAS SCHEDULED HIS SENTENCING DATE FOR OCTOBER 4TH. WHITE WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY, FACES UP TO 12 YEARS IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/10/2006
Gatlinburg Police investigate suspicious death.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A SEVIER COUNTY MAN. APPARENTLY, PARAMEDICS WERE CALLED TO THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BREWERY JUST AFTER 6:30 TUESDAY EVENING, AFTER THE UN-NAMED MALE VICTIM WHO WAS EMPLOYED BY THE RESTAURANT, DROPPED DEAD. OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/10/2006
Former Sheriff's Deputy sentenced to probation.
A FORMER SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WHO PLED GUILTY IN MAY TO THEFT OF PROPERTY, WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY. DOUG TRENTHAM WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION FOR THE AGGRAVATED BURGLARY CHARGE, EIGHTEEN MONTH’S PROBATION ON A CHARGE OF THEFT OF PROPERTY, AND ORDERED TO SERVE THREE HUNDRED HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. JUDGE RICHARD VANCE ALSO ORDERED THAT THE SENTENCE STAY ON TRENTHAM’S CRIMINAL RECORD. TRENTHAM ADMITTED TO STEALING SEVERAL ITEMS FROM THE HOME OF JOHN WAYNE BLAIR DURING A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION. BLAIR ALLEGEDLY MURDERED 23 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS AT HIS ENGLISH MOUNTAIN HOME IN APRIL 2005.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/9/2006
Weekend wreck kills woman.
A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN GATLINBURG SUNDAY NIGHT HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A LOUISIANA WOMAN. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER TEN O CLOCK ON WILEY OAKLEY DRIVE NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SKI MOUNTAIN ROAD. APPARENTLY THE DRIVER OF A FORD PICKUP TRUCK, LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND ROLLED IT ONTO IT’S TOP. THE FEMALE PASSENGER WAS APPARENTLY PINNED UNDERNEATH THE TRUCK AND DIED SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THE VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED AS 25 YEAR OLD RACHEL LAMPIASI. THE DRIVER, 42 YEAR OLD MARK OSTARLY ALSO OF LOUISIANA, SUSTAINED JUST MINOR INJURIES. THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/8/2006
Construction worker flown to U.T.
A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL MONDAY AFTERNOON IN GATLINBURG. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK ON WALLACE LANE, JUST OFF BASKIN’S CREEK ROAD. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT VICKI MCCARTER WITH THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE UN-NAMED MALE VICTIM FELL APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FEET FROM THE SECOND STORY OF A CONDOMINIUM THAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. HE WAS FLOWN TO UT WITH A HEAD INJURY AND A POSSIBLE BROKEN LEG. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/8/2006
Sevier Co. Fair tickets go on sale.
ADVANCE TICKETS FOR THIS YEAR’S SEVIER COUNTY FAIR GO ON SALE TODAY. THE REGULAR ADULT PRICE FOR ADMISSION AND UNLIMITED RIDES IN TWENTY ONE DOLLARS AT THE GATE, BUT PURCHASERS WILL SAVE SIX DOLLARS PER TICKET AND PAY ONLY FIFTEEN DOLLARS IF TICKETS ARE PURCHASED BEFORE AUGUST 25TH. ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT ANY BOY’S AND GIRLS CLUB IN SEVIER COUNTY, ALL STOP AND SAVE CONVENIENCE STORE LOCATIONS, OR AT ANY BRANCH OF CITIZEN’S NATIONAL BANK, SEVIER COUNTY BANK OR TENNESSEE STATE BANK. A PORTION OF THE ADVANCE TICKET SALES WILL BENEFIT THE BOY’S AND GIRLS CLUBS OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY FAIR OFFICE AT: 453 – 0770.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/7/2006
Seperate wrecks claim lives.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 ON DUPONT ROAD, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH ALPINE ROAD IN SEYMOUR. APPARENTLY, 78 YEAR OLD ROY ADAMS LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICKUP TRUCK WHILST NEGOTIATING A SHARP CURVE. HIS VEHICLE HIT AN EMBANKMENT AND OVERTURNED. ADAMS DIED FROM INJURIES THAT HIS SUSTAINED TO HIS HEAD AND CHEST AREA. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK. ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SEVIER COUNTY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A MOTORCYCLE RIDER. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 AM ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR BOB HOLLOW ROAD. APPARENTLY, 23 YEAR OLD JAMES COLEMAN OF SEYMOUR, RAN INTO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD DUSTIN MCNALLY OF MARYVILLE. HE AND HIS PASSENGER, 17 YEAR OLD AMBER PICKENS OF SEVIERVILLE, WERE BOTH UNINJURED. COLEMAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/7/2006
Woman injured by boat propeller.
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN WAS SERIOUS INJURED TUESDAY NIGHT, AFTER SHE WAS HIT BY A BOAT PROPELLER ON DOUGLAS LAKE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 NEAR COWBOY’S RESTAURANT. 51 YEAR OLD CAROL ANN PANZERA WAS SITTING ON THE FRONT OF A SKI BOAT BEING DRIVEN BY 40 YEAR OLD ERIC SPILLMAN OF SEVIERVILLE. APPARENTLY SPILLMAN WHO WAS TOWING A SKIER, MADE A SHARP TURN, CAUSING PANZERA TO FALL INTO THE LAKE. SHE WAS THEN INJURED BY THE BOAT PROPELLER AND RECEIVED NUMEROUS LACERATIONS. PANZERA WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. SPILLMAN WAS CHARGED BY TWRA OFFICERS WITH ESPECIALLY RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND NEGLIGENT OPERATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/4/2006
No surprises during local election.
ALTHOUGH VOTER TURNOUT WAS LIGHT YESTERDAY, THERE WERE NO SURPRISES IN THE SEVIER COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION OR STATE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES. ONLY NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY REGISTERED VOTERS CAST THEIR BALLOT. ALL REPUBLICAN NOMINEES WON THEIR SEATS IN THE FIVE CONTESTED COUNTY COMMISSION RACES. INCUMBENT SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY AND REGISTER OF DEEDS SHERRY ROBERTSON HUSKEY BOTH WON BY LANDSLIDES, AND LARRY WATERS TOOK ABOUT SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE COUNTY MAYOR VOTE, BUT ONLY ABOUT 61% OF THE VOTE FOR U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE ELECTION RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL CERTIFIED NEXT WEEK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/4/2006
Sevierville man dead after being struck by van.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT IN CHATTANOOGA SUNDAY NIGHT. APPARENTLY 45 YEAR OLD MONTGOMERY ELROD HOLMES WAS HIT BY A MINIVAN WHILST TRYING TO CROSS A BUSY HIGHWAY. HE HAD BEEN IN CRITICAL CONDITION SINCE THE ACCIDENT AT ERLANGER HOSPITAL, BUT PASSED AWAY TUESDAY NIGHT WHEN THE DECISION WAS MADE TO WITHDRAW LIFE SUPPORT. HOLMES WAS IDENTIFIED THROUGH HIS FINGERPRINTS. NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST THE DRIVER.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/3/2006
Wreck sends two to U.T.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 IN THE SEVENTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF EAST UNION VALLEY ROAD, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH DINKINS ROAD. APPARENTLY, 18 YEAR OLD WILLIAM DAVIS LOST CONTROL OF HIS TOYOTA PICKUP TRUCK AND ENDED UP DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. DAVIS AND HIS UN-NAMED PASSENGER WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO UT WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/3/2006
Wrecks keep emergency workers busy.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT BOTH DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12 NOON AT THE INTERSECTION OF COLLIER DRIVE AND RIDGE ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE ISRAEL, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 53 YEAR OLD SHIRLEY MEE-HAH OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 34 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH MCCLAIN OF CHURCHILL. MEE-HAH WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK. ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN PIGEON FORGE ALSO SENT TWO PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARKWAY AND JAKE THOMAS ROAD. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD DEBORAH JARMAN OF KODAK, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD DAVID NEWMAN OF INDIANA. JARMAN AND A PASSENGER IN NEWMAN’S VEHICLE, 45 YEAR OLD SALLY NEWMAN, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. JARMAN WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A TRAFFIC SIGNAL AND BOTH DAVID AND SALLY NEWMAN WERE CITED FOR NOT WEARING SEATBELTS. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/2/2006
Sevierville man arrested for attempted robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A STRONG ARMED ROBBERY THAT ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED MONDAY EVENING AT AN EASTGATE ROAD BUSINESS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE CHIEF DON MYERS, OFFICER PRESTON PARRISH RESPONDED TO HENDERSON’S PRODUCE JUST AFTER 5 O CLOCK AND OBSERVED TWO PEOPLE FIGHTING IN THE PARKING LOT. APPARENTLY, 20 YEAR OLD ADAM SPURGEON OF SEVIERVILLE WAS FIGHTING WITH AN EMPLOYEE OF THE STORE. SPURGEON WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ROBBERY BASED ON EYE WITNESS REPORTS. TWO OTHER INDIVIDUALS FLED THE SCENE BUT WERE APPREHENDED MINUTES LATER. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES COULD BE FILED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/2/2006
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK IN THE EIGHTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF R.L. WILLIAMS WAY, JUST OFF KINGS BRANCH. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE PIGEON FORGE AND GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT’S RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/1/2006
Alleged burglar caught red-handed.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A BURGLARY IN PROCESS MONDAY AFTERNOON, AND CAUGHT ONE OF THE SUSPECTS RED HANDED. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 AT 419 WEST MILL CREEK ROAD, JUST OFF CONNER HEIGHTS ROAD. OFFICERS APPREHENDED 55 YEAR OLD JAMES JOHNSON OF KNOXVILLE AT THE SCENE AND SEIZED A VEHICLE. A SEARCH WAS ALSO INITIATED AT THE SCENE FOR ANOTHER SUBJECT THAT MAY HAVE FLED ON FOOT, BUT AN ACCOMPLICE WAS NEVER FOUND. JOHNSON WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND BOOKED ON A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. HE WILL BE ARRAIGNED ON AUGUST 25TH. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/1/2006
Police name men involved in pursuit.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAMES OF TWO MEN THAT WERE ARRESTED FOLLOWING A VEHICLE PURSUIT LATE SUNDAY EVENING. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE CHIEF DON MYERS, OFFICERS WERE LOOKING FOR 34 YEAR OLD DENNIS TRENTHAM, WHO WAS WANTED ON A THEFT WARRANT. SERGEANT T.C. FAULCONER SPOTTED TRENTHAM JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK ON EARNEST MCMAHAN ROAD, RIDING AS A PASSENGER IN A CHEVY IMPALA. WHEN HE TRIED TO PULL THE VEHICLE OVER, THE PURSUIT BEGAN. THE DRIVER LED OFFICERS ALONG MIDDLE CREEK ROAD INTO PIGEON FORGE, DOWN TEASTER LANE, ACROSS THE PARKWAY AND ONTO SAND PLANT ROAD WHICH IS A DEAD END STREET. AT THAT POINT, THE DRIVER RAMMED A PIGEON FORGE CRUISER BEING DRIVEN BY OFFICER GARY OTT, AND CONTINUED ONTO WEARS VALLEY ROAD. HE RAMMED THE CRUISER A SECOND TIME BEFORE FINALLY LOOSING CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND WRECKING NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HENDERSON SPRINGS ROAD. THE DRIVER WAS IDENTIFIED AS 44 YEAR OLD HAROLD MILLER JUNIOR OF SEVIERVILLE. MILLER WAS CHARGED WITH EVADING ARREST, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, RECKLESS DRIVING, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. TRENTHAM WAS ALSO ARRESTED ON THE OUTSTANDING WARRANT. LUCKILY, PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER GARY OTT WAS NOT INJURED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
8/1/2006
Two Arrested following pursuit.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY MEN WERE ARRESTED LAST NIGHT FOLLOWING A PURSUIT THAT BEGAN IN SEVIERVILLE AND ENDED IN PIGEON FORGE AFTER A POLICE CRUISER WAS RAMMED. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 WHEN SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO STOP A VEHICLE ON EARNEST MCMAHAN ROAD. THE DRIVER REFUSED TO STOP THE CAR AND LED OFFICERS ALONG MIDDLE CREEK ROAD INTO PIGEON FORGE, DOWN TEASTER LANE, ACROSS THE PARKWAY AND ONTO SAND PLANT ROAD WHICH IS A DEAD END STREET. AT THAT POINT, THE DRIVER RAMMED A PIGEON FORGE CRUISER, AND CONTINUED ONTO WEARS VALLEY ROAD. HE RAMMED THE CRUISER A SECOND TIME BEFORE FINALLY LOOSING CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND WRECKING NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HENDERSON SPRINGS ROAD. THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/31/2006
Visitor struck by lightning.
A VISITOR TO SEVIER COUNTY WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 AT THE SMOKY BEAR CAMPGROUND ON HIGHWAY 321 IN THE PITTMAN CENTRE AREA. THE UN-IDENTIFIED MALE VICTIM WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE MEDICS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/31/2006
Former teacher sentenced.
A FORMER SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY, TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL FOLLOWED BY TWELVE MONTHS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION, AFTER SHE PLED GUILTY TO THE STATUTORY RAPE OF A 16 YEAR OLD FORMER STUDENT. 33 YEAR OLD KRISTI OAKES WAS ALSO ORDERED TO REGISTER WITH THE SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRY, RECEIVE COUNSELING WHILE ON PROBATION, AND PAY ALL COURT COSTS. OAKES IS SCHEDULED TO REPORT TO PRISON ON AUGUST 27TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/28/2006
Officials investigate cabin break-ins.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A RASH OF BURGLARIES THAT HAPPENED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE BREAK-INS WERE REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AT SEVERAL CABINS IN THE BOOGERTOWN ROAD AND SILVER POPLAR ROAD AREA’S. THE THIEVES GOT AWAY WITH SEVERAL PERSONAL ITEMS FROM TWO CABINS, AND VIRTUALLY CLEANED ANOTHER ONE OUT. DETECTIVES BELIEVE THAT THE SUSPECTS MAY HAVE BEEN DRIVING A WHITE LATE MODEL PICKUP TRUCK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 - 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/28/2006
Pigeon Forge wreck injures one.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE PERSON TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF OGLE DRIVE AND THE PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 17 YEAR OLD JONATHAN HARRELL OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 21 YEAR OLD JOSHUA BREAUX OF LOUISIANA. HIS PASSENGER, 41 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY SEIBERT, ALSO OF LOUISIANA, WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. HARRELL WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/27/2006
Sevierville man dies in wreck.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE MONDAY NIGHT, BUT AUTHORITIES DO NOT BELIEVE IT WAS THE ACCIDENT THAT KILLED HIM. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 O CLOCK ON THE NEW MIDDLE CREEK ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH JAY-EL ROAD. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 64 YEAR OLD BARRY C. WILLIAMS OF SEVIERVILLE, LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND ENDED UP DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT WILLIAMS MAY HAVE LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK FOLLOWING A HEART ATTACK OR OTHER SIMILAR MEDICAL CONDITION. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/26/2006
Charlie Daniels to headline County Fair.
TICKETS TO SEE THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND AT THIS YEARS SEVIER COUNTY FAIR GO ON SALE THIS SATURDAY AT 9 AM. RESERVED SEATING FOR THE SHOW ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH ARE TWENTY DOLLARS AND AVAILABLE BY CALLING TICKETS UNLIMITED AT: 656 – 4444. TICKETS MAY ALSO BE PURCHASED AT SMOKIES STADIUM, CAT’S MUSIC, OR AT THE RHYTHM SECTION, OR ONLINE AT: KNOXVILLE TICKETS DOT COM.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/26/2006
Teen arrested for shooting at animals.
A SEVIERVILLE TEENAGER WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING AND KILLING A PEACOCK AT THE LIL PONDEROSA RIDING STABLES ON LITTLE COVE ROAD. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, DISPATCHERS WERE ADVISED OF SHOTS BEING FIRED AT SEVERAL ANIMALS JUST AFTER 7 O CLOCK. THE WITNESS WAS ALSO ABLE TO PROVIDE A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECTS VEHICLE. PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICERS STOPPED THE GOLD COLORED SUV ON DOLLYWOOD LANE AND THE OCCUPANTS WERE HANDED OVER TO SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS. DEPUTIES STUART REAGAN AND LESLIE FRANKLIN DISCOVERED THAT THE OWNER OF THE RIDING STABLE HAD ALSO FOLLOWED THE SUSPECT VEHICLE AFTER OBSERVING ONE OF THE OCCUPANTS SHOOT THE PEACOCK THAT BELONGED TO HIM. 18 YEAR OLD CHRIS FERNANDEZ WAS ARRESTED FOR KILLING THE PEACOCK AND CHARGED WITH THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. DEPUTIES ALSO CONFISCATED A .38 CALIBER PISTOL. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE ALSO EXPECTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/25/2006
Wreck sends Sevierville woman to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY MONDAY MORNING SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 AM ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SHILOH CHURCH ROAD. APPARENTLY, JESSICA KELLY OF SEVIER COUNTY, LOST CONTROL OF HER CHEVY AND ENDED UP DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. THE EXTENT OF HER INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/25/2006
Two seperate wrecks on the spur send two to U.T.
TWO SEPARATE ACCIDENTS ON THE SPUR ON FRIDAY SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDIAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE FIRST ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR NEAR THE WELCOME CENTRE JUST AFTER 7:15. APPARENTLY, 54 YEAR OLD PATSY OWNBY OF SEVIERVILLE LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR AND FLIPPED IT ONTO IT’S TOP. SHE WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE SHE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE SECOND WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES AT THE TUNNEL. APPARENTLY, 59 YEAR OLD JERRY COLE OF SEVIERVILLE, HIT A RETAINING WALL AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE TUNNEL, AFTER THE DRIVER OF A BRINKS ARMORED VEHICLE MADE AN IMPROPER LANE CHANGE. HE WAS ALSO FLOWN TO UT WHERE HE IS ALSO LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE BRINKS DRIVER, 54 YEAR OLD BRENDA LEONARD OF KNOXVILLE WAS CITED. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, SEVERAL LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO BOTH WRECKS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/24/2006
Sevier Co. man accidentally shoots himself.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE LATE LAST NIGHT AFTER ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTING HIMSELF. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT A HOUSE ON COUNTY LINE WAY. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED VICTIM WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN DRINKING, SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HAND AND WILL PROBABLY LOOSE SEVERAL FINGERS. HIS CURRENT CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/21/2006
Pigeon Forge man arrested.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO KIDNAP A CHILD. 39 YEAR OLD LEONARDO DOMINGO ROSALES WAS APPARENTLY DRINKING AT THE JESS WILSON TRAILER PARK, WHEN SEVERAL OTHER RESIDENTS NOTICED THAT HE WAS ALLEGEDLY FONDLING HIMSELF THROUGH HIS CLOTHING WHILST LOOKING UP THE SKIRT OF A TEN YEAR OLD GIRL. WHEN CONFRONTED, ROSALES ALLEGEDLY GRABBED A TWO YEAR OLD CHILD. HE WAS CHARGED WITH ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING, SEXUAL BATTERY, INDECENT EXPOSURE, RESISTING ARREST, AND FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/20/2006
Sevierville man pleads guilty.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN JAIL AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO CHARGES OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, AND DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. 29 YEAR OLD KEVIN PAUL LANDEEN LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE ON ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY IN KNOXVILLE IN APRIL OF 2004, AFTER A NIGHT OF DRINKING AT A PARTY. HIS VEHICLE HIT A TREE, WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF HIS THEN GIRLFRIEND, 21 YEAR OLD ASHLEY NICOLE WILLIAMS OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS. LANDEEN IS ASKING THAT HE SERVE HIS PLEA AGREEMENT SENTENCE ON PROBATION. THE JUDGE HAS SET AN AUGUST 28TH HEARING TO DECIDE THAT ISSUE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/20/2006
Motorcycle rider flown to U.T.
A MOTORCYCLE RIDER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED IN THE THIRTY FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF NEWPORT HIGHWAY, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH THOMAS CROSSROAD. THE UN-NAMED 32 YEAR OLD MALE RIDER FROM SEVIER COUNTY APPARENTLY RECEIVED A SERIOUS ANKLE INJURY AS WELL AS VARIOUS OTHER CUTS AND BRUISES
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/19/2006
Fugitive caught in Sevierville.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE ABLE TO ARREST A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. SERGEANT BRYAN LEWELLING AND OFFICER TED NEWMAN STOPPED A VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 66 JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT, FOLLOWING A TIP FROM A CITIZEN. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE, 29 YEAR OLD CAPRICE WASHINGTON OF KNOXVILLE, WAS WANTED IN MARYVILLE ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES. DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP, K9 OFFICER DAVID FINCHUM AND HIS DOG AXLE SEARCHED THE VEHICLE AND ALLEGEDLY FOUND 33 OUNCES OF MARIJUANA AND A LOADED SEMI AUTOMATIC HANDGUN, THAT HAD BEEN REPORTED AS STOLEN FROM A SEVIERVILLE RESIDENCE EARLIER THIS YEAR. WASHINGTON WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY, AND POSSESSION OF A WEAPON WITH INTENT TO GO ARMED. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/19/2006
Pigeon forge wreck injures driver.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE SATURDAY NIGHT SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION WITH LAUREL CREST. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 31 YEAR OLD FRANCISCO LOPEZ OF PIGEON FORGE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 16 YEAR OLD ASHTON RIENHART OF SEVIERVILLE. THAT COLLISION IN TURN FORCED RIENHART’S VEHICLE TO COLLIDE WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 51 YEAR OLD JEFFERY KAPLAN OF PIGEON FORGE. LOPEZ WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE IS LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. HE WAS ALSO CITED FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND FOR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. KAPLAN WAS ALSO CITED FOR DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/18/2006
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4 O CLOCK IN THE ELEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF VALLEY VIEW CIRCLE JUST OFF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. LUCKILY ALL OF THE OCCUPANTS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE WITHOUT INJURY. SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHELY IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/18/2006
Seymour attack sends woman to U.T.
A SEYMOUR WOMAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED INSIDE HER APARTMENT. SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WES RUTHERFORD RESPONDED TO THE SMOKY CROSSING APARTMENTS ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY JUST AFTER 6 O CLOCK FOLLOWING A 911 CALL CONCERNING A FEMALE SCREAMING FOR HELP. WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, RUTHERFORD FOUND THE WINDOWS BROKEN OUT OF A CAR IN THE PARKING LOT. HE THEN PROCEEDED INTO AN APARTMENT WHERE HE FOUND A MALE SUBJECT ATTACKING A FEMALE WITH A HAMMER. 56 YEAR OLD KEVIN MARK COOPER OF KNOXVILLE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. THE FIFTY YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM WHO IS RELATED TO COOPER, WAS TRANSPORTED TO UT WITH MULTIPLE TRAUMA’S TO HER HEAD AND FACE. DETECTIVES JEFF MCCARTER AND STEPHANIE MCCLURE ARE INVESTIGATING. COOPER WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, ESPECIALLY AGGRAVATED BURGLARY, AND VANDALISM. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL BE ARRAIGNED ON AUGUST 18TH. THE VICTIM’S CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/18/2006
Fugitive arrested in Sevier County.
A MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING WAS ARRESTED IN SEVIER COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT 28 YEAR OLD ROBERT HORNE WAS AT A HOUSE ON ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY. HORNE WAS WANTED FOR A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN KNOXVILLE THAT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY AND FOR A PAROLE VIOLATION OUT OF OHIO. AFTER WATCHING THE RESIDENCE, DEPUTIES STOPPED A VEHICLE THAT LEFT THE HOME. THE OCCUPANTS OF THE CAR CONFIRMED THAT HORNE WAS IN THE HOME WITH A FEMALE AND A CHILD AND WAS ARMED. AS DEPUTIES WERE SECURING THE AREA, HORNE FLED INTO A WOODED AREA BEHIND THE HOME. SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES INCLUDING A K9 SEARCHED THE AREA AND ARRESTED HORNE WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO KNOX COUNTY FOR BOOKING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/17/2006
Wreck injures Sevier Co. man.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE DRIVER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 IN THE TWENTY FOUR HUNDRED BLOCK OF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CROSSOVER ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS ISUZU RODEO AND FLIPPED IT ONTO IT’S SIDE. THE DRIVER RECEIVED AN INJURY TO HIS NECK. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE NEW CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE RESCUE SQUAD, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/14/2006
Wreck sends Sevier Co. man to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 NEAR MILES MARKET. APPARENTLY, 21 YEAR OLD BRANDON HUSKEY OF SEVIER COUNTY WAS EJECTED FROM HIS VEHICLE, WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICKUP TRUCK, AND ROLLED IT ONTO IT’S TOP. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO UT WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/13/2006
Sevier Co. proposes budget.
THE SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSION BUDGET COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED A THIRTY POINT NINE MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE 2006 – 2007 FISCAL YEAR. THE PROPOSED BUDGET WILL NOW GO BEFORE ALL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON JULY 24TH. THIS YEARS BUDGET WILL NOT REQUIRE A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED DROPPING THE TAX RATE TO OFFSET RECENT INCREASED PROPERTY VALUES. THE CURRENT RATE OF A DOLLAR SIXTY SIX PER 100 DOLLARS OF TAXABLE PROPERTY, WOULD BE REDUCED TO A DOLLAR THIRTY FOUR, WHICH WILL ALLOW HOMEOWNERS TO PAY ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF TAX AS LAST YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/13/2006
Pigeon Forge hotel clerk attacker sentenced.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN WHO BRUTALLY BEAT A HOTEL CLERK WITH A TIRE IRON LAST DECEMBER, WAS SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON YESTERDAY. JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE SENTENCED 29 YEAR OLD TERRELL THOMAS BALL TO THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE SENTENCE, AND CALLED THE INCIDENT A COLD BLOODED AND SENSELESS ATTACK. BALL ATTACKED 33 YEAR OLD REBECCA OAKES AT THE MUSIC ROAD HOTEL IN THE EARLY HOURS OF DECEMBER 11TH. DURING HIS TESTIMONY, BALL SAID THAT HE STILL DID NOT REMEMBER THE INCIDENT BUT DID APOLOGIZE TO THE VICTIM AFTER SEEING THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE TAPE OF THE ATTACK. BALL WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE AFTER SERVING THREE AND A HALF YEARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/12/2006
Alleged child molester pleads not guilty.
THE MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING SEVERAL CHILD PERFORMERS AT THE DIXIE STAMPEDE IN PIGEON FORGE, ENTERED A NOT GUILTY PLEA YESTERDAY INSIDE A SEVIER COUNTY COURTROOM. 32 YEAR OLD ARMANDO GONZALEZ WILL NOW BE TRIED BEFORE A JURY ON TWELVE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. GONZALEZ FLED TO HIS NATIVE MEXICO AFTER THE ALLEGATIONS WERE MADE IN NOVEMBER OF 2004. HE WAS CAPTURED IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS MARCH. THAT TRIAL IS SET TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 16TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/11/2006
Infant dies from injuries sustained in wreck.
A THREE YEAR OLD CHILD INJURED IN A WRECK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY LAST WEDNESDAY MORNING HAS DIED. THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 6 AM AT THE SEVIERVILLE CITY LIMIT. CHARLES LOVEDAY APPARENTLY FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL OF HIS PICK UP TRUCK, RAN OFF THE ROAD, AND ENDED UP PARTIALLY SUBMERGED IN A NEARBY CREEK. 14 YEAR OLD CHARLIE LOVEDAY SURVIVED BY BREATHING FROM A SMALL AIR POCKET IN THE CAB OF THE TRUCK. THREE YEAR OLD SAMMY LOVEDAY WAS RESTRAINED IN A CHILD SEAT AND HAD STOPPED BREATHING BEFORE PARAMEDICS RESUSCITATED THE INFANT. THE CHILD WAS FLOWN TO UT BUT SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES AT THE WEEKEND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/11/2006
Man Arrested following car chase.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS IN JAIL AFTER HE STOLE TWO CARS AND LED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON A THREE HOUR CHASE ACROSS TWO COUNTIES. THE INCIDENT BEGAN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND FINALLY ENDED JUST AFTER 4:30 SUNDAY MORNING. APPARENTLY, THE FIRST CAR WAS STOLEN FROM GATLINBURG BUT WAS WRECKED A SHORT TIME LATER. THE SECOND CAR, A 1995 BUICK, WAS STOLEN FROM A HOME IN THE THREE THOUSAND BLOCK OF HIGHWAY 321 IN THE PITTMAN CENTRE AREA. OFFICERS SPOTTED THE VEHICLE NEAR COSBY AND BEGAN THE PURSUIT. THE UN-IDENTIFIED MALE DRIVER LED SEVIER COUNTY AND COCKE COUNTY OFFICERS ON A JOURNEY THAT COVERED MOST OF EAST SEVIER COUNTY, COSBY, AND NEWPORT, BEFORE FINALLY ENDING ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN AFTER THE VEHICLE RECEIVED A FLAT TIRE. SEVERAL CHARGES ARE PENDING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/10/2006
Drowning victim identified.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAME OF A MAN WHO DROWNED AT ABRAMS FALLS ON SUNDAY. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE BODY OF 26 YEAR OLD VIVEK KUMARALINGHAM OF MANCHESTER CONNECTICUT, WAS RECOVERED EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS TOOK ADDITIONAL TIME BECAUSE THEY RESIDE IN RURAL INDIA.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/7/2006
Arrests made after Pigeon Forge officers attacked.
TWO PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICERS WERE ATTACKED LAST NIGHT FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK BEHIND THE OLD LOUISE MANDRELL THEATRE. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE POLICE CHIEF JACK BALDWIN, OFFICER JAMES BERGADO OBSERVED A VEHICLE DRIVING SLOWLY AROUND PARKED VEHICLES AND INITIATED A TRAFFIC STOP. HE WAS JOINED AT THE SCENE BY OFFICER RALPH CARR. WHILE THE OFFICERS WERE TALKING WITH THE MALE DRIVER, A FEMALE EXITED THE VAN AND SPRAYED BOTH OFFICERS WITH BEAR SPRAY, A FORM OF TEAR GAS. THE TWO THEN FLED THE SCENE, HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE ON THE PARKWAY IN SEVIERVILLE, HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE IN THE PARKING LOT AT TANGER FIVE OAKS, AND THEN FLED ON FOOT. THE TWO WERE ARRESTED BY OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER THEY RENTED A ROOM AT THE COMFORT INN MOTEL. 37 YEAR OLD KENNETH WOMBLE AND 32 YEAR OLD REGINA VALENTINE OF NASHVILLE, WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, RESISTING ARREST, BURGLARY, FELONY POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, FELONY EVADING, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, AND VEHICULAR ASSAULT. OTHER CHARGES ARE ALSO PENDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/7/2006
Murder trial delayed.
SEVIER COUNTY JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE HAS RESET THE TRIAL OF JOHN WAYNE BLAIR TO MONDAY AUGUST 28TH. THE TRIAL WAS ORIGINALLY SET TO BEGIN THIS TUESDAY. THE DELAY WAS REQUESTED BY THE DEFENSE BECAUSE AN ADDITIONAL ATTORNEY HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE CASE AND WILL NEED ADDITIONAL TIME TO PREPARE. BLAIR IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLARS AT HIS HOME ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/6/2006
Fire started by fireworks.
A FIRE TUESDAY NIGHT DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 AT A TRAILER ON HARDIN ROAD IN THE KODAK AREA. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY, THE BLAZE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN STARTED BY SOME NEIGHBORS THAT WERE SHOOTING OFF FIREWORKS. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE NORTHVIEW AND SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/6/2006
Rescue workers save the life of infant.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THREE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE SEVIERVILLE CITY LIMITS. 36 YEAR OLD CHARLES LOVEDAY OF JEFFERSON CITY APPARENTLY FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL OF HIS PICK UP TRUCK, HIT A GUARDRAIL, AND ENDED UP IN A NEARBY CREEK. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH A SUSPECTED FRACTURE. 14 YEAR OLD CHARLIE LOVEDAY WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE WAS TREATED AND LATER RELEASED. THE THIRD VICTIM, 3 YEAR OLD SAMMY LOVEDAY, WAS RESTRAINED IN A CHILD SEAT AND TRAPPED IN THE PARTIALLY SUBMERGED VEHICLE. THE INFANT WAS RESCUED AND RESUSCITATED DUE TO THE HEROICS OF SEVERAL POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, AND EMT’S. THE CHILD WAS LATER FLOWN TO UT WHERE HE IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/6/2006
Sevier Co. man suing humane society.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN IS SUING THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES AFTER SEVERAL OF HIS ROOSTERS WERE KILLED DURING AN FBI RAID AT A COCK FIGHTING PIT A YEAR AGO. THE RAID WAS MADE IN DEL RIO IN JUNE OF 2005. ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED, AND OVER 300 ROOSTERS WERE CAPTURED AND LATER EUTHANIZED. WILLIAM TODD WEBB IS SEEKING TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN COMPENSATION AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES. WEBB WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON NEXT MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/5/2006
Man drowns in Park.
A 27 YEAR OLD MAN HAS DROWNED WHILST SWIMMING INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. THE BODY OF THE UN-NAMED VICTIM WAS FOUND EARLY MONDAY MORNING AT THE BASE OF ABRAMS FALLS. HE WAS LAST SEEN BY FRIENDS JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK SUNDAY EVENING. PARK RANGERS AND DIVE TEAM MEMBERS RECOVERED THE BODY JUST AFTER 6:30 MONDAY MORNING. THE NAME OF THE DECEASED IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF THE NEXT OF KIN.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/5/2006
Sevier Co. man dies at Douglas Lake.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A TRAGIC ACCIDENT SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT DOUGLAS LAKE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5:30. APPARENTLY, 25 YEAR OLD NICK MAPLES JUMPED ABOUT 60 FEET FROM A BLUFF INTO THE WATER BELOW, BUT NEVER RESURFACED. HIS BODY WAS RECOVERED FOLLOWING A FORTY FIVE MINUTE SEARCH. OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. THE TVA POLICE, THE TWRA AND THE RESCUE SQUAD RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/3/2006
Sevierville man attacked by bear.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS APPARENTLY ATTACKED BY A BEAR FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN GATLINBURG. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4 O CLOCK JUST OFF SKI MOUNTAIN ROAD NEAR DIAMOND MOUNTAIN RENTALS. 5O YEAR OLD MAX LEMMONS WAS REPORTEDLY TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF A FEMALE BEAR AND HER CUBS WHEN HIS DOG JUMPED FROM HIS CAR AND CHASED AFTER THE BEARS. LEMMONS WAS ATTEMPTED TO RETRIEVE HIS DOG, WHICH WAS BEING ATTACKED BY THE MOTHER BEAR, WHEN HE WAS SWATTED BY THE BEAR ON HIS FACE AND CHEST AREA. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE REQUIRED STITCHES FOR HIS WOUNDS. THE DOG WAS NOT INJURED. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND OFFICERS FROM THE T.W.R.A RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/3/2006
Man arrested for cutting the throat of another.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED LATE FRIDAY EVENING AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY SLASHED ANOTHER MANS THROAT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 20 YEAR OLD PABLO DIONICIO OF CLINTWOOD WAY IN PIGEON FORGE, ALLEGEDLY HAD HIS THROAT CUT BY 22 YEAR OLD ANTHONY COSLOW OF KANDY WAY IN SEVIERVILLE. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT THE ATTACK MAY HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF A DRUG DEAL GONE BAD. DIONICIO WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE, COSLOW WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
7/3/2006
Sevier Co. couple sentenced to life in prison.
A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING A SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESSMAN. 36 YEAR OLD DAVID WENDELL EDENS AND 28 YEAR OLD JENNIFER HOLLOWAY, MURDERED 71 YEAR OLD JIM COCKMAN, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN A FREEZER INSIDE A SEVIERVILLE STORAGE UNIT IN SEPTEMBER 2004. THE JURY IN GREENVILLE COULD NOT ALL AGREE ON THE DEATH PENALTY, SO EDENS AND HOLLOWAY WERE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/30/2006
Pigeon Forge wreck sends two to area hospitals.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE THURSDAY MORNING SENT TWO PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10:30 ON THE PARKWAY NEAR LIGHT NUMBER SIX. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT RICHIE CATLETT WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 37 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CASEY OF BRISTOL TENNESSEE, COLLIDED WITH A JEEP CHEROKEE BEING DRIVEN BY 46 YEAR OLD PAMELA BOWLES OF WALLINGFORD CONNECTICUT. 35 YEAR OLD HAZEL SPICER OF BRISTOL, WHO WAS A PASSENGER IN CASEY’S VEHICLE, WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. HER 12 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. CASEY WAS CITED FOR VIOLATION OF REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/30/2006
Sevierville P.D. searching for purse snatcher.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT THAT WAS INVOLVED IN A ROBBERY LAST NIGHT AT THE OLIVE GARDEN RESTAURANT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN WEST, TWO ELDERLY WOMEN WERE GETTING OUT OF A CAR IN THE PARKING LOT. AS ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS HELPING THE OTHER OUT OF THE VEHICLE, THEY WERE APPROACHED BY A MAN WHO GRABBED HER PURSE AND FOUGHT WITH HER BEFORE SHE FELL TO THE GROUND. THE SUSPECT THEN RAN SOUTH TOWARDS RED LOBSTER AND WAS JOINED BY ANOTHER MAN. THEY THEN RAN DOWN NEW ERA ROAD AND LEFT IN A WHITE VEHICLE, POSSIBLY A GEO TRACKER OR SOMETHING SIMILAR. THE 68 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WITH VARIOUS CUTS AND BRUISES. THE SUSPECT WHO STOLE THE PURSE IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE IN HIS TWENTIES, ABOUT FIVE FOOT SIX INCHES TALL, AND WEIGHING ABOUT 140 POUNDS. HE HAD SHORT BROWN HAIR, CLEAN SHAVEN, AND WA WEARING A LIGHT COLORED BASEBALL CAP, A GRAY WINDBREAKER, AND TAN COLORED BERMUDA STYLE SHORTS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/29/2006
Lost teens found safe.
THREE TEENAGERS ARE SAFE AFTER SPENDING THE NIGHT LOST IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. THE TEENS WERE WITH A CHURCH GROUP VISITING THE AREA FROM GEORGIA. THEY WENT OUT AT ABOUT SEVEN O CLOCK TUESDAY NIGHT AND WERE EVENTUALLY FOUND BY RESCUERS JUST AFTER 8:30 WEDNESDAY MORNING NEAR OLD SETTLERS TRAIL. ALL THREE WERE UN-INJURED. VOLUNTEERS FROM THE PITTMAN CENTRE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PARK SERVICE, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, TOOK PART IN THAT SEARCH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/29/2006
Business owner shot during robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE STILL LOOKING FOR TWO SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN AN ARMED ROBBERY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11:00 AT THE AUTO CONCEPTS BODY SHOP IN THE NINETEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY. THE OWNER OF THE STORE, 34 YEAR OLD MICHAEL SUNDERLAND WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH BY ONE OF THE SUSPECTS. HE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE ROBBERS ALSO ALLEGEDLY SET FIRE TO THE BUSINESS WHICH WAS DESTROYED. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A DARK COLORED PICK-UP TRUCK, POSSIBLY A FORD RANGER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER AT: 453 – 4668. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR AND SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/29/2006
Gunshot victim named.
OFFICIALS HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAME OF A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WHO WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE TUESDAY NIGHT WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND. 37 YEAR OLD DARREN ALBANO WAS FOUND AT A RESIDENCE ON LIDDER DRIVE JUST OFF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY, WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO HIS STOMACH AREA. HE HAS NOW BEEN TREATED AND RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. DETECTIVES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/28/2006
Business owner shot during robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR TWO SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN AN ARMED ROBBERY LATE LAST NIGHT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11:00 AT THE AUDIO CONCEPTS BODY SHOP BUSINESS IN THE NINETEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY. ONE OF THE PERPETRATORS APPARENTLY SHOT THE UN-NAMED 34 YEAR OLD MALE OWNER OF THE STORE DURING THE ROBBERY. HE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE ROBBERS ALSO ALLEGEDLY SET FIRE TO THE BUSINESS WHICH WAS DESTROYED. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A DARK COLORED PICK-UP TRUCK, POSSIBLY A FORD RANGER. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/28/2006
Drag racers plead guilty.
TWO MEN ACCUSED OF KILLING FIVE TOURISTS WHILST DRAG RACING ON THE SPUR LAST YEAR, PLED GUILTY IN A FEDERAL COURTROOM YESTERDAY. 19 YEAR OLD JONATHAN HALL OF LEBANON TENNESSEE, AND 20 YEAR OLD STEVEN WILLIAMS OF MURFREESBORO, EACH PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER. THE OTHER FOUR CHARGES AGAINST THE MEN WERE DISMISSED AS PART OF A PLEA AGREEMENT. THE WRECK OCCURRED ON THE SPUR IN MARCH 2005. HALL AND WILLIAMS WILL BE SENTENCED ON OCTOBER 3RD.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/28/2006
Sevierville wreck injures four.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE MONDAY MORNING SENT FOUR PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7:30 ON EARNEST MCMAHAN ROAD NEAR FINE GLENN. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER CHRIS CARTER, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 55 YEAR OLD CHRISTINE CANOVA OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 29 YEAR OLD CHARLES DAVIS OF BEAN STATION. CANOVA AND THREE PASSENGERS IN THE VAN WERE TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE INJURED VAN PASSENGERS WERE 36 YEAR OLD JAMES CARTER, 17 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS HOCKER, AND 15 YEAR OLD LOGAN THACKER. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/27/2006
Body found in Pittman Centre.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING AN APPARENT ACCIDENT IN PITTMAN CENTRE. THE BODY OF 53 YEAR OLD THOMAS MCCONNELL MONTGOMERY OF EAST SCENIC DRIVE IN GATLINBURG, WAS FOUND EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING BY DEPUTIES LYNN BREEDEN AND STUART REAGAN. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE VICTIM HAD APPARENTLY SPENT MOST OF SATURDAY EVENING DRINKING AT A GATLINBURG RESTAURANT. HE THEN APPARENTLY TOOK A TAXI HOME BUT ALLEGEDLY BECAME UNRULY WHILST IN THE VEHICLE, AND WAS DROPPED OFF ON HIGHWAY 321 NEAR WEBB CREEK. THE TAXI DRIVER DID CALL 911 AND REPORT THE INCIDENT. SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SEARCHED FOR MONTGOMERY UNTIL MONDAY MORNING WHEN HIS BODY WAS FOUND IN THE RIVER NEAR WALDROUP ROAD IN PITTMAN CENTRE. OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE RESCUE SQUAD RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/27/2006
Detectives investigate shooting incident.
DETECTIVES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED LAST NIGHT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 O CLOCK AT A HOME ON LINDDER DRIVE, JUST OFF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY. APPARENTLY, WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THEY FOUND THE UN-NAMED MALE VICTIM WHO CLAIMED THAT HE HAD BEEN SHOT BY ANOTHER PERSON. HE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/27/2006
Charlie Daniels to headline this year's fair.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY FAIR HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND WILL HEADLINE THIS YEARS FAIR. ACCORDING TO ALLEN NEWTON, CHARLIE DANIELS WILL PERFORM ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH AT THE ARENA AREA OF THE FAIRGROUND SITE. A LIMITED NUMBER OF RESERVED SEATS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL TICKETS UNLIMITED LOCATIONS FOR TWENTY DOLLARS, WHICH WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE FAIR GATE ADMISSION. OTHERWISE, GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE CONCERT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE GATE ADMISSION PRICE OF THREE DOLLARS FOR ADULTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEEK LONG EVENT, CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY FAIR OFFICE AT: 453 – 0770.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/26/2006
Sevier Co. couple found guilty of murder.
A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF THE KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF A SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESSMAN. A JURY IN GREENVILLE TOOK ABOUT TWO HOURS TO CONVICT 36 YEAR OLD DAVID WENDELL EDENS AND 28 YEAR OLD JENNIFER HOLLOWAY, IN THE DEATH OF 71 YEAR OLD JIM COCKMAN, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN A FREEZER INSIDE A SEVIERVILLE STORAGE UNIT IN SEPTEMBER 2004. THE SENTENCING PHASE OF THE DEATH PENALTY TRIAL BEGAN YESTERDAY. WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON THOSE PROCEEDINGS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/26/2006
Body identified.
AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW FINALLY IDENTIFIED THE BODY OF A MAN THAT WAS FOUND ALONG SIDE INTERSTATE FORTY NEAR COSBY IN NOVEMBER OF 2000. THE BODY WAS DISCOVERED WRAPPED IN TRASH BAGS AND SEALED WITH DUCT TAPE. TBI OFFICIALS NOW BELIEVE THAT THE DECEASED WAS 47 YEAR OLD ALFONSO GLEN TEASLEY OF WADE NORTH CAROLINA. HE WAS REPORTED MISSING BY HIS FAMILY IN OCTOBER 2000 AFTER HE DISAPPEARED WHILE GOING TO A NASCAR RACE IN ROCKINGHAM. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/23/2006
Sevier Co. officials search for fugitive.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A TIP YESTERDAY THAT A RUNAWAY AND A FUGITIVE FROM KANSAS, WERE AT THE RED BANK SWIMMING HOLE ON RED BANK ROAD. WHEN DEPUTY AARON WHALEY AND SERGEANT MIKE VONCANNON ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THEY WERE ABLE TO LOCATE 21 YEAR OLD SEAN FIFE AND THE 16 YEAR OLD FEMALE RUNAWAY. FIFE, FROM OBERLIN KANSAS, WAS WANTED FOR STATUTORY RAPE AND FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT. THE 16 YEAR OLD JUVENILE WAS APPREHENDED AND TAKEN TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JUVENILE CENTRE. ACCORDING TO THE RUNAWAY, THE PAIR HAD BEEN STAYING AT A MOTEL IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE LAST MONTH. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL LOOKING FOR FIFE WHO IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE WITH BLUE EYES AND BLONDE HAIR, APPROXIMATELY 160 POUNDS, AND ABOUT FIVE FOOT NINE INCHES TALL. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/23/2006
Alleged murderer indicted for Sevierville rape.
A SEVIER COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS NOW INDICTED JERRY BUCK INMAN ON CHARGES THAT HE RAPED A 28 YEAR OLD WOMAN AT A HOME IN THE BELLE MEADOWS SUBDIVISION LAST MONTH. THE SPECIALLY CONVENED JURY INDICTED INMAN ON CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED RAPE AND AGGRAVATED BURGLARY. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR SAID THAT INMAN WILL BE TRIED FOR THESE ALLEGED OFFENCES ONCE SOUTH CAROLINA HAS FINISHED WITH HIM. INMAN IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD BY SOUTH CAROLINA AUTHORITIES FOR THE ALLEGED RAPE AND MURDER OF A CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/22/2006
Teacher arrested on drug charges.
A GATLINBURG PITTMAN HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS WEEK AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA. 34 YEAR OLD MATHEW JOHN EVANS OF SKI VIEW DRIVE IN GATLINBURG WAS STOPPED BY PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER HELEN WRIGHT, JUST AFTER 4 AM ON THE PARKWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CONNER HEIGHTS. THE TRAFFIC STOP WAS APPARENTLY INITIATED FOLLOWING A REQUEST BY THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT FOLLOWING A COMPLAINT AND VEHICLE DESCRIPTION. EVANS WAS RELEASED ON A FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/22/2006
Fugitive arrested following traffic stop.
A TRAFFIC STOP IN SEVIERVILLE LATE MONDAY, LED TO THE ARREST OF A SEVIERVILLE MAN. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK ON HOWARD DRIVE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JAMIE ROBERTS, HE STOPPED A VEHICLE FOR SPEEDING AND DISCOVERED THAT THE DRIVER, 29 YEAR OLD COREY GUNSALLUS, WAS WANTED FOR VIOLATION OF PROBATION IN CHATHAM COUNTY GEORGIA. GUNSALLUS WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL TO AWAIT EXTRADITION TO GEORGIA.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/21/2006
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE TUESDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 IN THE FOUR HUNDRED BLOCK OF THUMPER LANE, JUST OFF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN RICKY RAY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE TRAILER WAS FULLY INVOLVED WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. LUCKILY, THE OCCUPANTS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE UNINJURED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/21/2006
Court of appeals upholds conviction.
THE TENNESSEE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS HAS DENIED THE APPEAL OF TWO DEATH ROW INMATES CONVICTED IN THE 1992 MURDER OF A SEVIER COUNTY WOMAN. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, JAMES DELLINGER AND GARY WAYNE SUTTON, UNSUCCESSFULLY ARGUED THAT THEIR ATTORNEY’S HAD BEEN INEFFECTIVE DURING THEIR 1993 TRIAL. THEY WERE CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR THE DEATH OF 34 YEAR OLD CONNIE BRANAM, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND INSIDE HER BURNED VEHICLE. DELLINGER AND SUTTON WERE ALSO CONVICTED IN BLOUNT COUNTY FOR THE MURDER OF BRANAM'S BROTHER, 24 YEAR OLD TOMMY GRIFFIN. BOTH MEN WERE SENTENCED TO DEATH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/21/2006
County seeks indictment against accused killer.
A SPECIAL GRAND JURY WILL CONVENE TODAY IN SEVIER COUNTY, TO SEEK AN INDICTMENT AGAINST ACCUSED KILLER JERRY BUCK INMAN. INMAN IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD BY SOUTH CAROLINA AUTHORITIES FOR THE RAPE AND MURDER OF A CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR ALSO WANT’S TO INDICT INMAN FOR THE RAPE OF A 28 YEAR OLD WOMAN AT HER HOME IN THE BELLE MEADOWS SUBDIVISION LAST MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/21/2006
Driver flown to U.T following wreck.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON HIGHWAY 139 – DOUGLAS DAM ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH ALLISON DRIVE. APPARENTLY, THE 23 YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS FORD THUNDERBIRD AND WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/20/2006
Former teacher pleads guilty to statutory rape.
A FORMER SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY TO THE STATUTORY RAPE OF A 16 YEAR OLD MALE STUDENT. 33 YEAR OLD KRISTI OAKES WAS FOUND IN A PARKED CAR NEAR DOUGLAS DAM WITH THE TEENAGER IN JUNE 2004. SHE HAS SINCE RESIGNED HER POSITION AS A SCIENCE TEACHER. SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE RICHARD VANCE HAS SET A SENTENCING HEARING FOR JULY 24TH. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR IS RECOMMENDING AN EIGHTEEN MONTH SENTENCE FOR OAKES WHO WILL UNTIL THEN, REMAIN FREE ON BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/20/2006
Sevierville wreck sends three to hospitals.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE FRIDAY EVENING SENT THREE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS AND CLOSED PART OF WEST MAIN STREET FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK NEAR THE GATHERING CHURCH. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT BILL BARTON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A NISSAN FRONTIER BEING DRIVEN BY 17 YEAR OLD NATHAN HARP OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A KIA OPTIMA BEING DRIVEN BY 23 YEAR OLD ASHLEY BIRCH OF KNOXVILLE. BIRCH AND HER PASSENGER, 42 YEAR OLD ROY SHAW OF SAN ANTONIO TEXAS, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. HARP WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE AND CITED FOR FAILING TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/19/2006
Explosion destroys cabin.
A RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED RENTAL CABIN WAS DESTROYED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A PROPANE EXPLOSION. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 IN THE TWENTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF HEADRICK LEAD IN THE SHAGBARK COMMUNITY. APPARENTLY, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, THE PROPONE TANK EXPLODED AND STARTED THE CABIN FIRE AND TWO BRUSH FIRES. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE WALDEN’S CREEK AND WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE, AS WELL AS THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/19/2006
Death penalty trial slated to start today.
TWELVE JURORS AND THREE ALTERNATIVES HAVE NOW BEEN SELECTED FOR THE DEATH PENALTY TRIAL OF A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE ACCUSED OF KILLING A SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESSMAN. 36 YEAR OLD DAVID WENDELL EDENS AND 28 YEAR OLD JENNIFER HOLLOWAY ARE ACCUSED OF THE KIDNAP AND MURDER OF 71 YEAR OLD JIM COCKMAN IN SEPTEMBER 2004. COCKMAN’S BODY WAS FOUND IN A FREEZER INSIDE A SEVIERVILLE STORAGE UNIT. THE JURY SELECTION PROCESS WAS FINALIZED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TODAY IN GREENVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA. PROSECUTORS HAVE SAID THAT IF EDENS AND HOLLOWAY ARE FOUND GUILTY, THEY WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY. WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON THOSE PROCEEDINGS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/19/2006
Pair arrested on suspicion of recent burglaries.
SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED TWO MEN EARLY THIS MORNING, THAT COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A RECENT RASH OF VENDING MACHINE BURGLARIES IN SEVIER COUNTY. THE TWO SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS WERE PULLED OVER IN THE LOWES PARKING LOT IN A VEHICLE THAT MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT CAR. SEVERAL VENDING MACHINES HAVE BEEN PRIED OPEN DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/16/2006
Michigan woman injured in Park.
A VISITOR TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK AT THE LAUREL FALLS TRAIL. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, 53 YEAR OLD PAT PHYLPO OF MICHIGAN, FELL AND BROKE HER RIGHT ANKLE AT THE FALLS AREA OF THE TRAIL. THREE PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THE AREA, STABILIZED HER ANKLE, AND CARRIED THE INJURED WOMAN THE ONE POINT TWO MILES TO THE TRAILHEAD AND A WAITING AMBULANCE. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT ACCIDENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/15/2006
Woman burned in Pigeon Forge.
A VISITOR TO PIGEON FORGE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FREAK ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 AT THE RAMADA INN ON THE PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT RICHIE CATLETT WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE FROM TOCCOA GEORGIA, INADVERTENTLY POURED ADDITIONAL LIGHTER FLUID ONTO A CHARCOAL GRILL THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN LIT. SHE APPARENTLY RECEIVED BURNS TO HER FACE AND UPPER BODY AREA. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/15/2006
Sevierville wreck sends motorcycle rider to U.T.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON SENT A MOTORCYCLE RIDER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF EAST MAIN STREET AND GARY WADE BOULEVARD. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT REBECCA COWAN WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A MOTORCYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY 50 YEAR OLD JOHN MICHAEL ELLIS OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A DODGE CARAVAN BEING DRIVEN BY 45 YEAR OLD WILMA HARRIS OF NEWPORT. ELLIS WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. HARRIS WAS APPARENTLY UNINJURED. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/14/2006
Governor ups reward for info on Jeff City murder.
GOVERNOR PHIL BREDESEN HAS INCREASED THE REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 2004 MURDER OF A JEFFERSON CITY WOMAN, WHO ALSO WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN SEVIERVILLE. 32 YEAR OLD KYM BLEVINS WAS FOUND MURDERED AT HER RESIDENCE ON AUGUST 28TH 2004. THE REWARD HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM FIVE TO TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. BLEVINS WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS AT A SEVIERVILLE TRAVEL AGENCY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE JEFFERSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: (865) 475 – 3845.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/14/2006
Murder trial of Sever Co. couple underway in S.C.
JURY SELECTION BEGAN YESTERDAY IN THE TRIAL OF A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE ACCUSED OF KILLING A SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESSMAN. 36 YEAR OLD DAVID WENDELL EDEN’S AND 28 YEAR OLD JENNIFER HOLLOWAY ARE ACCUSED OF THE KIDNAP AND MURDER OF 71 YEAR OLD JIM COCKMAN IN SEPTEMBER 2004. COCKMAN’S BODY WAS FOUND IN A FREEZER INSIDE A STORAGE UNIT IN SEVIERVILLE. THE COUPLE ALLEGEDLY LURED THE MAN AWAY FROM HIS GREENVILLE HOME BY PRETENDING TO BE INTERESTED IN BUYING HIS VEHICLE. IF FOUND GUILTY, BOTH EDEN’S AND HOLLOWAY COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY. WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON THAT TRIAL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/13/2006
Man injured last week dies.
A KODAK MAN WHO WAS INJURED LAST WEDNESDAY WHEN HE BECAME PINNED BETWEEN A TRUCK AND A WALL, HAS DIED. 28 YEAR OLD TONY LETHCO WAS WORKING AS A LANDSCAPER AT THE NEW SUMMITT DEVELOPMENT JUST OFF WALDEN’S CREEK ROAD WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. LETHCO WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WITH SEVERAL BROKEN BONES AND SOME INTERNAL BLEEDING, BUT ON FRIDAY HE APPARENTLY SUFFERED TRAUMA SHOCK AND DIED. THE STATE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION IS NOW INVESTIGATING. LETHCO’S FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS TOMORROW FROM 5 UNTIL 7 AT ATCHLEY FUNERAL HOME. HIS FUNERAL WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MORNING AT 11.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/13/2006
Seymour man arrested at lake.
A SEYMOUR MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SATURDAY EVENING AT THE DOUGLAS DAM HEADWATERS AREA. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 O CLOCK. APPARENTLY, 21 YEAR OLD JEREMY CARSON WAS ARRESTED BY A TVA OFFICER AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR. CARSON WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL BY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND LATER RELEASED ON A TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/12/2006
Seperate wrecks send three to area hospitals.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT BOTH DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 AM ON WINDY LANE, JUST OFF UPPER MIDDLE CREEK. APPARENTLY, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY CONNIE BREEDEN, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY KEVIN HAGA. LUCKILY, NEITHER DRIVER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK. ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY EVENING IN SEVIERVILLE INJURED ONE DRIVER AND CAUSED TRAFFIC DELAYS FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. THAT WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CHEROKEE CIRCLE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN TURNER, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 36 YEAR OLD TAMARA MCGAHA OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 75 YEAR OLD BETTY OGLE, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE. APPARENTLY, MCGAHA'S TRUCK HAD STALLED IN THE RIGHT WESTBOUND LANE OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/9/2006
S.C. murder suspect linked to Sevierville rape.
THE SUSPECT IN THE RAPE AND MURDER OF A CLEMSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT IS APPARENTLY ALSO NOW A SUSPECT IN A SEVIERVILLE RAPE THAT OCCURRED LAST MONTH. JERRY BUCK INMAN WAS ARRESTED IN DANDRIDGE TUESDAY NIGHT CLOSE TO WHERE HIS PARENTS LIVE. SO FAR HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH RAPE, MURDER, AND KIDNAPPING, BUT ADDITIONAL CHARGES COULD SOON BE ANNOUNCED. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT INMAN COULD ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RAPE OF A 28 YEAR OLD WOMAN AT A HOME IN THE BELLE MEADOWS SUBDIVISION ON MAY 22ND. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR SAID THAT THE STATE IS SEEKING TO EMPANEL A GRAND JURY IN SEVIER COUNTY ON JUNE 21ST TO HEAR THE EVIDENCE AGAINST INMAN.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/8/2006
Three arrested on drug charges.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED THREE MEN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AND CHARGED THEM WITH DRUG POSSESSION. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4 AM. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP. OFFICIALS ALLEGEDLY FOUND THEM IN POSSESSION OF CRACK COCAINE AND MARIJUANA. THE VEHICLE THAT THEY WERE RIDING IN WAS SEIZED BY THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SUSPECTS WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL FOR BOOKING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/8/2006
Sevier Co. rescue workers kept busy.
SEVIER COUNTY RESCUE WORKERS WERE KEPT BUSY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE FIRST INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10:30 AT THE SUMMITT DEVELOPMENT JUST OFF WALDEN’S CREEK ROAD. APPARENTLY, A LANDSCAPE WORKER BECAME PINNED BETWEEN A TRUCK AND A WALL. 31 YEAR OLD TONY LETHCO OF KODAK WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. ABOUT TEN MINUTES LATER, A TWO VEHICLE WRECK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY WAS REPORTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH WHITE SCHOOL ROAD. APPARENTLY, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 77 YEAR OLD ROBERT SETTLE OF SEYMOUR, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 43 YEAR OLD CHRISTINE DUNLAP, ALSO OF SEYMOUR. SETTLE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER, DUNLAP WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, RESPONDED TO BOTH ACCIDENTS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/8/2006
Firefighters battle two seperate blazes.
A FIRE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3 AM AT A TRAILER IN THE THIRTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF OLDHAM CREEK ROAD, JUST OFF UPPER MIDDLE CREEK. APPARENTLY THE HOME WAS VACANT. THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE. ANOTHER FIRE LATER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON DAMAGED A SEYMOUR HOME. THAT BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK AT A HOME IN THE 700 BLOCK OF SOUTH SHILOH ROAD. APPARENTLY THE FIRE STARTED IN A BEDROOM BUT LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE DAMAGE WAS CONTAINED TO THAT ROOM. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/8/2006
Wade appointed to state supreme court.
JUDGE GARY WADE HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR PHIL BREDESEN TO THE TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT. WADE WHO HAS SERVED AS PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE STATE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS SINCE 1998, FILLS ONE OF TWO VACANCIES CREATED BY RECENT RETIREMENTS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/7/2006
Three arrested on shoplifting charges.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED THREE WOMAN SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER THEY ALLEGEDLY STOLE APPROXIMATELY FORTY EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF MERCHANDISE FROM TANGER FIVE OAKS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MATT AYERS, A STORE EMPLOYEE CALLED DISPATCHERS AND STATED THAT THREE WOMAN HAD ALLEGEDLY STOLEN SEVERAL ITEMS. THE WITNESS WAS ALSO ABLE TO GIVE AUTHORITIES A DESCRIPTION OF THE GET-A-WAY VEHICLE. OFFICE AYERS WAS ABLE TO LOCATE AND STOP THE VEHICLE AT TGI FRIDAY’S ON THE PARKWAY, AND APPARENTLY RECOVERED THE STOLEN GOODS. ARRESTED WERE 34 YEAR OLD KIMBERLY GRIFFIN, 32 YEAR OLD DAPHNE BUCHANAN, AND 31 YEAR OLD TINIKA BALLARD, ALL OF CHATTANOOGA. ALL THREE WOMEN WERE CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/7/2006
Teen gunman sentenced.
A TEENAGER THAT WAS ARRESTED FOR CARRYING A GUN ON SCHOOL PROPERTY LAST SEPTEMBER WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY. JOSH LIVAUDAIS PLED GUILTY IN APRIL TO THE INCIDENT AT THE PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL. HE WAS SENTENCED TO THE MAXIMUM TWO YEAR SENTENCE, BUT HAS BEEN RELEASED BECAUSE HE HAS ALREADY SERVED AT LEAST 30 PERCENT OF HIS SENTENCE WHILE AWAITING TRIAL. LIVAUDAIS WAS ALSO ORDERED TO OBTAIN A G.E.D.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/7/2006
Synchronous firefly beetle viewing changes.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT VISITORS WISHING TO WITNESS THE ANNUAL MATING PERIOD OF THE SYNCHRONOUS FIREFLY BEETLES AT ELKMONT THIS MONTH, WILL HAVE TO RIDE THE TROLLEY FROM THE SUGARLANDS VISITOR CENTRE. THE MANDATORY SERVICE WILL BEGIN THIS FRIDAY AND RUN THROUGH JUNE 18TH. TROLLEY’S WILL RUN EACH DAY BETWEEN 6 AND 11 PM AT A COST OF ONE DOLLAR ROUND TRIP. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 –1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/6/2006
One arrested for attempted camper theft.
ONE PERSON WAS ARRESTED AND OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING FOR THE OTHER PERPETRATORS WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO STEAL A CAMPER EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12:30 AM AT A HOME IN THE FIVE THOUSAND BLOCK OF HENRY TOWN ROAD. APPARENTLY THE RESIDENTS OF THE HOME CALLED AUTHORITIES AFTER SEEING THEIR POP-UP CAMBER BEING STOLEN. MINUTES LATER, DEPUTY SELENA BALL SPOTTED THE VEHICLE ON HOLDERS GROVE ROAD, JUST ACROSS THE COCKE COUNTY LINE. AFTER INITIATING A TRAFFIC STOP, THE OCCUPANTS JUMPED FROM THEIR TRUCK AND FLED ON FOOT. DEPUTY BALL WAS HOWEVER ABLE TO APPREHEND 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SANTELLA OF CLINTWOOD WAY IN PIGEON FORGE. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT, EVADING ARREST, AND BOOKED ON A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND ADDITIONAL ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/6/2006
Wreck sends three to area hospitals.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SENT THREE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS, INCLUDING ONE TO UT VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND HIGHWAY 139 – DOUGLAS DAM ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TIM RUSSELL, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 63 YEAR OLD PAUL SAXON OF JEFFERSON CITY, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 86 YEAR OLD REVEA BEESLEY OF KNOXVILLE. THE COLLISION CAUSED SAXON’S CAR TO THEN ALSO COLLIDE WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 25 YEAR OLD MICHAEL RICKER OF DANDRIDGE. BEESLEY WAS FLOWN TO UT, SAXON AND HIS PASSENGER, 62 YEAR OLD RAMONA SAXON WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO ST. MARY’S. THE VICTIMS CONDITIONS ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/5/2006
Fugitive from justice arrested.
A LOUISIANA MAN WAS ARRESTED BY OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TED NEWMAN, HE NOTICED A SUSPICIOUS PERSON BEHIND A GAS STATION ON HIGHWAY 66 JUST BEFORE 4 AM. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, OFFICER NEWMAN DISCOVERED THAT THE MAN WAS A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE. 25 YEAR OLD BRANDON BELL FROM OPELOUSAS LOUISIANA WAS ARRESTED AND TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL FOR BOOKING AND EXTRADITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/2/2006
Sevierville man charged with rape.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE CHARGED A LOCAL MAN WITH RAPE FOLLOWING AN ALLEGED INCIDENT ON TUESDAY. 23 YEAR OLD DENNIS RUBIN ESCOTO OF CANDY TUFT DRIVE IN SEVIERVILLE, ALLEGEDLY RAPED THE WOMAN WHILE STAYING AT HER HOME AS A GUEST OF A ROOMMATE. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/2/2006
Man charged with sexual misconduct.
A SEVIER COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED A KNOXVILLE MAN ON TWO COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY INVOLVING A MINOR. 50 YEAR OLD ANDREW MORTON WAS HELPING TO CHAPERONE A GROUP OF HIGH SCHOOL AGE KIDS WHEN THE INCIDENT ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED AT A GATLINBURG CONDOMINIUM LAST MONTH. MORTON IS FREE ON A TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL BE FORMALLY ARRAIGNED ON JUNE 5TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/1/2006
Wrecks keep emergency workers busy.
SEVERAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS THROUGHOUT SEVIER COUNTY YESTERDAY KEPT EMERGENCY WORKERS BUSY. THE FIRST WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 ON THE PARKWAY IN SEVIERVILLE NEAR BLALOCK’S. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE SERGEANT RICHIE MCMAHAN, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 38 YEAR OLD STACY CRUISE OF PIGEON FORGE, COLLIDED WITH AN S.U.V BEING DRIVEN BY 59 YEAR OLD JUDY LAUREANO OF KODAK. CRUISE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE, LAUREANO WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE CONDITIONS OF BOTH DRIVERS IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK. ANOTHER ACCIDENT INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK CAUSED SOME TRAFFIC DELAYS ON NEWFOUND GAP ROAD. THE WRECK THAT INVOLVED TWO MOTORCYCLES AND A CAR, WAS REPORTED NEAR THE CHIMNEY’S PICNIC AREA JUST BEFORE 11:30. LUCKILY, THE TWO MOTORCYCLISTS FROM QUEBEC AND THE CAR DRIVER FROM GEORGIA WERE NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED. PARK RANGERS AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
6/1/2006
High school prank leads to injured teen.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED THE TEENAGER WHO WAS INJURED FOLLOWING AN EARLY MORNING FALL AT THE SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE, 18 YEAR OLD LUCAS WALKER WAS ONE OF FIVE STUDENTS WHO BROKE INTO THE SCHOOL ALLEGEDLY TO VANDALIZE THE PROPERTY. WALKER WAS APPARENTLY CLIMBING A PIPE IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE ROOF OF THE SCHOOL WHEN HE FELL APPROXIMATELY 25 FEET TO THE GROUND AND HIT HIS HEAD ON A GAS PIPE. WALKER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/31/2006
Domestic dispute leads to drug bust.
A DOMESTIC DISPUTE IN SEVIER COUNTY TUESDAY AFTERNOON LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF A METHAMPHETAMINE LAB. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK AT A HOME IN THE SEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF TUCKAHOE ROAD. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE RESIDENCE OF MARY AND HARRY BEARDEN FOLLOWING A REPORT OF AN ALTERCATION. HARRY BEARDEN HAD LEFT THE HOME BY THE TIME DEPUTIES ARRIVED, HOWEVER THEY DID ALLEGEDLY FIND SEVERAL COMPONENTS CONDUCIVE WITH THE MANUFACTURE OF METH. 48 YEAR OLD MARY BEARDEN WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF ATTEMPTING TO MANUFACTURE, AND CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST HARRY BEARDEN. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SOUTH EAST METH TASK FORCE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/31/2006
Gatlinburg shooting victim in serious condition.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO POLICE CHIEF RANDY BRACKINS, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE HOLIDAY INN SUNSPREE ON AIRPORT ROAD JUST BEFORE 5 AM. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY FOUND A MALE JUVENILE THAT HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE LOWER CHEST AREA. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, DETECTIVES ARRESTED 32 YEAR OLD WILLIE SHEPHERD OF CORBIN KENTUCKY. HE WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. THE TEENAGE VICTIM IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/31/2006
Gatlinburg shooting victim in serious condition.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO POLICE CHIEF RANDY BRACKINS, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE HOLIDAY INN SUNSPREE ON AIRPORT ROAD JUST BEFORE 5 AM. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY FOUND A MALE JUVENILE THAT HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE LOWER CHEST AREA. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, DETECTIVES ARRESTED 32 YEAR OLD WILLIE SHEPHERD OF CORBIN KENTUCKY. HE WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. THE TEENAGE VICTIM IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/31/2006
Teen falls from High School roof.
AN UN-IDENTIFIED MALE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE EARLY THIS MORNING, AFTER APPARENTLY FALLING FROM THE ROOF OF THE SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1 AM. THE VICTIM WAS WITH A GROUP OF ABOUT FIVE TEENAGERS WHO HAD BROKEN INTO THE SCHOOL. HE APPARENTLY FELL ABOUT 25 FEET AND HIT HIS HEAD ON A PIPE. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/30/2006
Blaze damages Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE LATE LAST NIGHT BADLY DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK AT A HOUSE JUST OFF OAK LANE IN THE KODAK COMMUNITY. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/30/2006
Man arrested on kidnapping charge.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A MAN OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPED A SEVIER COUNTY WOMAN FROM A GAS STATION IN PIGEON FORGE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN TURNER, 22 YEAR OLD ISAILAIS LOPEZ CAR JACKED THE UN-IDENTIFIED WOMAN JUST AFTER 5 O CLOCK FRIDAY EVENING. A SHORT TIME LATER, HE ORDERED HER TO STOP THE VEHICLE AT THE OKEE DOKEE MARKET ON HIGHWAY 66 WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED THE WOMAN. THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO GET AWAY FROM LOPEZ AND NOTIFY AUTHORITIES. LOPEZ WAS CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION, KIDNAPPING, AND SEXUAL BATTERY. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/30/2006
Two flown to UT following Seymour wreck.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEYMOUR THURSDAY AFTERNOON SENT ANOTHER TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH SHILOH CHURCH ROAD. APPARENTLY, A FORD ESCORT BEING DRIVEN BY 45 YEAR OLD SALLY BORDEAUX OF SEYMOUR, WAS REAR-ENDED BY A KIA SORENTO BEING DRIVEN BY 18 YEAR OLD JENNIFER LANCE OF SEVIERVILLE. BORDEAUX AND HER THREE YEAR OLD NEPHEW WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO UT WHERE SHE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION, AND THE CHILD IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. LANCE WAS NOT INJURED BUT WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/26/2006
Plane forced to land in Sevier County.
THERE WERE SOME SCARY MOMENTS THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEYMOUR WHEN RESIDENTS IN THE OLD ZION HILL ROAD AREA, REPORTED SEEING WHAT APPEARED TO BE A SMALL ENGINE AIRCRAFT GO DOWN BEHIND SOME TREE’S. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30. SEVERAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THE AREA BUT FORTUNATELY, THE AIRCRAFT HAD MADE WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS A FORCED LANDING. APPARENTLY, THE CESSNA 150 ENGINE HAD STOPPED SHORTLY AFTER TAKE-OFF FROM THE GATLINBURG – PIGEON FORGE AIRPORT. LUCKILY, PILOT JACK GILBERT AND CATHY WINTERS WERE BOTH UN-INJURED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/26/2006
Woman injured in Pigeon Forge motel fall.
A 35 YEAR OLD FEMALE IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER FALLING FROM A PIGEON FORGE MOTEL ROOM. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE POLICE CHIEF JACK BALDWIN, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:45 THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THE GREEN VALLEY MOTEL IN THE FOUR THOUSAND BLOCK OF THE PARKWAY. SHE APPARENTLY FELL FROM THE THIRD FLOOR AND RECEIVED INJURIES TO HER HEAD AND FACE. THE UN-IDENTIFIED VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/26/2006
Murder suspect pleads not guilty.
THE SUSPECT THAT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AN ALLEGED MURDER THAT HAPPENED INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK ON SUNDAY, PLED NOT GUILTY IN A FEDERAL COURT YESTERDAY. 42 YEAR OLD WILLIAM MOYERS JUNIOR OF ALCOA IS ACCUSED OF STABBING 25 YEAR OLD STEVEN DAVIS OF GREENBACK SEVERAL TIMES IN THE CHEST AT THE ABRAMS CREEK CAMPGROUND. INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT THE MURDER BEGAN AS HORSEPLAY AND ESCALATED INTO A FIGHT. MOYERS IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN ON AUGUST 1ST.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/25/2006
County Mayor to run for congress.
SEVIER COUNTY MAYOR LARRY WATERS MADE IT OFFICIAL YESTERDAY AND FORMALLY ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE FIRST DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT CURRENTLY HELD BY BILL JENKINS. WATERS, WHO HAS SERVED AS COUNTY MAYOR FOR THE LAST 28 YEARS, MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DURING A LUNCHTIME RALLY YESTERDAY AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/24/2006
Cities & County agree to support Humane Society.
PIGEON FORGE CITY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AT CITY HALL AND APPROVED AN ADDITIONAL TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION TO THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, TO HELP PURCHASE A NEW INCINERATOR. THE CITIES OF SEVIERVILLE, GATLINBURG, AND THE COUNTY HAVE ALSO AGREED TO THE SAME AMOUNT. THE MONEY WILL NOW BE MATCHED BY SEVERAL PRIVATE DONATIONS, INCLUDING A SIGNIFICANT DONATION GIVEN BY THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN GIFT SHOW.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/23/2006
Park officials identify murder victim.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED A MAN WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY MURDERED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AT THE ABRAMS CREEK CAMPGROUND. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, 25 YEAR OLD STEVEN LYNN DAVIS OF GREENBACK WAS STABBED TO DEATH FOLLOWING AN ALTERCATION WITH 42 YEAR OLD WILLIAM JOSEPH MOYERS JUNIOR OF ALCOA. MOYERS APPEARED BEFORE A U.S. MAGISTRATE MONDAY AFTERNOON AND WAS ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND. MOYERS IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND WILL APPEAR FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING TOMORROW.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/23/2006
Sevierville police looking for rape suspect.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED RAPE THAT OCCURRED EARLY MONDAY MORNING IN THE BELLE MEADOWS SUB DIVISION. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH, AN ADULT WOMAN REPORTED THAT A MAN ENTERED HER HOME ON BLAKE LEA, AND RAPED HER IN THE BEDROOM AREA. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A WHITE MALE IN HIS LATE 30’S, APPROXIMATELY FIVE FOOT SEVEN INCHES TALL AND WEIGHING ABOUT 200 POUNDS. THE VICTIM ALSO SAID THAT THE SUSPECT HAD A SHAVED HEAD AND MAY BE A CIGARETTE SMOKER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/23/2006
Officials investigate park homicide.
ONE MAN IS DEAD AND OTHER IN POLICE CUSTODY FOLLOWING AN ALTERCATION INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK YESTERDAY. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4 AM AT THE ABRAMS CREEK CAMPGROUND. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE UN-NAMED 25 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE VICTIM DIED FROM AN APPARENT STAB WOUND. A MALE SUSPECT WHO WAS ALSO CAMPING AT THE SITE, IS BEING DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING AND POSSIBLE CHARGES. APPARENTLY, ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR. THE VICTIM’S IDENTITY IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF THE NEXT OF KIN. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/22/2006
Sevier Co. man arrested on burglary charges.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK AND CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS ON FELONY BURGLARY. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE ROBBIE BALL WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 26 YEAR OLD ANTHONY WELLS OF KODAK WAS CHARGED WITH TAKING TOOLS FROM THREE TRUCKS PARKED AT THE BEST WESTERN HOTEL ON HIGHWAY 66, AT THE CRACKER BARREL ON HIGHWAY 66, AND FROM THE BASS PRO SHOP. THE ESTIMATED VALUE OF ALL THE STOLEN TOOLS IS OVER THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS. WELLS IS CURRENTLY FREE AFTER POSTING A TWELVE THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/22/2006
Wreck injures Seymour woman.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY MORNING IN SEYMOUR SENT THE DRIVER TO THE HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10:30 IN THE TWELVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF SOUTH KNOB CREEK WAY. APPARENTLY THE DRIVER - APRIL BRYANT, LOST CONTROL OF HER CHRYSLER AND HIT A TREE. THE EXTENT OF HER INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/19/2006
Drug sting nabs one in Pigeon Forge.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTED A MARYVILLE MAN ON MONDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING DRUGS. 37 YEAR OLD ARTHUR WILLIAM DITTMAR WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER ALLEGEDLY DELIVERING FORTY PERCOCET AND TWENTY TWO OXYCONTIN PILLS TO UNDERCOVER OFFICERS AT A LOCATION ON MIDDLE CREEK ROAD IN PIGEON FORGE. DITTMAR WAS CHARGED WITH SALE AND DELIVERY AND BOOKED ON A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/18/2006
Apparent murder - suicide victims named.
TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD FOLLOWING AN APPARENT MURDER – SUICIDE TUESDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10:30 AT A HOUSE ON RED BUD LANE. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT MIKE HODGES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SISTER OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS CALLED AND ASKED THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TO PERFORM A WELFARE CHECK. WHILE DEPUTIES WERE ON THEIR WAY, THE SISTER CALLED BACK AND REPORTED GUN SHOTS. WHEN SERGEANT HODGES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE HE FOUND TWO VICTIMS IN A FIELD BEHIND THE HOME. 35 YEAR OLD ESTER EBERHART HAD WHAT APPEARED TO BE A GUN SHOT WOUND TO THE BACK OF HER HEAD AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. 36 YEAR OLD BRIAN KEITH EBERHART HAD AN APPARENT GUN SHOT WOUND UNDER HIS CHIN, AND WAS STILL ALIVE, BUT ALSO DIED SHORTLY AFTER. OFFICERS RECOVERED A NINE MILLIMETER PISTOL AT THE SCENE. THE INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE RESCUE SQUAD RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/17/2006
Sevierville & County agree to donations and zoning
SEVIERVILLE’S BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET LAST NIGHT AT THE CIVIC CENTRE, AND AGREED TO AN ADDITIONAL TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION TO THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY TO PAY FOR A NEW INCINERATOR. ALDERMEN ALSO ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A RIGHT TURN LANE FROM ERNEST MCMAHAN ONTO MIDDLE CREEK ROAD, AND A LEFT TURN LANE FROM MIDDLE CREEK ONTO ERNEST MCMAHAN AT THE SAME INTERSECTION. CONSTRUCTION COULD BEGIN THIS SUMMER. SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ALSO MET LAST NIGHT AND ALSO APPROVED THEIR PART OF THE TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY. COMMISSIONERS ALSO APPROVED A FINAL ZONING RESOLUTION AND MAP BY A VOTE OF EIGHTEEN TO SEVEN. THE NEW ZONING LAW COULD GO INTO EFFECT THIS SEPTEMBER.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/16/2006
ATV thief arrested.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STOLE TWO ATV’S. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT MIKE HODGES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST AFTER 6:30 SATURDAY MORNING WHEN A FOUR WHEELER WAS STOLEN FROM A HOME ON SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUEEN ROAD. THE VEHICLE WAS RECOVERED LATER THAT SAME DAY BY DEPUTY BLAINE LEWIS FOLLOWING INFORMATION GIVEN TO LEWIS BY THE VICTIM. HOURS LATER, ANOTHER ATV WAS STOLEN FROM A HOME ON PLEASURE ROAD. THAT VEHICLE WAS RECOVERED ABOUT AN HOUR LATER BY DEPUTY JUSTIN CLABO. AT THIS TIME, OFFICIALS KNEW THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR 19 YEAR OLD RAY HERRON OF SHARP ROAD. AT 4 AM SUNDAY MORNING, DEPUTY CLABO SAW THE SUSPECTS VEHICLE AND FOLLOWING A BRIEF PURSUIT, INITIATED A TRAFFIC STOP AT A GAS STATION ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY. HERRON ALLEGEDLY EXITED HIS VEHICLE WITH A KNIFE AND THREATENED CLABO. HE THEN DISCARDED THE WEAPON AND TOOK OFF ON FOOT. DEPUTY CLABO WAS ABLE TO TACKLE HERRON AND SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED HIM UNDER ARREST. HERRON WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT, ASSAULT, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON, EVADING, RESISTING ARREST AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/16/2006
Wreck sends Indiana couple to U.T.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK ON THE SPUR SATURDAY MORNING SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 AM JUST OUTSIDE OF GATLINBURG. APPARENTLY A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 72 YEAR OLD ITALO FIORE OF SEVIER COUNTY, COLLIDED WITH A HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY 36 YEAR OLD DOUGLAS HODSON OF INDIANA. HODSON AND HIS WIFE WHO WAS HIS PASSENGER, WERE BOTH LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. FIORE WAS CITED FOR THE UNSAFE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/15/2006
Sevier Co. man dies following altercation.
ONE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A FIGHT IN SEVIER COUNTY FRIDAY NIGHT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 O CLOCK AT A HOME IN THE FOUR HUNDRED BLOCK OF THORN GROVE PIKE. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE ALTERCATION WAS BETWEEN 47 YEAR OLD DANA CHESNEY OF HICKMAN ROAD IN KODAK, AND 43 YEAR OLD ANTHONY YARBER. DURING THE ALTERCATION, CHESNEY HAD APPARENTLY BEEN STABBED AND WAS IMMEDIATELY FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE SUBSEQUENTLY DIED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. DETECTIVE MARK TURNER ARRESTED YARBER AND CHARGED HIM WITH VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/15/2006
State approves Pigeon Forge T.D.Z. plan.
THE STATE BUILDING COMMISSION HAS APPROVED PIGEON FORGE’S AMBITIOUS ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY TWO MILLION DOLLAR BUILDING PROGRAM. THE DECISION WAS CONFIRMED YESTERDAY DURING A MEETING IN NASHVILLE. ADDITIONAL TAX REVENUES FROM THE NEW TOURIST DEVELOPMENT ZONE WILL ALLOW THE FUNDING OF A NEW CIVIC CENTRE, NEW PARKING FACILITIES AND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS. DEVELOPMENT ON THE FORMER JAKE THOMAS FARM SHOULD BEGIN LATER THIS YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/12/2006
Wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 ON OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY NEAR WEST LOOP. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN TURNER, 30 YEAR OLD JONATHAN MURPHY OF SEVIERVILLE, LOST CONTROL OF HIS TOYOTA PICKUP TRUCK, HIT A TREE, AND FLIPPED THE VEHICLE ONTO IT’S TOP. MURPHY HAD TO BE EXTRICATED BY EMERGENCY WORKERS. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/12/2006
Two teens arrested on burglary charges.
TWO TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH SEVERAL LOCAL BURGLARIES. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, A JOINT INVESTIGATION BETWEEN OFFICIALS WITH THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, LED TO THE ARREST OF 18 YEAR OLD JOSHUA RYAN FOX OF EIGHT POINT WAY AND 18 YEAR OLD JOSHUA CRAIG COONS OF BLUFF MOUNTAIN ROAD. FOX WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF FORGERY, AND A VIOLATION OF PROBATION, AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. COONS WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND A VIOLATION OF PROBATION, AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND FURTHER ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/12/2006
Sevier County zoning near implementation.
THE SEVIER COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MET ON TUESDAY AND VOTED TO RECOMMEND A FINAL ZONING RESOLUTION AND MAP TO THE COUNTY COMMISSION. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE COURTHOUSE ON MONDAY FROM 5 UNTIL 7, AND THEN THE COMMISSIONERS WILL VOTE ON THE RESOLUTION DURING THEIR REGULAR MEETING THAT BEGINS AT 7:30. IF APPROVED, A NEW ZONING REGULATION COULD GO INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 1ST.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/11/2006
Motorcycle wreck claims second life.
A MOTORCYCLE WRECK INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK ON TUESDAY, HAS CLAIMED A SECOND LIFE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK ON LITTLE RIVER ROAD. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, 68 YEAR OLD HUGH SCULLY OF LONG BEACH MISSISSIPPI, LOST CONTROL OF HIS HONDA GOLD WING AND RAN OFF THE ROAD. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIS PASSENGER, 59 YEAR OLD THOMAS MOCK ALSO OF LONG BEACH, PASSED AWAY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/11/2006
Sevier Co. man charged with rape of a child.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY RAPED A FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 50 YEAR OLD JAMES HAROLD NELSON OF BATES GIBSON ROAD, ALLEGEDLY RAPED THE CHILD SEVERAL TIMES AT HIS HOME. NELSON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY LAST WEDNESDAY AND CHARGED WITH THE RAPE OF A CHILD LESS THAN THIRTEEN YEARS OF AGE. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL BE ARRAIGNED ON JUNE 2ND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/11/2006
Solid waste receives grant.
THE SEVIER COUNTY SOLID WASTE ORGANIZATION HAS RECEIVED A WASTE TIRE GRANT FOR NEARLY FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION. THE GRANT IS SUPPORTED BY THE WASTE TIRE FUND THAT RECEIVES A STATE SURCHARGE ON THE PURCHASE OF NEW TIRES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/11/2006
Three arrested in Sevierville overnight.
A NIGHT OF DRINKING AND TROUBLEMAKING IN SEVIERVILLE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING, LED TO THE ARREST OF ONE ADULT AND TWO JUVENILES. THE INCIDENT BEGAN AROUND ONE AM WITH A CALL ABOUT NOISY YOUNGSTERS, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER CALL AT APPROXIMATELY 3:30 ABOUT JUVENILES STEALING STREET SIGNS. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE VEHICLE AND SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED 22 YEAR OLD HAROLD MAYS AND TWO MALE TEENAGERS. ONE OF THE JUVENILES ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE ON FOOT BUT WAS QUICKLY APPREHENDED BY OFFICER TED NEWMAN. ALL THREE HAD APPARENTLY BEEN DRINKING. MAYS WAS CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST, DUI, CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR AND THEFT. THE JUVENILES WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION AND THEFT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/10/2006
Accident in Park claims the life of rider.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY TUESDAY MORNING INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE DRIVER. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK ON LITTLE RIVER ROAD. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE UN-NAMED 68 YEAR OLD MAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, LOST CONTROL OF HIS GOLD WING MOTORCYCLE AND RAN OFF THE ROAD. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIS 59 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE NAMES OF BOTH VICTIMS ARE BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF THE NEXT OF KIN.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/10/2006
Construction worker flown to U.T.
A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL TUESDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 AT THE WINDSWEPT DEVELOPMENT JUST OFF BLUFF MOUNTAIN ROAD. APPARENTLY THE 34 YEAR OLD MALE FELL APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FEET FROM A ROOF. HE WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE WALDEN’S CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/10/2006
Former Sheriff's Deputy pleads guilty.
A FORMER SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY TO AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND THEFT OVER FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. DOUG TRENTHAM ADMITTED TO THE CHARGES WITHOUT A PLEA AGREEMENT FROM THE STATE. TRENTHAM ADMITTED THAT HE STOLE A NUMBER OF PIECES OF EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS FROM THE HOME OF JOHN WAYNE BLAIR, WHO IS CHARGED WITH THE FRIST DEGREE MURDER OF 23 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLARS, WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY KILLED AT BLAIR’S HOME IN APRIL 2005. TRENTHAM WILL BE SENTENCED ON AUGUST 8TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/9/2006
Sevierville man arrested following car chase.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY FOLLOWING A BRIEF CAR CHASE ALONG DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE NOON WHEN A CITIZEN REPORTED A SUSPICIOUS LOOKING MALE, THAT WAS REPORTEDLY LOOKING IN PARKED VEHICLES AT THE NATIONAL FITNESS CENTRE. WHEN THE SUBJECT LEFT THE AREA, THE CITIZEN PROVIDED AUTHORITIES WITH THE TAG NUMBER AND DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE, WHICH SEVIERVILLE POLICE DISPATCHERS DETERMINED HAD BEEN STOLEN IN KNOXVILLE. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER DWEESE MILLIRON WAS ABLE TO LOCATE THE VEHICLE ON GARY WADE BOULEVARD AND PURSUED IT DOWN DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY, OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY AND THEN ONTO EDGEWOOD LANE, WHERE THE DRIVER ABANDONED THE VEHICLE AND FLED ON FOOT. OFFICER MILLIRON AND OFFICER PAUL LAYMON EVENTUALLY FOUND THE SUBJECT HIDING IN SOME NEARBY BUSHES AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY. 39 YEAR OLD STEVEN SHREVE OF SEVIERVILLE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY, FELONY EVADING, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE ALSO PENDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/9/2006
Gatlinburg man killed in freak accident.
AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW NAMED THE GATLINBURG MAN WHO DIED FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A FREAK ACCIDENT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AT THE SUMMITT DEVELOPMENT IN THE WALDEN’S CREEK COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 46 YEAR OLD DARRELL STEWART OF MILLS PARK ROAD, WAS OPERATING A BOBCAT WHEN THE VEHICLE BECAME STUCK IN THE MUD NEAR A BURNING BRUSH PILE. APPARENTLY, THE BOBCAT AND STEWART BECAME ENGULFED IN FLAMES. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY AND FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY ARE INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/8/2006
Weekend fire destroys Kodak home.
A FIRE SATURDAY NIGHT DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT IN THE TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF ROBERTS ROAD IN KODAK. ALTHOUGH THE SINGLE WIDE TRAILER WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/8/2006
Pigeon Forge man charged with stalking.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER STALKING AND HARASSING LOUISE MANDRELL. KIRK EASTWOOD WHO USED TO WORK AT THE LOUISE MANDRELL THEATRE AS A PYROTECHNICIAN, PLED GUILTY AND ADMITTED TO SENDING A PACKAGE TO THE COUNTRY MUSIC STAR ON APRIL 27TH. THE PACKAGE THAT INCLUDED A KNIFE, SOME TAROT CARDS, A GREETING CARD PYRAMIDS AND A CRYSTAL BALL, HAD TO BE OPENED BY THE BOMB SQUAD DUE TO EASTWOOD’S BACKGROUND WITH PYROTECHNICS. EASTWOOD IS FORBIDDEN FROM ANY CONTACT WITH MANDRELL OR ANY OF HER EMPLOYEE’S.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/8/2006
Construction worker injured.
A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL IN GATLINBURG THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 IN THE FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF JOHNSON LANE. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE 23 YEAR OLD MALE VICTIM FELL APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FEET FROM THE ROOF OF A CABIN. THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/5/2006
Accident victim named.
AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW NAMED THE SEYMOUR MAN THAT WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AM IN THE SIXTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY NEAR TEMPLE ROAD. THE DRIVER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 23 YEAR OLD DANIEL DUNLAP OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN VIEW DRIVE. HE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/5/2006
Two seperate wrecks send two to U.T.
TWO SEPARATE WRECKS OVERNIGHT SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE FIRST ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT IN THE EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY. THE DRIVER OF A CHEVY IMPALA COLLIDED WITH A HORSE THAT HAD ESCAPED FROM IT’S FIELD. THE UN-NAMED DRIVER’S CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE HORSE DIED FROM THE IMPACT. THE SECOND WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AM IN THE SIXTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY, NEAR TEMPLE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE MALE DRIVER FROM SEYMOUR, LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND ENDED UP WITH THE FORD WEDGED BETWEEN TWO TREE’S. HE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE AND IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/4/2006
Three arrested in drug sting.
ON ON-GOING NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION IN SEVIER COUNTY HAS LED TO THE ARREST OF THREE MEN. 23 YEAR OLD JESSE RAMZANALI OF ATLANTA GEORGIA, 21 YEAR OLD JORGE COREAS AND 27 YEAR OLD FRANCISCO ZELAYA, BOTH OF HOUSTON TEXAS, WERE ALL ARRESTED ON TUESDAY AFTER ALLEGEDLY DELIVERING FOUR KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE, WORTH AN ESTIMATED 84 THOUSAND DOLLARS, TO AN UNDERCOVER TBI AGENT. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR SAID THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND ADDITIONAL ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE TOOK PART IN THAT BUST.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/4/2006
Primary election results in Sevier County.
SEVIER COUNTIANS WENT TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY AND DECIDED THE OUTCOME OF SEVERAL HOTLY CONTESTED RACES. INCUMBENT SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY WAS EASILY RE-ELECTED WITH 56% OF THE VOTE, AND RITA ELLISON WON THE CIRCUIT COURT CLERK’S RACE, BEATING JAN REAGAN TODD WITH 70% OF THE VOTE. ALTHOUGH JOE BAKER TOOK SEVIER COUNTY, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACE FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WAS EVENTUALLY WON BY JIMMY DUNN WITH 52% OF THE VOTE FROM ALL FOUR COUNTIES. OF THE ELEVEN COUNTY COMMISSION REPUBLICAN RACES, EIGHTEEN INCUMBENTS WERE RE-ELECTED, FIVE LOST THEIR SEATS, AND SEVEN NEW COMMISSIONERS WERE ELECTED. RUN-OFF’S WITH A DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER WILL BE HELD IN AUGUST IN THREE COMMISSION DISTRICTS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/3/2006
Sevier Co. man charged with sexual assault.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER T.C. FALCONER RESPONDED TO A SEVIERVILLE RESIDENCE WHERE THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAD TAKEN PLACE ON APRIL 12TH. ON MONDAY, DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH CHARGED 45 YEAR OLD NOEL GREY SMITH WITH FELONY AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. SMITH IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/3/2006
Seymour wreck sends two to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT IN SEYMOUR SENT AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE, ONE OF THEM VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7:30 ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE KROGER GROCERY STORE. APPARENTLY, A CHEVY CAR BEING DRIVEN BY A UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER FROM KNOXVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A HONDA MOTORCYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY A MALE SEVIERVILLE RESIDENT. THE VICTIMS CONDITIONS ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/2/2006
Sevier Co. student honored.
A SEVIER COUNTY STUDENT IS ONE OF TWELVE TENNESSEANS SELECTED AS A SEMI-FINALIST IN THE ANNUAL PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS AWARD PROGRAM. ANNE CALKINS FROM THE SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL COULD BE INVITED TO WASHINGTON D.C. IF SHE IS CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE 2006 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS. THE PROGRAM HONORS THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF OUTSTANDING GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/2/2006
Wreck sends one person to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT SENT THE PASSENGER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 IN THE FOURTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE SEVIERVILLE CITY LIMIT. APPARENTLY, THE UN-IDENTIFIED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS CHEVY CELEBRITY AND ENDED UP DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. HIS TEENAGE FEMALE COMPANION RECEIVED WHAT APPEARED TO BE NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/1/2006
Two arrested during motel drug bust.
TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED LAST NIGHT FOLLOWING A DRUG BUST AT A LOCAL MOTEL. THE ARRESTS WERE MADE JUST BEFORE 9:30 IN A ROOM AT THE SUPER EIGHT MOTEL ON HIGHWAY 66 IN SEVIERVILLE. BOTH WERE CHARGED WITH SIMPLE POSSESSION AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION SHOULD IT BECOME AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
5/1/2006
Officials release name of wreck victim.
AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAME OF A MAN THAT DIED FOLLOWING A WRECK MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AND MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER RAY BROWN, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 62 YEAR OLD PATRICIA HEACOX OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE BEING DRIVEN BY 47 YEAR OLD RODNEY BUCHANON OF CAMDEN INDIANA. BUCHANON WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIS PASSENGER, 16 YEAR OLD KAIYLA RACKLIFF OF SEVIERVILLE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE, WHERE SHE WAS TREATED AND LATER RELEASED. HEACOX WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM FORT SANDERS SEVIER. SHE WAS ALSO CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/19/2006
City sells land to Covenant Health.
SEVIERVILLE’S BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN HAVE AGREED TO SELL THE OLD DAN RIVER PROPERTY TO COVENANT HEALTH, THE PARENT COMPANY OF FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. COVENANT HEALTH PURCHASED THE PROPERTY FOR ABOUT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS AND PLAN TO BUILD A NEW EIGHTY MILLION DOLLAR HOSPITAL. COVENANT HEALTH WILL NOW APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF NEED FROM THE STATE, AND BEGIN WORKING ON A MASTER PLAN FOR THE NEW FACILITY. COVENANT EXPECTS TO CLOSE ON THE DEAL WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/19/2006
Sevier Co. man arrested on drug & theft charges.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE MANUFACTURE OF MARIJUANA AND FOR THEFT OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WERE NOTIFIED JUST BEFORE 7:30 MONDAY MORNING, OF A CAR BEING STOLEN FROM THE GLEN SMITH WELL DRILLING BUSINESS ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE PERPETRATOR HAD USED A TRUCK FROM THE SAME BUSINESS TO RAM THE FRONT GATE OPEN, AND THEN TOOK THE OTHER VEHICLE FROM THE LOT. AN INVESTIGATION BY DETECTIVES JEFF MCCARTER AND STEPHANIE MCCLURE, LED THEM TO A HOME ON PEARL VALLEY ROAD WHERE THE STOLEN VEHICLE WAS RECOVERED. DETECTIVES ALSO ALLEGEDLY FOUND SEVERAL CONTAINERS AT THE HOME FILLED WITH MARIJUANA. 36 YEAR OLD RUSSELL ALVIN NALLEY WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND HELD ON A FIFTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND MORE ARRESTS ARE POSSIBLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/18/2006
Freak accident sends Kodak man to U.T.
A FREAK ACCIDENT SATURDAY EVENING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT A KODAK MAN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 O CLOCK AT A HOME JUST OFF DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD. THE UN-NAMED VICTIM WAS APPARENTLY USING A RIDING LAWN MOWER WHEN IT EXPLODED, SPEWED GASOLINE OVER HIM, AND CAUGHT HIS CLOTHING ON FIRE. HE WAS BURNED OVER ABOUT NINETY PERCENT OF HIS UPPER BODY. THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/18/2006
Wreck claims the life of motorcycle rider.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE MONDAY AFTERNOON, CLAIMED THE LIFE OF ONE PERSON AND SENT TWO OTHERS TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AND MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. THE UN-NAMED DECEASED WAS RIDING A MOTORCYCLE AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIS JUVENILE FEMALE PASSENGER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE FEMALE CAR DRIVER WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE CONDITION OF BOTH FEMALE VICTIMS IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/18/2006
Sexual offender arrested.
A MORRISTOWN MAN WANTED FOR A VIOLATION OF THE SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRY WAS ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND IN SEVIER COUNTY. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, DEPUTY RANDY THOMAS HAD APPROACHED THE SUBJECT AS HE WALKED ALONG WEARS VALLEY ROAD ON SATURDAY MORNING. THE SUSPECT SAID THAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR A RIDE HOME. WHILE THOMAS WAS VERIFYING THE MAN’S IDENTITY, THE SUBJECT TOOK OFF ON FOOT INTO A WOODED AREA. DEPUTY THOMAS, A K9 OFFICER AND MEMBERS OF THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT SEARCHED THE AREA AND EVENTUALLY ARRESTED DANNY ALAN BRYANT. HE WAS CHARGED WITH VIOLATION OF PROBATION, VIOLATION OF THE SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRY, AND FOUR COUNTS OF FELONY EVADING ARREST. BRYANT IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON MAY 19TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/17/2006
Couple arrested on tax evasion charges.
U.S. MARSHALL’S HAVE ARRESTED A PIGEON FORGE COUPLE THAT CLAIM THAT THEY ARE NOT SUBJECT TO TAX LAWS, OR ANY OTHER LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES. ARNOLD AND KATHLEEN SCHMID HAVE BEEN ON THE RUN SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER TO AVOID CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE GOVERNMENT, AND WILLFUL FAILURE TO FILE TAX RETURNS. THE COUPLE WERE ARRESTED IN PORTLAND OREGON. THE SCHMID’S ARE ACCUSED OF USING SHELL COMPANIES TO HIDE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INCOME FROM THEIR SEVIER COUNTY CABIN RENTAL BUSINESS AND THE ALPINE MOUNTAIN CHALET RESORT IN WEARS VALLEY. THE COUPLE WILL NOW FACE EXTRADITION BACK TO SEVIER COUNTY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/17/2006
Nine vehicle wreck kills one.
A MULTI VEHICLE WRECK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY THURSDAY MORNING, CLAIMED ONE LIFE AND SENT SIX PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 AM IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR HIGHLAND VIEW. APPARENTLY NINE VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN THE WRECK INCLUDING A MOTORCYCLE. THE DECEASED WAS IDENTIFIED AS 21 YEAR OLD STEVEN LYNN TERRY JUNIOR OF POWELL. EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT THE PILE-UP BEGAN WHEN TERRY’S VEHICLE DRIFTED OVER THE DIVIDING DOUBLE YELLOW LINE, AND SIDE-SWIPED A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 20 YEAR OLD JONATHAN OWENS OF SEYMOUR. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/14/2006
Fire damages convenience centre.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED ONE BUILDING AND DAMAGED A DUMPSTER AT A SEVIER COUNTY CONVENIENCE CENTRE. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 AT THE FACILITY LOCATED AT 759 ALLENSVILLE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE STAFF SHED BURNED TO THE GROUND AND ONE OF THE TRASH CONTAINERS WAS ALSO BADLY DAMAGED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/14/2006
Deputies investigate theft of ATM.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY THAT OCCURRED EARLY THIS MORNING. THE BREAK-IN WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 AT THE DYNAMITE LIQUIDATORS STORE ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH WHITE SCHOOL ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE THIEVES WERE ABLE TO REMOVE AN ATM FROM THE STORE AND HAUL IT AWAY. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/13/2006
Wreck sends three to the hospital.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE LAST NIGHT SENT THREE PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 O CLOCK ON RIDGE ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH RAINBOW ROAD. IT APPEARS THAT THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER FELL VICTIM TO A MEDICAL PROBLEM AND LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE. HE AND HIS TWO PASSENGERS WERE ALL TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/13/2006
Cosby woman flown to U.T.
A COSBY RESIDENT WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT IN SEVIER COUNTY. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 O CLOCK IN THE FORTY FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF JONES COVE ROAD, NEAR THE SCHOOL. THE 46 YEAR OLD UN-NAMED FEMALE DRIVER HAD TO BE CUT FREE FROM THE WRECKAGE. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/12/2006
Fugitive apprehended.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WHO WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE FROM OFFICERS WHILE BEING TRANSFERRED BETWEEN SEVIER COUNTY AND JEFFERSON COUNTY OFFICIALS NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO, IS NOW IN CUSTODY. 26 YEAR OLD ROBERT DANIEL VICKERS OF BLUE GRASS ROAD WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON MARCH 31ST BECAUSE OF AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST IN JEFFERSON COUNTY. HE APPARENTLY ASSAULTED A PRISON OFFICER AND ESCAPED ON FOOT. VICKERS WAS ARRESTED ON FRIDAY AFTER BEING FOUND AT A NURSERY OWNED BY HIS FATHER IN LAW. VICKERS RAN FROM THE SCENE BUT WAS FOUND ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER HIDING IN A DRAINAGE CULVERT NEAR CLEVELAND NORTH CAROLINA. HE IS AWAITING EXTRADITION BACK TO SEVIER COUNTY. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE U.S. MARSHALL’S SERVICE, AND THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS FUGITIVE TASK FORCE WERE ALL INVOLVED IN VICKERS APPREHENSION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/12/2006
Electrocution sends woman to the hospital.
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER INADVERTENTLY ELECTROCUTING HER SELF AT HER PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT THE PIGEON RIVER POTTERY STORE ON OLD MILL AVENUE. APPARENTLY, AMANDA CHRISTOPHER WAS CHANGING A LIGHT BULB WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. SHE WAS TAKEN TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER FOR OBSERVATION AFTER COMPLAINING THAT SHE FELT WEAK. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/12/2006
Sevier Co. man admits to shooting.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS PLED GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. 46 YEAR OLD CURTIS OWNBY WAS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT TOMORROW BUT DECIDED TO MAKE A DEAL WITH THE STATE. OWNBY ADMITTED TO SHOOTING 42 YEAR OLD MARY ANN RAYFIELD OUTSIDE HIS HOME ON CRAWFISH WAY. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED IN MAY OF 2004 FOLLOWING A NIGHT OF DRINKING AND ARGUING. OWNBY WAS SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN JAIL AND MUST SERVE AT LEAST THIRTY FIVE PERCENT OF HIS SENTENCE BEFORE BEING ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/11/2006
Sevier Co. man charged with burglary.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED ON SUNDAY AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STOLE SEVERAL TOOLS FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE BURGLARY WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 AT A HOUSE THAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THE FOURTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF WEST MILFORD HAVEN DRIVE. LATER THAT SAME DAY, SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AARON WHALEY SPOTTED A VEHICLE PARKED ON PULLEN ROAD THAT MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION OF THE TRUCK THAT WAS USED DURING THE BURGLARY. FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION BY DETECTIVE MARK TURNER, JACKIE RUSTON WHALEY OF 1080 PULLEN ROAD WAS CHARGED WITH THE BURGLARY. SEVERAL OF THE STOLEN TOOLS WERE ALLEGEDLY RECOVERED FROM HIS HOME. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/11/2006
Four charged with attempted murder.
FOUR SEVIER COUNTY MEN HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOLLOWING A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN PIGEON FORGE THURSDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE POLICE CHIEF JACK BALDWIN, 18 YEAR OLD DUSTIN MYLES VAN HOOSE OF PIGEON FORGE, 18 YEAR OLD WILLIAM HAYES OF SEVIERVILLE, 20 YEAR OLD ADRIAN CRAWFORD OF SEVIERVILLE, AND 22 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY IRICK OF SEVIERVILLE, HAVE ALL BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED AT 3136 GLENN HUSKEY DRIVE IN PIGEON FORGE. APPARENTLY 19 YEAR OLD JOHN MCCLURE, 20 YEAR OLD JUSTIN BERRY, AND 20 YEAR OLD JAMES DISSARY, ALONG WITH TWO MALE JUVENILES WERE IN THE YARD, WHEN THE FOUR SUSPECTS ALLEGEDLY FIRED MULTIPLE SHOTGUN AND HANDGUN ROUNDS AT THEM. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS INJURED. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/11/2006
Fire destroys English Mountain home.
A FIRE FRIDAY EVENING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 O CLOCK AT A RESIDENCE IN THE EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF YELLOW BREECHES ROAD ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME, BUT LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/10/2006
Officials investigate death of teen.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN Whose BODY WAS FOUND IN AN APARTMENT ON TUESDAY. THE DECEASED HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS NINETEEN YEAR OLD BRITNEY MONIQUE FOSTER OF PIGEON FORGE. HER BODY WAS FOUND INSIDE AN APARTMENT AT 505 CROFFORD STREET. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. DETECTIVES HAVE REQUESTED AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/7/2006
Sevier Co. students honored.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN NAMED AS PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR CANDIDATES BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. GATLINBURG PITTMAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT LINDSEY OAKLEY AND SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ANNE CALKINS, WERE BOTH RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS. THE COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS WILL NAME THE 2006 SCHOLARS IN MAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/6/2006
Sevier Co. Mayor to run for congress.
SEVIER COUNTY MAYOR LARRY WATERS HAS DECIDED TO RUN FOR CONGRESS. WATERS WILL SEEK THE FIRST DISTRICT SEAT CURRENTLY HELD BY BILL JENKINS, WHO ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT LAST MONTH. WATERS WILL NOT TAKE A LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING HIS CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS COUNTY MAYOR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/6/2006
Fire destroys Pigeon Forge cabins.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING HAS DESTROYED TWO RENTAL CABINS AND SLIGHTLY DAMAGED A THIRD. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 AM IN THE 700 BLOCK OF CHICKASAW GAP WAY IN PIGEON FORGE. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE WALDEN’S CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/6/2006
Construction worker flown to U.T.
A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A FALL IN THE WEARS VALLEY AREA. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK JUST OFF HATCHER MOUNTAIN ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED 33 YEAR OLD MALE VICTIM FELL APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FEET FROM A CABIN, AND LANDED ON A STEEL ROD. HE APPARENTLY SUFFERED INJURIES TO HIS HEAD, STOMACH AND RECEIVED A SUSPECTED BROKEN ANKLE. THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/5/2006
High school student pleads guilty.
A PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WHO TOOK A GUN WITH HIM TO SCHOOL LAST SEPTEMBER, PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY IN SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. 17 YEAR OLD JOHN LIVAUDAIS ENTERED THE GUILTY PLEA AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, WHICH IS A FELONY, POSSESSION OF A WEAPON UNDER THE INFLUENCE, AND FOR RESISTING ARREST. LIVAUDAIS WHO IS BEING TRIED AS AN ADULT, HAS A SENTENCING HEARING SET FOR JUNE 6TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/5/2006
Pigeon Forge reduces T.D.Z plan.
PIGEON FORGE CITY OFFICIALS HAVE REDUCED THE SIZE AND AMOUNT OF THE BUILDING PLAN, WHICH IS AT THE CENTRE OF THEIR PROPOSED TOURIST DEVELOPMENT ZONE APPLICATION. OFFICIALS ORIGINALLY WANTED THE STATE TO APPROVE AN AMBITIOUS BUILDING PROJECT BASED AROUND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMER JAKE THOMAS FARM PROPERTY ON TEASTER LANE. APPARENTLY STATE OFFICIALS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE ORIGINAL TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT, AND HAD ISSUES WITH SOME OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS THAT WOULD NOT QUALIFY AS A BENEFIT TO A PUBLIC USE FACILITY. PIGEON FORGE OFFICIALS HAVE NOW REDUCED THE PROJECT BY FORTY THREE MILLION DOLLARS BY CANCELING PLANS FOR AN EIGHTEEN MILLION DOLLAR HERITAGE MUSEUM, AND REDUCING THE SIZE OF SEVERAL OTHER PLANNED PROJECTS. THE REVISED APPLICATION SHOULD BE SENT TO THE STATE FOR CONSIDERATION WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/4/2006
School evacuated after bomb threat.
THE JONES COVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED MONDAY MORNING AFTER OFFICIALS FOUND A LAYOUT MAP OF THE SCHOOL WHICH INCLUDED A POSSIBLE BOMB THREAT. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30. ALL OF THE STUDENTS WERE TAKEN TO A NEARBY CHURCH WHILE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND BOMB SNIFFING DOGS SEARCHED THE AREA. NOTHING WAS FOUND AND LATER, FOUR STUDENTS ADMITTED TO THE PRANK. ALL FOUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/4/2006
Schmutzer decides not to run for congress.
AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR HAS DECIDED NOT TO RUN FOR CONGRESS. SCHMUTZER SAID THAT HE WANTED TO SPEND TIME WITH HIS FAMILY THIS SUMMER AND FELT THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO FINISH OUT HIS CAREER AS DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL. AFTER HE RETIRES IN SEPTEMBER, SCHMUTZER PLANS TO PROSECUTE CASES FOR THE STATE ON A PART TIME BASIS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/4/2006
Storms cause damage across Sevier County.
LIGHTENING ASSOCIATED WITH A STORM THAT ROLLED ACROSS SEVIER COUNTY EARLY THIS MORNING HAS CAUSED TWO HOUSE FIRES. THE FIRST BLAZE WAS REPORTED AT A HOME IN THE FIFTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF BROAD RIVER LANE, IN THE BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY AREA. THE SECOND FIRE WAS REPORTED AT A HOME ON VISTA DRIVE IN THE GATLINBURG AREA. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE STORM ALSO KNOCKED OUT POWER TO ABOUT FIFTY HOMES MOSTLY IN THE EASTERN PART OF SEVIER COUNTY. ANOTHER STORM LAST NIGHT SET A DOCK ON DOUGLAS LAKE FREE, INCLUDING ABOUT THIRTY BOATS THAT WERE MOORED TO IT. SO FAR, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/3/2006
Man arrested for allegedly stabbing friend.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AFTER ALLEGEDLY STABBING ONE OF HIS FRIENDS. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK AT A HOME IN THE 200 BLOCK OF EAST MAIN STREET IN SEVIERVILLE. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT TODD NAILLON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE UN-NAMED MALE VICTIM WAS FOUND OUTSIDE THE REAR OF THE RESIDENCE WITH A STAB WOUND TO THE CHEST. AFTER INTERVIEWING WITNESSES, NAILLON ARRESTED 32 YEAR OLD MARVIN MENDOZA DUARTE AT HIS WYE ROAD HOME. APPARENTLY, THE TWO MEN WERE ARGUING ABOUT WHERE DUARTE HAD PARKED HIS CAR WHILE VISITING THE EAST MAIN STREET LOCATION. THE VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. DUARTE WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/3/2006
Man arrested for possession of pipe bomb.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ALLEGEDLY FOUND MATERIALS USED FOR MAKING PIPE BOMBS AT HIS HOME. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 26 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SCOTT ROULETTE OF SIX POINT WAY IN SEYMOUR, WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVE COMPONENTS. AUTHORITIES OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT FOLLOWING A TIP FROM THE RUTLEDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT. INVESTIGATORS ALLEGEDLY FOUND A DYNAMITE BLASTING CAP, BLACK POWDER AND PELLETS FROM A TWELVE GAUGE SHOTGUN SHELL. ROULETTE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
4/3/2006
Fire destroys Seymour home.
A FIRE THURSDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEYMOUR HOME. THE BLAZE WAS INITIALLY REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT THE HOUSE IN THE FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF THOMAS CIRCLE. ACCORDING TO CHIEF CHUCK GODFREY WITH THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SPLIT LEVEL BRICK HOME WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BUT FIRE FIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE. HOWEVER, JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK, FIRE FIGHTERS HAD TO RETURN TO THE HOME WHICH HAD RE-IGNITED. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS EVENTUALLY DESTROYED, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/31/2006
Seymour wreck injures three.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY EVENING IN SEYMOUR SENT THREE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5 O CLOCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE SEYMOUR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. THE WRECK APPARENTLY INVOLVED A MINIVAN AND TWO CARS AND CLOSED THE SOUTHBOUND LANES FOR ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES. TWO VICTIMS WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE, THE OTHER TO SAINT MARY’S. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL AND THE RESCUE SQUAD RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/30/2006
Separate trial request turned down.
A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE HAS TURNED DOWN A REQUEST FOR A SEPARATE TRIAL FROM THE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN A FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE SPUR LAST MARCH. STEVEN WILLIAMS WAS APPARENTLY DRAG RACING WHEN THE OTHER VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD JONATHAN MATHEW HALL, SLAMMED INTO A VAN KILLING FIVE PEOPLE FROM VIRGINIA BEACH. WILLIAMS’ ATTORNEY HAD ARGUED THAT HALL HAD BEEN ALLEGEDLY DRINKING AND SMOKING MARIJUANA PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT, AND HAD A CRIMINAL PAST, AND THAT A JURY MIGHT HOLD THAT EVIDENCE AGAINST WILLIAMS AS WELL. THE TRIAL IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN JUNE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/30/2006
Brush fire burns five acres.
A BRUSH FIRE IN SEYMOUR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON KEPT FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK IN A GRASSY AREA JUST OFF BURNETT STATION ROAD NEAR THE SEVIER – BLOUNT COUNTY LINE. ACCORDING TO CHIEF CHUCK GODFREY WITH THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE FIRE WAS ACCIDENTALLY STARTED BY A RESIDENT THAT WAS BURNING SOME BRUSH. THE FIRE QUICKLY SPREAD TO A NEARBY FIELD AND THEN INTO A HEAVILY WOODED AREA. THE BLAZE CONSUMED ABOUT FIVE ACRES AND TOOK FIRE FIGHTERS SEVERAL HOURS TO CONTAIN.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/30/2006
Officials identify woman killed in fire.
OFFICIALS HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAME OF A WOMAN WHO DIED DURING AN EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE IN GATLINBURG. THE DECEASED HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 62 YEAR OLD NANCY ELLEN CARR. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 AM TUESDAY MORNING AT HER HOME ON POPLAR LANE. SIX OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE RENTING AN APARTMENT FROM CARR IN THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE HOME, WERE ALL ABLE TO ESCAPE THE BLAZE. THE FIRE APPARENTLY STARTED IN THE KITCHEN AREA OF THE HOME. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS TOMORROW FROM FIVE UNTIL SEVEN AT THE ATCHLEY FUNERAL HOME FOLLOWED BY A FUNERAL SERVICE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/29/2006
Seymour man sentenced to 35 years.
A SEYMOUR MAN CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF HIS GIRLFRIEND AND THEIR UNBORN CHILD, PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY. 38 YEAR OLD TERRY JUSTUS OF SIX POINT WAY IN SEYMOUR, WAS SENTENCED TO THIRTY FIVE YEARS IN JAIL FOR TWO COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER. AUTHORITIES FOUND THE BODY OF SHARON ACOSTA LAST JULY IN A SHALLOW GRAVE AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE JUST OFF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. INVESTIGATORS SAID THAT JUSTUS STRANGLED HER WITH A PIECE OF WIRE AT HIS HOME DURING AN ARGUMENT ABOUT THEIR UNBORN CHILD. JUSTUS MUST SERVE AT LEAST EIGHTY FIVE PERCENT OF HIS SENTENCE BEFORE BEING ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/29/2006
Alleged Hotel attacker to go before grand jury.
THE CASE AGAINST A PIGEON FORGE MAN WHO IS ACCUSED OF BEATING A HOTEL CLERK WITH A TIRE IRON, WILL GO TO A GRAND JURY. 28 YEAR OLD TERRELL THOMAS BALL OF SCHNEIDER ROAD IN PIGEON FORGE, WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEATING 33 YEAR OLD REBECCA OAKES AT THE MUSIC ROAD HOTEL LAST DECEMBER. OAKES TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT SHE WAS WORKING THE THIRD SHIFT WHEN THE SUSPECT GOT OFF THE ELEVATOR JUST BEFORE 4:30 AM. SHE SAID THAT THE MAN STATED THAT HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING, AND THAT HE WAS PACING AND REEKED OF ALCOHOL. OAKES THEN SAID THAT THE MAN JUMPED OVER THE COUNTER AND BEAT HER WITH THE TIRE IRON FOR NO APPARENT REASON. IN COURT ON FRIDAY, BALL’S ATTORNEY SAID THAT THE STATE HAS BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A MOTIVE FOR THE ALLEGED ATTACK. BALL, WHO IS STILl BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL, MAINTAINS THAT HE DOESN’T REMEMBER ANYTHING. THE GRAND JURY WILL CONVENE ON JUNE 5TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/28/2006
Construction worker flown to U.T.
A CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT MONDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE PERSON TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 AT THE LOG HOME DEVELOPMENT SITE IN THE FORTY SEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF MANNIS HOLLOW ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE MALE VICTIM FELL APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN FEET AND WAS THEN HIT BY ABOUT FIVE LOGS THAT FELL ONTO HIM. THE UN-NAMED VICTIM IS BELIEVED TO HAVE SUFFERED A PUNCTURED LUNG AS WELL AS VARIOUS OTHER CUTS AND BRUISES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/28/2006
Early morning fire critically wounds woman.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING CRITICALLY INJURED ONE RESIDENT AND DESTROYED A HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AT A HOUSE THAT HAD BEEN CONVERTED INTO A RENTAL UNIT IN THE TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF POPLAR LANE IN GATLINBURG. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, ONE TEAM OF FIRE FIGHTERS CONCENTRATED ON SURPRESSING THE FIRE, WHILE ANOTHER TEAM WORKED TO RESCUE THE UN-NAMED FEMALE VICTIM. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HER CURRENT CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/28/2006
Pigeon Forge man charged with rape.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING AND TWO COUNTS OF RAPE. 44 YEAR OLD VIRGIL LAMAR MINEFIELD OF HAZELWOOD STREET, ALLEGEDLY REPEATEDLY RAPED A WOMAN WHO WAS STAYING AT HIS HOME WITH HER ONE YEAR OLD SON. MINEFIELD ALSO APPARENTLY THREATENED HER WITH A PISTOL, TOOK HER CAR KEYS AND TOLD HER SHE COULDN’T LEAVE. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/27/2006
Two men arrested on drug charges and beating.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEATING A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN AT HER HOME AND STEALING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS FROM HER. 22 YEAR OLD JAMES RUBEN ROWE OF SEVIERVILLE AND 20 YEAR OLD ADAM LEE SPURGEON OF PIGEON FORGE, APPARENTLY ATTACKED MICKEY LOVEDAY AT HER HOME ON ELVIN BRANCH ROAD ON MARCH 19TH. SPURGEON ALSO FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER GATLINBURG POLICE OFFICERS SERVING A WARRANT, ALLEGEDLY FOUND MARIJUANA, METH AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AT THE MOTEL WERE SPURGEON WAS STAYING. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/27/2006
Sevierville wreck injures passenger.
ANOTHER WRECK AT MALFUNCTION JUNCTION SATURDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE PERSON TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4 O CLOCK AND CLOSED THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND MAIN STREET FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT REBECCA COWAN WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 25 YEAR OLD KIMBERLY GARLAND OF MARYVILLE WAS THE PASSENGER IN AN SUV, THAT WAS STRUCK BY A FORD EXPLORER BEING DRIVEN BY 20 YEAR OLD LARRY PACKET OF PIKEVILLE KENTUCKY. THE COLLISION CAUSED THE EXPLORER TO FLIP ONTO IT’S TOP. GARLANDS INJURIES WERE NOT THOUGHT TO BE SERIOUS. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/27/2006
Beating & robbery suspect identified.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED THE PERSON THAT ALLEGEDLY BEAT TWO SEVIERVILLE RESIDENTS TO NEAR DEATH, ROBBED A WOMAN AT GUNPOINT AT A SEVIERVILLE ATM AND FINALLY TOOK HIS OWN LIFE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE DEAD SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 35 YEAR OLD DANNY LEE PENDLEY OF 1230 INDIAN WARPATH ROAD IN SEVIER COUNTY. DETECTIVES WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE CONTINUING THAT INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/24/2006
Wreck kills Sevier Co. woman.
ONE PERSON IS DEAD FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE THURSDAY MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE NINE O CLOCK ON MAIN STREET ACROSS FROM CARL OWNBY’S. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT BILL BARTON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A PICK-UP TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 77 YEAR OLD ROSA ELLISON OF SEVIER COUNTY, RAN INTO THE BACK OF A SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER THAT HAD STOPPED IN TRAFFIC. ELLISON, WHO WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/24/2006
Driver flown to U.T.
ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN PIGEON FORGE THURSDAY MORNING SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 ON THE PARKWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH WEARS VALLEY ROAD. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT RICHIE CATLETT WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A KENWORTH TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY DAVID ALLEN MURPHY OF KNOXVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A FORD FUSION BEING DRIVEN BY ARLENE GILLEY OF TYLER TEXAS. ACCORDING TO EYEWITNESSES, MURPHY ALLEGEDLY RAN THE TRAFFIC SIGNAL AND REAR-ENDED THE CAR. GILLEY WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. MURPHY WAS CITED FOR DISREGARDING A TRAFFIC SIGNAL. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/24/2006
Sevier Co. crime spree related.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, NOW SAY THAT A CRIME SPREE THAT INVOLVED TWO BEATINGS, AN ARMED ROBBERY AND A SUICIDE, WERE ALL RELATED. CITY OF SEVIERVILLE SPOKESMAN JIM DEANDA SAID THAT THE FIRST INCIDENT WAS REPORTED TUESDAY EVENING AT ABOUT 9:30 WHEN SOMEONE BROKE INTO A HOME ON OWNBY STREET IN SEVIERVILLE. THE PERPETRATOR BEAT 56 YEAR OLD TONY MESSER AND 37 YEAR OLD CHRISTY MESSER WITH A BLUNT OBJECT, AND STOLE SEVERAL WEAPONS FROM A GUN SAFE. ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES LATER, A WOMAN WAS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT AFTER USING AN ATM AT THE CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK ON HIGHWAY 66. FOURTEEN HOURS LATER, OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A SUICIDE ON INDIAN WARPATH ROAD. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE, WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE HOME, SOME CLOTHING ITEMS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN USED DURING THE ARMED ROBBERY AND A WEAPON THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM THE MESSER’S HOME, WERE FOUND AT THE SCENE. TONY AND CHRISTY MESSER ARE BOTH IN SERIOUS BUT STABLE CONDITION AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE NAME OF THE MALE SUSPECT WHO SHOT HIMSELF IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 1896.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/23/2006
Officials investigating car fire.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A VEHICLE FIRE THAT HAPPENED EARLY THIS MORNING. THE CAR WHICH DID NOT HAVE A TAG ON IT, WAS FOUND ABLAZE JUST BEFORE 3:30 THIS MORNING ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH TRACE WAY. A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WAS FLAGGED DOWN BY A PASSING MOTORIST. THE DRIVER OF THAT VEHICLE WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/23/2006
Fire destroys Wears Valley home.
A FIRE TUESDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE FOUR O CLOCK AT A TRAILER IN THE SIXTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF SOUTH HELTON ROAD IN THE WEARS VALLEY COMMUNITY. THE HOME WAS APPARENTLY OWNED BY PHILLIP SHULAR. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE WEARS VALLEY AND WALDEN’S CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/22/2006
Pigeon Forge wreck injures four.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE TUESDAY AFTERNOON SENT FOUR PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT LYNN WILHOIT, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE TWO O CLOCK IN THE THIRTY FOUR HUNDRED BLOCK OF THE PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH OGLE DRIVE. PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER RICKY ATCHLEY REPORTED THAT A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY JERRY GERMANY OF CARTHAGE MISSISSIPPI, COLLIDED WITH A DODGE CARAVAN BEING DRIVEN BY 37 YEAR OLD JEFFERY HOLLAND OF ATTALIA ALABAMA. HIS WIFE, 37 YEAR OLD RACHEL HOLLAND, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN WERE ALL TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. GERMANY WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/22/2006
Park to allow fishing for "Brookies."
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT ANGLERS WILL BE ABLE TO FISH FOR BROOK TROUT BEGINNING IN APRIL. FISHING FOR RAINBOW AND BROWN TROUT HAS BEEN ALLOWED INSIDE THE PARK, BUT IT’S BEEN THIRTY YEARS SINCE ANGLERS COULD LEGALLY FISH FOR BROOKIES. BEGINNING APRIL 15TH, MOST OF THE SEVEN HUNDRED MILES OF STREAMS INSIDE THE PARK WILL BE OPENED FOR FISHING. FOR MORE INFORMATION, ANGLERS CAN CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 – 1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/22/2006
Fire destroys vacant home.
A FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5:30 AT THE VACANT HOUSE ON OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH LONG SPRINGS ROAD. OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE AS THE PROPERTY HAD BEEN ABANDONED FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/21/2006
Elkmont hearings set for this weekend.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WILL HOLD A HEARING THIS WEEKEND ON A PLAN TO PRESERVE THE ELKMONT AREA OF THE PARK. THE HEARING WILL BE ON AN AMENDMENT TO THE 1982 GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN WHICH CALLED FOR THE REMOVAL OF ALL 74 BUILDINGS, FORTY NINE OF WHICH ARE REGARDED AS HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT. THE MEETING WILL BE TO CONSIDER A PLAN TO KEEP 18 OF THE BUILDINGS AS AN EDUCATION CENTRE AT A COST OF ABOUT FIVE POINT SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS. SATURDAY’S MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 1:30 AT THE RIVER TERRACE RESORT IN GATLINBURG. THE PROPOSAL IS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT THE ANNA PORTER PUBLIC LIBRARY IN GATLINBURG OR AT THE PARK HEADQUARTERS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/21/2006
Woman charged with attempted armed robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE CHARGED A KNOXVILLE WOMAN WITH THE ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY OF A SEYMOUR GAS STATION. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 MONDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 24 YEAR OLD MEGAN ASHLEY HUDSON ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO ROB THE STOP AND SAVE CONVENIENCE STORE ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY BUT LEFT THE GAS STATION BEFORE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES COULD ARRIVE AT THE SCENE. A SHORT TIME LATER, A CLERK AT THE SHELL MART IN SEVIERVILLE NOTICED A WHITE FEMALE AND A VEHICLE THAT MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION GIVEN BY AUTHORITIES. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE ABLE TO DETAIN THE SUSPECT UNTIL SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRIVED. HUDSON WAS INTERVIEWED BY DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER WHO SUBSEQUENTLY CHARGED HER WITH ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY. HUDSON IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/21/2006
Accused molester appears in court.
A FORMER DIXIE STAMPEDE EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF MOLESTING FOUR CHILDREN APPEARED BEFORE A SEVIER COUNTY JUDGE YESTERDAY. PARENT’S OF THE ALLEGED VICTIMS WERE IN AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE FOR THE ARRAIGNMENT. 32 YEAR OLD ARMANDO MARTINEZ GONZALES HAD BEEN ON THE RUN SINCE NOVEMBER 2004, AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH TWELVE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. HE ORIGINALLY FLED TO HIS NATIVE MEXICO BEFORE RECENTLY RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES AND RESIDING IN NORTH CAROLINA. GONZALES IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A ONE MILLION DOLLAR BOND. A PRELIMINARY HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR APRIL 10TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/17/2006
Sevierville man charged with bobcat theft.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE THEFT OF A BOBCAT THAT WAS STOLEN TWO WEEKS AGO FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN THE MILL CREEK AREA. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 24 YEAR OLD RYAN SCOTT MARKS OF WEST PAINE STREET IN SEVIERVILLE HAS BEEN BOOKED FOR A CLASS C THEFT BETWEEN TEN AND SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO TRACE THE STOLEN BOBCAT TO A LOCATION ON STINNETT RIDGE ROAD IN EASTERN SEVIER COUNTY. MARKS, WHO ALSO HAD AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT, IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. SHERIFF MONTGOMERY ALSO STATED THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AND THAT ADDITIONAL ARRESTS MAY BE MADE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 428 – 1899.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/17/2006
Pigeon Forge wreck injures one.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE THURSDAY AFTERNOON INJURED ONE OF THE DRIVERS AND SLOWED TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE THREE O CLOCK IN THE FOUR THOUSAND BLOCK OF THE PARKWAY. APPARENTLY, A MINIVAN BEING DRIVEN BY SHANNON FULLER OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY GERMAN RODRIGUEZ OF GATLINBURG. HIS VEHICLE THEN HIT A PIGEON FORGE TROLLEY STOP. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/17/2006
Freak accident kills Sevier Co. man.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A FREAK ACCIDENT AT HIS HOME WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK. APPARENTLY, 51 YEAR OLD DENNIS GENE LOVEDAY WAS IN THE ATTIC AT HIS HOME ON TALON ROAD IN SEYMOUR, WHEN HE FELL THROUGH THE CEILING AND HIT HIS HEAD ON A CONCRETE FLOOR. DETECTIVE MARK TURNER REPORTED THAT LOVEDAY DIED SHORTLY THERE AFTER. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/16/2006
Fatal crash driver wants separate trial.
ONE OF TWO DRIVERS CHARGED WITH MURDER FOLLOWING A WRECK ON THE SPUR LAST YEAR, HAS ASKED TO BE TRIED SEPARATELY. MATHEW HALL OF LEBANON TENNESSEE AND STEVEN WILLIAMS OF MURFREESBORO, EACH FACE FIVE COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND A POSSIBLE LIFE SENTENCE IF CONVICTED. THE TWO DRIVERS WERE ALLEGEDLY DRAG RACING ON THE SPUR LAST MARCH WHEN HALL’S CAR SLAMMED INTO A VEHICLE CARRYING FIVE PEOPLE VISITING THE AREA FROM VIRGINIA. AUTHORITIES SAY THAT HALL HAD BEEN DRINKING AND SMOKING MARIJUANA BEFORE THE WRECK OCCURRED. WILLIAMS’ ATTORNEY IS ARGUING THAT HIS CLIENT WHO IS A ARMY SOLDIER WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD AND WAS NOT UNDER THE INFLUENCE WHEN THE WRECK OCCURRED, WOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SAME LEVEL AS HALL IF THE TWO ARE TRIED TOGETHER. NO DECISION HAS YET BEEN RENDERED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/16/2006
Sevier Co. unemployment rate increases.
SEVIER COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE MADE THE EXPECTED SEASONAL INCREASE DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS LISTED AT NINE POINT THREE PERCENT, A FOUR PINT TWO PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/15/2006
Fired Sevierville cop reinstated.
SEVIERVILLE’S BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN REINSTATED A SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER DURING A SPECIAL HEARING LAST NIGHT AT THE CIVIC CENTRE. RICHIE MCMAHAN WAS FIRED LAST OCTOBER AFTER ALLEGEDLY VIOLATING TWO DEPARTMENT POLICIES. SEVIERVILLE ATTORNEY STEVE MARSHALL SUCCESSFULLY ARGUED THAT A SERIES OF ERRORS AND MISCOMMUNICATIONS THAT BEGIN IN 2003, LED TO A CONFRONTATION BETWEEN SERGEANT RICHIE MCMAHAN AND CHIEF DON MYERS. MCMAHAN WILL BE PLACED A ON SIX MONTH PROBATION PERIOD UPON HIS RETURN TO WORK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/14/2006
Sevierville man sentenced to life in prison.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN THAT WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER, PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COCKE COUNTY. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, SHANNON TED ADAMS RECEIVED A SENTENCE OF LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. ADAMS ADMITTED TO KILLING BUTCH WAYNE PHILLIPS AND SHERMAN RAY HANK PHILLIPS IN NOVEMBER OF 2004, AND DUMPING THEIR BODIES IN THE PIGEON RIVER. THE PLEA AGREEMENT WAS MADE WITH THE STATE, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY. ADAMS HAD PRIOR CONVICTIONS IN SEVIER COUNTY FOR AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING AND ARMED ROBBERY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/14/2006
Sevier county man arrested for shooting motorist.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HE ACCIDENTALLY SHOT A MAN ON UPPER MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER ONE O CLOCK. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 53 YEAR OLD DONNIE BOLAND DISCHARGED A WEAPON IN THE 2300 BLOCK OF UPPER MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. THE BULLET ALLEGEDLY HIT A PASSING VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY JIRI VICH-ER-RECK. THE BULLET PASSED THROUGH THE DRIVERS SIDE DOOR AND STRUCK THE DRIVER IN THE LEFT THIGH. LUCKILY, THE IMPACT ONLY CAUSED A MINOR FLESH WOUND. BOLAND WAS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/14/2006
Shoplifting team apprehended.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE ABLE TO APPREHEND AN ALLEGED SHOP LIFTING TEAM OUT OF NEWPORT THURSDAY AFTERNOON. APPARENTLY, THE FIVE INDIVIDUALS HAD STOLEN MERCHANDISE FROM TANGER FIVE OAKS. SERGEANT KEN GARNER STOPPED ONE OF THE SUSPECT VEHICLES ON HENDERSON ROAD. THE DRIVER, 32 YEAR OLD TRINA NORTON WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED, VIOLATION OF PROBATION, AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. HER PASSENGER, 25 YEAR OLD CHASSIDY KIMBROUGH, WAS ALSO ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND FAILURE TO APPEAR ON PREVIOUS THEFT CHARGES IN SEVIER COUNTY. AT THE SAME TIME, OFFICERS TED NEWMAN AND MIKE ODOM STOPPED THE SECOND SUSPECT VEHICLE ON PARK ROAD. SERGEANT REBECCA COWAN THEN CHARGED 44 YEAR OLD JEFFERY HICKS, 47 YEAR OLD MARTHA HICKS AND 53 YEAR OLD JANICE BURNSIDE, WITH POSSESSION OF STOLEN GOODS. BURNSIDE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO APPEAR. OVER TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN MERCHANDISE WAS RECOVERED. BOTH VEHICLES WERE SEIZED BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. NO COURT DATES HAVE YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/13/2006
Woman accidentally shoots herself.
A SEVIER COUNTY WOMAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE SATURDAY EVENING, AFTER SHE APPARENTLY SHOT HERSELF IN THE STOMACH. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK AT A HOME IN THE THIRTY THREE HUNDRED BLOCK OF JEFF LANE IN KODAK. 41 YEAR OLD DEBBIE HANSARD ACCIDENTALLY SHOT HERSELF WHILE CLEANING A TWENTY TWO CALIBER RIFFLE. SHE WAS TREATED AT UT AND LATER RELEASED. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/13/2006
Fire death's confirmed as accidental.
OFFICIALS WITH THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL’S DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW OFFICIALLY RULED THAT A DEADLY HOUSE FIRE IN SEVIER COUNTY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WAS ACCIDENTAL. THE FIRE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 AM AT A TRAILER IN THE SEVENTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF NEW ERA ROAD. 33 YEAR OLD MOTHER OF TWO, MELANIE WHALEY, AND 37 YEAR OLD STEVE TEASTER DIED WHILE TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE HOME. THEIR BODIES WERE DISCOVERED BESIDE A DOOR. AN AUTOPSY REVEALED THAT THEY BOTH DIED FROM SMOKE INHALATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/10/2006
High school student charged with having weapon.
A SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CARRYING A WEAPON ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER BOB STAHLKE, THE INCIDENT HAPPENED LAST WEDNESDAY WHEN SCHOOL OFFICIALS WERE TOLD ABOUT A KNIFE THAT WAS ALLEGEDLY BEING CARRIED BY 18 YEAR OLD MICHAEL TERRY MCMAHAN. THE WEAPON WAS APPARENTLY FOUND IN MCMAHAN’S POCKET. HE WAS BOOKED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL AND LATER RELEASED. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/10/2006
Sevierville detectives investigate burglary.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY THAT OCCURRED SOMETIME LATE TUESDAY, OR EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING, AT A HIGHWAY 66 BUSINESS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JASON BALLARD, THE BREAK-IN WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 AM AT LOVE HOMES, IN THE THIRTY ONE HUNDRED BLOCK OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. APPARENTLY, THE THIEVES STOLE NUMEROUS TV’S, VCR’S, AND DVD’S, FROM TWENTY FIVE ON-SITE MODEL HOMES. THE BURGLARS ALSO ALLEGEDLY BROKE INTO THE MAIN OFFICE AND STOLE A COMPUTER, TWO ELECTRIC GENERATORS, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/9/2006
Accused Dixie Stampede molester arrested.
THE MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING FOUR CHILDREN AT THE DIXIE STAMPEDE DINNER THEATRE IN 2004, HAS BEEN APPREHENDED IN NORTH CAROLINA. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, 33 YEAR OLD ARMANDO MARTINEZ GONZALES APPARENTLY LEFT FOR HIS NATIVE MEXICO, AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH TWELVE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. HE RECENTLY DECIDED TO COME BACK TO AMERICA AND TOOK UP RESIDENCE IN NORTH CAROLINA. GONZALES HAS WAIVED EXTRADITION AND SHOULD BE BACK IN SEVIER COUNTY TOMORROW.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/9/2006
Two people die in trailer fire.
TWO PEOPLE THAT DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE DECEASED HAVE BEEN NAMED AS 33 YEAR OLD MELANIE WHALEY AND 40 YEAR OLD STEVE TEASTER. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 AM AT THEIR TRAILER IN THE SEVENTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF NEW ERA ROAD. ALTHOUGH FIRE OFFICIALS DO NOT SUSPECT FOUL PLAY, THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/9/2006
House fire under Investigation.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING HAS DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER TWO O CLOCK AT A TRAILER IN THE SEVENTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF NEW ERA ROAD. THE FIRE ALSO DESTROYED A CAR THAT WAS PARKED BESIDE THE HOME. SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY AND OFFICIALS WITH THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL’S OFFICE ARE CURRENTLY CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/8/2006
Two arrested on drug charges.
TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES FOLLOWING A JOINT INVESTIGATION BY THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 36 YEAR OLD KIMBERLY PHILLIPS OF GATLINBURG AND 36 YEAR OLD TRACY PETTIS OF RUTLEDGE, HAVE BOTH BEEN CHARGED WITH THE POSSESSION, SALE, AND DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE. THE PAIR WERE APPREHENDED DURING A TRAFFIC STOP AFTER THEY HAD ALLEGEDLY DELIVERED METH TO A SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENCE. ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS OF THE DRUG WERE ALSO DISCOVERED INSIDE THE VEHICLE. PETTIS HAD A PRIOR CONVICTION FOR POSSESSION OF METH AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ALSO CHARGED WITH VIOLATION OF PROBATION. SHE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND. PHILLIPS IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/8/2006
Park facilities open again this Friday.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR SPRING OPENING SCHEDULE FOR PARK FACILITIES, INCLUDING SECONDARY ROADS, CAMPGROUNDS, AND CONCESSION OPERATIONS. MOST PARK FACILITIES WILL OPEN THIS FRIDAY MARCH 10TH, BUT ADDITIONAL IN-DEPTH INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING : 436-1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/7/2006
Gatlinburg man flown to U.T.
A GATLINBURG MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE MONDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING A CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK AT THE CROWN PARK RESORT ON AIRPORT ROAD IN GATLINBURG. ACCORDING TO FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE UN-NAMED 27 YEAR OLD MALE SHOT HIMSELF IN THE STOMACH WITH A NAIL GUN. HE WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION AT U.T. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/7/2006
Seymour man arrested on drug charges.
A SEYMOUR MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE SALE AND DELIVERY OF LSD. ACCORDING TO MACK SMITH, DIRECTOR OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG AND VIOLENT CRIME TASK FORCE, 27 YEAR OLD CHAD CART OF LONG BRANCH ROAD, ALLEGEDLY SOLD UNDERCOVER AGENTS NINETY HITS OF THE HALOSOGENIC DRUG. CART IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. A PRELIMINARY HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR MARCH 31ST. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ASSISTED WITH THE ARREST.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/6/2006
Blaze destroys cabin.
A FIRE LAST NIGHT DESTROYED A CABIN IN THE PITTMAN CENTRE AREA. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 AT THE RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED RENTAL, IN THE FOUR HUNDRED BLOCK OF SWEETHEART WAY, JUST OFF GRASSY BRANCH ROAD. LUCKILY, THE CABIN WAS VACANT AT THE TIME OF THAT BLAZE. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IN UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/6/2006
Reports lists Sevier Co. Infrastructure needs.
THE TENNESSEE ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS ISSUED A REPORT FRIDAY, ESTIMATING THAT SEVIER COUNTY NEEDS NEARLY FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY ONE MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO BE IN SOME STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, BETWEEN NOW AND 2008. LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS HAVE GROWN SINCE SEVIER COUNTY BECAME 10TH IN STATEWIDE POPULATION GROWTH BETWEEN 1990 AND 2003, WITH AN ADDITIONAL 24, 453 PEOPLE TAKING UP RESIDENCY. HOWEVER, THE REPORT ALSO ESTIMATES THAT ONLY THIRTY TWO PERCENT OF THE NEEDED FUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO FACILITATE THOSE IMPROVEMENTS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/6/2006
Planning commission approves new complex.
SEVIERVILLE’S PLANNING COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT AND APPROVED A PLAN FOR A SEVENTEEN POINT SEVEN FOUR ACRE COMPLEX NEAR SMOKIES PARK. PHASE TWO OF THE SPORTSMAN ACRES FACILITY WILL BE BUILT ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOP FLITE DRIVE. THE COMPLEX WILL INCLUDE SEVERAL NEW HOTELS, AS WELL AS COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL BUSINESSES.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/3/2006
Park employee sentenced on porn charges.
A GATLINBURG MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN A FEDERAL PRISON FOR DOWNLOADING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. 52 YEAR OLD LAWRENCE HARTMAN PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY TO DOWNLOADING AND STORING OVER THIRTY THOUSAND IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON HIS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE COMPUTER. HARTMAN HAD BEEN EMPLOYED AS THE CHIEF OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND SCIENCE AT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. THE INVESTIGATION ALSO REVEALED THAT HARTMAN HAD TAKEN PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURES OF HIS INFANT DAUGHTER, AND HAD USED A PARK OWNED VIDEO CAMERA, HIDDEN IN HIS BATHROOM AT HIS RESIDENCE, TO TAPE IMAGES OF CHILDREN WHO WERE GUESTS AT HIS HOME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/3/2006
Fire destroys vehicle.
A FIRE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A VEHICLE IN THE WEARS VALLEY AREA. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 ON THUNDER MOUNTAIN WAY, JUST OFF LITTLE COVE ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE FIRE DESTROYED THE VEHICLE, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE 1989 CHEVY VAN WAS OWNED BY THE CHEROKEE GROUP. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN ELECTRICAL IN NATURE. THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/2/2006
Stolen construction item recovered.
A BOBCAT THAT WAS STOLEN FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE YESTERDAY, WAS RECOVERED THE SAME DAY BY OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. THE TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE ALSO KNOWN AS A SKID LOADER, WAS TAKEN FROM A WORK SITE ON SHULAR HOLLOW WAY, JUST OFF SOUTH NEW ERA ROAD. SHERIFF’S DEPUTY JOHNNY BOHANON WAS ABLE TO RECOVER THE STOLEN ITEM BY FOLLOWING TRACKS THAT WERE LEFT BY THE VEHICLE. IT WAS FOUND ABOUT THREE MILES AWAY NEAR SEAGLE HOLLOW ROAD. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/2/2006
Seymour wreck claims life of driver.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF ONE OF THE DRIVERS. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT THE INTERSECTION WITH HENDRONS CHAPEL DRIVE - NEAR THE KNOX COUNTY LINE, AND CAUSED TRAFFIC DELAYS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF. APPARENTLY, 78 YEAR OLD RAY FLYNN OF KNOXVILLE WAS LEAVING A RESTAURANT AND PULLED INTO THE PATH OF A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 32 YEAR OLD MELVIN GLASS. GLASS WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. FLYNN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. CHARGES ARE PENDING. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/2/2006
Humane society changes procedure.
THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO TURN OVER EUTHANIZED ANIMAL REMAINS FOR COMPOSTING AT THE SEVIER SOLID WASTE FACILITY ON RIDGE ROAD. STATE OFFICIALS HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE PROCEDURE VIOLATES A TENNESSEE REGULATION, BUT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL NOT LEVY ANY FINES AGAINST THE NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY HAS BEEN TAKING ANIMALS TO THE RIDGE ROAD FACILITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS BECAUSE THEIR INCINERATOR QUIT WORKING, AND THE ORGANIZATION CAN NOT AFFORD TO REPAIR IT. THE DECEASED ANIMALS WILL STILL BE TAKEN TO THE RIDGE ROAD LOCATION, BUT PLACED IN THE LANDFILL INSTEAD OF THE COMPOSTING FACILITY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/1/2006
Brush fires keep fire fighters busy.
SEYMOUR FIRE FIGHTERS HAVE BEEN KEPT BUSY RECENTLY FIGHTING BRUSH FIRES. APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FIRES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE AREA DURING THE LAST TWO DAYS. THE LATEST BLAZE WAS REPORTED YESTERDAY AROUND NOON ON MAPLES ROAD. THE FIRE CONSUMED SEVERAL ACRES OF LAND AND TOOK ABOUT TWO HOURS TO CONTAIN. THE BLAZE WAS STARTED BY A RESIDENT ATTEMPTING TO BURN DEBRIS DURING HIGH WINDS. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND STATE FORESTRY WORKERS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/1/2006
Wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE TUESDAY MORNING SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11 AM IN THE WESTBOUND LANES OF INTERSTATE FORTY AT EXIT 407. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE WILLIAMS, 41 YEAR OLD LINDA UNDERWOOD OF MORRISTOWN, LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR, ROLLED THE VEHICLE AND HIT THE BRIDGE SUPPORT AT EXIT 407. SHE WAS EXTRICATED BY FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE SHE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
3/1/2006
Rescue workers dragging Douglas Lake.
RESCUE SQUADS FROM SEVIER, COCKE AND JEFFERSON COUNTY WILL BE DRAGGING DOUGLAS LAKE AGAIN TODAY TO DETERMINE IF A MAN WITH A HISTORY OF MENTAL PROBLEMS, JUMPED FROM A BRIDGE SOMETIME SUNDAY MORNING. THE UN-IDENTIFIED MAN’S CAR WAS FOUND ABANDONED IN THE WESTBOUND LANES OF INTERSTATE FORTY AS IT CROSSES DOUGLAS LAKE. THE CAR HAD NOTHING MECHANICALLY WRONG WITH IT AND THE DRIVER HAD LEFT HIS IDENTIFICATION INSIDE. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION SHOULD IT BECOME AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/28/2006
Sevierville detectives investigate break-in.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY THAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND. THE BREAK-IN WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 AM SUNDAY MORNING AT THE CO-OP ON WEST MAIN STREET. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE THIEVES GAINED ENTRY TO THE BUSINESS BY BREAKING A WINDOW NEAR THE FUEL PUMP AREA. SO FAR THE ONLY ITEM THAT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN STOLEN IS A GLASS JAR THAT HAD MONEY IN IT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/28/2006
Go-cart accident sends driver to U.T.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE SATURDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER THE GO-CART THAT HE WAS DRIVING COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK AND BURST INTO FLAMES. ACCORDING TO DEPUTY DAVID FOLEY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK ON MOUNTAIN DRIVE, JUST OFF PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD. APPARENTLY, 22 YEAR OLD STEVEN CHRISTOPHER TRENTHAM, LOST CONTROL OF THE GO-CART THAT HE WAS DRIVING AND HIT A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY JIMMY DODGEN. THE COLLISION CAUSED THE GO-CART TO BURST INTO FLAMES, BURNING TRENTHAM IN THE PROCESS. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE RICHARDSON COVE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/27/2006
Sevier Co. man charged with weekend burglary.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY BROKE INTO A BUSINESS ON OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE BREAK-IN WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 AT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN MOVING SERVICES. SERGEANT MIKE HODGES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT EVIDENCE FOUND AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, LED THEM TO 27 YEAR OLD ROBERT DANIEL VICKERS OF BLUE GRASS ROAD. APPARENTLY, VICKERS ADMITTED TO THE CRIME AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. HE ALSO TOOK INVESTIGATORS TO A COCKE COUNTY LOCATION WHERE SEVERAL OF THE STOLEN ITEMS WERE RECOVERED. VICKERS WAS RELEASED ON THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/27/2006
Election candidates certified.
THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT AT THE VOTING MACHINE WAREHOUSE, AND CERTIFIED ALL OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR LOCAL SEATS IN THE MAY 2ND PRIMARIES. ONE HUNDRED AND THREE CANDIDATES WERE CERTIFIED, THE MOST IN ANY SEVIER COUNTY ELECTION SINCE 1994. EARLY VOTING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FACILITY ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY, BETWEEN APRIL 12TH AND APRIL 27TH FROM 10 UNTIL 6 MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, AND FROM 9 UNTIL NOON ON SATURDAY’S.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/24/2006
Sevier Co. man arrested again while awaiting trial
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WHO WAS ALREADY AWAITING TRIAL FOR DRUG CHARGES WAS ARRESTED AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY BY AGENTS WITH THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE. 60 YEAR OLD JERRY WHALEY OF BIRDS CREEK ROAD WAS ARRESTED AT HIS RESIDENCE FOLLOWING AN UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, WHALEY WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS WITH THE INTENT TO SELL, AND CHARGED WITH THE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. OTHER CHARGES ARE ALSO PENDING. WHALEY WILL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/24/2006
Pigeon Forge man arrested in Sevierville.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HE HAD ALLEGEDLY FAILED TO APPEAR IN COURT. A LOCAL BAIL BONDS MAN WHO APPARENTLY KNEW THAT THE SUBJECT HAD A BENCH WARRANT OUT FOR HIS ARREST, SAW THE MAN DRIVING IN SEVIERVILLE AND CALLED THE AUTHORITIES. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER VINCE PRIDEMORE, HE LOCATED THE VEHICLE ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AND STOPPED THE TRUCK NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH BIRCHWOOD LANE. 30 YEAR OLD RONNIE LETHCO WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR FAILING TO APPEAR IN COURT ON A THEFT CHARGE. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/23/2006
Legislators consider bill.
STATE REPRESENTATIVES RAYMOND FINNEY, JOE MCCORD AND RICHARD MONTGOMERY, WHO ALL REPRESENT PARTS OF SEVIER COUNTY, ARE CONSIDERING INTRODUCING A CAPTION BILL IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TODAY. THE BILL WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE IN A LATER LEGISLATIVE SESSION, TO INTRODUCE A BILL TO PROTECT MOUNTAINS AND HILLSIDES FROM DAMAGE CAUSED BY DEVELOPMENT. THE CAPTION BILL COULD THEN BE USED IF LOCAL OFFICIALS FAIL TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/23/2006
Powerball winners from Sevierville.
A SEVIERVILLE FAMILY IS APPARENTLY ONE OF FOUR EAST TENNESSEE POWERBALL WINNERS THAT WILL SPLIT SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. AFTER SPLITTING THE AMOUNT FOUR WAYS AND AFTER TAXES, THE LUCKY LOCALS SHOULD TAKE HOME BETWEEN EIGHTY AND NINETY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/22/2006
Two arrested on federal drug charges.
TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES, AS A RESULT OF AN ON-GOING INVESTIGATION BY THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE AND THE T.B.I. 42 YEAR OLD JOHN BANKS OF DANDRIDGE AND 30 YEAR OLD KENNY HOLT OF NEWPORT, WERE BOTH INDICTED ON CHARGES OF CONSPIRING TO POSSESS WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, AT LEAST FIVE KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE. HOLT WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED POSSESSION OF COCAINE. BOTH MEN ARE SCHEDULED FOR ARRAIGNMENT TOMORROW MORNING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/22/2006
Pigeon Forge man arrested following wreck.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK ON THE PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10:30 NEAR TRAFFIC LIGHT ZERO. ACCORDING TO PATROLMAN MATT PENDELTON, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 35 YEAR OLD WILLIAM FERGUSON JUNIOR OF KNOXVILLE, WAS REAR-ENDED BY A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 32 YEAR OLD JASON HOMENUIK OF PIGEON FORGE. FERGUSON AND TWO CHILDREN THAT WERE PASSENGERS IN HIS VEHICLE WERE TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES. HOMENUIK WAS CHARGED WITH DUI, VIOLATION OF THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW, AND FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/21/2006
Commissioners approve hospital land purchase.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AND APPROVED A RESOLUTION THAT WILL ALLOW COVENANT HEALTH TO PURCHASE 23 ACRES OF THE FORMER DAN RIVER PROPERTY ON MIDDLE CREEK ROAD, TO BUILD A NEW SEVENTY MILLION DOLLAR HOSPITAL. COVENANT HEALTH WILL NOW APPLY FOR A PERMIT FROM THE STATE TO ESTABLISH THE NEED FOR THE NEW FACILITY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/21/2006
Skiers stranded at Ober Gatlinburg.
SEVERAL HUNDRED SKIERS WERE STRANDED FOR OVER THREE HOURS SUNDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN A SKI LIFT MALFUNCTIONED AT OBER GATLINBURG. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK AT THE BLACK SKI LIFT. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE SKI LIFT CABLE DERAILED AT TOWER NUMBER SIX, LEAVING ABOUT TWO HUNDRED SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS STRANDED. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THOSE THAT WERE STRANDED WERE TREATED TO FREE FOOD AND WARM DRINKS ONCE THEY WERE EVACUATED. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/20/2006
Fire damages home.
A FIRE SUNDAY EVENING DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7:30 AT A HOUSE IN THE THIRTY EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF THOMAS CROSSROAD, JUST OFF NEWPORT HIGHWAY. APPARENTLY, THE BLAZE STARTED IN THE CHIMNEY AREA OF THE HOME. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND THE EXTEND OF THE DAMAGE TO THE HOME IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/20/2006
Meth dump site discovered in Kodak.
A METHAMPHETAMINE DUMP SITE WAS DISCOVERED THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN KODAK. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN RANDY PARTON WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE METH LAB EQUIPMENT AND CHEMICALS WERE FOUND IN A WOODED AREA ON ALEX BALES ROAD. DETECTIVES AND HAZ-MAT TEAM MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO RECOVER SOME OF THE EVIDENCE WHICH WILL ASSIST THEM WITH THEIR INVESTIGATION. ANYONE WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL CAPTAIN RANDY PARTON AT: 908 – 7152.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/17/2006
Sevierville convenience store burglarized.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY THAT HAPPENED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE BREAK-IN WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 AM AT THE STOP AND SAVE CONVENIENCE STORE ON WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. THE BURGLARS APPARENTLY CUT THE POWER LINE TO THE SILENT ALARM, AND HELPED THEMSELVES TO MONEY FROM A CASH BOX, REMOVED AN ATM MACHINE, AND STOLE CASH FROM THE CAR WASH NEXT DOOR. ANYONE WITH FURTHER INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/17/2006
Seymour man arrested for shooting at neighbors.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A SEYMOUR MAN FOR ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING AT HIS NEIGHBORS HOME. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 THURSDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 52 YEAR OLD BILL DELOZIER HAD BEEN DISCHARGING A FIREARM IN THE FRONT YARD AT HIS HOME IN THE FOURTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF DUPONT ROAD. ONE OF THE SHOTS DID APPARENTLY HIT HIS NEIGHBORS HOUSE. WHEN SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, DELOZIER WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT AND CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. HIS BOND WAS SET AT SEVENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/17/2006
Wreck knocks out power.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE EARLY THIS MORNING KNOCKED OUT POWER TO ABOUT TWENTY THREE HUNDRED HOMES. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON PARK ROAD NEAR VULCAN. LUCKILY, THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INJURED. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/17/2006
Thirty citations issued at school check-point.
A CHILD CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK POINT AT THE SEVIERVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL THURSDAY MORNING RESULTED IN THIRTY CITATIONS BEING ISSUED. OFFICERS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAD PREVIOUSLY ISSUED FIFTY EIGHT WARNINGS FOR VARIOUS CHILD SAFETY SEAT VIOLATIONS THE DAY BEFORE AND THEN HELPED PARENTS CORRECT THE PROBLEMS. OF THOSE THIRTY CITATIONS ISSUED ON THURSDAY, TWENTY WERE WRITTEN FOR CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATIONS, FIVE FOR NO PROOF OF INSURANCE, TWO FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, ONE FOR DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, ONE EXPIRED VEHICLE REGISTRATION, AND ONE FOR NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS ALSO ISSUED SIXTEEN WARNINGS FOR IMPROPER PLACEMENT OF CHILD BOOSTER SEATS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/17/2006
Sevier Co. Man arrested for stealing tools.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ALLEGEDLY FOUND HIM IN POSSESSION OF SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN TOOLS. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING DEPUTIES WERE CONDUCTING A VEHICLE CHECK, OF A FORD TAURUS THAT WAS PARKED BEHIND DUNN’S MARKET. THE VEHICLE WAS OCCUPIED BY 22 YEAR OLD CHARLES DUSTIN LEDBETTER OF WILHITE ROAD IN SEVIER COUNTY. INSIDE THE VEHICLE WERE SEVERAL TOOLS THAT HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN STOLEN FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE THAT SAME DAY. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WAS ABLE TO ALSO RECOVER ADDITIONAL STOLEN TOOLS AT VARIOUS OTHER LOCATIONS. LEDBETTER WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT, AND BOOKED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/17/2006
Major roadwork announced for park.
A MAJOR RE-PAVING PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 441 – NEWFOUND GAP ROAD WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE. THE AREA INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK THAT WILL BE WORKED ON, WILL BE FROM THE NEWFOUND GAP PARKING AREA, SOUTH TO THE COLLINS CREEK PICNIC AREA. THE TEN MILE STRETCH OF ROAD WILL BE RE-PAVED, AND CULVERTS AND GUARDRAILS REPAIRED. THE WORK WILL BEGIN ON MARCH 1ST HOWEVER, NO WORK WILL BE ALLOWED DURING NATIONAL LEGAL HOLIDAYS OR DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ROAD CONDITIONS INSIDE THE NATIONAL PARK, CALL: 436 –1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/16/2006
Congressman Jenkins not to seek re-election.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BILL JENKINS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL NOT BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION THIS FALL. CONGRESSMAN JENKINS HAS REPRESENTED NORTHEAST TENNESSEE FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS. SEVIER COUNTY MAYOR LARRY WATERS AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR ARE REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING RUNNING FOR THE SEAT. INCIDENTALLY, NOON TODAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO RUN FOR A LOCAL OFFICE TO TURN IN HIS, OR HER PETITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/16/2006
Cocke Co. United Way investigation over.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR HAS NOW COMPLETED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS, WITHIN THE COCKE COUNTY UNITED WAY ORGANIZATION. SCHMUTZER SAID THAT THE INVESTIGATION SHOWED THAT THERE ARE DEFINITELY MONIES UNACCOUNTED FOR, BUT BECAUSE OF A LACK OF GOOD RECORD KEEPING, AND A LACK OF DEFINITIVE GUIDELINES SET OUT FOR THE THEN DIRECTOR CARL LEWANSKI, CRIMINAL INTENT OR MISCONDUCT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVE. THE COCKE COUNTY UNITED WAY ORGANIZATION IS NO LONGER AN APPROVED UNITED WAY OF AMERICA AFFILIATE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/15/2006
Magazine survey slams Smoky Mountain area.
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER MAGAZINE HAS SLAMMED THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK AND IT’S GATEWAY CITIES. THE MAGAZINE COMMISSIONED THREE HUNDRED EXPERTS TO GRADE FIFTY FIVE NORTH AMERICAN NATIONAL PARKS ON THINGS SUCH AS TRAFFIC, HAZE, AND INVASIVE SPECIES. THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN AREA WAS PLACED IN THE ROCK BOTTOM CATEGORY. THE ARTICLE ALSO REFERS TO THE GATEWAY CITIES OF PIGEON FORGE, GATLINBURG AND CHEROKEE, AS HORRIBLE, APPALLING, AND DISTASTEFUL. THE ARTICLE WILL BE FEATURED IN THE UPCOMING ISSUE OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER MAGAZINE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/15/2006
Two arrested for burglary.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH A BURGLARY AT A HOME ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE ARRESTS WERE MADE EARLY MONDAY MORNING, JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT. SHERIFF’S DEPUTY JUSTIN CLABO APPARENTLY NOTICED A VEHICLE WITH TWO OCCUPANTS IN IT, PARKED BESIDE A HOUSE THAT WAS FOR SALE IN THE TWENTY FOUR HUNDRED BLOCK OF NEWPORT HIGHWAY. WHEN THE VEHICLE LEFT, CLABO STOPPED THE CAR AT THE INTERSECTION WITH HATTIE BRANCH ROAD. DEPUTY CLABO DISCOVERED THAT THE HOUSE HAD BEEN BURGLARIZED AND SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED 42 YEAR OLD BAILEY JEFFERS OF SEVIERVILLE, WHO WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND VIOLATION OF PROBATION, AND 35 YEAR OLD ROBIN STINNETT OF SEVIERVILLE, WHO WAS CHARGED WITH ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT OF BURGLARY. BOTH WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON MARCH 6TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/14/2006
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 AT A HOUSE IN THE THIRTY SEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF OLD MOUNTAIN ROAD, IN THE CATON’S CHAPEL COMMUNITY. THE HOME APPARENTLY BELONGED TO ED REAGAN. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/14/2006
Fire destroys motel.
A TOWNSEND MOTEL WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 AT THE VALLEY VIEW LODGE. DUE TO OPERATIONAL SMOKE DETECTORS IN EVERY ROOM, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. FIRE FIGHTERS SPEND OVER SIX HOURS FIGHTING THE BLAZE. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/13/2006
Weather causes problems.
EMERGENCY WORKERS WERE KEPT BUSY OVER THE WEEKEND DUE TO THE WEATHER, BUT SATURDAY NIGHT WAS PARTICULARLY BUSY. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORTED APPROXIMATELY FIFTY MINOR WEATHER RELATED WRECKS. SIMILAR PROBLEMS WERE REPORTED ALSO IN SEVIERVILLE, GATLINBURG, AND PIGEON FORGE. SEVERAL GATLINBURG RESIDENTS WERE ALSO WITHOUT POWER OVERNIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM, OUTAGES WERE REPORTED ON NORTON CREEK, HUSKEY GROVE AND ON SKI MOUNTAIN ROAD. SEVERAL BACK ROADS ACROSS THE COUNTY ARE ICE COVERED AND HIGHWAY 441 – NEWFOUND GAP ROAD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/13/2006
Seymour wreck kills passenger.
ONE PERSON IS DEAD FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEYMOUR THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE TWO O CLOCK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY AT THE SEVIER – BLOUNT COUNTY LINE. APPARENTLY, THE DRIVER OF A SILVERADO PICK UP TRUCK, COLLIDED WITH A FORD MUSTANG. THE IMPACT ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE CAR, FATALLY WOUNDED THE UN-NAMED MALE PASSENGER. THE DRIVER OF THE MUSTANG WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/10/2006
New assistant D.A. named.
SEVIER COUNTY NATIVE CHRISTOPHER CHARLES COWART HAS BEEN SWORN – IN AS AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT. COWART WAS APPOINTED BY AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR TO REPLACE JESSIE BAKER, WHO RECENTLY STEPPED DOWN IN ORDER TO HAVE HER SECOND CHILD.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/10/2006
Sevierville wreck sends driver to the hospital.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING IN SEVIERVILLE SENT THE DRIVER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 IN THE 700 BLOCK OF WEST MAIN STREET. APPARENTLY THE DRIVER, ROBERT BROCK OF KENTUCKY, LOST CONTROL OF A JEEP CHEROKEE AND HIT A TREE. HE THEN ALLEGEDLY WALKED TO A PAYPHONE AT THE STOP AND SAVE CONVENIENCE STORE, CALLED THE POLICE AND TOLD THEM THAT HE HAD BEEN ASSAULTED AND REPORTED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD BEEN STOLEN. BROCK WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING. CHARGES ARE PENDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/9/2006
Gatlinburg tourism director suspended.
GATLINBURG DIRECTOR OF TOURISM DAVID PERELLA HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR FIVE DAYS WITHOUT PAY AND PLACED ON A SIX MONTH PROBATION PERIOD. THE DECISION WAS MADE TUESDAY MORNING BY THE GATLINBURG CITY MANAGER AND COMMISSIONERS, FOLLOWING INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY PERELLA AT A PUBLIC MEETING LAST WEEK. DAVID BEELER WILL ASSUME PERELLA’S RESPONSIBILITIES WHILE HE SERVES HIS SUSPENSION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/8/2006
Burglary suspect arrested in Sevierville.
A SEYMOUR MAN WAS ARRESTED IN SEVIERVILLE EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND CHARGED WITH BURGLARY. THE INCIDENT BEGAN WHEN SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE WILLIAMS NOTICED A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE PARKED BEHIND THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BP GAS STATION ON THE PARKWAY AT SOUTH BOULEVARD. WHEN OFFICER WILLIAMS CHECKED THE AREA, HE FOUND 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH BRANDON PIKE ON THE ROOF OF THE BUSINESS. PIKE WAS ALLEGEDLY IN POSSESSION OF SEVERAL BURGLARY TOOLS AND IN THE PROCESS OF GAINING ENTRY TO THE BUSINESS THROUGH A ROOF HATCH. PIKE WAS BOOKED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL AND IS CURRENTLY FREE ON TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/8/2006
Park employee killed in wreck.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK MONDAY AFTERNOON INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE DRIVER. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 ON NEWFOUND GAP ROAD ABOUT FOUR MILES NORTH OF CHEROKEE. THE DECEASED WAS IDENTIFIED AS 54 YEAR OLD ARNOLD KOVIN JUNIOR, THE PARK’S FLEET MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, WHO WAS ON DUTY AT THE TIME OF THE WRECK. APPARENTLY, KOVIN LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND ENDED UP DROPPING APPROXIMATELY 15 FEET INTO THE RIVER BELOW. PARK RANGERS ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THAT ACCIDENT AND AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/8/2006
Sheriff's Dept. Investigating alleged rape.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED RAPE THAT OCCURRED LAST WEEK. THE 76 YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM WAS APPARENTLY ATTACKED TUESDAY EVENING WHEN A GROUP OF PEOPLE APPARENTLY FORCED THEIR WAY INTO HER HOME ON LANE HOLLOW ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE ALLEGED ATTACK HAPPENED TUESDAY EVENING, THE INCIDENT WAS NOT REPORTED UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING WHEN FRIENDS ARRIVED TO CHECK ON THE ELDERLY WOMAN. THEY FOUND HER BARRICADED IN A BACK ROOM, MALNOURISHED AND DEHYDRATED. SHE IS CURRENTLY UNDER OBSERVATION AT FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE VICTIM ALSO BELIEVES THAT SHE MAY HAVE SHOT ONE OF THE ALLEGED ATTACKERS. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN LARRY MCMAHAN WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGED INCIDENT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/7/2006
Visitor to Gatlinburg hit by car.
A VISITOR TO GATLINBURG WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE TEN O CLOCK ON THE PARKWAY NEAR TRAFFIC LIGHT NUMBER SEVEN. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE 15 YEAR OLD MALE JUVENILE FROM ALABAMA, SUFFERED A POSSIBLE BROKEN LEG AND ALSO INJURIES TO HIS NECK AND BACK. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/7/2006
Park officials decide on Elkmont area.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE SAID THAT THEY WOULD RATHER PRESERVE A PORTION OF THE HISTORIC ELKMONT DISTRICT, THAN RAZE IT OR TURN IT OVER TO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS. THE PARK SERVICE WOULD SAVE 18 OF THE 74 WOOD FRAMED CABINS THAT HAVE BEEN VACANT SINCE 1992. THE PLAN WOULD BE TO TURN THE AREA INTO A COMMUNITY MUSEUM AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY FIVE POINT SIX SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS. A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ELKMONT PLAN WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY MARCH 25TH, BEGINNING AT 1:30 AT THE RIVER TERRACE RESORT IN GATLINBURG.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/7/2006
Smoke causes restaurant evacuation.
A SEVIERVILLE RESTAURANT WAS EVACUATED SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFTER SMOKE FILLED THE DINING AREA. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 AT THE GOLDEN CORRAL RESTAURANT ON HIGHWAY 66. THE FIRE WAS APPARENTLY CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL FAULT IN A HEAT AND AIR UNIT LOCATED ON THE ROOF OF THE BUSINESS. NO INJURIES OR SERIOUS DAMAGE WAS REPORTED. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/6/2006
Wreck sends one to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE ON SATURDAY SENT ONE PERSON TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE PARKWAY NEAR IHOP. APPARENTLY, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 56 YEAR OLD GARY NELSON OF JACKSBORO, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 17 YEAR OLD ADRIAN LUCKY OF SEVIERVILLE. A PASSENGER IN NELSON’S TRUCK, 54 YEAR OLD SHIRLEY NELSON, WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE MINOR INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/6/2006
Local teachers honored.
THREE SEVIER COUNTY TEACHERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE COUNTY AT THE DISTRICT AND STATE LEVELS, IN THE 2007 TENNESSEE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. THOSE SELECTED ARE BEN CLABO, SECONDARY TEACHER – PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL, MARY STAHLKE, MIDDLE GRADE TEACHER – SEYMOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND BROOK BLAIR, PRIMARY GRADE TEACHER – SEVIERVILLE PRIMARY. THE THREE TEACHERS WERE ALSO 2005 – 2006 SEVIER COUNTY TEACHERS OF THE YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/3/2006
Wreck sends two to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE FOUR O CLOCK IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66 AT THE INTERSECTION WITH NICHOLS STREET. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN BOSCO, A PICK UP TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 80 YEAR OLD JAMES RANDALL’S JUNIOR OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 27 YEAR OLD TRAVIS WILLIAMSON, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE. WILLIAMSON AND HIS WIFE, 19 YEAR OLD LYNETTE WILLIAMSON WERE BOTH TRANSPORTER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/3/2006
Wreck sends driver to jail.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY LATE LAST NIGHT ENDED UP WITH THE DRIVER GOING TO JAIL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT IN THE FORTY SEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF JONES COVE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS NISSAN AND HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM THE CAR. HE WAS THEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DUI AND DRUG POSSESSION.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/2/2006
Man arrested for indecent exposure.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A MORRISTOWN MAN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY EXPOSED HIMSELF TO SEVERAL CHILDREN NEAR COLLIER DRIVE. WITH THE HELP OF WITNESS CO-OPERATION AND DESCRIPTIONS, SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS TED NEWMAN AND SERGEANT SAM HINSON WERE ABLE TO TRACK DOWN THE WHITE EXPLORER TO A PARKING LOT BEHIND KNIFEWORKS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER ERIC RAMSEY, 53 YEAR OLD MARK CHARLES OF MORRISTOWN, WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH INDECENT EXPOSURE. BAIL WAS SET AT FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/2/2006
Sheriff's Dept. shuts down meth lab.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW CHARGED FOUR INDIVIDUALS IN CONJUNCTION WITH A METH LAB BUST IN KODAK. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, A TRAFFIC STOP JUST AFTER 2 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING, LED DEPUTIES TO A HOUSE IN THE 700 BLOCK OF KODAK ROAD. CAPTAIN RANDY PARTON WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE ALLEGED METH LAB WAS FULLY OPERATIONAL AND THAT THREE ADULTS AND ONE JUVENILE HAD BEEN ARRESTED. THOSE CHARGED ARE 23 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER ADAMS OF THE KODAK ROAD ADDRESS, 20 YEAR OLD JEREMY TRACE RIVIERA OF THORNGROVE PIKE, 24 YEAR OLD CHRISTINE BEAN OF OAK RIDGE, AND A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD FEMALE JUVENILE. ALL HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH THE MANUFACTURE OF METHAMPHETAMINE, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF THE CHEMICALS NEEDED TO MANUFACTURE, AND ADAMS WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH THE POSSESSION OF A STOLEN MOTORCYCLE THAT WAS FOUND AT HIS HOME. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/2/2006
Gatlinburg police investigate burglary.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY THAT WAS REPORTED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5 AM AT THE CLUB ENERGY FITNESS CENTRE ON HIGHWAY 321. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG POLICE CHIEF RANDY BRACKINS, THE THIEVES BROKE A REAR WINDOW TO GAIN ENTRY TO THE BUSINESS. AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS TAKEN FROM THE CASH REGISTER AND FROM A VENDING MACHINE THAT WAS INSIDE THE BUILDING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 436 – 5181.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/1/2006
Judge sentences habitual offender.
SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE SENTENCED AN HABITUAL OFFENDER TO SIX AND HALF YEARS IN JAIL YESTERDAY. 39 YEAR OLD SANFORD LEE PARKER OF WAYNESVILLE NORTH CAROLINA, HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF HIS 6TH DUI IN DECEMBER. OGLE SENTENCED PARKER TO THE MAXIMUM JAIL TERM DUE TO THE DEFENDANTS LENGTHY CRIMINAL RECORD, WHICH INCLUDED APPROXIMATELY FORTY PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS. HIS WIFE, CAROL PARKER IS CHARGED WITH DUI BY CONSENT AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT BY CONSENT, AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON APRIL 6TH
Reported By Steve Hartford.
2/1/2006
Sevierville City Hall extends hours.
BEGINNING TOMORROW, THE SEVIERVILLE CITY HALL WILL BE OPEN FROM 8 AM UNTIL 5 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. THE NEW HOURS WILL MEAN THAT SEVIERVILLE RESIDENTS WILL GET AN EXTRA 30 MINUTES IN THE MORNING AND AN ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES AT THE END OF THE DAY TO VISIT OR CALL CITY HALL.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/31/2006
Officials investigating break-ins.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING SEVERAL BURGLARIES THAT OCCURRED EARLY MONDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS, THE STOP AND SAVE GAS STATION ON PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION WITH JAYELL WAS BROKEN INTO JUST BEFORE 2 AM. APPARENTLY, THE BURGLARS ATTEMPTED TO STEAL AN ATM MACHINE LOCATED INSIDE THE STORE, BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. OFFICIALS THEN RECEIVED A CALL JUST BEFORE 8 AM FROM THE S & B DELI ON MIDDLE CREEK ROAD, WHICH HAD APPARENTLY ALSO BEEN BROKEN INTO. THE TWO SEVIERVILLE BREAK-INS COULD ALSO BE RELATED TO A SIMILAR INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED AT THE ROCKING RACEWAY IN PIGEON FORGE AROUND THE SAME TIME. DETECTIVES ARE REVIEWING EVIDENCE FROM THOSE CRIME SCENES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE SHANKS AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/31/2006
High winds cause problems.
HIGH WINDS CAUSED TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE LATE SUNDAY MORNING. APPARENTLY, THE WIND GUSTS CAUSED A GUIDEWIRE TO BREAK JUST AFTER 11:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARKWAY AND PRINCE STREET. POWER LINES WERE LEFT HANGING ABOUT SIX FEET FROM THE ROADWAY. TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND ALL OTHER POWER WAS KNOCKED OUT FOR APPROXIMATELY 90 MINUTES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE. HIGH WINDS DURING THE WEEKEND ALSO CAUSED SEVERAL BRUSH AND MULCH FIRES ACROSS THE COUNTY. BLAZES WERE REPORTED ON THORNGROVE PIKE, FOX RUN AND IN THE SAVANNAH GLEN SUBDIVISION. NO INJURIES OF MAJOR PROPERTY DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/30/2006
Two men indicted for causing fatal wreck.
TWO MEN HAVE BEEN INDICTED IN CONNECTION WITH A WRECK ON THE SPUR LAST MARCH THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF FIVE PEOPLE. 19 YEAR OLD JONATHAN HALL OF LEBANON TENNESSEE, AND 20 YEAR OLD STEVEN WILLIAMS OF MURFREESBORO TENNESSEE, WERE ALLEGEDLY DRAG RACING AT SPEEDS AS HIGH AS ONE HUNDRED MILES PER HOUR WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR. THE INDICTMENT WAS KEPT UNDER SEAL UNTIL THE TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED LATE LAST WEEK. THE FIVE VICTIMS FROM THE VIRGINIA BEACH AREA WERE ALL TRAVELLING TOGETHER IN ONE VEHICLE. HALL AND WILLIAMS BOTH FACE A FIVE COUNT FEDERAL MURDER CHARGE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve hartford.
1/26/2006
Former high school teacher appeals court decision.
AN APPELLATE COURT HAS ORDERED SEVIER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, TO RECONSIDER HIS DECISION TO DENY A FORMER SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WHO ADMITTED THAT SHE HAD SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A FORMER STUDENT, A CHANCE TO AVOID A CONVICTION. 33 YEAR OLD KRISTI OAKES WAS CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND HER WITH A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD MALE STUDENT, INSIDE A PARKED CAR NEAR DOUGLAS DAM IN JUNE 2004. SCHMUTZER HAD PREVIOUSLY DENIED OAKES’ REQUEST FOR A PRETRIAL DIVERSION, AND CAN STILL DENY THE REQUEST IF HE SEES FIT. OAKES COULD FACE UP TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON. SHE IS CURRENTLY FREE ON BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/26/2006
Park murder apparently drug related.
AUTHORITIES WITH THE T.B.I ARE NOW SAYING THAT THE MURDER OF A TEENAGE GIRL WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK TEN DAYS AGO, WAS DRUG RELATED. THE BODY OF SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD TAMARA SUSAN SEAY OF CHEROKEE NORTH CAROLINA WAS FOUND BY A GROUP OF HIKERS, JUST OF TOMS BRANCH ROAD IN THE DEEP CREEK AREA. 20 YEAR OLD TERENCE HOWARD ROACH ALSO OF CHEROKEE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HER MURDER. ROACH APPARENTLY SUSPECTED THAT SEAY HAD STOLEN COCAINE FROM HIM. ROACH’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR JANUARY 30TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/26/2006
Sevier Co. man injured in house fire.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS INJURED AND HIS HOME DESTROYED FOLLOWING A FIRE TUESDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 AT A MOBILE HOME IN THE THIRTY SEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF RICHARDSON’S COVE ROAD. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN CATHY MCGILL WITH THE CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND THE VICTIM, 25 YEAR OLD ANDREW SHULTZ, SUFFERED CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING AND FROM SMOKE INHALATION. HE IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/25/2006
Wreck sends Sevierville man to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE SUNDAY MORNING SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8:30 ON A PRIVATE ROAD NEAR THE TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE ISRAEL, 28 YEAR OLD STEPHEN HUFFMAN OF SEVIERVILLE, LOST CONTROL OF HIS PT CRUISER, AND ROLLED IT DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/24/2006
Fire damages Gatlinburg motel room.
A FIRE IN GATLINBURG MONDAY MORNING COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE ACTIONS OF A MOTEL MAINTENANCE WORKER. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 IN A ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF THE MIDTOWN LODGE MOTEL. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE MAINTENANCE WORKER HAD PLUGGED IN A LAMP THAT APPARENTLY HAD AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM. THE SPARKS FROM THE LAMP THEN CAUGHT A NEARBY COUCH ON FIRE. HOWEVER, THE MAINTENANCE WORKER WAS ABLE TO PULL THE COUCH OUTSIDE ONTO THE BALCONY. SHORTLY AFTER, OFFICIALS WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHED THE BLAZE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE ROOM ONLY SUSTAINED MINOR SMOKE DAMAGE. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/24/2006
Sevier Co. man dies following freak accident.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN DIED LAST NIGHT AFTER A FREAK ACCIDENT AT HIS HOME. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 AT A HOUSE IN THE THIRTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF DENTON ROAD. APPARENTLY, 72 YEAR OLD MURRELL MCCARTER WAS WORKING ON THE BACKHOE ATTACHMENT TO HIS TRACTOR, WHEN THE HYDRAULIC BOOM BECAME ACTIVATED AND CRUSHED HIM AGAINST THE FRAME. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT ACCIDENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/24/2006
Wreck sends two to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 O CLOCK ON FLAT CREEK ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE DRIVER OF A JEEP, LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE WHICH ROLLED OVER ONTO IT’S TOP. ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE, THE OTHER WAS TRAPPED AND HAD TO BE EXTRICATED. THE CONDITION OF BOTH UN-NAMED VICTIMS IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/23/2006
Man arrested in connection with park murder.
AUTHORITIES WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK HAVE NOW ARRESTED A MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF YOUNG WOMAN WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND IN THE PARK A WEEK AGO. 20 YEAR OLD TERRENCE ROACH OF CHEROKEE NORTH CAROLINA, WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY NIGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 17 YEAR OLD TAMARA SUSAN SEAY, WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND JUST OFF TOMS BRANCH ROAD IN THE DEEP CREEK AREA. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE POSSESSION OF THE WEAPON THAT WAS USED TO KILL SEAY. ROACH, WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER, WILL APPEAR FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING AT A FEDERAL COURT IN ASHEVILLE TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/23/2006
Sevier Co. couple sentenced.
A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE WERE SENT TO PRISON AND ORDERED TO PAY RESTITUTION YESTERDAY, AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. EDITH JENSEN AND JAMES STEFANAK ARE THE FORMER OWNERS OF A SEVIERVILLE ADULT STORE, AND HAD ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS IN APRIL OF 2004. JENSEN WAS SENTENCED TO 21 MONTHS IN PRISON AND THREE YEARS OF SUPERVISED RELEASE. STEFANAK, WHO IS TERMINALLY ILL, WAS SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED AND THREE YEARS OF PROBATION. BOTH WERE ALSO ORDERED TO MAKE RESTITUTION PAYMENTS TO THE I.R.S FOR THE YEARS 1999 THROUGH 2002.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/20/2006
Early morning fires keep emergency workers busy.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1 AM AT A TRAILER IN THE SEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF SHARP ROAD, JUST OFF JONES COVE ROAD. APPARENTLY THE STRUCTURE WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE. GATLINBURG FIRE FIGHTERS ALSO RESPONDED TO A HOUSE FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING IN THE PITTMAN CENTRE AREA. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 AT A HOME ON HIGHLAND ACRES WAY, JUST OFF BUCKHORN ROAD. WHEN EMERGENCY WORKERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THE HOME WAS FULL OF SMOKE. THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM WAS APPARENTLY TRACKED DOWN TO AN ELECTRICAL FAULT IN THE CRAWL SPACE. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/20/2006
Park officials identify body.
THE BODY OF A YOUNG WOMAN THAT WAS FOUND ON SUNDAY INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, HAS NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE DECEASED WAS NAMED AS SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD TAMARA SUSAN SEAY OF CHEROKEE NORTH CAROLINA. ALTHOUGH INVESTIGATORS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH, THE INVESTIGATION IS BEING TREATED AS A HOMICIDE. THE BODY WAS DISCOVERED AT THE WEEKEND BY A CHURCH GROUP THAT WAS HIKING JUST OFF TOMS BRANCH ROAD IN THE DEEP CREEK AREA OF THE PARK. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/19/2006
Early morning wreck sends driver to the hospital.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY ENDED UP WITH DRIVER BEING TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 AM IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR, JUST PAST THE TUNNEL. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED HISPANIC MALE LOST CONTROL OF HIS TOYOTA STATION WAGON AND ENDED UP IN THE DITCH. WHEN EMERGENCY WORKERS ARRIVED, THE DRIVER HAD ALREADY LEFT THE SCENE. HE WAS LATER TRACKED DOWN TO AN APARTMENT ON KEAGAN DRIVE IN PIGEON FORGE AND TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE DRIVER ALSO ALLEGEDLY RECEIVED SEVERAL CITATIONS. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/19/2006
High winds cause power problems overnight.
SEVERAL THOUSAND SEVIER COUNTIANS WERE WITHOUT POWER AT DIFFERENT TIMES OVERNIGHT, DUE TO HIGH WINDS THAT BROUGHT TREE’S DOWN ONTO POWER LINES. MOST OF THE OUTAGES WERE REPORTED BETWEEN 11:30 AND 1 AM. AT ONE POINT, MOST OF ENGLISH MOUNTAIN AND WILHITE ROAD RESIDENTS WERE WITHOUT POWER. OUTAGES WERE ALSO REPORTED IN THE DUPONT COMMUNITY, SKI MOUNTAIN, LANE HOLLOW AND THE FLAT CREEK AREA. A FALLEN POWER LINE ALSO CAUSED A BRUSH FIRE NEAR HEMLOCK DRIVE AND WILEY OAKLEY DRIVE. NO INJURIES OR PROPERTY DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/18/2006
Body discovered in park.
THE BODY OF A YOUNG WOMAN HAS BEEN DISCOVERED INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. A CHURCH GROUP HIKING ON SUNDAY DISCOVERED THE BODY JUST OFF TOMS BRANCH ROAD IN THE DEEP CREEK AREA OF THE PARK. THE DECEASED FEMALE APPARENTLY APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN IN HER LATE TEENS OR EARLY TWENTIES. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE FBI. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS CASE IS ASKED TO CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 – 1230. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/18/2006
Fires damage Sevier Co. Homes.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING SEVERELY DAMAGED A SEVIERVILLE HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 AM AT A HOUSE IN THE 100 BLOCK OF MOUNTAIN VIEW DRIVE, JUST OFF WEST MAIN STREET. EARLY INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT THE FIRE STARTED IN THE ATTIC AREA. LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE. ANOTHER HOUSE FIRE EARLY MONDAY MORNING COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR A QUICK RESPONSE FROM THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 AT A HOME IN THE SEVENTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF INDIAN ROAD, JUST OFF INDIAN GAP ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEYMOUR FIRE CHIEF CHUCK GODFREY, THE BLAZE WAS CONTAINED TO THE WALL AREA AROUND THE FIREPLACE. THE FIRE WAS APPARENTLY CAUSED BY A BIRDS NEST THAT HAD FALLEN DOWN THE CHIMNEY AND CAUGHT ON FIRE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/17/2006
Sevier Co. man arrested following armed standoff.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOLLOWING AN ARMED STANDOFF. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT A HOME IN THE 2600 BLOCK OF HAPPY HOLLOW ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO THE HOME CONCERNING AN IRATE MALE SUBJECT ARMED WITH A HANDGUN. SERGEANT MICHAEL HODGES, AND DEPUTIES KEVIN DANIELS AND RONNIE SMELCER RESPONDED TO THE SCENE. THE MALE APPARENTLY AT ONE TIME CLIMBED ONTO THE ROOF OF THE HOME, DISCHARGED THE WEAPON INSIDE THE HOME AND POINTED THE GUN AT THE DEPUTIES IN A THREATENING MANNER. HE THEN DISCARDED THE WEAPON AND CHARGED THE DEPUTIES WHO WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY SUBDUE HIM. THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED AS 28 YEAR OLD JASON ROBERT WEAVER. DEPUTIES ALLEGEDLY CONFISCATED SEVERAL BAGS OF MARIJUANA AND SIX FIREARMS. WEAVER WAS CHARGED WITH THIRTEEN SEPARATE CHARGES INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, DRUG POSSESSION, RESISTING ARREST AND FOR ASSAULT AND VANDALISM AFTER HE KICKED OUT THE WINDOW OF A POLICE CRUISER. WEAVER IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford.
1/17/2006
Alleged informant police officer resigns.
A PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER WHO WAS HELPING THE FBI INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION WITHIN THE COCKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, HAS RESIGNED HIS POSITION. DERRICK WEBB WAS ONLY WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR JUST OVER A MONTH, WHEN HE WAS IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF THREE FEDERAL INFORMANTS WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY WORN A WIRE ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE INCIDENTS OCCURRED WHEN WEBB WAS STILL WORKING FOR THE NEWPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED WEBB’S DEPARTURE BUT DECLINED TO COMMENT FURTHER.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/13/2006
Sevier Co. man flown to U.T after fall.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT A HOME IN THE THIRTY FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF COZY WAY IN THE CATON’S CHAPEL COMMUNITY. APPARENTLY, THE 48 YEAR OLD UN-NAMED VICTIM FELL APPROXIMATELY TWELVE FEET FROM A LADDER. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE VICTIM SUSTAINED AN INJURY TO HIS SHOULDER AND SEVERAL OTHER CUTS AND BRUISES, AND WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/13/2006
Seymour wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8:30 ON PORTERFIELD GAP ROAD IN SEYMOUR. THE UN-NAMED FEMALE DRIVER APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HER S.U.V, HIT A TREE, ROLLED DOWN AN EMBANKMENT, AND ENDED UP IN A NEARBY CREEK. SHE WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE DURING THE WRECK AND IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/12/2006
Sevierville wreck injures one.
ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THAT WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND MAIN STREET. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN BOSCO, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD JENNIFER SHARPE OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A PICK-UP TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD CORY MINNETTE, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE. SHARPE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE A MINOR INJURY TO HER HEAD. SHE WAS ALSO CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/12/2006
Sevier Co. receives F.E.M.A grant.
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY’S FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, HAS AWARDED FEDERAL GRANTS TO SEVERAL COUNTIES IN TENNESSEE INCLUDING SEVIER COUNTY. THE MONEY IS TO SUPPLEMENT FOOD, SHELTER, RENT, MORTGAGE, AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE, FOR RESIDENTS WITH NON DISASTER RELATED EMERGENCIES. SEVIER COUNTY WILL RECEIVE ABOUT FIFTY SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE MONEY IS DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN NON PROFIT AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/12/2006
Food City shooter gets maximum sentence.
A MAN WHO TRIED TO KILL TWO OF HIS COLLEAGUES OUTSIDE THE STOP N GO GAS KIOSK AT THE FOOD CITY GROCERY STORE ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY LAST JANUARY, WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY TO TWO CONSECUTIVE 25 YEAR JAIL SENTENCES. 44 YEAR OLD DAVID MAPLES PLED GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER. MAPLES FIRED SEVERAL ROUNDS AT 43 YEAR OLD BRENDA FRYE WHO WAS WORKING INSIDE THE KIOSK, AND ONE ROUND AT 19 YEAR OLD COREY OLIVER WHO WAS NEARBY WASHING HIS VEHICLE. MAPLES THEN SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD WITH THE 38 CALIBER PISTOL AFTER BEING CONFRONTED BY SEVIERVILLE POLICE SERGEANT BILL BARTON. THE SELF – INFLICTED GUNSHOT IS SAID TO HAVE CAUSED MAPLES PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE. A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST COULD NOT ASSURE THE COURT THAT MAPLES’ VIOLENT STREAK WAS OVER, SO JUDGE RICHARD VANCE HANDED DOWN THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE. MAPLES WILL SERVE HIS TIME IN A SPECIAL NEEDS PRISON IN NASHVILLE AND COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE IN ABOUT 15 YEARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/11/2006
Pigeon Forge project over budget.
THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PIGEON FORGE GREENWAY PROJECT HAS RUN OVER BUDGET. PIGEON FORGE CITY COMMISSIONERS VOTED YESTERDAY TO APPROVE AN ADDITIONAL ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ALREADY ALLOTTED. THE EXTRA CASH IS NEEDED FOR DRAINAGE AND EROSION CONTROL WORK. THE FIRST PHASE OF THE GREENWAY PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN THIS SUMMER.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/10/2006
Burglary suspects arrested.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED TWO MEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH A STRING OF RECENT BURGLARIES. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MIKE WATSON WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, SEVERAL BREAK-INS WERE REPORTED LAST WEEK IN THE KODAK AND ALLENSVILLE ROAD AREAS. OFFICIALS LOCATED SOME OF THE STOLEN ITEMS AT A LOCAL PAWN SHOP AND SUBSEQUENTLY OBTAINED ARREST WARRANTS FOR THE INDIVIDUALS THAT PAWNED THE ITEMS. 25 YEAR OLD JAMIE PAUL CLICK AND 25 YEAR OLD EDWIN BRADLEY WHALEY WERE BOTH TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT AN ALLENSVILLE ROAD ADDRESS. AFTER SEARCHING THE HOME, DEPUTIES ALLEGEDLY FOUND STOLEN ITEMS FROM SEVERAL LOCAL BURGLARIES. CLICK AND WHALEY WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND THREE COUNTS OF THEFT. OTHER CHARGES ARE ALSO PENDING. MOST OF THE STOLEN ITEMS HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS, EXCEPT FOR A LARGE BAG OF COSTUME JEWELRY THAT OFFICIALS BELIEVE WAS STOLEN FROM A HOME LAST THURSDAY. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THESE ITEMS BELONG TO YOU, CALL DETECTIVE MIKE WATSON AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/10/2006
Body discovered near river.
THE BODY OF AN EAST TENNESSEE MAN WHO HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE THURSDAY, WAS FOUND IN SEVIER COUNTY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, THE MISSING MAN’S CAR WAS FOUND NEAR THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER, BELOW DOUGLAS DAM EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THE BODY OF 43 YEAR OLD ROBERT MARTIN OF KINGSTON TENNESSEE WAS FOUND IN A HEAVILY WOODED AREA JUST AFTER 1:30, ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE FROM HIS VEHICLE. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER, THE BODY WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOR AN AUTOPSY. NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED AT THIS TIME BUT THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/9/2006
Death penalty trial delayed.
A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE CHARGED WITH THE KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF A SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESSMAN, HAVE HAD THEIR DEATH PENALTY TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL AT LEAST THE MIDDLE OF APRIL. 35 YEAR OLD DAVID WENDELL EDENS AND 28 YEAR OLD JENNIFER ANNETTE HOLLOWAY, ARE ACCUSED OF KILLING 71 YEAR OLD JIM COCKMAN, WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND INSIDE A FREEZER AT A SEVIERVILLE STORAGE FACILITY IN LATE 2004.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/9/2006
Sevier Co. man arrested for running chop-shop.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY RUNNING A VEHICLE CHOP SHOP AT HIS JONES COVE ROAD HOME, HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF THEFT OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND ONE COUNT OF THE ALTERATION OF A SERIAL NUMBER. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 33 YEAR OLD DARRYL RAMSEY WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT AFTER SEVERAL STOLEN TRUCKS AND TRUCK PARTS WERE RECOVERED AT RAMSEY'S RESIDENCE BY DETECTIVE JEFF MCCARTER. RAMSEY IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/6/2006
Naked man arrested in Pigeon Forge.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AFTER PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICERS FOUND HIM RUNNING BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS ACROSS THE PARKWAY NAKED. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 NEAR TRAFFIC LIGHT ZERO. 18 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS OF KODAK WAS CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION AND PUBLIC INDECENCY. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOR OBSERVATION AND LATER TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/6/2006
Freak accident takes out utility pole.
A SEVIER COUNTY TEENAGER WORKING ON A CAR LATE LAST NIGHT WAS SLIGHTLY INJURED FOLLOWING A FREAK ACCIDENT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT A RESIDENCE IN THE 700 BLOCK OF SOUTH NEW ERA ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE WAS WORKING ON THE VEHICLE IN THE FRONT YARD WHEN IT SLIPPED OUT OF GEAR, TRAVELED DOWN THE DRIVEWAY, AND TOOK OUT AN ELECTRIC UTILITY POLE. SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC WORKERS HAD TO REPLACE THE POLE AND WERE ABLE TO RESTORE POWER BY 2 AM. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/5/2006
Pigeon Forge businesses burglarized.
DETECTIVES WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING TWO SIMILAR BURGLARIES THAT OCCURRED EITHER LATE MONDAY EVENING OR EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE ADVENTURE GOLF AMUSEMENT IN THE TWENTY NINE HUNDRED BLOCK OF THE PARKWAY, AND THE FANTASY GOLF AMUSEMENT IN THE THIRTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF THE PARKWAY WERE BOTH BROKEN INTO. BOTH LOCATIONS WERE VANDALIZED AND AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS APPARENTLY TAKEN FROM SEVERAL VENDING MACHINES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CAL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/4/2006
Woman falls from chair lift.
A VISITOR TO SEVIER COUNTY WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL FRIDAY EVENING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 O CLOCK AT THE OBER GATLINBURG RESORT. APPARENTLY, THE 29 YEAR OLD MOTHER OF TWO, FELL APPROXIMATELY THIRTY FEET FROM THE SCENIC CHAIR LIFT. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, EMERGENCY WORKERS HAD TO USE A STOKES BASKET TO RESCUE THE UN-NAMED WOMAN. SHE WAS RIDING THE CHAIR LIFT WITH HER FIVE AND TWO YEAR OLD CHILDREN. SHE SUSTAINED AN INJURY TO HER HEAD AND WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/2/2006
Gatlinburg wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT SATURDAY EVENING IN GATLINBURG SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THAT WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 O CLOCK ON POWDERMILL ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH GLADES ROAD. APPARENTLY, 39 YEAR OLD BILLY HALL LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND HIT A TREE. HE IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE GATLINBURG POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/2/2006
Bank robbery suspect still at large.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO ROBBED THE CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE SUSPECT WHO WAS CARRYING A HANDGUN, FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT WHO IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, APPROXIMATELY FIVE FOOT NINE INCHES TALL, AND WEIGHING BETWEEN 150 AND 170 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford
1/2/2006
United Way exceeds 2005 fundraising goal.
THE UNITED WAY OF SEVIER COUNTY HAS ANNOUNCED IT’S RESULTS FOR THE 2005 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN. ACCORDING TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROY MARSHALL, THE ORGANIZATION DID IN FACT EXCEED IT’S GOAL OF NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS BY RAISING NINE HUNDRED AND FIVE THOUSAND AND EIGHTY FIVE DOLLARS. THE TOTAL IS THE LARGEST CAMPAIGN PLEDGE IN THE ORGANIZATIONS TWENTY YEAR HISTORY. THE UNTIED WAY OF SEVIER COUNTY FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS TWENTY SEVEN NON – PROFIT AGENCIES THROUGHOUT SEVIER COUNTY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/22/2005
Sevierville teen arrested.
A SEVIERVILLE TEENAGER WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER ALLEGEDLY BREAKING INTO SEVERAL VEHICLES. THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST AFTER 12:30 WHEN AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO A SUSPICIOUS PERSON REPORT IN THE WALGREEN’S PARKING LOT ON FORKS OF THE RIVER PARKWAY. AN HOUR AND A HALF LATER, A SIMILAR REPORT WAS MADE ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN THE POST OFFICE PARKING LOT ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS CHRIS CARTER AND SERGEANT KEN GARNER RESPONDED TO THE SCENE, SEARCHED THE AREA, AND EVENTUALLY FOUND 19 YEAR OLD TRAVIS HURST HIDING IN THE BATHROOM AT PAPA KENTS. HE WAS ALLEGEDLY IN POSSESSION OF SEVERAL STOLEN ITEMS. HURST IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/21/2005
Wrecks send several people to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY MORNING IN SEVIERVILLE SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARKWAY AND BRUCE STREET. APPARENTLY, THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE CAR AND THE MINIVAN, FORCED THE CAR TO HIT THE GUARANTEE TITLE BUSINESS OFFICE. THE UN-NAMED DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK. ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT MONDAY EVENING IN PIGEON FORGE SENT THREE PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT LYNN WILHOITE WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOLLYWOOD LANE AND SOUTH RIVER ROAD. PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER LUCAS ATCHLEY REPORTED THAT A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY A 17 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM PIGEON FORGE, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 52 YEAR OLD CHARLES RIDDLE OF LENOIR CITY. THE JUVENILE, RIDDLE, AND HIS PASSENGER, 43 YEAR OLD KAREN RIDDLE, WERE ALL TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE TEENAGE DRIVER WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/21/2005
Development council takes over fair.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AND APPROVED A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD PLACE THE SEVIER COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, IN CHARGE OF THE LOCAL FAIRGROUNDS AND ANY FUTURE FAIR. THE COMMISSION IS ALSO SEEKING AN INJUNCTION TO FREEZE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ASSETS THAT THE FORMER SEVIER COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION HELD.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/20/2005
Kodak fire destroys car and damages home.
A FIRE EARLY MONDAY MORNING IN KODAK, DESTROYED A VEHICLE AND CAUSED SOME MINOR DAMAGE TO A HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 AM AT A RESIDENCE IN THE THIRTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF TOPSIDE DRIVE IN THE BENTWOOD SUBDIVISION. THE HEAT FROM THE CAR FIRE MELTED SOME OF THE SIDING ON THE HOME. THE RESIDENTS WERE NOTIFIED OF THE FIRE BY A NEIGHBOR. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/20/2005
Fire destroys Sevier County home.
A FIRE FRIDAY AFTERNOON DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4 O CLOCK AT A HOME IN THE TWENTY TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF SPENCE MOUNTAIN LOOP ROAD. THE HOUSE WHICH APPARENTLY BELONGS TO DOCTOR STEVEN JOHNSON, WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/19/2005
Wreck claims the life of driver.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE DRIVER, AND SENT THE PASSENGER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 ON ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY. APPARENTLY, 77 YEAR OLD ROY CUBERSON, LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK AND HIT A UTILITY POLE. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. HIS PASSENGER, 72 YEAR OLD ESTELLE CUBERSON IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/19/2005
Judge throws out case against Willingham.
THE JUDGE IN THE CHRIS WILLINGHAM FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL, DISMISSED THE CASE AGAINST THE DEFENDANT YESTERDAY BASED ON A LACK OF EVIDENCE. AFTER PROSECUTORS RAPPED UP THEIR ARGUMENTS JUST BEFORE LUNCH, THE DEFENDANTS ATTORNEY ASKED THE JUDGE TO DIRECT A NOT GUILTY VERDICT, A STANDARD PROCEDURE, ARGUING THAT THE PROSECUTION FAILED TO PRESENT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT HIS CLIENT. HOWEVER THIS TIME, JUDGE JOHN BLACKWOOD AGREED, AND FOUND WILLINGHAM NOT GUILTY. THE JURY NEVER GOT TO HEAR FROM THE DEFENSE. WILLINGHAM WAS ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS BUSINESS PARTNER SHANE BACON AT THE FORMER MONSTER AUDIO STORE IN JUNE OF 2003. BACON’S FAMILY WILL MEET WITH ATTORNEY’S TODAY TO DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF A CIVIL SUIT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/16/2005
Fire damages Seymour home.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING SEVERELY DAMAGED A SEYMOUR HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 AT A HOME IN THE THIRTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. APPARENTLY, THE FIRE STARTED IN THE GARAGE AREA OF THE HOME AND QUICKLY SPREAD TO THE ATTIC AREA. LUCKILY, EVERYONE WAS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE HOME SAFELY. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/15/2005
Pigeon Forge developers fined by E.P.A.
THE DEVELOPERS OF THE MAIN STREET MARKET PLACE PROJECT ON THE FORMER JAKE THOMAS FARM PROPERTY IN PIGEON FORGE, HAVE BEEN FINED EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE FINE WAS LEVIED AGAINST THE STRATEGIC LEISURE CORPORATION BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, FOR UNAUTHORIZED WORK THAT DAMAGED A WETLAND AREA JUST OFF TEASTER LANE. MAIN STREET MARKETPLACE IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN THE SPRING OF 2007.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/15/2005
Blaze damages Sevier County home.
A HOUSE FIRE LATE TUESDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT A HOME IN THE 200 BLOCK OF WHITE SCHOOL ROAD. THE FIRE WAS CONFINED TO JUST ONE ROOM, IN WHICH ALL OF THE CONTENTS WERE DESTROYED. LUCKILY THOUGH, NOBODY WAS INJURED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/15/2005
Motel clerk arrested.
IN A BIZARRE TWIST TO THE MUSIC ROAD HOTEL INCIDENT, OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT CHARGED ANOTHER HOTEL EMPLOYEE WITH THEFT AND FOR FILING A FALSE POLICE REPORT. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE BARBARA WARD, KATHY LYNETTE WOECKENER, A DESK CLERK AT THE RAMADA LIMITED SUITES HOTEL ON DOLLYWOOD LANE, CALLED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT JUST BEFORE 10 O CLOCK MONDAY NIGHT. SHE CLAIMED THAT SHE HAD JUST BEEN ROBBED AND ASSAULTED BY A WHITE MALE WHO JUMPED OVER THE COUNTER, AND STRUCK HER IN THE HEAD WITH AN UNKNOWN OBJECT. HER DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSAILANT WAS IDENTICAL TO THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MUSIC ROAD ATTACK. THE MISSING MONEY WAS ALLEGEDLY FOUND IN WOOCKENER'S PERSONAL BELONGINGS, AND IT WAS DETERMINED THAT HER INJURIES WERE SELF-INFLICTED. SHE WAS RELEASED ON TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/14/2005
Man arrested in Pigeon forge hotel attack.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW ARRESTED A MAN IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN ATTACK ON A CLERK AT THE MUSIC ROAD HOTEL EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. DETECTIVE BART STINNETT HAS CHARGED 28 YEAR OLD TERRELL THOMAS BALL OF SCHNEIDER ROAD IN PIGEON FORGE, WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. BALL ALLEGEDLY BEAT 33 YEAR OLD REBECCA OAKES SEVERAL TIMES WITH A TIRE IRON. HE IS BEING HELD ON A ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/14/2005
Wreck leaves hundreds without power.
HUNDRED OF SEVIERVILLE RESIDENTS WERE WITHOUT POWER MONDAY NIGHT FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10:30 IN THE SIX HUNDRED BLOCK OF HARDIN LANE. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED TRUCK DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND TOOK OUT A POWER POLE. AN OFFICIAL WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM SAID THAT APPROXIMATELY 450 PEOPLE WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR ABOUT SIX HOURS. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/14/2005
Blaze damages Sevierville home.
ANOTHER FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON SEVERELY DAMAGED A SEVIERVILLE HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 AT A HOME IN THE 1900 BLOCK OF NEW ERA ROAD. THE FIRE FORCED THE CLOSURE OF PART OF NEW ERA ROAD FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE FIRE CHIEF MIKE RAWLING’S, THE BLAZE WAS ELECTRICAL IN NATURE AND WAS MOSTLY CONTAINED TO THE LIVING ROOM AREA. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME OF THAT FIRE. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/13/2005
Fire destroys Sevier County home.
A FIRE MONDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED BY A NEIGHBOR JUST AFTER 11:30 AT THE HEWETT FAMILY HOME IN THE 3600 BLOCK OF LOST BRANCH ROAD. THE FIRE ALSO DESTROYED THE FAMILY’S VAN, BUT LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE. THE WALDEN’S CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/13/2005
Alleged murderer goes to trial today.
A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED HIS BUSINESS PARTNER AT THE FORMER MONSTER AUDIO STORE IS SCHEDULED GO TO TRIAL TODAY. CHRISTOPHER WILLINGHAM IS ACCUSED OF MURDERING SHANE BACON INSIDE THE DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY STORE IN JUNE OF 2003. THE TRIAL WILL BE HEARD BY JUDGE JOHN BLACKWOOD.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/12/2005
Pigeon Forge officials investigate alleged attack.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED ATTACK AT THE MUSIC ROAD HOTEL. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5:30 SUNDAY MORNING. APPARENTLY, A DESK CLERK AT THE HOTEL WAS ATTACKED WITH A BLUNT OBJECT. WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THEY FOUND THE DESK CLERK REBECCA ANN OAKES LYING ON THE FLOOR BEHIND THE FRONT DESK. OAKES HAD SUSTAINED SEVERAL HEAD INJURIES AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. HER ATTACKED IS DESCRIBED AT A WHITE MALE IN HIS EARLY TWENTIES, WITH SHORT BLOND HAIR AND A THIN BEARD, ABOUT SIX FOOT TALL AND WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 200 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/12/2005
Repeat dui offender found guilty.
A REPEAT DUI OFFENDER WILL FACE SEVERAL YEARS IN PRISON AFTER A SEVIER COUNTY JURY CONVICTED THE MAN ON FRIDAY. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, 39 YEAR OLD SANFORD LEE PARKER OF WAYNESVILLE NORTH CAROLINA, WAS FOUND GUILTY OF FELONY DUI, CHILD ENDANGERMENT, DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, AND FOR VIOLATION OF THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW. PARKER HAS AT LEAST FIVE PREVIOUS DRUNK DRIVING CONVICTIONS AND COULD FACE UP TO FOUR YEARS IN JAIL WHEN HE IS SENTENCED ON JANUARY 31ST.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/12/2005
High speed pursuit lands man in jail.
A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT ON HIGHWAY 66 THURSDAY MORNING ENDED WITH A SEVIERVILLE MAN GOING TO JAIL. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PRESTON PARRISH, HE OBSERVED A WHITE CHEVY LUMINA AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30, TRAVELLING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66. OFFICER PARRISH ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE VEHICLE NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HIGHWAY 139. HOWEVER, THE DRIVER REFUSED TO STOP AND CONTINUED ALL THE WAY TO MILE MAKER SIXTEEN POINT FIVE, WHERE HEAVY TRAFFIC SLOWED HIM DOWN. OFFICER PARRISH WITH ASSISTANCE FROM OFFICERS JAMIE ROBERTS AND MIKE ISRAEL, BOXED THE CAR IN AND ARRESTED THE DRIVER, 41 YEAR OLD JOSEPH AARON MOORE. MOORE WAS CHARGED WITH THE HABITUAL MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENDER LAW, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, EVADING ARREST AND SPEEDING. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/9/2005
Sevierville employee fired due to nepotism policy.
THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS FIRED A DISPATCHER BECAUSE HER SECRET MARRIAGE VIOLATED THE CITIES NEPOTISM POLICY. 40 YEAR OLD KAREN ROBERTS MARRIED LIEUTENANT GEORGE DECKARD LAST YEAR IN HAWAII. DECKARD PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 1ST AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH PANCREATIC CANCER. ROBERTS – DECKARD TOLD HER SUPERIORS ABOUT THE MARRIAGE THE DAY HER HUSBAND DIED. SHE RETURNED TO WORK ON SUNDAY AND WAS FIRED THIS PAST TUESDAY. ROBERTS-DECKARD IS APPEALING THE DECISION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/9/2005
Lucky escape for Sevier Co. woman.
A SEVIER COUNTY WOMAN HAD A LUCKY ESCAPE THURSDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK. APPARENTLY, LINDA SEATON LOST CONTROL OF HER CHEVY CAVALIER JUST AFTER 10 O CLOCK IN THE 2500 BLOCK OF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY. THE VEHICLE ROLLED OVER, TRAPPING SEATON INSIDE THE CAR. EMERGENCY WORKERS WERE ABLE TO EXTRICATE SEATON FROM THE VEHICLE AND AMAZINGLY, SHE WAS UNINJURED. MORE AMAZING WAS THE FACT THAT WHEN THE CAR WAS UP-RIGHTED, IT WAS DRIVE-ABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/9/2005
Altercation ends with arrest.
AN ALTERCATION EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN SEVIERVILLE LED THE ARREST OF A DANDRIDGE MAN. APPARENTLY, AUTHORITIES WERE DISPATCHED TO A WEST MAIN STREET RESTAURANT JUST BEFORE 3:30 AM, FOLLOWING A REPORT OF A FIGHT INVOLVING THREE PEOPLE. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT BILL BARTON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED WAS TRYING TO LEAVE. SERGEANT BARTON PULLED OVER THE JEEP WRANGLER AND CHARGED THE DRIVER, 20 YEAR OLD STEPHEN MICHAEL GREEN, WITH DUI. DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT GREEN ALSO HAD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. GREEN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL FOR BOOKING. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/9/2005
Wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY NIGHT ON INTERSTATE FORTY SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 PM IN THE EASTBOUND LANES AT THE HICKMAN ROAD OVERPASS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER SHANE BURGESS,18 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER MAUTER OF SEVIER COUNTY, LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICK UP TRUCK, TRAVELED ONTO THE CENTRE MEDIAN, AND CAME TO A REST AGAINST THE GUARDRAIL AT THE HICKMAN DRIVE OVERPASS. THE EXTEND OF HIS INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/8/2005
Local D.A. will not seek re-election.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION NEXT YEAR. SCHMUTZER WHO REPRESENTS THE FOURTH DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES SEVIER COUNTY, SAID THAT HE WILL LEAVE OFFICE ON SEPTEMBER THE 1ST AFTER MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS AS A PROSECUTOR. THE 63 YEAR OLD FORMER F.B.I AGENT WAS FIRST ELECTED BACK IN 1974. SCHMUTZER SAID THAT HE WILL APPLY TO SERVE AS A PROSECUTOR PRO TEM, FOR OTHER DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S ACROSS THE STATE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/8/2005
Park Ranger receives award from P.E.T.A
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK RANGER RICK BROWN AND HIS COLLEAGUES ARE TO RECEIVE THE COMPASSIONATE ACTION AWARD FROM THE “PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS” ORGANIZATION. BROWN AND OTHER RANGERS RESCUED A DOG LAST MONTH AFTER IT BECAME TRAPPED IN A SEVENTY FOOT SINKHOLE. THE DOG WHO HAD BEEN MISSING FOR 16 DAYS, WAS THEN RE-UNITED WITH HIS OWNER. THE PARK WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FRAMED CERTIFICATE AND LETTER OF APPRECIATION FROM P.E.T.A.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/8/2005
Volenteer fire department receives grant.
THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED A GRANT FOR SEVENTY SIX THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND ONE DOLLARS, FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE MONEY WILL FUND TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, WELLNESS AND FITNESS PROGRAMS, AND MODIFICATIONS TO FACILITIES.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/8/2005
Authorities identify man killed in wreck.
AUTHORITIES HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED THE NAME OF A LOCAL MAN THAT WAS KILLED DURING A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT TUESDAY NIGHT. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 O CLOCK IN THE 900 BLOCK OF GOOSE GAP ROAD. THE DECEASED HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 40 YEAR OLD RONALD TUCKER JUNIOR OF ALLENSVILLE ROAD. TUCKER APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE, HIT AN EMBANKMENT, AND WAS THROWN FROM THE CAR. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/7/2005
Authorities looking for scam artist.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS THAT A MALE SUBJECT, POSING AS A SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM WORKER, IS BURGLARIZING HOMES. APPARENTLY, THE FAKE METER READER WAS CAUGHT BURGLARIZING A HOME ON BUSH HOLLOW WAY ON MONDAY, BUT ESCAPED AFTER BEING CONFRONTED AND SHOT AT BY A FRIEND OF THE HOME OWNER. THE SUSPECT WAS DRIVING A TRUCK THAT RESEMBLED THE ELECTRIC SYSTEM’S COLOR SCHEME. THE SUSPECT WHO WAS WEARING A UNIFORM WITH A ELECTRIC SYSTEM PATCH ON IT, IS DESCRIBED AS BEING ABOUT SIX FEET TALL, APPROXIMATELY 220 POUNDS, WITH SANDY BLONDE HAIR. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/7/2005
Visitor takes his own life.
A VISITOR TO SEVIER COUNTY DECIDED TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE FRIDAY EVENING AFTER A DAY OF DRINKING. APPARENTLY, 21 YEAR OLD JONATHAN GRANT POLSON WAS THE PASSENGER IN A FORD S.U.V THAT WAS TRAVELLING NORTHBOUND ON THE PARKWAY JUST BEFORE 8 O CLOCK. ALLEGEDLY, POLSON WITHOUT ANY WARNING, TOOK A PISTOL FROM THE GLOVE BOX AND SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD. THE FEMALE DRIVER PULLED THE VEHICLE OVER INTO THE PARKING AREA OF THE RIVER’S LANDING MOTEL AND CALLED THE POLICE. UN-CONFIRMED REPORTS SUGGEST THAT POLSON WHO IS FROM THE SPARTANBURG SOUTH CAROLINA AREA, MAY HAVE BEEN DEPRESSED ABOUT A FORMER RELATIONSHIP THAT HAD ENDED, AND HAD SPENT MOST OF THE DAY DRINKING. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/6/2005
Area accidents keep emergency workers busy.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN GATLINBURG MONDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK ON HIGHWAY 321 NEAR CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT CHUCK REAGAN WITH THE GATLINBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, A VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 31 YEAR OLD JERRY LEE MANUEL, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY THE UN-IDENTIFIED MALE VICTIM. EMERGENCY WORKERS HAD TO EXTRICATED THE VICTIM FROM THE OVER-TURNED VEHICLE. THE LOCAL MAN’S INJURIES WERE THOUGHT TO BE LIFE THREATENING. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE GATLINBURG POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK. ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT MONDAY MORNING SENT TWO PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARKWAY AND BRUCE STREET IN DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PAUL LAMON, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 29 YEAR OLD ELMER BORJAS OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 32 YEAR OLD VICKY BOYD, ALSO OF SEVIERVILLE. BORJAS AND A PASSENGER IN HIS VEHICLE, 19 YEAR OLD ROBERT VARGA, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. BORJAS WAS ALSO CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD, DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE, AND FOR FAILURE TO SHOW PROOF OF INSURANCE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/6/2005
Sevier Couty man killed in wreck.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT IN SEVIER COUNTY HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE DRIVER. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 O CLOCK IN THE 900 BLOCK OF GOOSE GAP ROAD. THE UN-NAMED FORTY YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK AND WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE. THE NAME OF THE DECEASED IS BEING HELD PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/6/2005
Weekend humane society fundraiser - best ever.
SATURDAY’S ANNUAL CHAMPAGNE AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL ONE TO DATE. ACCORDING TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JAYNE VAUGHN, THE AUCTION RAISED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/5/2005
State to seek death penalty for Blair.
THE STATE HAS FILED NOTICE THAT IT INTENDS TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST ALLEGED MURDERER JOHN WAYNE BLAIR, IF THE CASE GOES TO TRIAL. BLAIR IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AND THEN KILLING 22 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS, WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN IN APRIL. 50 YEAR OLD BLAIR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER, AND IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE A BRIEF APPEARANCE IN COURT TODAY TO HEAR SEVERAL MOTIONS RELATED TO HIS CASE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/5/2005
Wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY LAST NIGHT SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 O CLOCK IN THE 500 BLOCK OF MILL CREEK ROAD, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH PIONEER TRAIL. APPARENTLY THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND HIT A UTILITY POLE. HIS INJURIES WERE NOT THOUGHT TO BE LIFE THREATENING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/5/2005
Stand-off leads to arrest.
A THREE HOUR ARMED STAND-OFF LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING, LED TO THE ARREST OF A SEVIER COUNTY MAN. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10:30 AT A HOME IN THE 900 BLOCK OF FLAT CREEK ROAD. APPARENTLY, 38 YEAR OLD MARTIN LEE WARD WAS FIGHTING WITH HIS WIFE AND THREATENING TO KILL A FRIEND OF HERS. WHEN SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES JASON VAN LEWIS AND ROBERT RHEA ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, WARD WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY ARMED WITH A PISTOL AND A SEMI AUTOMATIC RIFLE, LOCKED HIMSELF IN A BATHROOM. HE EVENTUALLY DECIDED TO GIVE HIMSELF UP JUST AFTER 1:30 WEDNESDAY MORNING. WARD WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC ASSAULT, AND FOR RESISTING ARREST. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A 150 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/2/2005
Eastgate road bridge to close tomorrow.
THE EASTGATE ROAD BRIDGE IN SEVIERVILLE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC TOMORROW, FROM 9 AM UNTIL LATER THAT AFTERNOON. CONTRACTORS WILL BE PLACING A NEW FOOTBRIDGE OVER THE RIVER AS PART OF THE CITY’S ON-GOING GREENWAY SYSTEM.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/1/2005
Afternoon wrecks tie up Sevierville traffic.
SEVIERVILLE EMERGENCY WORKERS WERE KEPT BUSY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, WITH THREE ACCIDENTS THAT ALL HAPPENED WITHIN AN HOUR OF EACH OTHER. THE FIRST WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AND MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER SHANE BURGESS, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 83 YEAR OLD CLYDE BREEDEN OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 57 YEAR OLD BONNIE POST OF VERO BEACH FLORIDA. A THIRD CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD LAURA WHITEHEAD OF SEVIERVILLE THEN REAR-ENDED POST’S VEHICLE. 25 MINUTES LATER A TWO VEHICLE WRECK ON HIGHWAY 66 NEAR THE MUSIC OUTLET SLIGHTLY INJURED ONE OF THE DRIVERS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE CLAYTON, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD CHAZZ- LENE ROBBINS OF NEWPORT, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 35 YEAR OLD CHRISTINE LEWIS-KOONTZ OF KODAK. THE THIRD ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND MAIN STREET. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THOSE WRECKS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
12/1/2005
Armed robbery suspect arrested in Pigeon Forge.
A SEYMOUR MAN WAS ARRESTED LATE MONDAY EVENING AFTER ALLEGEDLY ROBBING A PIGEON FORGE RESTAURANT AT GUNPOINT. ACCORDING TO POLICE CHIEF JACK BALDWIN, 43 YEAR OLD ROBERT JAMES GEE-A-NOLI ENTERED THE SUBWAY RESTAURANT ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD JUST AFTER 9:30, DISPLAYED A FIREARM TO THE MANAGER, AND THEN FLED ON FOOT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. GEE-A-NOLI WAS ARRESTED A SHORT TIME LATER IN THE SEQUOIA AREA BEHIND THE RESTAURANT BY PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER LUCAS ATCHLEY. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/30/2005
Seymour wreck injures three people.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEYMOUR TUESDAY AFTERNOON SENT THREE PEOPLE TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH PEACOCK COURT. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED DRIVER FROM SEVIERVILLE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE OTHER TWO VICTIMS WERE TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/30/2005
High winds cause problems across Sevier Co.
A BRUSH FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON IN SEYMOUR KEPT SEVERAL FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY FOR OVER AN HOUR. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK IN THE 200 BLOCK AREA OF GOLDEN ROD LANE. HIGH WINDS CAUSED THE FIRE TO SPREAD QUICKLY BUT NO REPORTS OF INJURIES OR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE FORESTRY DIVISION RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE. HIGH WINDS ALSO CAUSED SOME PROBLEMS IN THE GATLINBURG AREA. SEVERAL TREE’S WERE BLOWN OVER INCLUDING ONE ON BRUCE ROAD THAT FELL ONTO A POWER LINE, WHICH IN TURN FELL AND CAUSED A SMALL BRUSH FIRE. A CANOPY AT THE SAVE-A-LOT GROCERY STORE WAS ALSO BLOWN OFF THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING. LUCKILY, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/29/2005
Wreck sends driver to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE MONDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH ROBERT HENDERSON. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TED NEWMAN, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 63 YEAR OLD JAMES CLABO OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD HOPE LESTER OF PIGEON FORGE. LESTER WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/29/2005
Unemployment rate on the rise.
SEVIER COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ROSE VERY SLIGHTLY DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE. OCTOBER’S UNEMPLOYMENT WAS LISTED AT FOUR POINT FIVE PERCENT, A POINT FIVE PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/28/2005
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE OVERNIGHT DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7 O CLOCK AT A STRUCTURE IN THE 200 BLOCK OF WEBB OVERLOOK WAY, IN THE PITTMAN CENTRE COMMUNITY. ALTHOUGH THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME, LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/28/2005
Two arrested for stealing credit cards & checks.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW ANNOUNCED THE ARREST OF TWO WOMEN SUSPECTED OF USING STOLEN CREDIT CARDS AND CHECKS TO PURCHASE OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN MERCHANDISE. 34 YEAR OLD RENEE ANGELA YOAKUM OF KNOXVILLE WAS CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS OF FELONY FRAUDULENT USE OF A CREDIT CARD, AND TWO COUNTS OF THEFT. 26 YEAR OLD MISTY BREEDEN ALSO OF KNOXVILLE, WAS CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF FELONY FORGERY AND ONE COUNT OF FELONY ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT. THE TWO SUSPECTS WERE FOUND AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL WHERE THEY WERE BEING HELD ON PREVIOUS SHOPLIFTING CHARGES, AND WERE SUBSEQUENTLY SERVED WARRANTS FOR THE NEW CHARGES. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE ALSO PENDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/23/2005
Fire destroy's Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4 AM IN THE 1700 BLOCK OF DAXA WAY, JUST OFF PEARL VALLEY ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THE CATON’S CHAPEL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/23/2005
Gatlinburg couple has lucky escape.
A GATLINBURG COUPLE HAD A LUCKY ESCAPE FOLLOWING A WRECK MONDAY EVENING ON INTERSTATE FORTY. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8:30 PM IN THE WESTBOUND LANES OF THE INTERSTATE NEAR THE HOLSTON RIVER BRIDGE. 49 YEAR OLD LINDA BACHTAL AND HER HUSBAND, 65 YEAR OLD LEO BACHTAL, WERE RETURNING FROM A TRIP TO MISSISSIPPI WHEN THERE VEHICLE HYDROPLANED AND COLLIDED WITH A TRACTOR TRAILER. THE BIG RIG ENDED UP IN A NEARBY CREEK, THE BACHTAL’S VEHICLE CAME TO A STOP IN A DITCH. LEO BACHTAL HAD TO BE CUT FREE FROM THE WRECKAGE, BUT APPARENTLY SUSTAINED ONLY MINOR INJURIES. EVEN THE COUPLE’S PET DOG SURVIVED THE CRASH UN-INJURED. ALL THREE ARE NOW RECOVERING BACK AT HOME IN GATLINBURG.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/23/2005
Eight indicted for meth in Sevier Co.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE INDICTED EIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN RANDY PARTON WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, FOUR OF THOSE CHARGED WERE ALREADY IN STATE CUSTODY, THE REMAINING FOUR WERE PICKED UP YESTERDAY. THOSE INDICTED WERE 46 YEAR OLD DONALD HICKMAN, 35 YEAR OLD ANGELINA BRADLEY, 56 YEAR OLD HOWARD HICKMAN, 67 YEAR OLD JEFF HICKMAN, 48 YEAR OLD WILLIAM DREW AND 27 YEAR OLD ADAM OGLE, ALL OF KODAK, AND 28 YEAR OLD JASON FOSTER AND 25 YEAR OLD JESSICA JAMES OF DANDRIDGE. ADDITIONAL COUNTS WERE BROUGHT AGAINST DONALD HICKMAN, ANGELINA BRADLEY, AND HOWARD HICKMAN. ACCORDING TO PARTON, THE GROUP WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROXIMATELY FIVE DIFFERENT METH LABS IN THE KODAK AREA. THE DEA AND THE TBI ALSO ASSISTED WITH THAT INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/22/2005
Fire destroy's several Sevier Co. homes.
SATURDAY WAS A BAD DAY FOR HOUSE FIRES IN SEVIER COUNTY . THE FIRST BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4 O CLOCK AT A HOUSE IN THE EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF BURDEN HILL DRIVE IN SEVIERVILLE. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY, THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY JAMES KEELER, WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE WITHOUT INJURY. THE SECOND BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 PM AT A HOUSE IN THE 500 BLOCK OF OGLE STREET, ALSO IN THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE. THAT HOME WAS ALSO DESTROYED. AND FINALLY A FIRE JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT IN THE COUNTY DESTROYED A SEYMOUR HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED IN THE ELEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF CEDAR SPRINGS VALLEY ROAD. AGAIN, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THOSE FIRES IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/21/2005
Democrats to hold primary.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SEVIER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY, HAS AUTHORIZED A DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY TO BE HELD IN SEVIER COUNTY ON MAY 2ND, THE SAME DAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IS HELD. ANY DEMOCRAT’S INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR A COUNTY OFFICE THIS MAY, ARE ASKED TO CALL: 428 – 1462 OR LOG ONTO SEVIER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY DOT ORG.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/18/2005
Budget committee recommends bonds.
THE SEVIER COUNTY BUDGET COMMITTEE HAS VOTED TO RECOMMEND THE AUTHORIZATION TO ISSUE BONDS TO PAY FOR SEVERAL COUNTY PROJECTS. THAT RECOMMENDATION WILL NOW GO BEFORE THE COUNTY COMMISSION THIS MONDAY FOR APPROVAL. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THE AUTHORIZATION OF UP TO ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN BONDS TO PAY FOR PROJECTS SUCH AS THE PURCHASE OF THE FORMER DAN RIVER PROPERTY, AND TO BUILD A NEW MINIMUM SECURITY JAIL. THE ELEVEN MILLION DOLLAR AMOUNT IS APPROXIMATELY TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED FOR THE 2005 – 2006 BUDGET. MONDAY’S COMMISSION MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE COURTHOUSE BEGINNING AT 7:30.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/18/2005
Sevierville wreck sends driver to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND EAST DUMPLIN VALLEY ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE CLAYTON, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY PATRICIA GRIMES OF LAUREL INDIANA, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 33 YEAR OLD RODNEY JOHNSON OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS. GRIMES WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE MINOR INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/18/2005
Gatlinburg paramedics deliver baby.
TWO GATLINBURG PARAMEDIC’S ARE BEING HAILED AS HERO’S AFTER DELIVERING A BABY GIRL TUESDAY MORNING. JASON MESSER AND JOHN MATHEWS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SKI VIEW MOTEL ON EAST PARKWAY, AFTER A GUEST WENT INTO LABOR. THE TWO DELIVERED THE BABY AT THE MOTEL BEFORE TRANSPORTING THE MOTHER AND NEWBORN TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. BOTH ARE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/17/2005
Park rangers rescue dog.
RANGERS FROM THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK SAVED A HUNTING DOG THAT HAD FALLEN DOWN A SEVENTY FOOT SINKHOLE NEAR THE CADES COVE AREA OF THE PARK. THE RESCUE BEGAN TUESDAY MORNING AFTER NEARBY CAMPERS HEARD THE DOG BARKING AND WENT TO INVESTIGATE. THE DOG WAS LIFTED TO SAFETY IN A MAKESHIFT HARNESS AND TAKEN TO A VET FOR TREATMENT. OFFICIALS WERE ABLE TO TRACE TO OWNER OF THE DOG BECAUSE IT WAS WEARING AN I.D. TAG. THE OWNER SAID THAT THE DOG, WHO’S NAME IS BUCK” HAD BEEN MISSING FOR ABOUT SIXTEEN DAYS, AND IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/17/2005
Sevierville wreck injures two.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE LAST NIGHT SENT ONE PERSON TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR, AND ANOTHER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND ALLENSVILLE ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER CHRIS CARTER, 74 YEAR OLD NORMA SCOTT OF KODAK WAS ATTEMPTING TO TURN ONTO NORTH RIVER BOULEVARD FROM THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF 66, WHEN HER VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 72 YEAR OLD WAYNE UNDERWOOD, ALSO OF KODAK. BOTH DRIVERS WERE UNINJURED, BUT TWO PASSENGERS IN UNDERWOOD’S CAR WERE TRANSPORTED. 66 YEAR OLD MARGARET UNDERWOOD WAS FLOWN TO UT AFTER BEING EXTRICATED FROM THE VEHICLE BY FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL, AND 50 YEAR OLD SANDRA RAYMER WAS TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/17/2005
Gatlinburg fire fighters kept busy Tuesday.
GATLINBURG FIRE FIGHTERS WERE KEPT BUSY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN EDDIE RUPERT WITH THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, FIRE FIGHTERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A BRUSH FIRE JUST BEFORE NOON AT BLACK BEAR FALLS, JUST OFF CARTERTOWN ROAD. THE BLAZE CONSUMED ABOUT A HALF ACRE OF LAND, BUT LUCKILY SEVERAL NEARBY STRUCTURES WERE NOT DAMAGED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN A DISCARDED CIGARETTE. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS LATER DISPATCHED AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE AFTER HIGH WINDS BLEW A TREE OVER ONTO SOME POWER LINES. THAT INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK IN THE 1800 BLOCK OF PERRY DRIVE. OFFICIALS WERE CONCERNED THAT DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGH WINDS COULD START ANOTHER BLAZE. THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/16/2005
Holocaust denier trial rescheduled.
THE TRIAL OF A FORMER PIGEON FORGE RESIDENT WHO DENIES THAT THE HOLOCAUST OCCURRED DURING WORLD WAR TWO, WILL BE RESCHEDULED. 66 YEAR OLD ERNEST ZUNDEL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH INCITEMENT, LIBEL AND DISPARAGING THE DEAD. THE JUDGE PRESIDING OVER THE CASE IN MANNHEIM GERMANY, DECIDED TO DISMISS ZUNDEL’S DEFENSE LAWYER AFTER DOUBTING THAT SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO PROPERLY DEFEND HIM. THE RIGHT WING EXTREMIST WAS DEPORTED FROM THE UNITED STATES IN 2003. IF CONVICTED HE FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL. NO NEW COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/16/2005
Daughter of accused tax evaders arrested.
THE DAUGHTER OF A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE ACCUSED OF TAX EVASION, WOUND UP IN JAIL HER SELF YESTERDAY, CHARGED WITH HELPING TO HIDE THE WHERE-A-BOUTS OF HER FUGITIVE PARENTS. TAMMY KOOCH OF PIGEON FORGE WAS LATER RELEASED FROM JAIL, BUT HAD TO AGREE TO ELECTRONIC MONITORING AND TO PUT HER HOUSE UP AS SECURITY THAT SHE WILL APPEAR FOR HER NEXT COURT HEARING. THE FEDERAL COMPLAINT AGAINST KOOCH ALLEGES THAT SHE HAS PICKED UP PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HER FUGITIVE FATHER ON THREE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS FROM A SEVIERVILLE PHARMACY. HER PARENTS, ARNOLD AND KATHLEEN SCHMID ARE BOTH ACCUSED OF USING SHELL COMPANIES TO HIDE MILLIONS IN INCOME FROM THEIR SEVIER COUNTY CABIN RENTAL BUSINESS. THE COUPLE HAVE ALLEGEDLY ALSO NOT FILED TAX RETURNS FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. THE SCHMIDS HAVE BEEN ON THE LAM SINCE OCTOBER WHEN THEY FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR TRIAL. THEY CLAIM THAT THE COURT SYSTEM HAS NO JURISDICTION OVER THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE LIVING SOULS AND NOT U.S. CITIZENS. KOOCH WORKS AT THE ALPINE MOUNTAIN CHALET RENTAL BUSINESS IN WEARS VALLEY, ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT THE FEDS CONTEND IS PART OF THE TAX EVASION SCHEME. THAT INVESTIGATION AND THE HUNT FOR THE SCHMID’S CONTINUES.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/16/2005
Proposed Sevierville development gets go-a-head.
SEVIERVILLE CITY OFFICIALS GAVE THERE BLESSING TO A PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT TO BE BUILT IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT JUST OFF OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY. THE PRESENTATION WAS GIVEN BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE WILDERNESS RESORT GROUP DURING YESTERDAY’S PUBLIC BUILDING AUTHORITY MEETING. THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES A SIX STORY – 264 ROOM HOTEL TO BE CONNECTED TO THE PROPOSED SEVIERVILLE EVENTS CENTRE, SEVERAL CONDOMINIUMS AND A SECOND RESORT HOTEL WITH A 80 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT INDOOR WATER PARK. THE WILDERNESS RESORT GROUP HOPES TO BREAK GROUND ON THE PROJECT IN JANUARY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/15/2005
Wreck sends driver to UT.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY MONDAY MORNING IN SEVIERVILLE SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 AM ON MURPHY ROAD, JUST OFF THE PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT KEN GARNER WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 79 YEAR OLD MARTHA NICHOLS OF SEVIERVILLE, LOST CONTROL OF HER DODGE AERIES AND HIT A UTILITY POLE. NICHOLS WAS TRAPPED INSIDE THE VEHICLE FOR A SHORT TIME AND HAD TO BE EXTRICATED BY FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/15/2005
Two charged with aggravated kidnapping.
A MOTHER AND HER BOYFRIEND HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING AFTER ALLEGEDLY TAKING HER THREE YEAR OLD CHILD BY FORCE FROM A SEYMOUR DAYCARE CENTRE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK AT THE CHILD CARE LEARNING CENTRE AT PHOENIX COURT. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE MATHEW CUBBERLY WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, HELEN KING AND RODNEY MEARS ALLEGEDLY FORCED THERE WAY INTO THE FACILITY, ASSAULTED AN EMPLOYEE, AND TOOK THE CHILD. HELEN KING IS THE BIOLOGICAL MOTHER BUT DOES NOT HAVE CUSTODY. SERGEANT MATHEW SHULTS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, SPOTTED THE SUSPECT GET-A-WAY VEHICLE ABOUT THREE HOURS LATER ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD, AND ARRESTED KING AND MEARS. THE CHILD WAS RETURNED TO HIS FATHER. BOND HAS BEEN SET AT 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/15/2005
Construction site accident to be investigated.
THE STATE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION WILL INVESTIGATE A CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED LAST MONDAY IN SEVIER COUNTY. 36 YEAR OLD BARRY JONES REMAINS IN STABLE CONDITION AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE AFTER FALLING 40 FEET FROM A CABIN, AND THEN AN ADDITIONAL 40 FEET DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. THAT INVESTIGATION IS EXPECTED TO TAKE FOUR TO SIX WEEKS TO COMPLETE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/14/2005
Sevierville woman charged with murder.
A SEVIERVILLE WOMAN HAS BEEN INDICTED IN THE FATAL STABBING OF A POWELL MAN. 34 YEAR OLD DELENIA ANNE LARUE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE STABBING DEATH OF 50 YEAR OLD DAVID WELDON. THE ALLEGED INCIDENT OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 1ST AT A WOODED AREA JUST OFF BELL CAMPGROUND ROAD IN NORTH KNOX COUNTY. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/14/2005
Two teens arrested and charged with burglaries.
TWO SEVIER COUNTY TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH A RECENT STRING OF HOME BURGLARIES IN THE OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY AREA. THE BREAK-INS ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, BUT YESTERDAY A WITNESS WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE VEHICLE AND TAG NUMBER OF THE GET-A-WAY TRUCK. THE VEHICLE HAD APPARENTLY BEEN STOLEN OUT OF BRADLEY COUNTY TENNESSEE. SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES BEGAN LOOKING FOR THE TRUCK AND SPOTTED THE VEHICLE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON JUST AFTER 5:30 HEADING TOWARDS THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE. A ROADBLOCK WAS SET UP ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY CLOSE TO THE INTERSECTION WITH MIDDLE CREEK ROAD BY SEVIERVILLE AND SEVIER COUNTY OFFICERS. TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WERE 18 YEAR OLD SHANE DAVID TEGT-MYER AND A 17 YEAR OLD JUVENILE. BOTH HAD APPARENTLY FLED A DCS FACILITY IN BRADLEY COUNTY, WHICH IS ALSO WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS STOLEN. PROPERTY THAT HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM FOUR REPORTED BURGLARIES IN THE OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY AREA WAS ALLEGEDLY FOUND IN THE TRUCK. BOTH WERE CHARGED WITH FOUR COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED BURGLARY, AND FIVE COUNTS OF THEFT
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/11/2005
Freak accident sents victim to the hospital.
A WOMAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO BAPTIST HOSPITAL EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A FREAK ACCIDENT IN SEYMOUR. APPARENTLY AN OUTSIDE DISPLAY SIGN AT THE KROGER GROCERY STORE ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY, WAS BLOWN OVER ONTO THE UN-NAMED FEMALE. SHE RECEIVED AN INJURY TO HER HEAD WHICH APPEARED TO BE MINOR IN NATURE. THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/10/2005
Brush fire keeps firefighters busy.
A BRUSH FIRE IN SEVIER COUNTY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON KEPT FIREFIGHTERS BUSY FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS. ACCORDING TO ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF DONNY SHULAR WITH THE WALDEN’S CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10 AM IN THE 2200 BLOCK OF BLUFF MOUNTAIN ROAD. THE BLAZE CONSUMED ABOUT A HALF-ACRE OF LAND BEFORE BEING EXTINGUISHED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED. THE STATE DIVISION OF FORESTRY ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/10/2005
More changes at Citizens National Bank.
JUST DAYS AFTER BILLY CARROLL ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION FROM CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK, HIS FATHER BILL CARROLL HAS NOW ALSO DECIDED ON EARLY RETIREMENT. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BILL CARROLL ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD RETIRE IN MAY OF 2006, BUT APPARENTLY DECIDED TO RETIRE ON MONDAY INSTEAD. CURRENT BANK PRESIDENT DAVID VERBLE HAS BEEN PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/10/2005
Gas leak causes problems in Gatlinburg.
A GAS LEAK IN GATLINBURG TUESDAY MORNING CLOSED DOWN A PORTION OF THE PARKWAY FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CHEROKEE ORCHARD AND THE PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE ONE INCH SERVICE LINE WAS RUPTURED BY CONTRACTORS THAT WERE WORKING ON THE UNDERGROUNDING OF UTILITIES. APPROXIMATELY SIX BUSINESSES WERE ALSO EVACUATED FOR A SHORT TIME. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/9/2005
Dolly to receive government award.
A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SEVIER COUNTY NATIVE DOLLY PARTON WILL RECEIVE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S HIGHEST AWARD GIVEN TO ARTISTS. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE YESTERDAY. THE SINGER, SONGWRITER AND FOUR TIME GRAMMY WINNER WILL BE ONE OF TEN RECIPIENTS THIS YEAR OF THE NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS, AN HONOR CREATED BY CONGRESS IN 1984.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/9/2005
Wreck sends two to the hospital.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY TUESDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2 O CLOCK ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH VALLEY VIEW. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED DRIVER FROM KENTUCKY LOST CONTROL OF HIS MERCURY MARQUIS, AND ENDED UP DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. THE EXTENT OF THEIR INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/9/2005
Former Pigeon Forge resident in court today.
FORMER PIGEON FORGE RESIDENT AND HOLOCAUST DENIER ERNEST ZUNDEL, WILL GO ON TRIAL TODAY IN MANNHEIM GERMANY. THE 66 YEAR OLD RIGHT WING EXTREMIST IS CHARGED WITH LIBEL, INCITEMENT, AND DISPARAGING THE DEAD. ZUNDEL WROTE THE BOOK “THE HITLER WE LOVED AND WHY”, AND DISTRIBUTED NAZI ERA PROPAGANDA. HE WAS DEPORTED TO CANADA IN 2003 FOR ALLEGED IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS. HE FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/8/2005
Construction worker injured after fall.
A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE AFTER FALLING FROM A ROOF MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 AT A WORK SITE ON WINDY LANE, JUST OFF OF UPPER MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. APPARENTLY, 36 YEAR OLD BARRY JONES FELL ABOUT 40 FEET FROM AN OPEN DECK AREA, AND THEN FELL AN ADDITIONAL 40 FEET DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. HE WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE HE IS LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE RESCUE SQUAD, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/8/2005
New assistant County Mayor named.
SEVIER COUNTY HAS A NEW ASSISTANT MAYOR. CURTIS HENRY WHO HAS WORKED FOR THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS, WILL START HIS NEW POSITION ON DECEMBER 1ST. HENRY REPLACES FORMER ASSISTANT COUNTY MAYOR KEN MAPLES WHO RESIGNED IN AUGUST.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/7/2005
Sevierville man arrested after armed standoff.
ANOTHER ARMED STAND-OFF FRIDAY NIGHT LED TO THE ARREST OF A SEVIERVILLE MAN. AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO THE INCIDENT JUST AFTER 10 PM, AFTER NEIGHBORS COMPLAINED OF GUNFIRE IN THE LOVE ROAD AREA OF THE CITY. ACCORDING TO PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER BOB STAHLKE, SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO 103 LOVE ROAD, JUST OFF OF OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY, WHERE WITNESSES HAD REPORTED SEEING 36 YEAR OLD JOE PEPPERS ALLEGEDLY FIRING HIS WEAPON IN THE YARD. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS REMOVED SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE FROM THE RESIDENCE AND SET UP A PERIMETER AROUND THE HOME. THE SWAT TEAM WAS CALLED IN AND NEGOTIATORS TRIED TO TALK WITH PEPPERS FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS, BEFORE ENTERING THE HOME JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT. PEPPERS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INJURY AND SEVERAL WEAPONS INSIDE THE HOME WERE CONFISCATED. HE WAS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/7/2005
More lawsuits against Dixie Stampede.
THE DIXIE STAMPEDE IN PIGEON FORGE HAS NOW HAD FOUR LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST THEM, FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS THAT A FORMER EMPLOYEE MOLESTED SEVERAL CHILD PERFORMERS. THE TWO NEW LAWSUITS WERE FILED THIS WEEK AGAINST THE DINNER THEATRE AND ARMANDO GONZALES, THE FORMER EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH MOLESTING THREE GIRLS AND ONE BOY ALL UNDER THE AGE OF TEN. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL LOOKING FOR GONZALES WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE BEING FIRED LAST NOVEMBER. COMBINED, THE LAWSUITS ARE SEEKING UP TO 60 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/4/2005
Billy Carroll resigns from CNB.
BILLY CARROLL HAS RESIGNED HIS POSITION AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK. HIS RESIGNATION WAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. CARROLL APPARENTLY PLANS TO PURSUE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/4/2005
Fire destroys Sevier Co. Home.
A FIRE THURSDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 AM IN THE 1400 BLOCK OF LITTLE COVE CHURCH ROAD IN THE WEARS VALLEY COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY, ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/4/2005
Horse riding accident sends woman to UT.
A HORSE RIDING ACCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE VICTIM TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 IN THE KODAK AREA NEAR THE OLD LEE GREENWOOD THEATRE. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED FORTY YEAR OLD FEMALE WAS INJURED WHEN THE HORSE SHE WAS RIDING FELL AND ROLLED ON TOP OF HER. SHE SUSTAINED INJURIES TO HER BACK, SHOULDER AND HIP. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/4/2005
Wreck leaves over 100 in the dark.
OVER ONE HUNDRED SEVIER COUNTIANS WERE WITHOUT POWER OVERNIGHT, FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11 O CLOCK ON KERR ROAD AT THE INTERSECTION WITH MILLICAN GROVE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-IDENTIFIED DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND TOOK OUT A POWER POLE. THE DRIVER RECEIVED JUST MINOR INJURIES. THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM HAD TO REPLACE THE UTILITY POLE BEFORE THE POWER COULD BE RESTORED TO 123 HOMES. THE SEVER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/3/2005
Fire destroys Sevier County home.
A FIRE WEDNESDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 AT A HOUSE IN THE 4200 BLOCK OF SOUTH BOOGERTOWN ROAD. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED BY A CITIZEN THAT WAS DRIVING PAST THE PROPERTY. LUCKILY, THE HOME WAS UN-OCCUPIED. SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/3/2005
Over 4000 attend Sevierville winterfest kick-off.
OVER FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE TURNED OUT LAST NIGHT FOR THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE’S ANNUAL WINTERFEST KICK-OFF EVENT AT THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX, THE BIGGEST CROWD TO DATE FOR THE MUSIC, LIGHTS, AND MAGIC EVENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/2/2005
Sevier Countians appointed by Governor.
TWO SEVIER COUNTIAN’S HAVE BEEN APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR PHIL BREDESEN TO SERVE ON STATE BOARDS. KENNETH PRESNELL OF SEVIERVILLE HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE BOARD OF GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT, AND EARL WORSHAM OF GATLINBURG HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE STATE HERITAGE CONSERVATION TRUST FUND BOARD.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/2/2005
Sevier Co. Fair president resigns.
JACK THURMAN HAS RESIGNED HIS POSITION AS PRESIDENT OF THE SEVIER COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION. THE RESIGNATION WAS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT AN ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING. THURMAN HAS WORKED WITH THE FAIR SINCE 1949 AND MANAGED THE ORGANIZATION SINCE 1973.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/2/2005
Three arrested after Pigeon Forge shooting.
THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING A SHOOTING IN PIGEON FORGE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE POLICE CHIEF JACK BALDWIN, AT APPROXIMATELY 2:30 AM, OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE KROGER PARKING LOT WHERE THREE PEOPLE WERE WAITING AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING SHOT AT WHILST LEAVING A PARTY ON CLABO WAY. THE THREE VICTIMS, CHRISTIAN PINKHAM, PHILLIP OGLE THE SECOND AND A JUVENILE, TOLD OFFICIALS THAT THEY HAD ATTENDED A PARTY WHERE THEY HAD GOT INTO AN ALTERCATION WITH THE THREE SUSPECTS. AS THE THREE VICTIMS LEFT THE PARTY, APPARENTLY SHOTS WERE FIRED INTO THEIR VEHICLE. SEVERAL ROUNDS HIT THE S.U.V BUT AMAZING NOBODY WAS INJURED. THOSE ARRESTED WERE GRANT WILLIAM JORDAN OF SEVIERVILLE AND CHRISTOPHER SCARBOROUGH OF PIGEON FORGE, BOTH CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND PHONG TRAN OF SEVIERVILLE, WHO WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/2/2005
One dead, another person to be charged after wreck
A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SEVIER COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A SEYMOUR WOMAN. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK ON BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH CHILHOWIE SCHOOL ROAD. 54 YEAR OLD DIANE GREEN OF SEYMOUR WAS KILLED INSTANTLY IN THE HEAD-ON COLLISION. THE DRIVER OF THE OTHER VEHICLE, 22 YEAR OLD ISRAEL CONDE OF SEVIERVILLE, WILL APPARENTLY BE CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. HE IS CURRENTLY RECOVERING AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/1/2005
Sevierville wreck sends one to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SEVIERVILLE MONDAY MORNING, SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE TEN O CLOCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH COLLIER DRIVE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER BRIAN LEWELLING, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 59 YEAR OLD DORIS BARNES OF DANDRIDGE, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 45 YEAR OLD SONDRA GRADE OF SEVIER COUNTY. GRADE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH WHIPLASH INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/1/2005
Park announces winter schedule.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THE PARK’S WINTER OPERATIONS SCHEDULE. VARIOUS FACILITIES WILL CLOSE BEGINNING TODAY, INCLUDING SEVEN OF THE TEN CAMPGROUNDS, SEVERAL ROADS, AND OPERATIONAL HOURS FOR SOME PARK SERVICES WILL ALSO BE REDUCED. FOR A COMPLETE LIST AND UP TO DATE ROAD INFORMATION, CALL THE PARK SERVICE AT: 436 – 1200.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/1/2005
Alleged killer appears in court.
JOHN WAYNE BLAIR, THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN RESIDENT ACCUSED OF KILLING KELLY SELLERS LAST APRIL, APPEARED IN COURT YESTERDAY. BLAIR, WHO IS A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER, ALLEGEDLY MURDERED 22 YEAR OLD SELLERS, HID HER BODY IN A SHALLOW GRAVE, BEFORE HIDING OUT ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN FOR SEVERAL DAYS. HIS ATTORNEY TRIED TO GET EVIDENCE FROM A SEARCH WARRANT THROWN OUT, CLAIMING IT WAS OBTAINED IMPROPERLY. HOWEVER THE STATE SUCCESSFULLY ARGUED THAT BLAIR ADMITTED TO AUTHORITIES THAT HE WAS WITH SELLERS THE DAY SHE DISAPPEARED. SUBSEQUENTLY THE JUDGE RULED THAT THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED PROPERLY. BLAIR’S FIRST DEGREE MURDER TRIAL IS SET FOR MARCH 8TH. HE IS STILL BEING HELD ON A ONE MILLION DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
11/1/2005
Armed stand-off ends without injuries.
A TWO HOUR ARMED STAND OFF IN DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON, ENDED WITHOUT ANY INJURIES. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK AT UNITED SOUTHERN MORTGAGE, LOCATED AT 212 PRINCE STREET. APPARENTLY, 50 YEAR OLD BURKE WALLACE OF SEVIERVILLE, HAD BARRICADED HIMSELF IN A BATHROOM WITH A SHOTGUN, AND WAS THREATENING TO KILL HIMSELF. SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS TRIED TO TALK TO WALLACE FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS BEFORE DECIDING TO ENTER THE BUILDING. TEAR GAS WAS SHOT THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW WHILE SWAT TEAM MEMBERS ENTERED THE BATHROOM AND USED A TAZER TO SUBDUE HIM. WALLACE WAS CHECKED BY PARAMEDICS BEFORE BEING TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/31/2005
Sevier CO. man charged with burglary.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AFTER ALLEGEDLY BREAKING INTO FLOYD’S MARKET ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE BREAK-IN WAS REPORTED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AFTER THE BURGLAR BROKE THE FRONT WINDOW OF THE STORE AND STOLE AN UN-DISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. HOWEVER, TAPE FROM AN IN-STORE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA WAS APPARENTLY ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE ROBBER AS 27 YEAR OLD DEWAYNE SCOTT MATHIS OF ZION HILL ROAD. MATHIS, WHO IS APPARENTLY A FORMER EMPLOYEE AT THE STORE, WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT A MOTEL IN DANDRIDGE. HE WAS BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A SIX THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/31/2005
Fire destroys Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 AM AT A TRAILER IN THE 800 BLOCK OF FLAT CREEK WAY. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/31/2005
Teen to be tried as an adult.
A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACCUSED OF TAKING A GUN TO SCHOOL LAST MONTH, WILL BE TRIED AS AN ADULT IN THE SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR POINTED OUT THAT THE TEENAGER IS ONLY ABOUT SIX MONTH’S AWAY FROM HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY, AND THAT HE HAS AN EXTENSIVE JUVENILE RECORD. THE CASE WILL NOW MOVE TO THE ADULT COURT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/28/2005
Gatlinburg cop called a hero.
A HOUSE FIRE IN GATLINBURG WEDNESDAY EVENING COULD HAVE TURNED OUT A LOT WORSE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE BRAVERY OF A GATLINBURG COP. THE FIRE THAT STARTED IN THE CHIMNEY, WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5 O CLOCK AT A HOME IN THE ONE HUNDRED BLOCK OF LECONTE VIEW DRIVE. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, POLICE OFFICER ADAM ROSE WAS ON PATROL WHEN HE NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM THE ROOF AND CHIMNEY AREA OF THE HOUSE. ROSE WENT TO THE SMOKE FILLED HOME AND HEARD A CRY FOR HELP. HE THEN ENTERED THE HOME AND MANAGED TO FEEL HIS WAY TO THE HOMEOWNER, AND HELP HER OUT OF THE BUILDING. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDER SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE AND TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/28/2005
Sevierville wreck injures teen.
A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT A TEENAGER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. ONE WESTBOUND LANE WAS CLOSED FOR APPROXIMATELY TWENTY MINUTES. THE UN-IDENTIFIED SIXTEEN YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER APPARENTLY RECEIVED INJURIES TO HER HEAD AND RIGHT SIDE OF HER BODY. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/27/2005
Local water bottler wins court case.
THE STATE COURT OF APPEALS HAS RULED IN FAVOR OF A LOCAL BOTTLED WATER COMPANY THAT HAD BEEN REFUSING TO PAY A SOFT DRINKS PRIVILEGE TAX. UNTIL THE YEAR 2000, WATER BOTTLERS WERE EXEMPT FROM THE TAX, BUT THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL REVERSED THAT OPINION ARGUING THAT BOTTLED WATER SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A SOFT DRINK. THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER COMPANY APPEALED THE DECISION, AND YESTERDAY AN APPELLATE COURT JUDGE AGREED. THE DECISION WILL EFFECT TWENTY ONE WATER BOTTLERS ACROSS THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. THE STATE HAS 60 DAYS TO DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE THE CASE TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/27/2005
Students sentenced.
TWO DANDRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO A SECURE JUVENILE FACILITY, AND PLACED UNDER THE CARE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES, AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, THE 12 AND 14 YEAR OLD BOYS TOOK TWO GUNS TO THE MAURY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN AUGUST, AND PLANNED TO KILL A TEACHER. FORTUNATELY, THAT TEACHER CALLED IN SICK THAT DAY. HOWEVER, ONE OF THE BOYS WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN THE LEG WHILE SHOWING OFF THE GUN IN A SCHOLL BATHROOM. A MURDER CHARGE AGAINST A THIRD BOY WAS DROPPED, BUT HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF BEING AN ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/26/2005
Sevierville winterfest kick-off.
THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE WILL HOLD THEIR WINTERFEST KICK OFF EVENT THIS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1ST, FROM 3:30 UNTIL 8 O CLOCK AT THE CITY’S MUNICIPAL COMPLEX. THE MUSIC, LIGHTS AND MAGIC EVENT WILL FEATURE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, HAYRIDES, SEVERAL GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN, FREE FOOD AND BEVERAGES, AND A FIREWORK DISPLAY PRIOR TO THE WINTERFEST LIGHTS BEING SWITCHED ON. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TUESDAY’S FREE EVENT, CALL THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE AT: 453-5504.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/26/2005
Four arrested on drug and weapon charges.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE FBI ARRESTED THREE SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS MONDAY MORNING, AND CHARGED A FOURTH MAN WHO WAS ALREADY INCARCERATED, ON VARIOUS FEDERAL WEAPON AND DRUG RELATED CHARGES. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE INVESTIGATION HAD BEEN ON-GOING SINCE FEBRUARY. OFFICERS EXECUTED TWO SEARCH WARRANTS AT TWO DIFFERENT HOMES AND ALLEGEDLY DISCOVERED APPROXIMATELY THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, FIFTEEN HUNDRED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, SEVERAL WEAPONS, AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH. THOSE CHARGED ARE 51 YEAR OLD JERRY SEATON OF SEVIERVILLE, 56 YEAR OLD DEANNA FRANKLIN OF PIGEON FORGE, ROBERT FRANKLIN, ALSO OF PIGEON FORGE, AND 25 YEAR OLD JOSEPH FAIRCLOTH OF SEVIERVILLE. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/25/2005
Fire destroys Sevier County home.
A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 AM AT A TRAILER IN THE THIRTY EIGHT HUNDRED BLOCK OF OLD ENGLETOWN ROAD, JUST OFF PINE MOUNTAIN ROAD. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS HOME WHEN THE FIRE BROKE OUT BUT OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO GET IN CONTACT WITH THE RESIDENTS. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/25/2005
Fire damages Gatlinburg convention centre.
A FIRE SATURDAY MORNING IN GATLINBURG CAUSED ONLY MINOR DAMAGE THANKS TO A QUICK RESPONSE FROM THE CITY’S FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11 AM INSIDE THE MILLS AUDITORIUM ON AIRPORT ROAD, WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEING RENOVATED. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, A PILE OF BUILDING MATERIALS THAT WERE BEING STORED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COMPLEX CAUGHT ON FIRE. THE BLAZE CAUSED SOME HEAT DAMAGE TO THE CEILING AND SMOKE DAMAGE TO THE ROOM. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/24/2005
Woman rescued after fall in park.
PARK RANGERS WERE ALSO BUSY SUNDAY AFTERNOON RESCUING A SIXTY YEAR OLD WOMEN WHO HAD FALLEN DOWN A RAVINE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK ON THE LAUREL FALLS TRAIL. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE VICTIM FELL APPROXIMATELY 35 FEET. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE BY AMBULANCE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/24/2005
Child injured in park wreck.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK SUNDAY AFTERNOON, SENT A CHILD TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WA REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 ON NEWFOUND GAP ROAD NEAR THE CHIMNEY’S. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE UN-NAMED ELEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD WAS RIDING ON THE BACK OF A MOPED WHEN THE VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH A VAN. THE EXTENT OF THE CHILD’S INJURIES ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/24/2005
Seymour restaurant evacuated.
THE KRYSTAL RESTAURANT IN SEYMOUR WAS EVACUATED FOR A SHORT TIME THURSDAY MORNING, AFTER THE BUSINESS FILLED WITH SMOKE. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT RANDALL MOORE WITH THE SEYMOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PROBLEM WAS APPARENTLY CAUSED BY AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT MOTOR THAT HAD BURNT OUT. NO INJURIES OR SERIOUS PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS REPORTED. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/21/2005
Wreck sends driver to UT.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 AM IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH HUSKEY GROVE. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, 22 YEAR OLD TAMMY NICHOLS OF SEVIERVILLE LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR, HIT THE EMBANKMENT, AND FLIPPED THE VEHICLE ONTO IT’S SIDE. NICHOLS HAD TO BE CUT FREE FROM THE WRECKAGE BY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL. CAPTAIN JIM SHULTZ WITH THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT NICHOLS WAS TRANSPORTED TO UT WITH INJURIES TO HER BACK, NECK AND STOMACH. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/21/2005
Local teacher looses fight with cancer.
LOCAL SEVIER COUNTY TEACHER DOC MCCARTER PASSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING A RECENT BATTLE WITH CANCER. MCCARTER HAD BEEN ON MEDICAL LEAVE FROM HIS POSITION AS A P.E. TEACHER AT NORTHVIEW ELEMENTARY. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS ON SATURDAY FROM 2 UNTIL 8 AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SEVIERVILLE, WITH FUNERAL SERVICES PLANNED FOR SUNDAY AT 2 PM.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/21/2005
Local teacher flown to the hospital.
A SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE THURSDAY AFTERNOON, FOLLOWING A FALL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10:30 IN THE GYMNASIUM. IT APPEARS THAT 41 YEAR OLD BILLY WARD HAD A SEIZURE, FELL AND HIT HIS HEAD. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO UT VIA LIFESTAR. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/21/2005
Three vehicle wreck closes highway 66.
A THREE VEHICLE CHAIN REACTION WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CAUSED SOME TRAFFIC DELAYS FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66 NEAR THE DINER. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER ERIC RAMSEY, AN ASTRO VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 44 YEAR OLD DONNA CARROT OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 27 YEAR OLD KIMBERLY FARMER OF DANDRIDGE, AND A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 64 YEAR OLD GENE JUSTUS OF SEVIERVILLE. THE ACCIDENT CLOSED ONE OF THE SOUTHBOUND LANES FOR A SHORT TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/20/2005
Dixie Stampede faces second lawsuit.
THE DIXIE STAMPEDE ATTRACTION IS PIGEON FORGE IS NOW FACING A SECOND LAWSUIT OVER A FORMER EMPLOYEE WHO ALLEGEDLY MOLESTER AT LEAST THREE CHILDREN. AUTHORITIES CHARGED ARMANDO GONZALEZ LAST NOVEMBER WITH SEXUAL BATTERY BUT HAVE SO FAR BEEN UNABLE TO APPREHEND HIM. THE FIRST LAWSUIT WAS FILED LAST WEEK ON BEHALF OF A SEYMOUR FAMILY THAT IS SEEKING UP TO SIXTEEN MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES. THE SECOND LAWSUIT FILED ON TUESDAY SEEKS UP TO TWENTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS. THE ALLEGED VICTIMS PERFORMED IN THE DIXIE STAMPEDE SHOW. A THIRD LAWSUIT IS ALSO EXPECTED TO BE FILED WITHIN THE NEAR FUTURE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/20/2005
Boyd's Bear files fro bankruptcy.
THE BOYD’S BEAR ORGANIZATION WHICH HAS AN OUTLET IN PIGEON FORGE, HAS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY. THE BOYD’S COLLECTION WHICH DESIGNS AND MANUFACTURERS TEDDY BEARS AND OTHER COLLECTIBLES, HAS FILED FOR CHAPTER ELEVEN OF THE FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY CODE. THE COMPANY SAYS IT IS TRYING TO RESTORE IT’S FINANCIAL STABILITY AND ENSURE IT’S LONG TERM SUCCESS, WITHOUT DISRUPTING IT’S DAILY OPERATIONS. THE PIGEON FORGE BOYD’S BEAR LOCATION ON CATES ROAD OPENED JUST LAST YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/19/2005
Sevierville man charged with statutory rape.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE. 20 YEAR OLD RICHARD ROSHY WAS ARRESTED MONDAY MORNING BY SERGEANT TODD NAILLON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. ROSHY WAS ALLEGEDLY HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL. HE WAS BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/19/2005
Wreck injures driver.
A FEMALE DRIVER WAS LUCKY TO ESCAPE WITH JUST MINOR INJURIES FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER ONE AM ON NEW CENTRE ROAD. APPARENTLY THE UN-NAMED 20 YEAR OLD DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HER TOYOTA FOUR RUNNER AND HIT THE GUARDRAIL. THE VEHICLE THEN APPARENTLY CAUGHT ON FIRE. THE DRIVER RECEIVED INJURIES TO HER FACE, HANDS AND BACK. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE NEW CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/18/2005
County approves new jail site.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AT THE COURTHOUSE AND APPROVED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW MINIMUM SECURITY JAIL ON THE CURRENT SEVIER COUNTY FAIRGROUND SITE. THE COUNTY ALREADY OWNED THE 14 ACRE SITE ON OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY, BUT PLANS TO PURCHASE A SMALL ADJOINING AREA FOR THAT FACILITY. THE NEW JAIL WILL HOUSE NON-VIOLENT INMATES WHICH WILL ALLEVIATE THE CURRENT CHRONIC OVERCROWDING PROBLEMS AT THE MAIN FACILITY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/18/2005
Sevierville approves new building height's.
SEVIERVILLE’S BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN ALSO MET LAST NIGHT AND VOTED TO INCREASE TO HEIGHT OF BUILDING S ALLOWED IN THE CITY, FROM 65 FEET TALL, TO 110 FEET TALL. THE TALLER BUILDINGS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES THE DOWNTOWN AND HIGHWAY 66 CORRIDOR AREA’S.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/18/2005
Sevier County motel worker charged.
A SEVIERVILLE MOTEL WORKER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY, AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY GRABBED A CO-WORKER, CHOKED HER AND INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHED HER. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED FRIDAY AT THE COMFORT INN ON THE PARKWAY. 19 YEAR OLD JOSE SARMIENTO OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, WHO IS ALSO APPARENTLY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN, IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/17/2005
Sevierville wreck ties up traffic.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE INJURED ONE DRIVER AND TIED UP TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT 40 MINUTES. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2:30 ON MIDDLE CREEK ROAD IN FRONT OF FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. APPARENTLY A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 34 YEAR OLD GABRIELLE KORITZER OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD STACY FLANIGAN OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS. THE COLLISION CAUSED ONE OF THE VEHICLES TO THEN HIT ANOTHER CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 36 YEAR OLD THOMAS RAWLSON. FLANIGAN WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE FOR MINOR INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/17/2005
Car ends up in river.
AN ELDERLY SEVIERVILLE DRIVER ENDED UP IN THE LITTLE PIGEON RIVER THURSDAY AFTERNOON AFTER HE APPARENTLY SUFFERED A DIABETIC ATTACK. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK NEAR THE GREENWAY TRAIL PARKING LOT ON HARDIN LANE. THE UN-NAMED MALE WHO LIVES ON HARDIN LANE, HAD ALREADY SUFFERED A DIABETIC PROBLEM EARLIER THAT SAME DAY. HIS PLYMOUTH COLT LUCKILY CAME TO A STOP ON THE RIVERBANK WITH ONLY THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE PARTIALLY SUBMERGED. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/14/2005
Sevier Co. couple wanted for tax evasion.
A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS ORDERED THE ARREST OF A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE ACCUSED OF TAX EVASION, AFTER THEY FAILED TO SHOW UP FOR TRIAL YESTERDAY. SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE LEON JORDAN REVOKED THE BONDS THAT HAD ALLOWED RAY AND KATHLEEN SCHMID TO REMAIN FREE AFTER THEIR INDICTMENT LAST YEAR. THE SCHMIDS ARE ACCUSED OF MAKING HUNDRED’S OF THOUSAND’S OF DOLLARS IN SEVIER COUNTY RENTAL CABIN DEALS AND THEN USED SHELL COMPANIES TO HIDE THE INCOME. THE COUPLE ARE ALSO ACCUSED OF FAILING TO FILE TAX RETURNS FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. THE SCHMID’S OWN SEVERAL SEVIER COUNTY RENTAL CABINS AND OPERATE THE ALPINE RIDGE SUBDIVISION IN WEARS VALLEY. ARNOLD SCHMID HAS PREVIOUSLY CLAIMED THAT HE IS EXEMPT FROM FEDERAL TAXES BECAUSE HE IS A LIVING SOUL, NOT UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S AUTHORITY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/13/2005
Sevierville P.D looking for stolen truck.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR A VEHICLE THAT WAS STOLEN FROM A PARKWAY MOTEL OVERNIGHT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK AT THE OAK TREE LODGE. APPARENTLY, A VISITOR FROM TEXAS WHO WAS MOVING BETWEEN STATES, HAD HIS TRUCK AND THE CONTENTS THAT HE WAS HAULING, STOLEN FROM THE MOTEL PARKING LOT. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A BLACK 2005 FORD F250 EXTENDED CAB TRUCK WITH TEXAS PLATES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/13/2005
Two teens charged with burglary and auto theft.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A SEVIERVILLE TEENAGER IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE THEFT OF TWO TRUCKS AND TWO MOTORCYCLES FROM THE AUTOWAY AUTO CENTRE LAST MONTH. SERGEANT TODD NAILLON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, RESPONDED TO A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY CALL ON CEDAR DRIVE LAST TUESDAY. A NEIGHBOR WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE NAILLON WITH A DESCRIPTION AND LICENSE PLATE NUMBER OF THE SUSPECT VEHICLE. DETECTIVES ROBBIE BALL AND KEVIN BUSH WERE ABLE TO SUBSEQUENTLY ARREST NINETEEN YEAR OLD DAVID WHALEY OF SEVIERVILLE. DURING THAT INVESTIGATION, THE DETECTIVES WERE ABLE TO ALSO TIE WHALEY TO THE VEHICLE THEFTS AT AUTOWAY. WHALEY AND A SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD JUVENILE WERE CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF BURGLARY AND FOUR COUNTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT. CHARGES ARE ALSO PENDING AGAINST TWO OTHER SUSPECTS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/12/2005
Pigeon Forge Dixie Stampede sued.
THE DIXIE STAMPEDE THEME SHOW IN PIGEON FORGE IS BEING SUED BY THE MOTHER OF AN EIGHT YEAR OLD GIRL, WHO SAY’S THAT SHE WAS ONE OF THREE CHILDREN SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE. THE ALLEGATION STEMMED FROM AN INCIDENT LAST NOVEMBER INVOLVING 31 YEAR OLD ARMANDO GONZALEZ. TWO EIGHT YEAR OLD GIRLS AND ONE 11 YEAR OLD BOY WHO PERFORMED IN THE SHOW, ALLEGE THAT GONZALEZ TOUCHED THEM INAPPROPRIATELY. GONZALEZ IS ALSO BEING SUED BY THE MOTHER. THE LAWSUIT IS SEEKING UP TO SIXTEEN MILLION DOLLARS IN MONETARY DAMAGES. OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE STILL LOOKING FOR GONZALEZ.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/12/2005
Five vehicle wreck sends one to the hospital.
A FIVE VEHICLE CHAIN REACTION WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE AT THE WEEKEND SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON JUST BEFORE 1:30 IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE PARKWAY NEAR CINGULAR WIRELESS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER DREW DENNIS, A JEEP CHEROKEE BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD DARRYL QUARLES OF BIRCHWOOD TENNESSEE, RAN INTO THE BACK OF A CHEVY S10 PICK UP TRUCK, WHICH STARTED THE CHAIN REACTION ACCIDENT. QUARLES WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH MINOR INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/12/2005
Man who shot at co-workers enters an open plea.
A MAN WHO SHOT AT TWO OF HIS CO-WORKERS IN SEVIERVILLE IN JANUARY, ENTERED AN OPEN PLEA IN COURT LATE LAST WEEK. 43 YEAR OLD DAVID MAPLES ALLEGEDLY FIRED A HAND GUN AT BRENDA FRYE WHO WAS INSIDE THE STOP AND GO GAS KIOSK, AND THEN APPARENTLY FIRED A SHOT AT CORY OLIVER, ANOTHER CO-WORKER WHO WAS PUMPING GAS. MAPLES WAS CONFRONTED BY SERGEANT BILL BARTON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. MAPLES THEN GOT IN HIS CAR, DROVE TO ANOTHER PART OF THE PARKING LOT AND SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD. BY ENTERING THE OPEN PLEA, MAPLES HAS ADMITTED TO THE CRIME WITHOUT FIRST STRIKING A DEAL. EACH CRIME CARRIES A SENTENCE OF BETWEEN FIFTEEN AND TWENTY FIVE YEARS IN JAIL. MAPLES WILL BE SENTENCED ON JANUARY 10TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/11/2005
Music Mansion sold.
THE MUSIC MANSION THEATRE ON THE PARKWAY IN PIGEON FORGE WAS FINALLY SOLD ON FRIDAY. THE DOLLYWOOD ORGANIZATION SOLD THE THEATRE TO THE ORLANDO BASED WONDERWORKS COMPANY FOR SEVEN AND A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS. THE NEW OWNERS EXPECT TO SPEND AN ADDITIONAL SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN RENOVATION COSTS. EARL AND MARGIT WORSHAM ARE ALSO INVESTING IN THE PLANNED FORTY FIVE THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT ATTRACTION, AND SANDY WEISS WILL TAKE OVER AS VICE PRESIDENT IN JANUARY OF 2006. THE NEW COMPANY EXPECTS TO HIRE AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED FULL TIME EMPLOYEE’S.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/11/2005
Pigeon Forge man arrested.
A PIGEON FORGE MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER AUTHORITIES ALLEGEDLY DISCOVERED A LARGE AMOUNT OF DRUGS, WEAPONS, AND CASH AT HIS HOME ON LARAINE STREET. OFFICERS WITH THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DRUG TASK FORCE HAD RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT DAVID ALLEN ENGLISH WAS ALLEGEDLY SELLING AND GIVING AWAY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. DURING A SEARCH OF HIS HOME, AGENTS APPARENTLY FOUND A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA, TWO HUNDRED XANAX PILLS, ONE THOUSAND MORPHINE PATCHES AND TWO THOUSAND DOSES OF METHADONE. THEY ALSO FOUND ABOUT FORTY WEAPONS AND NEARLY SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/10/2005
Wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1:30 IN THE TWO THOUSAND BLOCK OF JONES COVE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK WHILE NEGOTIATING A SHARP CURVE. THE VICTIMS INJURIES ARE NOT THOUGHT TO BE LIFE THREATENING. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/10/2005
Body found in Sevierville.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND SATURDAY AFTERNOON. FAMILY MEMBERS HAD REPORTED THE MAN MISSING ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO. THE BODY OF THE 45 YEAR OLD UN-NAMED MALE WAS FOUND JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK IN A WOODED AREA BEHIND SOME HOMES IN THE 900 BLOCK OF BURDEN HILL DRIVE. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/10/2005
Pigeon Forge man arrested after pursuit.
A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT LAST NIGHT ENDED WITH THE ARREST OF A PIGEON FORGE MAN. THE INCIDENT STARTED JUST AFTER 1 AM WHEN A SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO STOP A VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 66 NEAR VOLUNTEER CHEVROLET. THE DRIVER APPARENTLY REFUSED TO STOP AND CONTINUED DRIVING NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 66, ONTO SNYDER ROAD, AND FINALLY ONTO OLD DANDRIDGE PIKE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, WHERE HE DECIDED TO GIVE UP THE PURSUIT. 32 YEAR OLD NATHANIEL YOUNG OF PIGEON FORGE WAS CHARGED WITH DUI, FELONY EVADING, DRIVING ON A REVOKED LICENSE, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND SPEEDING. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/7/2005
Fire destroys cabin.
A FIRE LATE LAST NIGHT DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY CABIN. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 O CLOCK IN THE FOUR THOUSAND BLOCK OF BELLINGER HOLLOW ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE STRUCTURE WAS DESTROYED, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WEE REPORTED. SEVIER COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL FRED ATCHLEY IS INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/7/2005
Wreck claims the life of Sevier County man.
ONE MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 ON LYON SPRINGS WAY, JUST OFF WEARS VALLEY ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE DRIVER OF THE FORD F250 TRUCK LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE WHICH THEN OVERTURNED. THE TWO UN-IDENTIFIED MEN INSIDE THE TRUCK WERE APPARENTLY BROTHERS. ONE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE, THE OTHER WAS CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT ALCOHOL MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THAT WRECK. THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL IS INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/7/2005
Car thief nabbed in Sevierville.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE CHARGED A WEST VIRGINIA MAN WITH VEHICLE THEFT. THE INCIDENT BEGAN WEDNESDAY MORNING JUST AFTER 6:30 WHEN AUTHORITIES RECEIVED A REPORT CONCERNING A RECKLESS DRIVER ON HIGHWAY 66. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER SHANE BURGESS LOCATED AND ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE VEHICLE AT THE GAS STATION AT THE CORNER OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY AND DOUGLAS DAM ROAD – HIGHWAY 139. THE DRIVER OF THE STOLEN CITY OF PIGEON FORGE VAN, JUMPED FROM THE VEHICLE AND FLED ON FOOT. THE VAN WHICH WAS STILL IN DRIVE, COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE, WHICH RESULTED IN MINOR DAMAGES. SEVERAL SEVIERVILLE AND SEVIER COUNTY OFFICERS SEARCHED THE AREA, INCLUDING SERGEANT STEVE HELTON WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WHO WAS THERE REGARDING THEIR CITY VEHICLE. SERGEANT HELTON LOCATED THE SUSPECT AT THE EXXON GAS STATION AND SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED 20 YEAR OLD CHARLES SAYER OF POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIRGINIA. ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN SEVIERVILLE AND PIGEON FORGE ARE EXPECTED.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/6/2005
Sevierville wreck sends one to UT.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY AND MIDDLE CREEK ROAD. ACCORDING TO SERGEANT SAM HINSON WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 25 YEAR OLD LISA ANN DUNN OF NEWPORT, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 35 YEAR OLD STEVEN OGLE OF SEVIERVILLE. DUNN WAS FLOWN TO UT WHERE SHE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION, OGLE WAS APPARENTLY UN-INJURED. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/6/2005
Mountain hope clinic gets money from state.
SEVIERVILLE’S MOUNTAIN HOPE GOOD SHEPHERD CLINIC HAS RECEIVED SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE STATE, IN ORDER TO OFFSET THE INCREASE IN PATIENTS THAT HAVE BEEN DROPPED BY TENNCARE. MOUNTAIN HOPE PLANS ON USING THE MONEY TO ADD EVENING AND WEEKEND HOURS, AS WELL AS A FEW MORE ROOMS TO TREAT PATIENTS. THE FAITH BASED HEALTH CLINIC CHARGES PATIENTS A FEE BASED ON THEIR INCOME
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/6/2005
Infant killed by truck.
AN INFANT WAS KILLED TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY AFTER BEING RUN OVER BY A TRUCK. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK IN THE 300 BLOCK OF BLOSSOM WAY, JUST OFF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK, 40 YEAR OLD TERRY ARMSTRONG OF SEVIERVILLE, WAS APPARENTLY LEAVING A FRIENDS HOUSE WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. THE 19 MONTH OLD LITTLE BOY WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. OFFICIALS WITH THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL ARE INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/5/2005
Several injured during park wreck.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK ON TUESDAY, CLOSED HIGHWAY 441 – NEWFOUND GAP ROAD FOR OVER TWO HOURS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 AM ON THE NORTH CAROLINA SIDE OF THE PARK. APPARENTLY, AN S.U.V BEING DRIVEN BY CHERRIE TULLIS OF SHARPSBURG GEORGIA, CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE AND COLLIDED WITH TWO OTHER VEHICLES. THE OCCUPANTS OF ONE OF THOSE VEHICLES, TROY AND LOIS HARGROVE OF CANTON NORTH CAROLINA, WERE BOTH FLOWN TO THE HOSPITAL. PARK RANGERS ARE INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/5/2005
Construction worker hit by vehicle.
A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING, AFTER HE WAS STRUCK BY A VEHICLE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 AM ON MAIN STREET IN SEVIERVILLE. APPARENTLY, 26 YEAR OLD MANUEL FELIPE OF KNOXVILLE, WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROADWAY TRYING TO CROSS EAST MAIN STREET, WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A MINIVAN BEING DRIVEN BY 58 YEAR OLD ROBERT HEFFELFINGER OF STOCKERTOWN PENNSYLVANIA. FELIPE’S INJURIES WERE NOT THOUGHT TO BE LIFE THREATENING. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/5/2005
Wreck sends teen to the hospital.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LAST NIGHT IN THE KODAK AREA SENT THE TEENAGE DRIVER TO THE HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7:30 IN THE TWO HUNDRED BLOCK OF WEST MOUNT ROAD. APPARENTLY THE UN-NAMED JUVENILE LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE WHILE NEGOTIATING A SHARP CURVE. HIS WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/4/2005
Sevierville accident sends one person to U.T.
A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5 O CLOCK ON COLLIER DRIVE, NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH THE PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN TURNER, A CHEVY MALIBU BEING DRIVEN BY 45 YEAR OLD TAMMY BASTON OF SOMERSET KENTUCKY, COLLIDED WITH A CAMERO BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD BILLY SWANGER OF NEWPORT. BASTON WAS TRANSPORTED TO UT WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/4/2005
Wanted fugitive back in Sevier County.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WHO TRIED TO FAKE HIS OWN DEATH AFTER AUTHORITIES CHARGED HIM WITH VARIOUS SEXUAL CRIMES, IS NOW BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. KEVIN ALLEN GENTRY WAS CAPTURED IN SOUTH CAROLINA, WHERE HE HAD BEEN LIVING WITH ONE OF HIS ALLEGED VICTIMS. GENTRY HAD BEEN FIGHTING EXTRADITION BUT WAS RETURNED TO SEVIER COUNTY LAST WEEK. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE RAPE OF A CHILD AND SEVERAL COUNTS OF STATUTORY RAPE. GENTRY WILL APPEAR IN COURT FOR A PLEA HEARING ON WEDNESDAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/3/2005
Sevierville police officer dies.
A SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL DIED SATURDAY FOLLOWING A LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER. 56 YEAR OLD LIEUTENANT GEORGE DECKARD WAS A TWENTY YEAR POLICE DEPARTMENT VETERAN AND SERVED AS A MARINE SERGEANT IN VIETNAM. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS THIS WEDNESDAY EVENING AT ATCHLEY FUNERAL HOME IN SEVIERVILLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
10/3/2005
Man cut's his own throat during traffic stop.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED DURING A TENSE STANDOFF DURING A TRAFFIC STOP IN KNOXVILLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. APPARENTLY, 22 YEAR OLD CASEY MCCRAW OF SEVIERVILLE WAS DRIVING THE VEHICLE WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY RAN A STOP LIGHT. DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP, A PASSENGER IN MCCRAWS VEHICLE, 31 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER MCCRAY OF RICHMOND VIRGINIA, ALLEGEDLY CUT HIS OWN THROAT. POLICE OFFICES HAD TO USE A TASER ON MCCRAY IN ORDER TO SUBDUE HIM. MCCRAY IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION AT THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. MCCRAW WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND SPEEDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/30/2005
Man sentenced for Pigeon Forge stand-off.
A MAN WHO WAS AT THE CENTRE OF A TENSE TWO HOUR STAND OFF IN PIGEON FORGE LAST AUGUST, WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY. KENNY WAYNE DE-HART WAS THE PASSENGER IN A CAR THAT WAS STOPPED ON THE PARKWAY BY PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER DONNIE MASHBURN. DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP, DE-HART GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, HELD A GUN TO HIS HEAD, AND WAS THREATENING TO KILL HIMSELF. DE-HART HAD PLED GUILTY TO BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON AND ADMITTED TO TAKING PAIN MEDICATION DURING THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. HE WAS SENTENCED TO 37 MONTHS IN JAIL BUT GIVEN CREDIT FOR THE NINE MONTHS THAT HE HAD ALREADY SPENT BEHIND BARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/30/2005
Sevierville receives TDOT grant.
THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE WILL RECEIVE A 533 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO HELP DEVELOP THE CITIES ON-GOING GREENWAY PROJECT, EXTENDING THE WALKING TRAIL PAST THE HARDIN LANE – CHAPMAN HIGHWAY INTERSECTION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/30/2005
Seymour teen dies in wreck.
A SEYMOUR WOMAN WAS KILLED MONDAY EVENING IN A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK THAT HAPPENED ON INTERSTATE FORTY, NEAR ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA. 18 YEAR OLD KATHERINE ELIZABETH WALKER LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE AND HIT A TRACTOR TRAILER THAT WAS PARKED ON THE SHOULDER OF AN EXIT. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THAT SHE MAY HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. NORTH CAROLINA STATE TROOPERS ARE INVESTIGATING. WALKER GRADUATED FROM SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL IN MAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/29/2005
Officials identify body.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED THE BODY OF A MAN THAT WAS FOUND MONDAY AFTERNOON, JUST OFF SNAPP ROAD. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH, THE MAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 54 YEAR OLD PAUL HOFFMAN OF SEVIERVILLE. THE CAUSE OF DEATH HAS BEEN LISTED ON THE AUTOPSY AS SUICIDE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/29/2005
New chief ranger named.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT 43 YEAR OLD WILLIAM WRIGHT HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE PARK’S NEW CHIEF RANGER. WRIGHT WILL MANAGE THE PARK’S RESOURCE DIVISION AND VISITOR PROTECTION DIVISION, AND WILL OVERSEE A STAFF OF FIFTY. WRIGHT PREVIOUSLY WORKED AT THE EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK. HE REPLACES JIM NORTHUP WHO LEFT IN MAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/29/2005
Meeting to discuss downtown Sevierville.
THE NEXT IN A SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS REGARDING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE DOWNTOWN SEVIERVILLE AREA IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 4TH AT THE CIVIC CENTRE. DURING THAT MEETING, PRELIMINARY PLANS FOR THE UNDERGROUNDING OF UTILITIES, A PARKING GARAGE AND STREET SCAPING WILL BE DISCUSSED. NEXT TUESDAY’S MEETING WILL GET UNDERWAY AT 7 O CLOCK. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL BOB STAHLKE AT: 453 – 5504.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/28/2005
Wreck injures two.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 ON THE PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH COLLIER DRIVE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER ERIC RAMSEY, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD SEAN HANEY OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 57 YEAR OLD CHERYL SON OF MARION KENTUCKY. SON AND A PASSENGER IN HER CAR, 82 YEAR OLD GILBERT SON, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. HANEY WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE, NOT WEARING A SEATBELT, AND FOR NOT HAVING PROOF OF INSURANCE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/28/2005
Park receives donated vehicles.
THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAS RECEIVED A DONATION OF FOUR BRAND NEW ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ZERO ADMISSION VEHICLES. THE CARS WILL BE USED FOR THE “PARKS AS CLASSROOMS” PROGRAM, AND THE PARKS “VOLUNTEER VISITOR ASSISTANCE PROGRAM”.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/27/2005
Body found in Sevierville.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE JUST AFTER ONE O CLOCK AT THE END OF A DIRT ROAD, NEAR THE 1600 BLOCK OF SNAPP ROAD. DETECTIVES HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE DECEASED WHITE MALE WAS A LOCAL RESIDENT, AND ARE WORKING TO VERIFY HIS IDENTITY. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION DOES NOT INDICATE THE PRESENCE OF FOUL PLAY, HOWEVER THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/27/2005
Sevier Co. man sentenced for cock fighting.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY ON A COCKFIGHTING CHARGE. 27 YEAR OLD KHAM VANG OF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY WAS ARRESTED IN APRIL, AFTER THE VEHICLE HE WAS RIDING IN WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT IN CHATTANOOGA. WHEN AUTHORITIES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THEY DISCOVERED THREE ROOSTERS AND COCKFIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA. VANG RECEIVED AN 11 MONTH SUSPENDED SENTENCE AND A ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/26/2005
Unemployment rate drops.
SEVIER COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED VERY SLIGHTLY DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE. AUGUST’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS LISTED AT FOUR POINT TWO PERCENT, A POINT ONE PERCENT DECREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/26/2005
Early morning blaze destroys truck.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING THAT DESTROYED A PICK UP TRUCK. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 IN THE ONE THOUSAND BLOCK OF KELLUM CREEK ROAD. THE TRUCK HAD BEEN PARKED AND NO ONE WAS AROUND THE VEHICLE. THAT INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/23/2005
Vehicles stolen from Sevierville car dealer.
DETECTIVES WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF SEVERAL VEHICLES FROM A HIGHWAY 66 USED CAR DEALER. APPARENTLY, TWO TRUCKS AND TWO MOTORCYCLES WERE STOLEN SOME TIME EARLY THURSDAY MORNING FROM AUTOWAYS AUTO CENTRE, IN THE 200 BLOCK OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. ONE OF THE STOLEN TRUCKS WAS FOUND JUST BEFORE 8 AM IN THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER, JUST OFF HIGHWAY 66. THE OTHER VEHICLES, A CHEVY PICK UP TRUCK AND THE TWO MOTORCYCLES ARE STILL MISSING. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/23/2005
E-Z Access suspends operation.
THE EASY ACCESS TRANSPORTATION ORGANIZATION HAS HAD TO SUSPEND THEIR OPERATION DUE TO AGING VEHICLES AND INCREASED INSURANCE AND GAS PRICES. EASY ACCESS HAS PROVIDED SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS WITH A CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION SINCE 1996. ON TUESDAY, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE COUNCIL ON AGING WHICH MANAGES EASY ACCESS, VOTED TO SUSPEND THE OPERATION WITH A HOPE TO RE-OPENING THE SERVICE IN THE FUTURE IF A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PLAN CAN BE DEVELOPED.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/22/2005
Seymour man jailed for drug trafficking.
A SEYMOUR MAN HAS BEEN JAILED FOR OVER TEN YEARS FOR HIS PART IN A LARGE SCALE DRUG TRAFFICKING OPERATION SPANNING FROM MEXICO TO SEVIER COUNTY. 57 YEAR OLD LARRY LIST WAS CONVICTED IN MAY OF CONSPIRACY TO SELL COCAINE AND MARIJUANA, AND CONVICTED OF GUN POSSESSION. LIST WAS ARRESTED IN NOVEMBER 2001 WHEN AUTHORITIES FOUND HIM IN POSSESSION OF A GUN AND A KILOGRAM OF COCAINE. LIST WAS TRIED SEPARATELY FROM TWO OTHER MEN WHO ARE ALSO ACCUSED OF BEING INVOLVED. THEIR CASES ARE STILL PENDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/22/2005
Woman jailed following traffic stop in Sevierville
A TRAFFIC STOP IN SEVIERVILLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ENDED WITH THE DRIVER GOING TO JAIL, AND HER PET DOGS GOING TO THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66 NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH BOYD’S CREEK. OFFICER PAUL LAYMAN REPORTED THAT HE HAD STOPPED A CHRYSLER MINIVAN THAT HAD BEEN DRIVING ERRATICALLY. THE DRIVER, 57 YEAR OLD LINDA EVANGALISTA OF FAIRFIELD GLADE TENNESSEE, ALLEGEDLY REFUSED TO SUBMIT TO A SOBRIETY TEST. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH DUI, VIOLATION OF THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW, AND FOR RESISTING THE ARREST. HER TWO DOGS WERE TAKEN TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER FOR THEIR OWN WELL BEING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/22/2005
City donates truck to the Humane Society.
SEVIERVILLE’S BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN MET MONDAY NIGHT AND AGREED TO DONATE AN OLD CITY ANIMAL CONTROL TRUCK, TO THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY. ALDERMEN ALSO VOTED TO AMEND A ZONING ORDINANCE TO ALLOW TALLER BUILDINGS TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN NEW COMMERCIAL TOURIST DISTRICTS. THE AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE THE HEIGHT OF BUILDINGS FROM 64 FEET, TO 110 FEET IN THE DESIGNATED AREAS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/21/2005
Babysitter arrested in Sevierville.
A NORTH CAROLINA WOMAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH VEHICLE THEFT. THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK AT THE SEVIERVILLE FOOD CITY STORE WHEN A STORE EMPLOYEE CALLED AUTHORITIES CONCERNING TWO UNATTENDED CHILDREN LEFT INSIDE A JEEP CHEROKEE IN THE PARKING LOT. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TODD NAYLON REPORTED THAT HE WAS ABLE TO TRACK DOWN 21 YEAR OLD IA VANG OF CONNOVER NORTH CAROLINA, WHO WAS BABYSITTING FOR THE 5 YEAR OLD AND 22 MONTH OLD GIRLS. SERGEANT NAYLON LET THE WOMAN OFF WITH A WARNING, HOWEVER A SHORT TIME LATER, DISPATCHERS ADVISED NAYLON THAT THE VEHICLE VANG WAS DRIVING HAD BEEN REPORTED AS STOLEN. SERGEANT NAYLON STOPPED THE VEHICLE ON PARK ROAD, ARRESTED VANG, AND PLACED THE CHILDREN INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES UNTIL THE PARENTS COULD BE LOCATED. VANG WAS BEING HELD ON A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/21/2005
Sevierville P.D. investigates break-in.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN OVERNIGHT BREAK-IN AT A HIGHWAY 66 BUSINESS. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 AM THIS MORNING AT LOVE HOMES, IN THE 3100 BLOCK OF WINNFIELD DUNN PARKWAY. APPARENTLY, THE PERPETRATORS GAINED ENTRY TO THE OFFICE AREA BY BREAKING A GLASS WINDOW, AND VANDALIZED THE INTERIOR OF SEVERAL OF THE HOMES. SEVIERVILLE DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/21/2005
Sevier Co. woman arrested on murder charges.
A SEVIER COUNTY WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN KNOX COUNTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE STABBING DEATH OF A POWELL MAN. 33 YEAR OLD DELANA ANN LaRUE OF SEVIERVILLE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY YESTERDAY AFTER DEPUTIES FOUND HER HIDING AT A FRIENDS HOUSE. LaRUE IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 50 YEAR OLD DAVID HOWARD WELDON, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND ON SEPTEMBER 2ND IN A FIELD ON BELL CAMPGROUND ROAD. LaRUE APPARENTLY HAS A CRIMINAL HISTORY THAT INCLUDES CHARGES OF PROSTITUTION, PUBLIC INTOXICATION AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/20/2005
Three vehicle wreck involves Sevierville cop.
A THREE VEHICLE WRECK MONDAY AFTERNOON SENT AT LEAST ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO THE HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 IN THE FOUR THOUSAND BLOCK OF NEWPORT HIGHWAY, NEAR WEBB’S MARKET. APPARENTLY, THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE WHO WAS TRYING TO OVERTAKE SEVERAL CARS IN FRONT OF HIM, HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE HEAD-ON. THAT COLLISION PUSHED HIS VEHICLE INTO A SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY OFFICER DAVID FINCHUM. LUCKILY, FINCHUM WAS NOT INJURED. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/20/2005
Sevierville man arrested for selling moonshine.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED ON SUNDAY AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING CAUGHT SELLING MOONSHINE AT THE GREAT SMOKIES FLEA MARKET AT EXIT 407. 66 YEAR OLD LARRY WILLIAM ENSLEY WAS ARRESTED BY CONSTABLE GEORGE LAWSON AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MOONSHINE. NINETEEN JARS OF THE ILLEGAL LIQUOR WERE CONFISCATED, EACH HAS A STREET VALUE OF ABOUT 15 DOLLARS. ENSLEY WAS RELEASED ON A TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/20/2005
Sevier County humane society facility burglarized.
THE SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY’S GNATTY BRANCH ANIMAL SHELTER WAS BURGLARIZED AND VANDALIZED LATE FRIDAY EVENING. THE BREAK-IN WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10:30. A SHELTER EMPLOYEE ARRIVED FIRST AT THE SCENE AND CHASED TWO SUSPECTS THAT WERE WEARING SKI MASKS, INTO A WOODED AREA. AN OFFICIAL WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAID THAT AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS STOLEN FROM A PETTY CASH CONTAINER. HUMANE SOCIETY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JANE VAUGHN SAID THAT THE FACILITY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL TUESDAY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 4668.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/19/2005
Brush fires keep fire fighters busy.
SEVERAL BRUSH FIRES THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN THE SEYMOUR AREA KEPT FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY. THE FIRST BLAZE WAS REPORTED IN A MULCH BED AT A GAS STATION AT THE INTERSECTION OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY AND MARYVILLE HIGHWAY. A SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE JUST AFTER 3:30, BUT THE BLAZE RE-IGNITED ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER. JUST AFTER 4 O CLOCK, ANOTHER LARGER BRUSH FIRE WAS REPORTED ON NORTH KNOB CREEK IN THE LEXINGTON PLACE SUBDIVISION, AND THEN ABOUT AN HOUR LATER, ANOTHER FIRE WAS REPORTED IN THE 2000 BLOCK OF HAPPY CREEK ROAD. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO ALL OF THOSE FIRES. RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH DISCARDED CIGARETTES AND CONTROLLED YARD BURNING DUE TO THE EXTREMELY DRY CONDITIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/16/2005
Gunman wounded during drug store stand-off.
A GUNMAN WAS SHOT AND WOUNDED LAST NIGHT DURING A STANDOFF AT A NEWPORT DRUG STORE. THE INCIDENT BEGUN JUST AFTER 7 O CLOCK AT THE CVS PHARMACY OH HIGHWAY 321. APPARENTLY THE UN-NAMED MALE HELD FIVE PEOPLE HOSTAGE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. HE THEN WENT OUTSIDE THE STORE AND BEGAN SHOOTING AT OFFICERS, WHO RETURNED FIRE. THE MAN RECEIVED A GUNSHOT TO THE STOMACH AND RETREATED BACK INTO THE STORE. AFTER ALL OF THE HOSTAGES HAD MANAGED TO ESCAPE THE BUILDING, A SWAT TEAM RUSHED THE STORE AND BROUGHT THE STANDOFF TO AN END. THE GUNMAN WHO IS BELIEVED TO BE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, WAS APPARENTLY LOOKING FOR MORPHINE. HE WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/16/2005
Gas leak causes home evacuations.
A GAS LEAK IN SEVIERVILLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CAUSED THE EVACUATION OF SEVERAL HOMES. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK IN THE SHACANAGE SUBDIVISION, JUST OFF PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT GENERAL MANAGER MATT BALLARD, AN OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR RUPTURED A TWO INCH MAIN PIPE ON THURMAN CIRCLE. THREE NEARBY HOMES WERE EVACUATED FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES WHILE THAT LINE WAS REPAIRED. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/15/2005
High speed pursuit lands GA man in jail.
A HIGH SPEED VEHICLE PURSUIT ALONG THE PARKWAY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, ENDED WHEN THE DRIVER INJURED HIMSELF WHILST TRYING TO EVADE ARREST. 19 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY ROGERS OF SMYRNA GEORGIA, WAS ARRESTED BY OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY DROVE THE STOLEN FORD MUSTANG INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC AND HIT THREE MOTORCYCLISTS. ROGERS THEN APPARENTLY ABANDONED THE VEHICLE, JUMPED A FENCE, AND FELL ABOUT 40 FEET INTO THE PIGEON RIVER. HE WAS TAKEN TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING THAT FALL. AUTHORITIES ALSO ALLEGEDLY FOUND A CIGARETTE PACK THAT CONTAINED CRACK COCAINE AT THE SPOT WHERE ROGERS JUMPED THE FENCE. HE WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, DRUG POSSESSION, LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, DUI, EVADING ARREST AND VEHICLE THEFT. ROGERS IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/15/2005
Former Gatlinburg mayor dies.
FORMER GATLINBURG MAYOR BILL STEVENS HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 76. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS FROM 4 UNTIL 6 ON THURSDAY AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN GATLINBURG. STEVENS LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE, HIS FOUR CHILDREN AND THREE STEPCHILDREN.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/14/2005
Gun found on student at Pigeon Forge High School.
A PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR CARRYING A WEAPON ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE POLICE CHIEF JACK BALDWIN, SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER JASON BAIAMONTE WAS APPARENTLY ADVISED BY SEVERAL OTHER STUDENTS, THAT THE UN-NAMED SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD MALE STUDENT, HAD WHAT APPEARED TO BE A FIREARM TUCKED INTO HIS WAIST AREA. OFFICER BAIAMONTE TOOK THE STUDENT TO A SAFE UNOCCUPIED AREA IN ORDER TO SEARCH HIM, AND DID ALLEGEDLY RECOVERED A NINE MM PISTOL. THE WEAPON’S MAGAZINE DID CONTAIN ROUNDS, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO AMMUNITION IN THE CHAMBER. THE STUDENT WAS ARRAIGNED TUESDAY AFTERNOON BY JUDGE JEFF RADER, WHO ORDERED THE TEENAGER HELD WITHOUT BOND AND SET A PRELIMINARY COURT DATE OF OCTOBER 25TH. THE STUDENT WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A FIREARM ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM WHILST UNDER THE INFLUENCE, AND FOR RESISTING A SEARCH. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/14/2005
Meeting planned to discuss park road.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE NOW COMPLETED THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR PHASE TWO OF THE PLANNED REHABILITATION OF NEWFOUND GAP ROAD. A FINAL PUBLIC MEETING TO ACCEPT COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS THURSDAY EVENING FROM 6 UNTIL 8, AT THE HOLIDAY INN ON U.S. HIGHWAY 19 SOUTH IN CHEROKEE. THE PROPOSED WORK PROJECT WILL COVER THE ROADWAY FROM JUST NORTH OF THE COLLINS CREEK AREA TO THE PARK BOUNDARY WITH THE CHEROKEE INDIAN RESERVATION. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED PLAN IS AVAILABLE AT THE SUGARLANDS VISITOR CENTRE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/13/2005
Fire destroys a Sevier County home.
A FIRE LAST NIGHT DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT A TRAILER IN THE SIXTEEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF ALPINE DRIVE, JUST OF WILHITE ROAD. ALTHOUGH THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/12/2005
Woman arrested for credit card fraud sceme.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A MICHIGAN WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH A CREDIT CARD FRAUD SCHEME, THAT HAD BEEN USED IN SEVIERVILLE, PIGEON FORGE AND KNOXVILLE. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MATT AYRES RESPONDED TO A STORE AT TANGER FIVE OAKS REGARDING A FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD PURCHASE. A SHORT TIME LATER OFFICER AYRES AND OFFICER MIKE WILLIAMS LOCATED THE TWO SUSPECTS, AND SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED 26 YEAR OLD NATALIE SIMMONS OF WARREN MICHIGAN. SIMMONS WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL SIMULATION AND CREDIT CARD FRAUD. DURING THAT INVESTIGATION, OFFICIALS ALSO FOUND A COMPUTER AND A LIST OF CREDIT CARD NUMBERS THAT HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN USED TO PRODUCE NUMEROUS FRAUDULENT GIFT CARDS. SO FAR, OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THAT THE FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD PURCHASES AND THE FRAUDULENT GIFT CARDS ADD UP TO OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/12/2005
Wreck sends one person to UT.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK LATE LAST NIGHT SENT ONE OF THE VICTIMS TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK IN THE 200 BLOCK OF ROCKY FLATS ROAD, IN THE PITTMAN CENTRE AREA. THE UN-NAMED MALE VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO UT WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK….
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/12/2005
Two arrested in attempted Seymour burglary.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH A BREAK-IN AT THE WALGREEN’S PHARMACY ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY. THE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY TOOK PLACE JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY MORNING. 29 YEAR OLD JOSEPH BROOKS OF KNOXVILLE AND 23 YEAR OLD COURTNEY ANNE MULLINS, ALSO OF KNOXVILLE, WERE BOTH ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT INSIDE THE STORE. BROOKS WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS, DRUG POSSESSION AND FOR THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON. MULLINS WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/9/2005
Record breaking fund raiser totals in.
THIS YEARS DOCTOR ROBERT F. THOMAS FOUNDATION, EVENING OF ELEGANCE GALA BALL, RAISED MORE MONEY THAN ANY OTHER BEFORE. LAST MONTH’S MAGNOLIA BALL RAISED OVER ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE MONEY WILL BENEFIT FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE, THE MOUNTAIN HOPE GOOD SHEPHERD CLINIC AND THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/9/2005
Sevierville wreck sends one to U.T.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT SENT ONE PERSON TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7:30 ON HIGHWAY 66 AT THE INTERSECTION WITH HIGHWAY 139 – DOUGLAS DAM ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN TURNER, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 20 YEAR OLD TARA BOGGS OF LONDON KENTUCKY, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 20 YEAR OLD JENNIFER ROSENBALM OF KODAK. A PASSENGER IN BOGGS CAR, 22 YEAR OLD STARLA ELDRIDGE OF RICHMOND KENTUCKY, WAS FLOWN TO UT WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. BOGGS WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE, ROSENBALM WAS CITED FOR NOT HAVING PROOF OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/9/2005
Motorcycle rider dies in park.
A MOTORCYCLE WRECK INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK THURSDAY MORNING, CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE RIDER. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 10 AM IN THE WESTBOUND LANE OF THE FOOTHILLS PARKWAY, NEAR THE LOOK ROCK OVERLOOK. 65 YEAR OLD LESTER JONES OF BLAINE TENNESSEE, APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS BIKE, HIT A CULVERT AND WAS THROWN APPROXIMATELY 35 FEET. JONES WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THAT ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/9/2005
Sevierville P.D. looking for hit and run driver.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE SEARCHING FOR A VEHICLE THAT FLED THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 AM AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND EAST MOUNT ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER CHRIS CARTER, THE DRIVER OF A WHITE PICK-UP TRUCK THAT WAS TOWING A TRAILER WITH A BACKHOE ON IT, ATTEMPTED TO CROSS HIGHWAY 66 AND STRUCK A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 44 YEAR OLD KAREN GRAMAN OF JEFFERSON CITY. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE TRUCK DRIVER FLED THE SCENE BEFORE EMERGENCY VEHICLES ARRIVED. GRAMAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/8/2005
Wreck sends driver to U.T.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ON THE SPUR SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR NEAR KINGS BRANCH ROAD. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN EDIE RUPART WITH THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE DRIVER OF A SCWANN’S DELIVERY TRUCK LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND FLIPPED IT ONTO IT’S TOP. THE UN-NAMED DRIVER WAS FLOWN TO UT WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND PARK RANGERS, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/8/2005
Firefighters save Seymour home.
A QUICK RESPONSE FROM THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, SAVED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 AT A HOUSE IN THE ELEVEN HUNDRED BLOCK OF LITTLE ALPINE ROAD, JUST OFF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO FIREFIGHTER TIM GAYGLEE, THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME, AND LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/8/2005
Sevier Co. man flown to U.T. after fall from roof.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE TUESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A FALL AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4 O CLOCK IN THE FOUR THOUSAND BLOCK OF BOOGERTOWN ROAD. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GREG PATTERSON, THE UN-NAMED MALE FELL ABOUT 20 FEET FROM A ROOFTOP ONTO SOME SCAFFOLDING. THE VICTIM SUSTAINED INJURIES TO HIS HEAD AND BACK AND IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/7/2005
Wreck sends one to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SENT ONE PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK ON HIGHWAY 66 AT THE INTERSECTION WITH HIGHWAY 338 – DOUGLAS DAM ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TIM COULTER, A HONDA MOTORCYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY 40 YEAR OLD MARTIN TRIPPETT OF ALLIGATOR MISSISSIPPI, RAN INTO THE BACK OF A TOYOTA VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD MOOGI KWOO OF LEXINGTON KENTUCKY. TRIPPETT RECEIVED JUST MINOR INJURIES, BUT HIS MOTORCYCLE PASSENGER, 42 YEAR OLD JUDY PARKER OF DUBLIN MISSISSIPPI, WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/7/2005
Plan to re-introduce elk to the park continues.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WANT TO GIVE A PROJECT TO RE-INTRODUCE ELK TO THE AREA, TWO MORE YEARS TO DETERMINE IF THE ANIMALS CAN BECOME A SUSTAINABLE SPECIES AGAIN. PARK OFFICIALS WANT TO RELEASE AN ADDITION 25 – 30 MORE ELK, POSSIBLY THIS WINTER. THE ANIMALS WERE ONCE COMMON IN THE SMOKIES BUT ERADICATED BY UNREGULATED HUNTING AND HABITAT LOSS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/6/2005
Alleged sex offender arrested in Sevierville.
AN ALLEGED SEX OFFENDER WANTED IN NORTH CAROLINA WAS ARRESTED IN SEVIERVILLE LATE LAST WEEK. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH, OFFICIALS RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM THE BRUNSWICK COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, REGARDING 34 YEAR OLD DONALD LYNN LENKE, WHO THEY BELIEVED MIGHT BE LIVING IN THE SEVIERVILLE AREA. LENKE WAS WANTED FOR ALLEGEDLY COMMITTING SEVERAL FELONY SEXUAL OFFENCES. DETECTIVES RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT LENKE WAS WORKING AT A KNOXVILLE WAL-MART STORE AND LIVING IN THE KODAK AREA. SEVIERVILLE DETECTIVES ROBBIE BALL AND DOUG SHANKS LOCATED LENKE AT A RESIDENCE ON BENT ROAD AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY. HE WAS CHARGED WITH THE RAPE OF A CHILD, FIRST DEGREE SEXUAL OFFENSE AGAINST A CHILD AND INDECENT LIBERTIES WITH A CHILD. HE IS CURRENTLY AWAITING EXTRADITION BACK TO NORTH CAROLINA.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/6/2005
Fire destroys Sevierville business.
A FIRE EARLY THURSDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIERVILLE BUSINESS. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AT DAY SPA BY SUMMER ON EAST MAIN STREET IN SEVIERVILLE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE FIRE CHIEF MIKE RAWLINGS, WHEN FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THE FRONT PORCH, FRONT ROOM AND ATTIC AREA’S WERE ALL ABLAZE. RAWLINGS ALSO ADDED THAT DUE TO THE EXTENT OF THE FIRE AS WELL AS SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE, THE BUILDING WILL LIKELY BE A TOTAL LOSS. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/2/2005
Locals help hurricane Katrina victims.
SEVERAL SEVIER COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES ARE COLLECTING ITEMS TO SEND TO THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA. BOTTLED WATER DONATIONS MAY BE DROPPED OFF AT ANY BRANCH OF TENNESSEE STATE BANK, AT THE PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL IN THE FRONT LOBBY AREA, OR AT THE SEVIER COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD ON DOLLY PARTON PARKWAY. THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS ASKING THAT ALL STUDENTS AND SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES TO BRING A JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER TO SCHOOL TODAY, WHICH WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE GULF COAST AREA NEXT WEEK. MONETARY DONATIONS MAY BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OF SEVIER COUNTY BANK, OR ON-LINE AT RED CROSS DOT ORG.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/1/2005
Wreck injures motorcycle rider
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK WEDNESDAY MORNING IN SEVIERVILLE SENT A MOTORCYCLE RIDER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF ALLENSVILLE ROAD AND OLD DOUGLAS DAM ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER BRYAN LEWELLING, A MINI-VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 42 YEAR OLD EDDIE WILKINS OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A BIKE BEING RIDDEN BY 40 YEAR OLD JONATHAN MEAD OF COLUMBIA TENNESSEE. MEAD WAS FLOWN TO U.T WHERE HE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. HE WAS ALSO CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/1/2005
DUI offender sentenced to 12 years in jail.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN JAIL AFTER SEVERAL DUI CONVICTIONS AND OTHER MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL AL SCHMUTZER JUNIOR, 37 YEAR OLD JEFFERY RAY MCMAHAN WAS CONVICTED IN FEBRUARY FOR A FOURTH DUI OFFENCE, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND A VIOLATION OF THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW. MCMAHAN ALSO HAD NINE PRIOR DUI CONVICTIONS AND A TOTAL OF FORTY THREE CONVICTIONS FOR A VARIETY OF OTHER CHARGES. JUDGE REX HENRY OGLE SAID THAT OBVIOUSLY THE DEFENDANT WAS DETERMINED TO DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE COURT DID, SO HIS ONLY ALTERNATIVE WAS TO SENT HIM TO THE STATE PENITENTIARY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
9/1/2005
Suspect arrested for attempted abduction.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW ARRESTED A MAN IN CONNECTION WITH AN ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION OF A NINE YEAR OLD GIRL THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH. THE ALLEGED ATTACK HAPPENED AT THE MOUNTAIN TRANCE MOTEL ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE BARBARA WARD WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 33 YEAR OLD CHARLES CHRISTOPHER WHITE OF KNOXVILLE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. WHITE ALLEGEDLY GRABBED THE GIRL, THREATENED HER WITH A GUN AND TRIED TO FORCE HER INTO HIS VEHICLE. AUTHORITIES WERE ABLE TO TRACE WHITE THROUGH A DNA SAMPLE AFTER HE APPARENTLY LICKED THE GIRLS BUTTOCKS. WHITE IS BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. HE WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON SEPTEMBER 30TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/31/2005
Sevier Co. wreck sents two to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK EARLY TUESDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT BOTH DRIVERS TO THE HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 6:30 IN THE 400 BLOCK OF ROBERT HENDERSON ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AARON WHALEY, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 30 YEAR OLD GERMO GARCIA OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD BOBBY FOWLER OF NEWPORT. FOWLER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR, GARCIA WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/31/2005
Pigeon Forge wrecks sends two to the hospital.
ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN PIGEON FORGE TUESDAY MORNING SENT TWO MORE PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 AM IN THE TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF RIDGE ROAD. PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER RICKY ATCHLEY REPORTED THAT A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 44 YEAR OLD ANNETTE BELL OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 18 YEAR OLD AMANDA DRINNEN OF SEVIERVILLE. BELL AND HER PASSENGER, 39 YEAR OLD DON OLETTI, WERE TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/31/2005
High winds cause problems across Sevier County.
HIGH WINDS ACROSS SEVIER COUNTY TUESDAY AFTERNOON CAUSED SEVERAL POWER OUTAGES AND BLOCKED ROADWAYS WITH FALLEN TREE’S. OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN THE SOUTH END OF GATLINBURG BETWEEN THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK AND TRAFFIC LIGHT NUMBER EIGHT, ON THE SPUR, THE HUSKEY GROVE AREA, SKI MOUNTAIN ROAD AND THE WEARS VALLEY AREA. HIGHWAY 441 – NEWFOUND GAP ROAD WAS ALSO CLOSED INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK DUE TO SEVERAL TREE’S THAT FELL ACROSS THE ROADWAY. THAT HIGHWAY SHOULD BE RE-OPENED TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/31/2005
Body and Marijuana patch found.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED SATURDAY AFTERNOON. APPARENTLY, DEPUTIES WERE LOOKING FOR A MISSING PERSON IN A WOODED AREA JUST OFF OF ROBERT HENDERSON ROAD. THEY EVENTUALLY FOUND THE MALE SUBJECT JUST AFTER TWO O CLOCK, DEAD BESIDE A MARIJUANA PATCH. ALTHOUGH IT APPEARS THAT THE UN-NAMED DECEASED MALE DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES, DETECTIVES WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO THE PLANTS BELONGED TOO. THE MARIJUANA WAS DESTROYED. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/30/2005
Former employee's protest.
SEVERAL FORMER EMPLOYEES OF THE OPEN HEARTH RESTAURANT PROTESTED OUTSIDE OF THE OMLETTE HOUSE IN SEVIERVILLE YESTERDAY. THE FORMER EMPLOYEE’S CLAIM THAT LYNN TIBBITS, THE OWNER OF THE GATLINBURG RESTAURANT, ALLEGEDLY HAD HIS GATLINBURG PROPERTY SEIZED BY THE I.R.S. AND THAT HE OWES THEM ALL MONEY. TIBBITS ALSO OWNS THE OMLETTE HOUSE RESTAURANT IN SEVIERVILLE. ONE OF THE PROTESTERS, 29 YEAR OLD ISRAEL CHEEK OF SEVIER COUNTY, WAS ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL TRESPASSING. WE DID TRY TO REACH TIBBIT’S BY TELEPHONE BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/30/2005
Pittman Centre F.D. receives grant.
THE PITTMAN CENTRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY EIGHT THOUSAND, AND ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. THE DEPARTMENT WILL APPARENTLY USE THE MONEY FOR THE ACQUISITION OF A VEHICLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/29/2005
Unemployment rate drops during July 2005.
SEVIER COUNTIES UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED DURING THE MONTH OF JULY, ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE. JULY’S UNEMPLOYMENT WAS LISTED AT FOUR POINT THREE PERCENT, A ZERO POINT NINE PERCENT DECREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/29/2005
Sevier Co. man charged with attempted rape.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE ATTEMPTED RAPE OF A WOMAN THAT HE PICKED UP AT A SEVIERVILLE SHOPPING MALL. 52 YEAR OLD ODIS BRACKINS WAS ARRESTED ON FRIDAY AND CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING, AGGRAVATED RAPE, ASSAULT AND SEXUAL BATTERY. BRACKINS ALLEGEDLY PICKED UP THE VICTIM AT TANGER FIVE OAKS ON AUGUST 8TH, AND THEN DROVE HER TO A REMOTE AREA NEAR HUSKEY GROVE. THE UN-IDENTIFIED WOMAN WAS APPARENTLY ABLE TO ESCAPE AND SEEK HELP AT A NEARBY HOME. BRACKINS IS BEING HELD ON A 200 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND AND WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON SEPTEMBER 9TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/29/2005
Pair arrested for various recent vehicle break-ins
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEVERAL VEHICLE BREAK-INS, THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN SEVIER COUNTY AND OTHER EAST TENNESSEE LOCATIONS DURING THE LAST MONTH. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS, THE SUSPECTS WOULD BREAK-IN TO VEHICLES, STEAL CREDIT CARDS AND PERSONAL CHECKS, AND THEN USE THEM TO PURCHASE MERCHANDISE AT AREA WAL-MART STORES. LAST FRIDAY, THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A CALL FROM A WAL-MART EMPLOYEE STATING THAT TWO PEOPLE WERE IN THE STORE MAKING PURCHASES WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT CREDIT CARDS. DETECTIVE SHANKS AND SERGEANT KEN GARNER RESPONDED TO THE STORE AND ARRESTED THE TWO SUSPECTS IN THE PARKING LOT. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE CARDS THAT THE PAIR WERE IN POSSESSION OF, HAD ALLEGEDLY BEEN STOLEN FROM THE DOLLYWOOD PARKING LOT EARLIER THAT SAME DAY. IT WAS ALSO DETERMINED THAT THE S.U.V. THAT THEY WERE DRIVING HAD BEEN STOLEN IN JOHNSON CITY THE PREVIOUS DAY. 35 YEAR OLD DONNIE SMITH AND 37 YEAR OLD MELISSA SMITH, BOTH OF JEFFERSON CITY, WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH VEHICLE THEFT, MULTIPLE COUNTS OF VEHICLE BURGLARY, AND MULTIPLE COUNTS OF FORGERY. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE PENDING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/26/2005
Wreck inside park sends one to U.T.
A MOTOR CYCLE WRECK INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK THURSDAY AFTERNOON SENT THE RIDER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER ONE O CLOCK ON LITTLE RIVER ROAD NEAR METCALF BOTTOMS. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, A HUSBAND AND WIFE ON SEPARATE BIKES VISITING THE AREA FROM FLORIDA, PULLED OUT OF A DESIGNATED ROADSIDE PULL OFF, AND WHEN THE MALE RIDER LOOKED BACK TO CHECK ON HIS WIFE, HIS BIKE TRAVELED DOWN THE EMBANKMENT AND INTO THE RIVER. 55 YEAR OLD PETER SMITH OF JUPITER FLORIDA, WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE SUGARLANDS VISITOR CENTRE AND THEN FLOWN TO U.T. WITH A SUSPECTED BROKEN LEG AND INJURIES TO HIS HAND. PARK RANGERS AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/26/2005
Student shot in school bathroom.
A STUDENT AT A DANDRIDGE SCHOOL WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN THE LEG THURSDAY MORNING, BY ANOTHER STUDENT WHO WAS SHOWING OFF TWO GUNS IN THE SCHOOL BATHROOM. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 AM AT THE MAURY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN DANDRIDGE. THE SCHOOL WAS IMMEDIATELY PLACED IN LOCKDOWN. THE UN-NAMED STUDENT VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE LOWER LEG WHICH WAS NOT THOUGHT TO BE SERIOUS. THAT INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/26/2005
Civil lawsuit settled.
THE FAMILY OF A WOMAN WHO FELL TO HER DEATH FROM A PIGEON FORGE AMUSEMENT RIDE, HAVE NOW SETTLED A CIVIL LAWSUIT WITH THE MANAGER OF THE RIDE AND THE OWNERS OF THE PARK. CHARLES STAN MARTIN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF RECKLESS HOMICIDE IN THE DEATH OF JUNE CAROL ALEXANDER, WHO FELL TO HER DEATH IN MARCH OF 2004. THE TERMS OF THE AGREED SETTLEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN DISCLOSED. THE FAMILY IS STILL LITIGATING WITH THE MANUFACTURER OF THE RIDE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/25/2005
Sevierville man arrested after fight.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING FOLLOWING A DOMESTIC ALTERCATION AT HIS FORMER GIRLFRIENDS HOME. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 AT AN APARTMENT ON LAUREL LICK ROAD. 30 YEAR OLD RICKY PAUL SCOTT ALLEGEDLY KICKED IN THE DOOR OF THE HOME AND ATTACKED LISA DOMINGUEZ AND HER SON. WHEN SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, SCOTT BARRICADED HIMSELF IN A ROOM, AND THEN ATTACKED THE DEPUTIES WHEN THEY FORCED THERE WAY IN TO APPREHENDED HIM. HE ALSO APPARENTLY KICKED OUT SEVERAL WINDOWS OF A DEPUTY’S CRUISER. SCOTT WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC ASSAULT, BURGLARY, VANDALISM, ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER, RESISTING ARREST, DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/25/2005
Sevierville man arrested for prescription fraud.
A SEVIERVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER TRYING TO PASS A FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTION AT A LOCAL DRUG STORE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK AT THE WALGREEN’S PHARMACY ON FORKS OF THE RIVER PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JAMIE ROBERTS, 24 YEAR OLD JAMES MEDLIN THE SECOND OF SEVIERVILLE, ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO PASS THE ALTERED PRESCRIPTION WHICH WAS FOR AN AMPHETAMINE AND OXYCONTIN. MEDLIN WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF PRESCRIPTION FRAUD. HIS BAIL WAS SET AT TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/24/2005
Tire blow - out causes wreck.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT THE DRIVER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF OLD KNOXVILLE HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MIKE WILLIAMS, 49 YEAR OLD JUNE COMPTON OF SEVIERVILLE, LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE AND HIT A POWER POLE. THE CAUSE OF THAT ACCIDENT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A BLOWN TIRE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/24/2005
Postal worker admits to mail theft.
A U.S. POSTAL SERVICE CONTRACT WORKER WHO’S SERVICE AREA INCLUDED THE KODAK AREA OF SEVIER COUNTY, HAS PLED GUILTY TO MAIL THEFT. 38 YEAR OLD DONNIE GENE FIELDS APPARENTLY STOLE OVER FORTY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF GOODS THAT WERE INTENDED FOR MAIL CUSTOMERS, INCLUDING TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF KNIFES FROM SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE WORKS. FIELDS FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS IN JAIL. HE WILL BE SENTENCED ON DECEMBER 5TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/24/2005
Sevier County soldier killed in Iraq.
ANOTHER SEVIER COUNTY AREA MEMBER OF THE 278TH NATIONAL GUARD UNIT HAS BEEN KILLED IN ACTION IN IRAQ. 34 YEAR OLD SERGEANT VICTOR LEWRANCE WHO ALSO SERVED IN THE FIRST GULF WAR, DIED WHEN A ROADSIDE BOMB DETONATED UNDER THE VEHICLE THAT HE WAS RIDING IN. LEWRANCE WHO LIVED IN SEYMOUR, LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/24/2005
Driver terrorizes Sevierville roads.
A DRIVER WHO TERRORIZED SEVIERVILLE ROADS FOR ABOUT 40 MINUTES MONDAY MORNING, WAS EVENTUALLY ARRESTED FOLLOWING A VEHICLE PURSUIT AND A BRIEF STRUGGLE. THE INCIDENT BEGAN FOLLOWING A REPORT JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK FROM A RESIDENT ON RIDGE ROAD WHO SAID THAT THE DRIVER OF A BLUE TOYOTA PICK UP TRUCK, HAD DRIVEN OVER HER FENCE, THROUGH HER YARD AND BARLEY MISSED HER YOUNG CHILD. SEVIERVILLE DISPATCHERS THEN BEGAN TO RECEIVE SEVERAL CALLS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY, CONCERNING A BLUE TRUCK THAT WAS DRIVING IN A RECKLESS AND DANGEROUS MANNER. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICES MATT AYERS AND DREW DENNIS LOCATED THE SUSPECT VEHICLE ON BRUCE STREET AND TRIED TO STOP THE VEHICLE. THE DRIVER TRIED TO ELUDE THE OFFICERS BY DRIVING INTO ON-COMING TRAFFIC, DRIVING OFF THE ROADWAY AND DRIVING IN-BETWEEN OTHER VEHICLES. THE DRIVER THEN HEADED NORTHBOUND ON THE PARKWAY AND ENCOUNTERED HEAVY TRAFFIC. WITH ASSISTANCE FROM SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS T.C. FALCONER, TIM COULTER, KEVIN BUSH AND ROBBIE BALL, THE OFFICES WERE ABLE TO BOX-IN THE TRUCK AND TAKE THE SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING A SHORT STRUGGLE. 63 YEAR OLD CLOWTON RAY DOCKERY OF SEVIERVILLE WAS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, RECKLESS DRIVING AND EVADING ARREST. DOCKERY IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON A 100 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/23/2005
Wrecks sends the driver to the hospital.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE SUNDAY AFTERNOON SENT THE DRIVER TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 12:30 ON PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH MAPLES BRANCH. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JASON BALLARD, 75 YEAR OLD WILLIAM WRIGHT OF SEVIERVILLE, APPARENTLY LOST CONSCIOUSNESS WHILE DRIVING, HIT AN EMBANKMENT AND OVERTURNED THE VEHICLE. AMAZINGLY, HIS INJURIES APPEARED TO BE MINOR. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/23/2005
Tubing accident inside park injures teen.
A TEENAGER WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE ON SATURDAY FOLLOWING A TUBING ACCIDENT INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 ON THE LITTLE RIVER NEAR THE TOWNSEND WYE. THE UN-NAMED 17 YEAR OLD FEMALE WAS VISITING THE PARK WITH HER CHURCH GROUP. AN EYEWITNESS REPORTED THAT THE TEENS INJURIES APPEARED TO BE SERIOUS. HER CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/22/2005
Man arrested after beating.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN WHICH A MAN WAS APPARENTLY SEVERELY BEATEN. 38 YEAR OLD JERRY COOPER OF SEVIERVILLE WAS ALLEGEDLY FOUND BY A NEARBY RESIDENT, WHO THEN DROVE THE VICTIM TO THE BOYD’S CREEK STORE. THE UN-NAMED DRIVER WAS LATER ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE ASSAULT. WHEN OFFICIALS ARRIVED AT A HOME ON HAPPY HOLLOW ROAD, WHERE THE ALLEGED ALTERCATION TOOK PLACE, ADDITIONAL ARRESTS WERE MADE ON UNRELATED CHARGES. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/22/2005
Assistant County mayor resigns.
ASSISTANT COUNTY MAYOR KEN MAPLES HAS RESIGNED HIS POSITION EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15TH. MAPLES WHO HAS BEEN LARRY WATERS RIGHT HAND MAN FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS, SAID THAT HE WILL SPEND MORE TIME ON PERSONAL AND FAMILY BUSINESS MATERS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/22/2005
Child advocacy centre planned.
A LEGISLATIVE MANDATE WAS FULFILLED YESTERDAY AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE, WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, AND AREA JUDGES, SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO BEGIN WORK ON A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTRE. THE NEW CENTRE WILL BE CALLED “SAFE HARBOR” AND WILL SERVE SEVERELY NEGLECTED, PHYSICALLY, AND SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN IN THE SEVIER COUNTY AREA. THE GROUP IS NOW ABLE TO APPLY FOR GRANTS, AND IS CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR A LOCATION FOR THE CENTRE AND FOR VOLUNTEERS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING, YOU CAN CALL SAFE HARBOR AT: 453 – 2638.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/19/2005
Seymour F.D. receives grant.
THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, FOR ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE DOLLARS. THE DEPARTMENT WILL USE THE MONEY TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT, TO TRAIN PERSONNEL, AND FOR MODIFICATIONS TO DEPARTMENT FACILITIES.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/19/2005
Fire damages Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE THURSDAY AFTERNOON BADLY DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK AT A HOME OWNED BY MARIE KOGER, IN THE 900 BLOCK OF ESLINGER COURT IN KODAK. FIRE FIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY CONTROL THE BLAZE ONCE THEY ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. THE CAUSE OF THAT FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME BUT LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/19/2005
Tree falls on car.
A SEVIER COUNTY DRIVER HAD A LUCKY ESCAPE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A TREE FELL ACROSS THE ROADWAY IN FRONT OF THE CAR THAT HE WAS DRIVING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12 NOON ON UPPER MIDDLE CREEK ROAD NEAR THE SUGAR MOUNTAIN CABINS. ALTHOUGH THE FORD ESCORT SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE, AMAZINGLY THE DRIVER WAS UN-INJURED. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/18/2005
Pigeon Forge resident fights condemnation.
A PIGEON FORGE RESIDENT HAS FILED A MOTION WITH THE CIRCUIT COURT OF SEVIER COUNTY, TO SET ASIDE A FINAL ORDER OF CONDEMNATION SETTLEMENT, REGARDING THE PROPOSED RIVERWALK DEVELOPMENT, JUST OFF TEASTER LANE. LELAND WYKOFF ALLEGES THAT JUDGE RICHARD VANCE APPROVED A SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF PIGEON FORGE AND THE DEVELOPER, BASED ON THE GROUNDS OF MISTAKE AND FRAUD. THE SUIT ALSO ALLEGES AMONGST OTHER THINGS, THAT THE CITY OF PIGEON FORGE HAS MISLEAD PIGEON FORGE RESIDENTS, AND FAILED IN IT’S DUTY TO THE PUBLIC UNDER THE OPEN MEETING LAWS, TO CONDUCT MEETINGS AND MAKE PUBLIC POLICY DECISIONS IN AN ANNOUNCED PUBLIC FORUM. WYKOFF FEELS THAT THE AGREEMENT IS NOT A GOOD DEAL AND WANTS TO SEE THE PUBLIC’S FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION GO AWAY. THE PETITION WAS RECEIVED AND FILED BY THE COURT YESTERDAY. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/18/2005
Alleged sex offender arrested in S.C.
A MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A CHILD IN SEVIER COUNTY HAS BEEN FOUND IN SOUTH CAROLINA. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE, 34 YEAR OLD KEVIN ALLAN GENTRY WAS APPREHENDED TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER PREVIOUSLY TRYING TO FAKE HIS OWN DEATH. GENTRY, WHO IS ALSO KNOWN AS ALEX SEBASTIAN HENDRIX, WAS ALLEGEDLY LIVING WITH AN UN-NAMED RUNAWAY JUVENILE. GENTRY DID NOT APPEAR IN COURT IN JUNE TO FACE A CHARGE OF RAPING A CHILD, AND HAD BEEN ON THE RUN EVER SINCE. HE APPARENTLY TRIED TO STAGE HIS OWN DEATH IN NAGS HEAD NORTH CAROLINA, WHERE HE LEFT A RECORDED MESSAGE IS HIS CAR, STATING THAT HE WAS GOING TO KILL HIMSELF. GENTRY WILL NOW FACE EXTRADITION BACK TO TENNESSEE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/18/2005
Storm causes Sevierville road closure.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THAT ROLLED THROUGH PARTS OF SEVIER COUNTY TUESDAY NIGHT, CAUSED SOME TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN SEVIERVILLE. MIDDLE CREEK ROAD BETWEEN THE SEATON HILL APARTMENTS AND EAST RIDGE ROAD WAS CLOSED FOR OVER AN HOUR, AFTER A TREE FELL ACROSS THE ROADWAY AND BROUGHT DOWN SEVERAL POWER LINES. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN THE SEVIERVILLE AND MILLS PARK AREA OF GATLINBURG.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/17/2005
Car damages Sevierville business.
A BIZARRE ACCIDENT EARLY THIS MORNING DAMAGED A SEVIERVILLE BUSINESS. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 ON HIGHWAY 66 AT THE CHEROKEE TRADING POST. APPARENTLY, MELISSA COOPER OF SEVIER COUNTY, LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE AND DROVE IT INTO THE BUSINESS. SHE RECEIVED ONLY MINOR INJURIES, BUT DAMAGE TO THE STORE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/17/2005
Child advocacy centre planned.
AN INTER-AGENCY AGREEMENT WILL BE SIGNED THURSDAY MORNING BY SEVERAL COURT SYSTEM AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPERVISORS, TO COMMIT TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTRE, TO SERVE THE SEVERELY NEGLECTED, PHYSICALLY AND SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN OF THE SEVIER COUNTY AREA. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW MORNING AT 10 AM IN THE THIRD FLOOR MEETING ROOM AT THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/17/2005
Pigeon Forge wreck sends three to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN PIGEON FORGE TUESDAY EVENING SENT THREE PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT LYNN WILHOIT WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 O CLOCK ON THE PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH SUGAR HOLLOW ROAD. POLICE OFFICER NATE WYRICK REPORTED THAT A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 46 YEAR OLD LINDA EMORY OF PIGEON FORGE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 33 YEAR OLD TERESA BRENHAM OF SEVIERVILLE. EMORY, BRENHAM AND HER 72 YEAR OLD MOTHER LORETTA BRENHAM WERE ALL TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/17/2005
Wreck sends cyclist to the hospital.
A CYCLIST WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING AN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT IN SEVIERVILLE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6 AM MONDAY MORNING AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROBERT HENDERSON ROAD AND CATLETT ROAD, IN FRONT OF THE RIVERWALK APARTMENTS. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER JOHN TURNER, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 43 YEAR OLD SHERRY HANEY OF JEFFERSON CITY, COLLIDED WITH A BICYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY 19 YEAR OLD WILLIAM RIOS OF SEVIERVILLE. RIOS WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/16/2005
S.C.H.S student dies during wreck.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIER COUNTY ON SATURDAY, CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A SEVIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, AND SENT TWO OTHERS TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WA REPORTED JUST AFTER 6 O CLOCK IN THE TWO THOUSAND BLOCK OF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. APPARENTLY, SIXTEEN YEAR OLD LANCE PATE OF SEVIERVILLE, LOST CONTROL OF HIS TOYOTA FOUR RUNNER DURING A PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN, AND COLLIDED WITH A JEEP CHEROKEE. PATE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE TWO UN-NAMED VICTIMS IN THE OTHER VEHICLE RECEIVED INJURIES TO THE HEAD AND A BROKEN LEG RESPECTIVELY. BOTH ARE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS FROM 2 UNTIL 4 TOMORROW AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SEVIERVILLE. THE FUNERAL WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY AT 2 O CLOCK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/15/2005
Body found in Douglas Lake.
THE BODY OF A 24 YEAR OLD MAN WAS PULLED FROM DOUGLAS LAKE SATURDAY MORNING. APPARENTLY, OFFICIALS WITH THE T.W.R.A RECEIVED A CALL FRIDAY EVENING ABOUT A BOAT WITH NO ONE ABOARD, THAT WAS RUNNING IN CIRCLES NEAR THE DOUGLAS LAKE CAMPGROUND. RESCUE WORKERS BEGAN A SEARCH OPERATION THE NEXT MORNING, AND FOUND THE BODY OF 24 YEAR OLD JEFFERY SIMMONS OF CLYDE NORTH CAROLINA. THAT INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/15/2005
Wreck sends one to the hospital, one to jail.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE FRIDAY EVENING SENT ONE DRIVER TO THE HOSPITAL AND THE OTHER TO JAIL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 ON THE PARKWAY AT THE INTERSECTION WITH BOGART DRIVE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER GRAHAM OWNBY, AN S.U.V. BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD MELODY FULTON OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 44 YEAR OLD T.J. AMOS OF ARDEN, NORTH CAROLINA. AMOS WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE, FULTON WAS CHARGED WITH D.U.I. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/15/2005
Sevierville officials look for stolen ATV's.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR THREE ATV’S THAT WERE STOLEN FROM A HOTEL OVERNIGHT. THE INCIDENT ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE JUST AFTER 11 O CLOCK AT THE CLARION INN HOTEL ON HIGHWAY 66. APPARENTLY THE THIEVES ALSO TOOK THE TRAILER THAT THE VEHICLES WERE BEING HAULED ON. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR THE TRAILER WHICH HAS WHITE SPOKE WHEELS AND AN OHIO TAG. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 - 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/12/2005
Sevier Co. couple accused of tax evasion.
A SEVIER COUNTY COUPLE ACCUSED OF TAX EVASION WERE ARRAIGNED YESTERDAY. ARNOLD RAY SCHMID AND HIS WIFE KATHLEEN SCHMID, ALLEGEDLY MADE HUNDRED’S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN SEVIER COUNTY PROPERTY DEALS, THEN APPARENTLY USED SHELL COMPANIES TO HIDE THE INCOME. THE PAIR APPARENTLY HAD ALSO NOT FILED AN INCOME TAX RETURN FOR THREE YEARS. THE SCHMID’S HAD PREVIOUSLY REFUSED TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY OF U.S. DISTRICT COURT MAGISTRATE BRUCE GUYTON, CONTENDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS “FICTION” AND THAT THEY, AS LIVING SOULS, ARE NOT UNDER IT’S AUTHORITY. THE PAIR ALSO COMPLAINED THAT SEVERAL LOCAL ATTORNEY’S WOULD NOT REPRESENT THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO SCARED OF THE I.R.S. THE SCHMID’S WERE GIVEN A TRIAL DATE OF OCTOBER 12TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/12/2005
Friends telethon raises $181,000.
THE FRIENDS OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HELD THEIR ELEVENTH ANNUAL TELETHON YESTERDAY, AND RAISED MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO FUND PARK PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS INCLUDING EFFORTS TO SAVE THE HEMLOCK TREE’S, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN, AND THE EXPERIMENTAL RETURN OF ELK. FOR MORE INFORMATION, LOG ONTO FRIENDS OF THE SMOKIES DOT ORG.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/12/2005
Two Sevier Co. men indicted on murder charges.
A SEVIER COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED TWO MEN ON MURDER CHARGES IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS. DURING THAT SPECIAL SESSION YESTERDAY, 49 YEAR OLD JOHN WAYNE BLAIR, A PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER, WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 23 YEAR OLD KELLY SELLERS, WHO’S BODY WAS FOUND ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN IN APRIL. A PLEA NEGOTIATION DEADLINE WAS SET FOR OCTOBER 31ST. BLAIR IS BEING HELD ON A ONE MILLION DOLLAR BOND. 38 YEAR OLD TERRY EDWIN JUSTUS WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND, 32 YEAR OLD SHARON ACOSTA, AND HER UNBORN CHILD. HER BODY WAS FOUND EARLY LAST MONTH, IN A DITCH JUST OFF OF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. A PLEA NEGOTIATION DEADLINE WAS SET FOR OCTOBER 5TH. JUSTUS IS BEING HELD ON A TWO MILLION DOLLAR BOND. IF PLEA AGREEMENTS ARE NOT ACHIEVED BY THE DEADLINES GIVEN, THEN TRIAL DATES WILL BE SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/11/2005
Sevier Co. Teen arrested.
A STRANGE INCIDENT EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING LED TO THE ARREST OF A SEVIER COUNTY TEENAGER. SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY BLAINE LEWIS AND HIS K9 PARTNER JODY, WERE ASSISTING THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN A SEARCH FOR A SUSPECT WHO HAD FLED ON FOOT INTO A WOODED AREA. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 5 O CLOCK ON GUFFY HOLLOW ROAD, JUST OFF OF ALLENSVILLE ROAD. ACCORDING TO DEPUTY CHIEF RON SEALS, WHILE LEWIS WAS CONDUCTING A SEARCH OF THE AREA, A MALE SUBJECT RAN OUT OF A HOUSE AND INTO A NEARBY WOODED AREA. THINKING THAT THE SUBJECT MUST BE THE PERSON THEY WERE LOOKING FOR, LEWIS DEMANDED THAT THE SUSPECT STOP, AND THEN RELEASED HIS K9 PARTNER IN ORDER TO FIND HIM. 19 YEAR OLD GREGORY GRAPES WAS QUICKLY APPREHENDED AND CHARGED WITH EVADING ARREST AND UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION. GRAPES SAID THAT HE RAN OUT OF THE HOME BECAUSE HE DOESN’T LIKE THE POLICE. HE WAS TREATED FOR MINOR BITE WOUNDS AND BOOKED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/11/2005
Manhunt underway in Sevier County.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE SEARCHING FOR A SEVIER COUNTY MAN, FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING. THE INCIDENT BEGAN JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK ON HICKS ROAD IN SEVIERVILLE. APPARENTLY, 35 YEAR OLD DANNY STEVENS HAD TAKEN HIS MOTHERS VEHICLE WITHOUT HER PERMISSION, LOST CONTROL OF THE VAN, AND HIT A POWER POLE. STEVENS THEN ALLEGEDLY RETURNED TO HIS MOTHERS HOME. WHEN AUTHORITIES ARRIVED AT THE HOUSE AFTER TRACEING THE TAG INFORMATION, STEVENS APPARENTLY TOOK OFF ON FOOT INTO A WOODED AREA. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/10/2005
Seymour wreck kills one, sends two to the hospital
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY MORNING IN SEYMOUR CLAIMED THE LIFE OF ONE PERSON AND SENT TWO OTHERS TO AREA HOSPITALS. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10 O CLOCK IN THE NINETY ONE HUNDRED BLOCK OF CHAPMAN HIGHWAY. ACCORDING TO SEYMOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT CHIEF ROD DYKES, A WHITE NISSAN CAR COLLIDED WITH A CHEVY PICK UP TRUCK. TWO PATIENTS WERE FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR, THE OTHER TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE. THE UN-NAMED FEMALE THAT DIED WAS TRAVELLING IN THE NISSAN. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, RURAL METRO AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/10/2005
Wreck sends driver to the hospital, then to jail.
A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT LATE LAST NIGHT IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE DRIVER TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEN TO THE JAIL. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 ON JAY-EL ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH PITTMAN CENTRE ROAD. APPARENTLY, THE 22 YEAR OLD UN-NAMED FEMALE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, AND FLIPPED IT ONTO IT’S TOP. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WITH MINOR INJURIES, AND THEN CHARGED WITH DUI AND BOOKED AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve hartford
8/10/2005
Sevier Co. grand jury meets today.
A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE SEVIER COUNTY GRAND JURY WILL MEET TODAY, TO CONSIDER THE CASES OF THE STATE VERSUS JOHN WAYNE BLAIR, AND THE STATE VERSUS TERRY EDWIN JUSTUS. BLAIR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE DEATH OF KELLY SELLERS, WHO WAS FOUND IN A SHALLOW GRAVE ON ENGLISH MOUNTAIN IN APRIL, AND JUSTUS IS CHARGED WITH THE DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND, SHARON ACOSTA, AND HER UNBORN CHILD. ARRAIGNMENTS FOR BOTH SUSPECTS WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE TODAY IN THE CIRCUIT COURT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/10/2005
Wreck claims the life of driver.
SEVERAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF EACH OTHER MONDAY MORNING IN SEYMOUR, CLAIMED THE LIFE OF ONE MAN AND STRETCHED EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO THE MAX. ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED ON OLD SEVIERVILLE PIKE, ON MACON LANE, AND ON WYE DRIVE. THE SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK ON OLD SEVIERVILLE PIKE CLAIMED THE LIFE OF ROY WHALEY, OF SEYMOUR, WHO WAS TRAPPED INSIDE HIS VEHICLE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE LATER DIED. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THOSE WRECKS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/9/2005
Fire damages Sevier Co. home.
A FIRE MONDAY AFTERNOON SERIOUSLY DAMAGED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3 O CLOCK AT A TRAILER IN THE TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED BLOCK OF DERBY WAY, IN THE STABLES SUB DIVISION. ALTHOUGH THE HOME SUSTAINED SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE, LUCKILY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE STARTED IN AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT. THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/9/2005
County commission approves new budget.
SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AND APPROVED THE PROPOSED 2005 – 2006 BUDGET. THIS YEAR’S BUDGET INCLUDES AN EIGHT POINT TWO MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE THAT WILL FUND THE PURCHASE OF THE OLD DAN RIVER PROPERTY, WHICH WILL BE USED TO BUILD A NEW HOSPITAL, AND THE BUILDING OF A NEW MINIMUM SECURITY JAIL AT THE OLD COUNTY FAIRGROUND SITE. THE NEW BUDGET DOES NOT INCLUDE A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/9/2005
Wreck claims the life of Dandridge man.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A DANDRIDGE MAN. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE NOON ON NEWPORT HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH THOMAS CROSS ROAD. 72 YEAR OLD JOE RAY COLEMAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. ACCORDING TO EYE WITNESSES, COLEMAN LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK, CROSSED THE CENTRE LINE, AND HIT A JEFFERSON COUNTY AMBULANCE HEAD-ON. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/8/2005
Lightning strike causes Gatlinburg house fire.
A HOUSE FIRE IN GATLINBURG SATURDAY AFTERNOON CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED IN THE 300 BLOCK OF EAST PARKWAY AND IS BELIEVE TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A LIGHTNING STRIKE. DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO THE ATTIC AREA OF THE HOME AND LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/8/2005
Toxic spill in the park closes Hwy 441.
NEWFOUND GAP ROAD – HIGHWAY 441 IN SIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK WAS CLOSED FOR ABOUT FIVE HOURS ON THURSDAY, FOLLOWING A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL NEAR THE OCONALUFTEE VISITOR CENTRE. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESWOMAN NANCY GRAY, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10 O CLOCK. THE MATERIAL THAT WAS SPILT WAS A GALLON OF MURIATIC ACID, WHICH APPARENTLY FELL OF A TRUCK AND WAS THEN HIT BY ANOTHER VEHICLE. PARK RANGERS SUSPECT THAT THE TOXIN CAME FROM A CONTRACTOR WORKING IN THE PARK. THE HAZARDOUS MATERIAL IS USED FOR CONCRETE CLEANING AND FINISHING. THERE WERE NO INJURIES BUT THREE PARK EMPLOYEES WERE CHECKED OUT BY MEDICAL PERSONNEL AFTER THEY WERE EXPOSED TO THE SUBSTANCE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/5/2005
Sevier Co. school system receives part of grant.
THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL RECEIVE A POTION OF A TWENTY FIVE MILLION DOLLAR STATE GRANT, TO BE USED FOR VOLUNTARY PRE – KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOMS. SEVIER COUNTY WILL RECEIVE FUNDING FOR FOUR CLASSROOMS, WHICH SHOULD SERVE AT LEAST 80 CHILDREN.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/5/2005
Bizarre accident sends woman to the hospital.
A BIZARRE ACCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN GATLINBURG SENT ONE PERSON TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE ONE O CLOCK ON THE DUDLEY CREEK BYPASS. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN MIKE TAYLOR WITH THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, AN UN-NAMED FEMALE DRIVER HAD PARKED HER CAR AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX., WHEN THE VEHICLE APPARENTLY SLIPPED OUT OF GEAR, ROLLED DOWN THE HILL, ACROSS THE ROADWAY AND INTO A DITCH. WHILE THE VICTIM WAS TRYING TO STOP THE CAR FROM ROLLING, SHE FELL DOWN AND THE CAR RAN OVER HER LEG. SHE IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE GATLINBURG POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT ACCIDENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/5/2005
Bridge to re-open on temporary basis.
THE SINGLE LANE BRIDGE AT THE INTERSECTION OF OLD NEWPORT HIGHWAY AND LONG SPRINGS ROAD, SHOULD RE-OPEN ON A TEMPORARY BASIS BY EARLY NEXT WEEK. THE BRIDGE, WHICH HAS BEEN CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC SINCE JULY 18TH, WILL RE-OPEN - BUT ONLY TO CARS AND PICK-UP TRUCKS. SEVIER COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT WORKERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STABILIZE THE BRIDGE, AT LEAST UNTIL CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW BRIDGE BEGINS IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS TIME.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/4/2005
Alleged drunk driver causes thousands in damage.
AN ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PROPERTY DAMAGE IN SEVIERVILLE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 ON RIDGE ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER DAVID FINCHUM, 19 YEAR OLD STEVEN CHARLES SMITH OF SEVIERVILLE, WAS ALLEGEDLY DRIVING SOUTHBOUND IN THE 600 BLOCK OF RIDGE ROAD WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR AND HIT A HOUSE. THE COLLISION TORE AWAY PART OF THE FRONT PORCH OF THE HOME AND MOST OF THE CHAIN LINK FENCING AROUND THE PROPERTY. SMITH THEN MANAGED TO GET THE VEHICLE BACK ONTO RIDGE ROAD, TRAVELED ANOTHER QUARTER OF A MILE, BEFORE RUNNING OFF THE ROAD AGAIN NEAR THE CITY GARAGE AND HITTING A TREE. SMITH WAS CHARGED WITH DUI, LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT, NO PROOF OF INSURANCE, AND FOR VIOLATING THE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW. HE WAS BOOKED AND TRANSPORTED TO THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/4/2005
Pigeon Forge cop saves child's life.
A PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN CREDITED WITH SAVING THE LIFE OF A FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD. APPARENTLY, THE YOUNG BOY WAS STAYING WITH HIS FAMILY AT THE LAUREL CREST INN ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD MONDAY NIGHT, WHEN HE BEGAN TO CHOKE. PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER JEREMY CROSE WAS FIRST TO RESPOND THE SCENE. CROSE RAN UP SEVERAL FLIGHTS OF STAIRS AND WAS ABLE TO PERFORM CPR ON THE CHILD. THE YOUNG BOY WAS THEN FLOWN TO THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL VIA LIFESTAR. THE FAMILY WERE VISITING THE AREA FROM STEELVILLE, MISSOURI. THE CHILDS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/3/2005
Blaze destroys Sevier Co. trailer.
ANOTHER FIRE TUESDAY MORNING DESTROYED A SEVIER COUNTY HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 O CLOCK AT A DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER ON JEFF WAY, JUST OFF OF BENT ROAD. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT BOBBY FIELDS WITH THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE HOME WAS A COMPLETE LOSS BUT LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE NORTHVIEW, SEYMOUR AND SEVIER COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/3/2005
Fire destroys new home in Gatlinburg.
A FIRE TUESDAY EVENING IN GATLINBURG APPARENTLY DESTROYED A HOME THAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK AT THE FOUR STORY HOUSE ON CAMPBELL LEAD ROAD. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/3/2005
Patterson named as new gatlinburg fire chief.
PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR GREG PATTERSON HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW FIRE CHIEF FOR THE CITY OF GATLINBURG. HE WILL REPLACE GARY WEST WHO RESIGNED TO TAKE A POSITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. PATTERSON BEGINS HIS NEW POSITION TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/3/2005
Sevierville wreck sends three to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK SUNDAY NIGHT IN SEVIERVILLE SENT THREE PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 66 AND HIGHWAY 139 – DOUGLAS DAM ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICE CHRIS CARTER, A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 17 YEAR OLD HEATHER SMITH OF KODAK, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 29 YEAR OLD REBECCA PRENTICE OF SEVIERVILLE. SMITH, PRENTICE, AND HER FOUR YEAR OLD SON, WERE ALL TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. PRENTICE WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD, NOT PROVIDING A CHILD RESTRAINT DEVICE, AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/2/2005
D.U.I Driver rams Pigeon Forge police cruiser.
A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT THROUGH SEVIER COUNTY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ENDED WHEN THE DRIVER HIT A PIGEON FORGE POLICE CRUISER. THE INCIDENT BEGAN AROUND 2:30 AM WHEN KNOX COUNTY OFFICIALS ADVISED THAT THEY WERE CHASING A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER ON INTERSTATE FORTY, AND HE WAS HEADING FOR SEVIER COUNTY. THE DRIVER OF THE DODGE MINIVAN ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO ALSO SIDE SWIPE A SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT CRUISER. THE CHASE FINALLY ENDED ON THE PARKWAY IN PIGEON FORGE NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH SMOKY DRIVE, WHEN THE DRIVER RAMMED A PIGEON FORGE POLICE CRUISER DRIVEN BY OFFICER JEFF TRENTHAM. THE MINIVAN DRIVER WAS IDENTIFIED AS RONALD LARGE OF KNOXVILLE, WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY DUI AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. LARGE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND HELD FOR KNOX COUNTY OFFICIALS. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN THAT PURSUIT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/2/2005
Sevier Co. faces jail overcrowding lawsuit.
SEVIER COUNTY OFFICIALS WILL ONCE AGAIN FACE A FEDERAL JUDGE, BECAUSE OF JAIL OVERCROWDING. A KNOXVILLE ATTORNEY HAS FILED A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF JAIL INMATE JOHN MATKIN. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES PROBLEMS SUCH AS OVERCROWDING, INMATE VIOLENCE, INADEQUATE STAFFING, UNSANITARY CONDITIONS AND LACKING FACILITIES. THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL OPENED IN 1991 AND CURRENTLY HAS SPACE FOR 214 INMATES. THE LAWSUIT CONTENDS THAT THE JAIL ROUTINELY HOUSES APPROXIMATELY 300 INMATES. THE SEVIER COUNTY COMMISSION WILL VOTE THIS MONDAY ON APPROVING A TWO POINT SIX MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE, TO CONSTRUCT A NEW MINIMUM SECURITY JAIL AT THE OLD SEVIER COUNTY FAIRGROUND SITE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/2/2005
ATV Accident sends rider to UT.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE EARLY THIS MORNING, FOLLOWING AN ATV ACCIDENT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 1 AM ON CAMP HOLLOW ROAD, JUST OFF OF WILHITE ROAD. THE UN-NAMED 35 YEAR OLD MALE RIDER RECEIVED A HEAD INJURY AND IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT UT. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE ENGLISH MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/2/2005
Visitor dies from fall inside park.
A VISITOR TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAS DIED FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT FRIDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 ON LITTLE RIVER ROAD NEAR THE ELKMONT CAMPGROUND. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESMAN BOB MILLER, A 72 YEAR OLD UN-NAMED MALE HAD WALKED DOWN TO THE BANK OF THE LITTLE RIVER WITH HIS FOUR YEAR OLD GRANDSON. HE THEN APPARENTLY, SLIPPED, FELL AND STRUCK HIS HEAD ON THE ROCKS. HE WAS THEN SWEPT DOWNSTREAM. PASSING MOTORIST WERE ABLE TO PULL THE VICTIM FROM THE RIVER. HE HAD SUFFERED A FRACTURED SKULL, NECK INJURIES AND WAS UNCONSCIOUS. THE VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE HE LATER DIED. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/1/2005
Gatlinburg police officer suspended.
A GATLINBURG POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN REPRIMANDED, SUSPENDED FOR 15 DAYS AND PLACED ON PROBATION FOR SIX MONTHS, FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. APPARENTLY LAST MONTH, AN UN-NAMED FEMALE MADE TWO COMPLAINTS AGAINST LIEUTENANT DICKEY GREENE, REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT DURING AN AFFAIR. ONE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN GATLINBURG, THE OTHER INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION CONCLUDED THAT GREENE VIOLATED DEPARTMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS BY USING HIS CITY VEHICLE FOR PERSONAL BUSINESS, AND HAVING OTHER OFFICERS CHECK ON THE WOMAN’S WHERE-A-BOUTS WHILE ON DUTY. HE WAS ALSO FOUND TO BE ACTING IN AN IMMORAL AND UNPROFESSIONAL MANNER, BY GENERALLY ACCEPTED COMMUNITY STANDARDS. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/1/2005
Suspects sought in Pigeon Forge robbery.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR TWO MEN INVOLVED IN AN ALLEGED HOME INVASION ROBBERY. THE INCIDENT APPARENTLY TOOK PLACE JUST AFTER 12 NOON ON SUNDAY AT A HOME ON JESS WILSON ROAD. APPARENTLY THE TWO MALE SUSPECTS FORCED THEIR WAY INTO THE HOME AFTER ONE OF THE RESIDENTS HAD OPENED THE DOOR. BALTAZAR LOPEZ WAS ALLEGEDLY PISTOL WHIPPED, AND JUAN GALVAN WAS THREATENED WITH A KNIFE. AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A HISPANIC MALE IN HIS MID THIRTIES, WEIGHING ABOUT 160 POUNDS, AND A BALD WHITE MALE, ALSO IN HIS MID THIRTIES, WEIGHING ABOUT 200 POUNDS. THE PAIR WERE LAST SEEN DRIVING AWAY IN A BLACK SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLE WITH A SILVER STRIPE DOWN THE SIDE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford
8/1/2005
S.C.U.D sells propane business.
THE SEVIER COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT HAS NOW SOLD IT’S PROPANE BUSINESS TO THE TENNERGY CORPORATION OF TENNESSEE. GENERAL MANAGER MATT BALLARD SAID THAT THE TRANSITION TO THE CUSTOMER SHOULD BE TRANSPARENT, DUE TO THE LEVEL OF CUSTOMER SERVICE EACH PARTY IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING. EXISTING SCUD PROPANE CUSTOMERS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME CUSTOMERS OF TENNERGY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PROPANE CUSTOMERS CAN CALL THE SEVIER COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT AT: 453 – 3272.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/29/2005
Two vehicle wreck sents four to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK THURSDAY EVENING IN SEVIERVILLE SENT FOUR PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL AND CLOSED THE SOUTH BOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66 FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 7 O CLOCK NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH INTERSTATE FORTY. APPARENTLY, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD CHRISTIE NOLAND OF SEYMOUR, COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD STEPHEN ROBINSON OF HARRIMAN. NOLAND AND HER PASSENGER, 33 YEAR OLD MELISSA THURMAN OF KODAK, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. 35 YEAR OLD SONYA LOWERY OF KNOXVILLE, AND 15 YEAR OLD DANIELLE WOLFE OF KNOXVILLE, WHO WERE BOTH PASSENGERS IN ROBINSON’S VEHICLE, WERE ALSO TRANSPORTED TO UT. THE EXTENT OF THEIR INJURIES IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/29/2005
New jail proposal moves forward.
THE SEVIER COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMITTEE MET LAST NIGHT AND APPROVED A PLAN TO BUILD A NEW JAIL AT THE CURRENT SEVIER COUNTY FAIRGROUND SITE. THE PROPOSAL WILL NOW GO BEFORE THE FULL COUNTY COMMISSION FOR A FINAL VOTE ON AUGUST 8TH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/29/2005
Thursday afternoon wreck sends one to the hospital
ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIERVILLE SENT ONE PERSON TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 AT THE INTERSECTION OF MAIN STREET AND KILBY STREET. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PAUL LAYMON, A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD ARLIE WATSON JUNIOR OF SEVIERVILLE, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 56 YEAR OLD JEFFERY REECE OF KODAK. HIS PASSENGER, 56 YEAR OLD SUSAN REECE ALSO OF KODAK, WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER WITH UNKNOWN INJURIES. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/29/2005
Alleged purse snatcher named.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW NAMED A TEENAGER THAT WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY EVENING, AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO SNATCH A WOMAN’S PURSE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PRESTON PARRISH, 19 YEAR OLD MICHAEL SATTERFIELD TRIED TO STEAL A PURSE FROM 56 YEAR OLD CAROLINE HALE OF SEVIERVILLE. HALE HAD REPORTEDLY JUST FILLED A PRESCRIPTION AT THE KROGER GROCERY STORE PHARMACY WHEN THE ATTACK OCCURRED. TWO MALE EMPLOYEE’S FROM LOWES WERE ABLE TO CHASE AND CAPTURE THE SUSPECT AND HOLD HIM UNTIL OFFICER PARRISH ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. SATTERFIELD WAS ALLEGEDLY IN POSSESSION OF SEVERAL OTHER PRESCRIPTION PILLS. HE WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/28/2005
Bill Carroll of CNB appointed by Governor.
GOVERNOR PHIL BREDESEN HAS APPOINTED BILL CARROLL OF CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK, TO A SIX YEAR TERM AS A MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, BOARD OF TRUSTEE’S.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/28/2005
Teenager assaulted by father.
A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD FEMALE WAS PLACED INTO THE CARE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER HE FATHER ALLEGEDLY SLAPPED HER ACROSS THE FACE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK IN FRONT OF THE GATLINBURG CONVENTION CENTRE. ACCORDING TO GATLINBURG POLICE OFFICER CINDY MYERS, THE FATHER FELT THAT THE TEENAGER WAS BEING DISRESPECTFUL. THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD DROVE FROM MEMPHIS TO COLLECT HER DAUGHTER. NO CHARGES HAVE YET BEEN FILED.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/28/2005
Three arrested for shoplifting.
THREE VISITORS TO SEVIER COUNTY WERE ARRESTED OVER THE WEEKEND FOLLOWING A SHOPLIFTING SPREE IN SEVIERVILLE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED FRIDAY EVENING AT TANGER FIVE OAKS. APPARENTLY AN EMPLOYEE FROM THE IZOD STORE REPORTED THAT THREE MEN HAD SHOPLIFTED MERCHANDISE AND LEFT THE STORE IN A GRAY CHEVROLET ASTRO VAN. A FEW MINUTES LATER, SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PAUL LAYMON STOPPED THE SUSPECT VEHICLE ON FORKS OF THE RIVER PARKWAY. DURING A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE, LAYMON ALLEGEDLY FOUND APPROXIMATELY TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN MERCHANDISE THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM THE IZOD AND BANANA REPUBLIC STORES. HE ALSO DISCOVERED TWO LARGE SHOPPING BAGS THAT HAD BEEN ALTERED TO DEFEAT STORE SECURITY DEVICES. 37 YEAR OLD ALBERTO BERNAL OF NEW YORK CITY, 23 YEAR OLD SAMUEL BATISTA OF GREENVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA, AND 23 YEAR OLD CARLOS CHECARO OF PUERTO RICO, WERE ALL SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED AND EACH CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT. ALL THREE ARE BEING HELD ON FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND EACH.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/28/2005
Attempted child abduction in Pigeon Forge.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION THAT HAPPENED ON WEARS VALLEY ROAD LAST NIGHT. ACCORDING TO LIEUTENANT BARBARA WARD WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, A NINE YEAR OLD GIRL WAS APPROACHED BY A WHITE MALE AT THE MOUNT TRACE MOTEL JUST BEFORE 5:30. THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY GRABBED THE VICTIM, SHOWED HER A HANDGUN, AND ATTEMPTED TO FORCE HER INTO HIS VEHICLE. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A THIN WHITE MALE, APPROXIMATELY 35 YEARS OF AGE, AND FIVE FOOT TEN INCHES TALL. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING WHITE SHORTS, A RED CAP AND BLACK SUNGLASSES WITH FLAMES ON THE EAR PIECES. THE SUSPECT WAS DRIVING A LATE MODEL VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE, RED IN COLOR WITH BLACK GRAPHICS ON THE SIDE. ANYONE WHO WITNESSED THE INCIDENT OR HAS INFORMATION REGARDING THE SUSPECT OR THE VEHICLE, PLEASE CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/27/2005
Amusement park manager sentenced.
ROCKING RACEWAY AMUSEMENT PARK MANAGER CHARLES STAN MARTIN HAS NOW BEEN SENTENCED FOR THE RECKLESS HOMICIDE OF JUNE CAROL ALEXANDER, WHO FELL TO HER DEATH FROM THE HAWK RIDE IN MARCH OF 2004. JUDGE RICHARD VANCE SENTENCED MARTIN TO FOUR YEARS PROBATION, TWO OF WHICH WILL BE SUPERVISED. HE WILL ALSO NEED TO PERFORM 200 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND WAS FINED FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. MARTIN IS APPEALING THE SENTENCE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/27/2005
Alleged robbery at Sevierville jewelry store.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGED ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED MONDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER KEVIN STONE, THREE PEOPLE ALLEGEDLY ENTERED THE ULTRA JEWELRY STORE AT TANGER FIVE OAKS JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK. WHILE TWO OF THEM DISTRACTED THE STORE EMPLOYEE, THE THIRD SUBJECT WENT BEHIND THE COUNTER AND HELPED HIMSELF TO AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF DIAMONDS AND JEWELRY FROM THE SAFE. THE TWO BLACK MALES AND ONE BLACK FEMALE THEN FLED THE STORE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/27/2005
Alleged purse snatcher apprehended.
A SEVIER COUNTY TEENAGER WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO SNATCH A WOMAN’S PURSE. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 O CLOCK IN FRONT OF THE KROGER GROCERY STORE IN SEVIERVILLE. APPARENTLY, TWO MALE SUBJECTS WHO WERE LOADING LUMBER AT LOWES, HEARD THE WOMAN’S SCREAMS AND CHASED THE SUSPECT DOWN. THE TWO GOOD SAMARITANS THEN HELD THE TEENAGER UNTIL POLICE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL ARRIVED AT THE SCENE. THE UN-NAMED SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND THE FEMALE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WITH A POSSIBLE BROKEN ARM.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/27/2005
Trial of former Seymour teacher postponed.
THE TRIAL OF A FORMER SEYMOUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF HAVING SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A 16 YEAR OLD BOY, HAS BEEN STAYED INDEFINITELY. KRISTI OAKS’ TRIAL WAS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY BUT THE TENNESSEE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, HAS GRANTED HER MOTION TO FILE AN APPEAL OF THE TRIAL COURTS RULING THAT UPHELD THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S DENIAL OF PRETRIAL DIVERSION. THE PRETRIAL DIVERSION WOULD ALLOW OAKS TO BE PLACED ON PROBATION WITHOUT HAVING TO PLEAD GUILTY. IF THE TRIAL COURTS DECISION IS UPHELD THEN THE CASE WILL BE RESET FOR PLEA AND TRIAL. OAKS WAS ARRESTED LAST SUMMER WHEN OFFICIALS FOUND HER AND THE TEENAGER IN A PARKED CAR NEAR DOUGLAS DAM.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/26/2005
Mother arrested for leaving child in car.
A SEYMOUR WOMAN WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER LEAVING HER SIX MONTH OLD BABY IN A CAR OUTSIDE A SEVIERVILLE DEPARTMENT STORE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE SPOKESMAN JIM DEANDA, THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 1:30 BY A BYSTANDER WHO NOTICED THE UNATTENDED INFANT AT THE BELK’S MALL PARKING AREA. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS TIM COULTER AND MATT AYRES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND REMOVED THE CHILD FROM THE VEHICLE. THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE THE CAR WAS MEASURED USING A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA, AND WAS APPROXIMATELY 125 DEGREES. 18 YEAR OLD LORI OBERLIES WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ABUSE. THE CHILD WAS PLACED INTO THE CARE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ALSO RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/26/2005
City of Gatlinburg fined.
THE CITY OF GATLINBURG HAS BEEN FINED AFTER THE CITY’S WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT APPARENTLY VIOLATED IT’S NATIONAL POLLUTION DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION, UNTREATED WASTEWATER WAS DISCHARGED INTO THE WEST PRONG OF THE LITTLE PIGEON RIVER. THE CITY MUST PAY A FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE UNLESS IT CHOOSES TO APPEAL THE DECISION. THE CITY HAS ALSO BEEN GIVEN 90 DAYS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO CORRECT THE SITUATION.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/25/2005
Seymour wreck kills two.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY KILLED TWO PEOPLE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 2:30 ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR WYE DRIVE. APPARENTLY, 26 YEAR OLD GRETCHEN GRAHAM OF SEYMOUR WAS DRIVING NORTHBOUND, WHEN HER VEHICLE CROSSED THE MEDIAN AND HIT ANOTHER CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 54 YEAR OLD LINDA WELCH, ALSO OF SEYMOUR. BOTH WOMEN WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. NEITHER ONE WAS WEARING A SEATBELT. THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE AND THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/25/2005
Louise Mandrell run raises over $15,000
SATURDAY’S 8TH ANNUAL LOUISE MANDRELL SMOKY MOUNTAIN RUN FOR THE BOY SCOUTS, RAISED JUST OVER FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. APPROXIMATELY 450 RUNNERS TOOK PART IN THE 5K RACE THAT WAS WON BY 25 YEAR OLD IAN CONNER OF NORTH CAROLINA WITH A TIME OF FOURTEEN MINUTES AND FIFTEEN SECONDS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/25/2005
Sevier Co. sheriff's Dept. investigates stabbing.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A STABBING THAT OCCURRED THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 2 O CLOCK AT AN APARTMENT IN THE 3200 BLOCK OF ALTON DRIVE IN THE KODAK AREA. ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE STEPHANIE MCCLURE, DEPUTIES FOUND 39 YEAR OLD PATRICIA PHILLIPS WITH A SINGLE STAB WOUND TO THE STOMACH. PHILLIPS WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE WHERE SHE UNDERWENT SURGERY, AND IS CURRENTLY LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THAT INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/22/2005
Seymour wreck sends driver to the hospital.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK EARLY THIS MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE DRIVER TO THE HOSPITAL. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 ON CHAPMAN HIGHWAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH MCMAHAN ROAD IN SEYMOUR. THE UN-NAMED DRIVER APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE WHICH HIT A POWER POLE AND ROLLED OVER ONTO IT’S TOP. NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/22/2005
New Centre school chosen for pilot program.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL, WILL BE ONE OF 37 SCHOOLS FROM ACROSS THE STATE, THAT WILL PARTICIPATE IN A NEW ONLINE FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP RAISE TEST SCORES. THE NEW CENTRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF THE SCHOOLS THAT WILL PILOT THE NEW PRINCETON REVIEW TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM, THIS COMING SCHOOL YEAR.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/22/2005
Sevierville wreck send two to the hospital.
A TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SENT TWO PEOPLE TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 ON MIDDLE CREEK ROAD NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH EARNEST MCMAHAN ROAD. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER PRESTON PARRISH, A CHEVY BLAZER BEING DRIVEN BY 24 YEAR OLD JOSHUA JUSTUS OF LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA, COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 33 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER STRICKLAND OF SEVIERVILLE. JUSTUS AND HIS PASSENGER, 22 YEAR OLD MISTY ENDICOTT OF HURLEY VIRGINIA, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/21/2005
Visitor to park injured in fall.
A VISITOR TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK ENDED UP AT FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE FOLLOWING A FALL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, THE UN-NAMED 24 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM CONWAY SOUTH CAROLINA WAS CLIMBING ON THE RIVER ROCKS AT THE CHIMNEY’S PICNIC AREA, WHEN SHE SLIPPED AND APPARENTLY FRACTURED HER TAILBONE. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/21/2005
Sullivan Co. deputy arrested in Sevierville.
A SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY WAS ARRESTED MONDAY NIGHT IN SEVIERVILLE FOLLOWING A TWO VEHICLE WRECK. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11 O CLOCK ON THE PARKWAY NEAR IHOP. ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORTS AND WITNESS STATEMENTS, AFTER THE COLLISION, 29 YEAR OLD DAVID JONES JUNIOR OF KINGSPORT TENNESSEE, ALLEGEDLY GOT OUT OF HIS VEHICLE, BROKE THE DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW USING BRASS KNUCKLES, AND REPEATEDLY HIT THE OTHER DRIVER IN THE FACE. THE INJURED DRIVER, 32 YEAR OLD JESSIE MCCLURE OF SEVIERVILLE, GOT OUT OF HIS CAR USING THE PASSENGER DOOR AND RAN TO A NEARBY BUSINESS THE CALL THE POLICE. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS DAVID FINCHUM, BRIAN LEWELLING AND SERGEANT SAM HINSON RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND ARRESTED JONES ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES. MCCLURE WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD. JONES, A FORMER SULLIVAN COUNTY DEPUTY WAS RELEASED ON A TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/21/2005
Temporary concession awarded in park.
OFFICIALS WITH THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT A TEMPORARY CONCESSION CONTRACT FOR THE TROUBLED SUGARLANDS RIDING STABLE HAS NOW BEEN AWARDED. THE PARK SERVICE TERMINATED THE CONTRACT OF THE PRIOR CONCESSIONAIRE, AFTER THEY FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THEIR CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS. PARK SUPERINTENDENT DALE DITMANSON ANNOUNCED THAT THE HORSE RIDING STABLE WILL BE RUN ON A TEMPORARY BASIS BY SMOKY MOUNTAIN STABLES, WHICH ALREADY RUNS ONE OTHER PARK RIDING CONCESSION ON HIGHWAY 321. THE TEMPORARY CONTRACT WILL EXPIRE AT THE END OF OCTOBER 2006 AT WHICH TIME THE CONCESSION WILL ONCE AGAIN BE PUT UP FOR BID. THE SUGARLANDS RIDING STABLE WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TODAY.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/20/2005
Sevier Co. man dead following tractor accident.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING A TRACTOR ACCIDENT TUESDAY MORNING. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 AT A FARM ON PANTHER CREEK ROAD, NEAR ZION HILL ROAD. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF BRUCE MONTGOMERY, 70 YEAR OLD MAYFORD BLALOCK WAS OPERATING THE TRACTOR ON HIS PROPERTY WHEN THE VEHICLE OVERTURNED AND PINNED HIM BENEATH IT. BLALOCK WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEYMOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT ACCIDENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/20/2005
Dump truck driver flown to U.T. Medical centre.
A SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK MONDAY MORNING IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT THE DRIVER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9 O CLOCK ON SOUTH CLEAR FORK ROAD, JUST OFF OF HAPPY HOLLOW ROAD IN THE WEARS VALLEY COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO PIGEON FORGE FIRE ADMINISTRATOR GREG PATTERSON, THE DRIVER OF A DUMP TRUCK LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE WHICH THEN ROLLED DOWN A FIFTY FOOT EMBANKMENT. 59 YEAR OLD RICHARD HEWTON, WAS TRAPPED INSIDE THE VEHICLE FOR APPROXIMATELY THREE HOURS BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO EXTRICATE HIM. HEWTON IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION. THE PIGEON FORGE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE WEARS VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/19/2005
Wreck at the dam sends two to U.T.
ANOTHER TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT MONDAY AFTERNOON ON HIGHWAY 338 –DOUGLAS DAM ROAD, ALSO SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5 O CLOCK ON THE BRIDGE NEAR THE DAM. THE CONDITION OF BOTH UN-NAMED DRIVERS THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THE HEAD-ON COLLISION, IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE NORTHVIEW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/19/2005
Break-in at Vulcan Materials.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY THAT OCCURRED LATE SUNDAY EVENING AT A SEVIERVILLE BUSINESS. THE BREAK-IN APPARENTLY OCCURRED JUST AFTER 11:30 AT VULCAN MATERIALS ON PARK ROAD. ACCORDING TO JIM DEANDA WITH THE CITY OF SEVIERVILLE, AN OFFICE SAFE WAS FOUND IN THE PARKING LOT AND HAD BEEN BROKEN INTO. THE BURGLARS WHO APPARENTLY GAINED ENTRY BY BREAKING A WINDOW, GOT AWAY WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVE DOUG SHANKS AT: 453 – 5506.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/19/2005
Mother who allegedly abandoned child arrested.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE NOW ARRESTED A MOTHER WHO ALLEGEDLY ABANDONED HER FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD AT A PARKWAY MOTEL. THE YOUNG BOY WAS FOUND SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE FAMILY INN’S WEST MOTEL. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN DENNIS ADAMS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 37 YEAR OLD MARGARET SPIROS RETURNED TO THE MOTEL MONDAY MORNING AND THEN BOARDED A TROLLEY. PIGEON FORGE POLICE OFFICER MARK VANCE SPOTTED SPIROS, STOPPED THE TROLLEY AND TOOK HER INTO CUSTODY. SPIROS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT, RECKLESS ABANDONMENT AND POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. NO COURT DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/19/2005
Child abandoned at Pigeon Forge motel.
OFFICIALS WITH THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE LOOKING FOR A MOTHER WHO ALLEGEDLY ABANDONED HER FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD AT A LOCAL MOTEL. THE BOY WAS FOUND SATURDAY NIGHT IN A ROOM AT THE FAMILY INN’S WEST MOTEL ON THE PARKWAY. APPARENTLY, THE MOTHER TOLD THE CHILD THAT SHE WAS GOING TO THE STORE TO BUY CIGARETTES, BUT NEVER RETURNED. APPARENTLY, AUTHORITIES ALSO FOUND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA INSIDE THE MOTEL ROOM. THE CHILD WAS PLACED INTO THE CARE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES. A WARRANT HAS BEE ISSUED FOR 37 YEAR OLD MARGARET SPIROS, A WHITE FEMALE WITH BLONDE HAIR, APPROXIMATELY 5 FOOT SIX INCHES TALL AND WEIGHING ABOUT 145 POUNDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE PIGEON FORGE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT: 453 – 9063.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/18/2005
Sevierville man accused of molesting 8 year old.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A SEVIERVILLE MAN AND CHARGED HIM WITH THREE FELONY COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY. SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER GRAHAM OWNBY RESPONDED TO THE SEVIERVILLE HOME OF A WOMAN WHO CLAIMED THAT AN ACQUAINTANCE OF HERS, HAD SEXUALLY MOLESTED HER EIGHT YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. DETECTIVE KEVIN BUSH CONDUCTED AND INVESTIGATION AND SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED 28 YEAR OLD LLOYD COOPER OF SEVIERVILLE. COOPER IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL ON A TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/18/2005
Wreck in park sends motorcycle rider to U.T.
ANOTHER MOTORCYCLE WRECK INSIDE THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK THURSDAY AFTERNOON, SENT THE RIDER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 ABOUT HALF A MILE FROM NEWFOUND GAP, ON THE TENNESSEE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 441. THE 50 YEAR OLD UN-NAMED MALE RIDER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE SUGARLANDS VISITOR CENTRE AND THEN FLOWN TO U.T. WHERE HE IS LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/15/2005
Sevierville accident ties up traffic.
A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT THURSDAY MORNING IN SEVIERVILLE TIED UP TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. THE WRECK WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9 O CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE PARKWAY AND FORKS OF THE RIVER PARKWAY. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER TONY PRICE, A MINIVAN BEING DRIVEN BY 41 YEAR OLD DAPHNE BUSH OF LOUISVILLE TENNESSEE, COLLIDED WITH A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN 39 YEAR OLD DEBORAH JOHNSON OF POWELL, TENNESSEE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/15/2005
Sevier Co. School registration.
A SPECIAL PRE-REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD THIS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM NOON UNTIL 5, FOR ALL SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS WHOSE CHILDREN DID NOT ATTEND A SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL LAST SCHOOL YEAR, OR WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE NOT BEEN PRE-REGISTERED FOR KINDERGARTEN FOR THE 2005-2006 SCHOOL YEAR. STUDENTS ENTERING THE SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST TIME, MUST PROVIDE A CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE, A CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION AND A PRE-SCHOOL PHYSICAL. IF YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE YOU CHILD WILL ATTEND SCHOOL, PLEASE CALL : 453 – 3568.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/15/2005
Sevierville P.D. offers R.A.D. classes.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE SCHEDULED ANOTHER FREE “RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE CLASS” FOR WOMEN. THE CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 9TH, 16TH, AND 23RD AT THE SEVIERVILLE CIVIC CENTRE FROM 6 UNTIL 9 PM. THE PURPOSE OF THE CLASSES WILL BE TO DEVELOP AND ENHANCE SELF DEFENSE OPTIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL SERGEANT REBECCA COWAN AT: 453 – 7310 EXT. 3001.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/14/2005
Motorcycle wreck sends rider to U.T.
A MOTOR CYCLE WRECK ON THE SPUR WEDNESDAY MORNING SENT THE RIDER TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10 O CLOCK IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE SPUR NEAR FLAT BRANCH ROAD. ACCORDING TO PARK SPOKESPERSON NANCY GRAY, 25 YEAR OLD DWAYNE DWIGHT OF MANNHEIM PENNSYLVANIA, RECEIVED INJURIES TO HIS HEAD, CHEST AND SHOULDER. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND PARK RANGERS RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/14/2005
Power outage leads to arrest.
A SMALL POWER OUTAGE EARLY THIS MORNING LED TO THE ARREST OF A SEVIER COUNTY MAN. THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM STARTED TO RECEIVE CALLS JUST BEFORE 4:30, FROM CUSTOMERS IN THE GLEN HAVEN SUB DIVISION AREA ON RUTH LANE, JUST OF OFF ROBERT HENDERSON ROAD. WHEN A WORK CREW ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, THEY DISCOVERED THAT THE CAUSE OF THE OUTAGE WAS A CAR THAT HAT HIT A POWER POLE. THE UN-NAMED MALE DRIVER WAS TRANSPORTED TO FORT SANDERS SEVIER MEDICAL CENTRE WITH MINOR INJURIES. HE WILL ALSO LIKELY BE CHARGED WITH D.U.I. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/13/2005
Sevier co. man flown to U.T. after fall.
ANOTHER ACCIDENT IN SEVIER COUNTY JUST AFTER 3 O CLOCK, ALSO SENT THE VICTIM TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. APPARENTLY, 35 YEAR OLD LONNIE MAPLES FELL FROM A ROOF IN THE 500 BLOCK OF OLD COVERED BRIDGE ROAD. HE RECEIVED A HEAD INJURY AND VARIOUS OTHER CUTS AND BRUISES. A LANDING ZONE WAS SET UP AT THE WALTERS STATE CAMPUS IN SEVIERVILLE. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO THAT ACCIDENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/13/2005
Gatlinburg finds underground transformers.
A PUBLIC MEETING HELD IN GATLINBURG LAST NIGHT REGARDING PHASES FOUR AND FIVE OF THE UNDERGROUNDING AND STREETSCAPE PROJECT, BEGAN ON A POSITIVE NOTE WHEN RICK HARRELL FROM THE SEVIER COUNTY ELECTRIC SYSTEM, ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAD BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE A MANUFACTURER THAT COULD SUPPLY UNDERGROUND TRANSFORMERS FOR THE PROJECT. THE WORK IS SCHEDULED TO START AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/13/2005
Lawnmower accident sends victim to U.T.
A FREAK ACCIDENT TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN SEVIER COUNTY SENT A GATLINBURG MAN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE VIA LIFESTAR. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 12 NOON AT LAUREL POINT, JUST OFF OF SKI MOUNTAIN ROAD. ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN EDDIE RUPART WITH THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT, A MALE THAT WAS CUTTING HIS GRASS WITH A PUSH MOWER, SLIPPED AND FELL AND WAS CUT ON THE FOOT BY THE MOWER BLADE. THE UN-NAMED VICTIM LOST HIS BIG TOE AND PART OF ANOTHER. THE GATLINBURG FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/13/2005
Pigeon Forge reaches agreement with developer.
PIGEON FORGE CITY COMMISSIONERS MET LAST NIGHT AT CITY HALL, AND ANNOUNCED THAT A SETTLEMENT HAD BEEN REACHED WITH DEVELOPERS REGARDING 35 ACRES OF LAND THAT THE CITY WAS TRYING TO CONDEMN. THE CITY OF PIGEON FORGE HAS AGREED TO PAY THE RIVERWALK PARK DEVELOPERS, SEVENTEEN AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE 35 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED ON THE OLD JAKE THOMAS FARM PROPERTY. THE CITY WILL USE THE LAND TO BUILD A PARKING LOT AND TROLLEY HUB. THE DEVELOPERS WILL ALSO DONATE SEVEN AND A HALF ACRES OF LAND WHICH THE CITY WILL USE TO COMPLETE TWO NEW ROAD PROJECTS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/12/2005
Fire destroys trailer.
A FIRE LAST NIGHT DESTROYED A SEVIERVILLE HOME. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 10:30 IN THE 500 BLOCK OF RIDGE ROAD. PORTIONS OF RIDGE ROAD AND PARK ROAD WERE CLOSED WHILE FIRE FIGHTERS FOUGHT THAT BLAZE. ALTHOUGH HE TRAILER WAS A COMPLETE LOSS, LUCKILY, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE SEVIERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE, ALL RESPONDED TO THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/11/2005
Sevier Co. teacher killed in ATV accident.
FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD TODAY FOR 26 YEAR OLD JASON SHULTS, WHO DIED FOLLOWING AN ATV ACCIDENT THURSDAY EVENING. SHULTS AND HIS THREE YEAR OLD SON WERE FOUND IN A WOODED AREA JUST OFF OF SOAK ASH ROAD NEAR HIGHWAY 321. THE INFANT WAS FLOWN TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE, BUT APPARENTLY RECEIVED JUST MINOR INJURIES. JASON SHULTS WHO WAS A TEACHER AT PI BETA PHI ELEMENTARY, LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND SON.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/11/2005
Sevier Co. motel evacuated.
OVER 100 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM A SEVIER COUNTY MOTEL EARLY THURSDAY MORNING, AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT IN A THIRD STORY ROOM. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 3:30 AT THE RAMADA INN IN KODAK. THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED TO ONE ROOM BUT SEVERAL OTHER ROOMS RECEIVED SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM STARTED THAT BLAZE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/8/2005
ATV accident claims the life of rider.
A SEVIER COUNTY MAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING AN AT.V. ACCIDENT LAST NIGHT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 7 O CLOCK AT A WOODED AREA JUST OFF OF HIGHWAY 321 NEAR COBLY KNOB. THE UN-IDENTIFIED MALE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. A CHILD PASSENGER WAS APPARENTLY UN-INJURED. THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE GATLINBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THAT SCENE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/8/2005
Body found in Sevier Co.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAVE CHARGED A SEVIER COUNTY MAN WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER AFTER DISCOVERING A BODY YESTERDAY. THE DECEASED VICTIM HAS BEEN TENTATIVELY IDENTIFIED AS 32 YEAR OLD SHARON ACOSTA OF KNOXVILLE, WHO HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE JULY 1ST. THE BODY WAS FOUND BURIED AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE JUST OFF OF BOYD’S CREEK HIGHWAY. DETECTIVES WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THE SEVIER COUNTY HOME OF TERRY EDWIN JUSTUS. JUSTUS WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. HE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL. THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/8/2005
Sheriff's Dept. investigates overnight thefts.
OFFICIALS WITH THE SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF SEVERAL VEHICLES FROM NEW ERA ROAD OVERNIGHT. APPARENTLY, ONE JUVENILE HAS ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED AND AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A SECOND SUSPECT. THE STOLEN F-250 TRUCK, DUMP TRUCK AND CEMENT MIXER WERE ALL APPARENTLY RECOVERED ON CATE ROAD IN SEVIERVILLE. A GET-A-WAY VEHICLE WAS ALSO RECOVERED IN A NEARBY DITCH. WE WILL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/7/2005
Sevier Solid Waste receives state grant.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SEVIER SOLID WASTE WILL RECEIVE A FIFTY NINE THOUSAND AND SIXTY SIX DOLLAR GRANT FOR A PROGRAM THAT RECYCLES TIRES. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO HELP DIVERT WASTE TIRES FROM THE LAND FILL, AND USE THEM FOR ASPHALT PAVING, MOLDED RUBBER PRODUCTS AND TIRE DERIVED FUELS.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/7/2005
11 arrested during sobriety checkpoints.
SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT ROADBLOCKS SET UP IN SEVIER COUNTY DURING THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, LED TO THE ARREST OF ELEVEN PEOPLE. TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR DUI AT A ROAD BLOCK ON HIGHWAY 441 NEAR THE SEVIERVILLE CITY LIMITS, AND A FURTHER NINE DRIVERS WERE CHARGED WITH DUI AT A ROAD BLOCK ON THE SPUR.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/6/2005
Four vehicle wreck sends two to UT.
A FOUR VEHICLE CHAIN REACTION WRECK IN SEVIERVILLE TUESDAY MORNING SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE UT MEDICAL CENTRE. THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:30 IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 66 NEAR THE RAY L. REAGAN BRIDGE. ACCORDING TO SEVIERVILLE POLICE OFFICER MATT AYERS, A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 20 YEAR OLD MICHAEL MCMAHAN OF CLINTON, STRUCK THE REAR OF A VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 60 YEAR OLD LARRY TEMPLETON OF RINGGOLD, GEORGIA. THAT COLLISION APPARENTLY CAUSED TEMPLETON’S VAN TO HIT A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN BY 37 YEAR OLD KIMBERLY GARRETT OF STRAWBERRY PLAINS AND A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 24 YEAR OLD LEONA BURKE OF KNOXVILLE. TEMPLETON AND HIS WIFE LINDA, WERE BOTH TRANSPORTED TO U.T. MCMAHAN WAS CITED FOR THE UNSAFE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE. THE SEVIERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SEVIER COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE ALL RESPONDED TO THAT WRECK.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/6/2005
Gatlinburg fire chief resigns.
GATLINBURG FIRE CHIEF GARY WEST HAS RESIGNED HIS POSITION TO BECOME A FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICE. WEST WAS APPOINTED FIRE CHIEF IN JULY OF 2001. HIS LAST DAY WILL BE AUGUST 15TH. NO WORD YET ON A POSSIBLE REPLACEMENT.
Reported By Steve Hartford
7/6/2005