This County history is prior to 1994.
Newport 4 in Cocke County was chartered in 1805 by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina and Tennessee, founded by prominent men, and was represented in the Convention at Knoxville by Judge Edward Scott who became the first Grand Secretary. Represented by proxy at the Annual Communication 1817 and registering its vote against the removal of the Grand Lodge to Nashville, it was never again represented in the Grand Lodge, held no further meetings and eventually surrendered its Charter, having never exchanged its North Carolina Charter for a Tennessee Charter. Newport remained without a Masonic Lodge for forty years, when in 1854, Newport 234 was chartered and is still active. Del Rio 690, chartered 1919, consolidated with Newport 234 in 1965. Newport Chapter160, chartered 1904, surrendered its Charter in 1942.