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PFPD investigating fatal shooting
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PIGEON FORGE — Police here are investigating a fatal shooting discovered on Sugar Hollow Road Monday morning.

Officers found 33-year-old Jeremy Lowe dead at a home in the 200 block of Sugar Hollow shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, according to information released by Chief Richard Catlett.

PFPD was dispatched to the location after getting a report of a shooting.

Detectives are in the early stages of their investigation, but have detained a person of interest in the case, Catlett said.

Sugar Hollow runs between the Parkway and Ridge Road. The 200 block appears to be closer to the Parkway, according to Google Maps.

PFPD was not releasing additional information on the investigation Tuesday.

It was the second shooting in as many months in the town.

Police are still looking for information on a nonfatal shooting at a home behind Boss Hoggs BBQ on Wears Valley Road.

Nineteen-year-old Evan McGahee, of Pigeon Forge, had been visiting friends at the house. He was in the driveway outside the home when he was shot, police said. Emergency responders took him to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound, and he has since been released, Catlett said.

McGahee was not able to identify the shooter, and police are still investigating the case.

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Retired Marine opens Battery Plus
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SEVIERVILLE

A former U.S. Marine is a new Sevierville businessman, bringing Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, lightbulb, key fob and phone repair franchise to 207 Forks of the River Parkway. The store opens Dec. 6.

“I saw the essential service Batteries Plus provides and wanted to bring it to Sevierville,” said franchise owner Robert Roskowski. “I’m excited to contribute to a community that means so much to me; the past six years here made it truly feel like home. It felt like the right time for me to help the people of Sevierville in a new way.”

His time in the Marines prepared him for taking a leadership role.

“I think it gives you the skills to lead even at a small level like this with only five or six employees,” he said.

Roskowski spent eight years in the Marine Corps serving in Afghanistan. He earned a Purple Heart for his time overseas and is now a part of the Wounded Warriors Project.

Roskowski did two enlistments. He was in Afghanistan in 2011 when he suffered the injuries that earned him his Purple Heart.

“While I was on foot patrol one of my guys stepped on an IED and lost both his legs and six fingers. I injured my back and suffered a traumatic brain injury,” Roskowski said.

He later was sent as a recruiter to Chattanooga before medically retiring from the Marines. He came to Sevier County after being hired as a Pigeon Forge police officer.

Batteries Plus Sevierville will provide residents with services for their automotive needs, such as free car battery testing and installations on most vehicles, and help keep their cell phone, key fob, laptop, and tablet batteries lasting longer and more efficiently.

Each staff member has experience working with top brands and operating systems to give the best inspection for a device, including phone repair for broken and cracked screens. Also offering a range of products, such as automotive batteries (ATV, snowmobile, motorcycle, car, marine, and golf cart), chargers, cell phone batteries, phone essentials, SLA batteries, alkaline batteries, and generators.

They will have two spots at curbside to help customers with pickups and their battery needs.

To celebrate the opening of the new store, Batteries Plus will be hosting a grand opening event on Jan. 6.

It’s a true family affair. Roskowski is operating the store with wife Kristen and uncle Wayne Patterson, his assistant manager.

Roskowski and Kristen are high school sweethearts with son Kolten and daughters Raelyn and Riley. The couple believe they’ll make a great team as they serve Sevier County.

Roskowski said he was inspired to look into a franchise after looking for a battery for a golf cart he purchased from another police officer. He was impressed with the store he visited in Knoxville.

“Batteries Plus is great. It is an extended family. They are all supportive,” Roskowski said.

Founded in 1988 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus has become the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb and smartphone/tablet repair company.

To find out more information about the new Sevierville location, visit www.batteriesplus.com or call them at 865-365-4213.


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Northview Thanksgiving Parade
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SEVIERVILLE — Northview Primary School along with students from Northview Intermediate School held a Thanksgiving Day parade led by students on Nov. 23.

Students from each grade were challenged to create a float that they could hold, pull, or wear. Those who participated were then able to show off their creation in a parade for teachers, staff and fellow students to watch.

Each float consisted of their own unique and different theme such as fall or winter, while others were fan favorites such as movie themed or school themed.

The judging panel consisted of Arrowmont and two County Commissioners Aaron Foster and Mike Hillard.

After much deliberation a first, second, and third place winner was chosen from each grade, and an overall school winner was chosen.

In Pre-K, 1st was Kallie Mitchell and 2nd was Elaine Franklin. In Kindergarten, in 1st was Case Williams, 2nd Brason Blankenship, and 3rd Knox Miller. In first grade, 1st was Lizzy Franklin, 2nd Cain Lorosa, and 3rd Lena Alt. In second grade, 1st was Jace Gaddis, 2nd Brantley Andreas, 3rd Aubrey Hill. In third grade, 1st was Vincent Schell, 2nd Christina Andreas, and 3rd Canton Furtado. And the overall school winner was Violet Holden.

“The kids keep amazing me with all their creative designs. I am blown away each month at all the hard work that is going into these projects. We had over 150 projects turned in this month,” said teacher Cassie Cate.

The floats created were part of the monthly challenge presented to the students through STEM.

Northview Primary wants to thank all the judges who came out and had the hardest job of choosing winners.


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Event to honor victims of homicide, survivors held Dec. 2
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NASHVILLE — Holidays can be a difficult time for families missing their loved ones, and particularly for victims and survivors of homicide.

That’s why federal, state and local public safety officials have hosted “Tennessee Season to Remember” every year since 2003 to honor and remember victims and survivors of homicide.

This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, the virtual event will be livestreamed from First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville at 5:30 p.m. (CST), Thursday, Dec. 2.

The ceremony can be viewed on First Baptist Church’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/firstbaptistchurchnashville.

Scheduled speakers include Gov. Bill Lee (taped recording), former First Lady Andrea Conte, the founder of Tennessee Season to Remember, and Lisa Baker, this year’s keynote speaker, whose husband Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker was murdered while on duty on May 30, 2018.

Traditionally, families from across Tennessee have gathered and placed ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones during this annual event and the wreaths are displayed in the Tennessee State Capitol throughout the holiday season.

This year, names will be read aloud during this special ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tennessee State Capitol and Korean Veterans Bridge will also be lit in purple to honor this event and homicide victims.

Vocalist Jill Colucci, a multi-platinum award-winning songwriter, whose songs have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, will provide musical entertainment.

The Tennessee Board of Parole, Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the office of Secretary of State Tre Hargett, the office of State Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, the office of State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr., Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration’s Office of Criminal Justice Programs, Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, and the Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR) are working together on this year’s event.

Also providing support are victim advocacy groups You Have the Power and Tennessee Voices for Victims, U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Tennessee and the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office.

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Federal trial date for ex clerks pushed back
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KNOXVILLE — It will be a while before two former deputy clerks from Sevier County see their day in court, after they both asked for a continuance in federal proceedings against them so they can review evidence including some that came from wiretaps.

Brandy Thornton and Roberta Lynn Webb-Allen are both facing charges of interference with commerce in federal court.

They are accused of taking cash and gifts in return for providing clean registration on cars that had been stolen in other states and brought to Sevier County.

Sevier County Clerk Karen Cotter dismissed both of them from their positions as deputy clerks after their arrests earlier this year.

Court documents indicate both women asked for the trial to be postponed while they review the prosecution’s evidence against them.

Webb-Allen’s defense team received the initial set of documents Oct. 14, according to court records.

“Supplemental discovering containing a significant number of wiretaps (was received) on Oct. 25,” attorney Greg Isaacs said.

“Additionally, the United States has noted that some evidence may still be forthcoming.”

Magistrate Judge Debra Poplin noted the prosecution had not offered any objection to rescheduling the trial, moving it from December to May 3.

The two are also facing charges in Sevier County Circuit Court.

Thornton is charged in multiple indictments with forgery, criminal simulation, three counts of bribery, six counts of official misconduct, and two counts of tampering with records.

Webb-Allen is charged with four counts of tampering with records and two counts each of forgery, criminal simulation, and official misconduct.

Their next appearance there is currently set for next February.

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