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Rape case against ex-Claiborne Co. school employee moves forward

(WBIR) The case against a former Claiborne County Schools employee, accused of buying beer for a 13-year-old boy and having sex with him, will move forward.

Michelle Lynn Cox, 43, waived her preliminary hearing, which means her case will go to the grand jury.

Her next court date is set for the morning of Feb. 24. She remains free on bond.

Cox worked as the school nutrition field manager and resigned in June.

Paulette firefighters defend new financial policy

Paulette volunteer firefighters are defending a new method of staying afloat financially. Fire Chief Daniel Rice spoke at Monday night's Union County commission meeting about their new membership fee system.

Commissioners called Rice up to discuss this new system. He said it is a membership fee of $75 a year for residents, and $150 a year per commercial building.

This fee is an optional fee for people who live in the jurisdiction of the Paulette Fire Department. It helps with the upkeep of the fire department's services.

Hookah lounge uses different game plan to attract customers

(WBIR-Cumberland Gap) A new business in historic Cumberland Gap is drawing more college students into town.

GameDay Hookah opened in September.

Traditionally, hookah lounges have more of an Arab feel; but Knoxville's Anthony Cespedes had a different game plan.

He decided to make his into a sports lounge.

Administrators: Grainger Co. jail rebuilding from the bottom

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Bean Station police stop wrong-way driver

It happened around 11 o'clock Thursday morning on Highway 25-E. It started when someone noticed a red pick-up truck driving north in the southbound lane.

An officer caught up with the truck and tried to get the driver to stop, but he wouldn't. The pursuit continued until officers boxed in the truck, broke out the driver's side window and turned off the truck.

Paramedics took the driver to a local hospital to be treated.

TBI: Sheriff's son among Grainger Co. jailers facing charges

Update Friday, Jan. 10:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed the son of Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel is among five former workers at the Grainger County Detention Center facing various charges stemming from a TBI investigation.

Jacob Scott Layel is charged with official misconduct and theft under $500.

District Attorney General James Dunn said in a press release that the grand jury indicted Layel along with Joshua C. Bumgardner, Jessie Cummings, Tylor M. Farrow, and Michael A. Sane following TBI's investigation.

Former inmates suing Grainger County on rape allegations

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(WBIR) Three former inmates of the Grainger County Detention Facility are suing on allegations they were repeatedly raped by a guard.

The Bowlin Law Firm in Morristown filed the multi-million dollar suit on behalf of the former inmates.