Oneida, TN (2010-11-29) Two Oneida men were arrested last week following an investigation into a theft at discount store in Oneida. According to arrest warrants filed by Cpl. Gerry “Greasey” Garrett of the Oneida Police Department, Jacob Justin Slaven, 27, and Adam J. Norris, 23, both of Oneida, were arrested on November 23, 2010 following an investigation into the theft of a laptop computer from Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Oneida on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Slaven, stated the warrant, was linked to the theft following his arrest on Sunday, November 21, 2010 on separate theft charges. Oneida Police Chief Darryl Laxton reportedly identified Slaven from video surveillance footage from the store. In the video, Norris is allegedly seen helping Slaven remove the laptop from a display in the store. Slaven, stated the warrant, was the person who actually carried the computer out of the business. Slaven and Norris were both charged with theft of property valued at more than $500.
Oneida, TN (2010-11-29) Thanks to the generous efforts of Scott County residents, over thirteen hundred suffering children worldwide will enter the New Year with new hope. Scott County residents joined Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, to pack 1335 shoe boxes with simple items most people take for granted, including toothpaste, toys and school supplies (923 were collected at the Scott County Collection site while 412 were collected at other collection centers from Scott County organizations). The shoe boxes will soon be hand-delivered to hurting children around the world using whatever means necessary—sea containers, helicopters, boats, camels…even dog sleds! “In spite of the unstable economic climate, people gave generously to the world’s largest Christmas project has an ongoing tally of over a million shoe box gifts being collected from caring U.S. families, schools, churches and community groups,” stated Jessica H. Chambers, local organizer for the event. “On behalf of our community, I would like to thank the local collection sites, volunteers and everyone who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box gift,” she added. “These simple gift-filled shoe boxes communicate to hurting children that they are loved and not forgotten,” Chambers concluded. Though the Scott County drop-off location is closed until November 2011, shoe boxes are still being accepted. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607. To get involved, you may go online to www.samaritanspurse.org or call (423) 539-1112.
Huntsville, TN (2010-11-27) Thanksgiving is usually a time of rest and relaxation, but his holiday weekend, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department took the opportunity to turn up the heat on a couple of repeat offenders that were on the lam. Jesse Dwayne Perry, 26, of Oneida and Joseph D. Winnie, 25, of Pioneer, were both taken into custody early Saturday morning by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department on outstanding warrants. Winnie, stated authorities, had been on the run for months, while Perry had failed to appear in court on theft charges lodged against him in October. According to an arrest warrant from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Winnie was wanted for violation of probation on several charges, including domestic assault and evading arrest (two counts), which dated back to May 2008. Since that conviction, Winnie has allegedly eluded authorities on several occasions, failed to appear in court on evading arrest charges, and failed to report to his probation officer. The court issued a capais warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on March 10, 2010. Later that month, his probation officer petitioned the court for revocation of his probation. Since then, Winnie had been on the run. Winnie is being held in the Scott County Jail without bond. Authorities allege Perry, along with two others, burglarized an Annadale home in October. The trio allegedly took and sold several pieces of jewelry. Perry was picked-up on outstanding charges of aggravated burglary and theft of over $1,000. He is being held in the Scott County Jail under a $25,000 secure bond.
Jefferson City, TN (2010-11-26) A Scott High football standout has been tapped to play in the annual East-West All-Star football classic. A prolific Oneida running back has been chosen an alternate for the game. Scott High School’s Jacob Sexton was among the top high school seniors chosen to play in the fourth annual Toyota East vs. West All-Star Classic at Carson Newman College on December 11, 2010. Sexton, best known for his prowess at quarterback for the Highlanders, was selected to play for the East team; however, Sexton will be catching passing instead of throwing them. Sexton, a 6-2, 185 pound senior, is one of six players chosen to play Wide Receiver in the game. Sexton will share playing time with Desmund Horne (5-11, 175), of Maryville; Steven Isom (6-2, 180), of Alcoa; Keenan Hale (6-2, 185), of McCallie – (SYRACUSE); Ron Durbin (6-2, 190), of Gatlinburg Pittman; and Kelvin Clay (6-1, 171), of Red Bank. Parrish Gaines (6-3, 185), of Smyrna was chosen an alternate. Sexton wasn’t the only local player mentioned. Oneida’s Sam Woodard was also chosen an alternate for the East team, an outstanding honor for the AA player. In the event any of the other three players chosen for the team are unable to make the game, Woodard, a 6-2, 195 senior will be tapped to play Safety. This year’s list of players includes three Duke commitments, six players committed to sign with Southeastern Conference schools and a number of other Division I schools including Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Syracuse. Nearly a dozen players who were finalists for Mr. Football Awards have agreed to play in the game. “We’re very excited about the list of players who have committed to play in this year’s game,” said Bill Marbet, executive director of the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association, the event’s sponsoring organization. “Coaches and players alike all across the state consider this to be the premier game of its kind in Tennessee and we’re extremely proud to have such an outstanding list of players who have accepted an invitation to play in our game,” he added. Besides the early commitments and Mr. Football finalists, several other outstanding players have agreed to play in the prestigious game. Anderson County QB Tanner Williams, who has virtually rewritten the record book for passing yardage, and C.A.K.’s Quinn Epperly will battle for signal caller duties on the East team. Williams had a banner senior campaign with more than 3,700 yards through the air for the Mavericks. Epperly threw for 2,324 yards as a senior. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 12:30 (EST). It will be carried live by WVLT-8 in Knoxville.
Nashville, TN (2010-11-24) Once again, the percentage of unemployed people in Scott County is greater than any other county in the state. While still high, the jobless rate did decline in October; however, it remained 3.5 percent higher than the county with the second highest rate. According to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Workforce and Labor Development, the unemployment rate in Scott County for October was 19.0 percent, an 0.8 percentage point reduction from the September revised rate of 19.8 percent. Of the county’s labor force of 8,060 people, 6,530 had jobs in October. The balance, 1,530 were looking for a job. A year ago, the jobless rate in Scott County was 17.6 percent. In those east Tennessee counties that border Scott, two reported higher rates, two remain unchanged and one decrease. Anderson and Morgan counties each reported slight increase in joblessness in October. Anderson County’s unemployment rate inched up 0.3 percentage point last month, rising to 8.4 percent. In Morgan County, the jobless rate climbed 0.2 percentage points to 10.5 percent. Campbell and Pickett County’s unemployment rates remained unchanged over the month; staying at 11.2 and 13.0 percent respectively. Fentress County had the only decline in joblessness, reporting an October rate of 10.5 percent, a 0.3 percentage point decline. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October showed that the rate decreased in 43 counties, increased in 38 counties and remained the same in 14. Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.1 percent, up from the September rate of 6.0 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest, followed by Marshall County at 15.5 percent, down from the September rate of 15.6 percent. Hardeman County was third with a jobless rate of 14.7 percent. Lauderdale County and Maury County rounded out the top five, reporting October rates of 14.4 and 13.7 percent respectively. Others in the top ten included: Henderson County, 13.7; Carroll County, 13.5; Perry County, 13.4; Hancock County, 13.3; and Lawrence County, 13.2 percent. Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in September. Hamilton County was 7.8 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Davidson County was 8.7 percent, down from 9.1 percent, and Shelby County was 9.8 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from September.
Ringgold, GA (2010-11-24) A former Scott County man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Georgia Sunday night. Gary Eugene Burress, Jr., age 30, of Cohutta, Georgia was reportedly killed Sunday evening when his motorcycle struck an oncoming car. According to published reports, Burress was riding his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 41 near downtown Ringgold around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night, when he allegedly attempted to improperly pass another vehicle. Burress’ motorcycle reportedly struck a Hyundai Accent head on. Locally, Burress is survived by his mother, Joy K. Taylor, and a sister, Aneisa Hope Burress, both of Helenwood.
Knoxville, TN (2010-11-23) This year’s loss to the Kentucky Wildcats ends a seven year winning streak for Volunteer fans in Medic Regional Blood Center’s Battle of the Orange and Blue. “There real winners in this friendly competition are the area hospitals that can rest assure they will have adequate inventory heading into the holiday season,” states Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokesperson. However, the traveling trophy will leave Knoxville and settle in Lexington for the next year. The holiday season proves to be a difficult time for blood banks nationwide as donations tend to decline this time of year. Medic would like to encourage everyone to please get in the spirit of giving and don’t forget about giving the ‘gift of life’ this time of year! Donors are welcome at one of two fixed sites: 1601 Ailor Avenue near downtown Knoxville or 11000 Kingston Pike behind Pittsburgh Paints in Farragut. Medic’s Bloodmobile will be in Scott County at St. Mary’s Medical Center of Scott County, 18797 Alberta St., Monday, November 29, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds (16 year-olds weighing 120 pounds can donate but MUST have parental consent) and all donors must have positive identifications. Medic is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 21 counties and 27 area hospitals.
Oneida, TN (2010-11-22) Two Oneida men have been arrested on theft charges by the Oneida Police Department. Robert M. Sexton, 31, and Leonard Phillips, 24, both of Oneida were arrested last week on theft charges following an investigation into a home burglary in south Oneida. According to an arrest warrant filed by Officer Blake Murphy of the Oneida Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department recovered a stolen television from Sexton on November 15, 2010. Upon further investigation, the television was linked to a home burglary on North Lake Drive in Oneida. When questioned by Cpl. Gerry “Greasey” Garrett of the Oneida Police Department, Sexton allegedly admitted to the crime. Sexton further implicated Phillips, claiming that both went to the home on November 15, 2010 and took the 42” television, along with a Wii game console, a Parker crossbow and a Bear compound bow. Furthermore, the pair allegedly sold the stolen television to a couple in west Oneida for $300, who bought it believing Phillips need the money to pay a utility bill. Sexton and Phillips were each charged with aggravated burglary and theft of over $500.
Nashville, TN (2010-11-19) With millions of Americans hitting the roads this holiday season, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be kicking up its Thanksgiving Day enforcement from 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 24 through midnight Sunday, November 28. State Troopers, who will also be conducting a 12-hour “C.A.R.E. Across Tennessee” campaign from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 24, have a message for motorists traveling through the state – “Let your little light shine.” To participate in the C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement) safe driving campaign, drivers are encouraged to travel with their headlights on to indicate their commitment for safe driving, seat belt usage, and traffic law compliance. In addition, State Troopers will be assigned to every 10-mile stretch of road on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of travel on Interstate 40. “In addition to the Thanksgiving Day Holiday Weekend enforcement, our State Troopers are covering a large portion of the interstate to ensure motorists are obeying the law and wearing seat belts, especially,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “We want to increase our visibility and remind everyone to start the holidays off on the right foot and buckle up on every trip.” Although safety belt usage climbed to 87 percent in 2010, more than 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in Tennessee traffic crashes were not wearing a safety belt in 2009. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on any given day about 38 passenger vehicle occupants who are not buckled up are killed in motor vehicle crashes. Research shows that it is almost nine times safer to wear your safety belt every time you get in the car. “Our C.A.R.E. campaign and holiday enforcement is a chance for motorists to stand in solidarity with us by turning on their headlights to send a strong message that if you are not wearing a seatbelt, or driving aggressively or drunk, and displaying a total disregard for the law and human life, will not be tolerated,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. “We want everyone traveling through Tennessee and beyond to get to their destination safely.” Ten people were killed in eight fatal crashes on Tennessee roads during the 2009 Thanksgiving Holiday, 102-hour period. That is the same number as 2008 and fewer than the 13 people who died in 2007. Five of the seven vehicle occupants who were killed during the 2009 Thanksgiving Holiday weekend were not wearing safety restraints. NHTSA statistics show that those least likely to buckle up are teens; young adults; males; nighttime riders; motorists traveling on rural roads; and individuals traveling in pickup trucks. In 2009 alone, over 11,500 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants lost their lives on U.S. roadways. “The ultimate goal is to boost seat belt usage and save lives,” added Colonel Trott. “Don’t let this joyful holiday turn into a tragedy by failing to buckle up – Click it or Ticket.” Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent. As of November 18th, preliminary statistics indicate that 934 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2010, an increase of 61 deaths compared to 873 fatalities at this same time a year ago. Statewide, fatalities are up this year after a year in 2009 when fatalities fell to their lowest level since 1963. Many of the deaths could have easily been prevented by simply buckling a seatbelt. “All it takes is a couple of seconds to buckle your seatbelt,” said Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. “If people would take this one simple and easy step before they get in a vehicle, Tennessee fatalities could be reduced significantly.” The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is (www.TN.Gov/safety) to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.
Nashville, TN (2010-11-18) Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley announced today Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October was 9.4 percent, unchanged from the September rate. The national unemployment rate for October 2010 was 9.6 percent, unchanged from the September rate. “For the second month in a row Tennessee has an unemployment rate lower than the national average,” said Labor Commissioner James Neeley. “Job increases are becoming much more diverse across industries with most private sector industries showing job growth in the past year.” According to the Business Survey, trade, transportation, and utilities increased by 3,700 jobs; professional & business services increased by 3,300 jobs; and local government educational services increased by 2,500 jobs. Major employment decreases occurred in leisure and hospitality, down by 3,900; nondurable goods manufacturing declined by 1,300; and Federal government declined by 600 jobs. Year-over-year increases occurred in professional & business services, up by 10,700; trade, transportation, & utilities gained 8,700; and educational & health services were up by 8,700. Year-over-year decreases occurred in government, down by 3,400; information lost 2,900; and finance & insurance decreased by 2,500.