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Former Newport alderwoman Kathy Holt admitted she was part of a plot to serve as a fence for drugs Monday. Local 8 Now reports that Holt pleaded guilty in Cocke County Circuit Court to three counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Holt was sentenced to eight years of probation as part of a plea deal. Holt's husband, former Newport Police Department Detective, Capt. James Holt, their son, Kenneth Treece Myers and Newport Police Department Capt. Roger Lynn Shults were charged in connection with James Holt's plot to use drug addicts to steal items to stock the Pit Stop store he and his wife owned. Kathy Holt was a Newport alderwoman at the time. She was removed from office after allegedly lying about her address on her nominating petition to retain her seat earlier this year. James Holt has pleaded guilty to related federal charges and is serving a 90-month sentence. Myers and Shults face trial in May. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).
CCHS Student Brittney Stubbs, participated in the Reba Bacon High School Student Art Contest in Cookeville. The reception and awards presentation was on Sunday, March 8 at the Cumberland Art Society Gallery. She brought home three (3) awards! She received a 4th place in Pencil drawing, 3rd place in Colored Pencil and 1st place in 3-D Sculpture.
Crab Orchard Elementary would like to recognize and congratulate Teachers of the Year, K-5 Mrs. Creshia Hillis and 6-8 Mrs. Jennifer DeHart. Mrs. Hillis has taught at COE for 19 years, she has taught kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Mrs. DeHart has taught for six years, she has taught 5th, 6th, and 8th grades and mostly reading/language arts. Crab Orcharrd Elementary is very proud to have these ladies at COE and know that both are valuable assets.
Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox took time out of his busy schedule to channel his inner “Cat in The Hat” as the special guest reader at Family Reading Night on March 12th at Brown Elementary. Students enjoyed Dr. Seuss-themed refreshments and reading books written by the beloved children's author/illustrator Dr. Seuss. Participating children chose a new book to take home, as well as Cat in the Hat pencils and bookmarks.
Teachers Jennifer Cox, Valarie Roberts, Jamie Hill, Beverly Turner, and Assistant Principal Dawn Hall have been added to the list of Brown Elementary educators named to the Renaissance Empowered Educator National Honor Roll for outstanding performance in optimizing student growth and advancing achievement in reading. In addition, Mrs. Hall has received the distinction of being named to the Renaissance National Honor Roll for exemplary implementation of Accelerated Math.