East Tennessee News

Union County school board votes to keep new students enrolled in virtual academy

New numbers released by the state health department show more people in Tennessee are dying of drug overdoses than anything else.


Stolen vehicle recovered from Cherokee Lake in Hamblen County

The Hamblen County Sheriff's Office, with the help of a resident, recovered a stolen vehicle from Cherokee Lake Tuesday.


Church and volunteers working to clear land, build house for Jefferson County couple in need

The other day, Pastor Glen Dockins told Jake there's still some leveling off to do on his property that's been cleared of debris so far.


New Tennessee law allows public access to life-saving overdose drug

For the second year in a row, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.


Memorial Convenient Care to hold open house Saturday

The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees held a recent meeting of Chapter 860 at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church.


Weekend Watch: Kids Jamboree, Bugs-Travaganza Plan your weekend with...

Jodie Manross will perform during an event promoting reading and literacy at the Knoxville Zoo on Aug. 2. Celebrate summer reading with a "Kids Jamboree" 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Knoxville Zoo.


Candidates Vye For Hamilton County District 1 Commission Seat

With a little under two weeks until the general election, candidates are making a last minute push in hopes of gaining voter attention.


Funeral Thursday for 3-year-old drowning victim Funeral services will ...

Funeral services for a 3-year-old girl who drowned Saturday evening in a residential swimming pool in Roane County will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday at Antioch Baptist Church in Clinton.


Road Closure In Whitfield County August 4-5

Ricky Dr., between Haigmill Road NW and Sharondale Dr., will be closed on Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a cross drain replacement.


Royston exercises her new right to vote

The right to vote is one of our most important rights as American citizens but also one that many people take for granted.


Mysterious "Woman in Black" Roams Roadsides from Georgia to Ohio

Like an urban legend sprung to life, a quiet, mysterious woman shrouded entirely in flowing black clothing has been spotted walking on roadsides all along the Appalachian U.S. in recent weeks.


Man loses leg in motorcycle accident

The photo above is what it looked like on Greenwood Drive in Washington County, Tennessee around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.


James Franco Takes His Directorial Meat Cleaver to Cormac McCarthy's 'Child of God'

What did we do to deserve James Franco? A good actor who sees himself as director, writer, poet, artist, visionary and God only knows what else, he thinks he's Orson Welles.


Knox County Schools: TCAP scores flat, tests don't align with Common Core

The TSA is taking a new approach to fixing those long lines at security checkpoints.


Man arrested after he stabs himself in traffic Man charged after he...

Atinia Jacky, 21, Morristown, was charged with reckless endangerment, impeding traffic, no drivers license and violation of the financial responsibility law, according to the Morristown Police Department.


Keith Carter Was Man Shot In Knee On W. 38th Street; Still Won't Cooperate With Police

The man shot at 262 West 38 th St., on Monday afternoon was 22-year-old Keith Carter.


Last two days to enter for chance to win $1,000 Would you like an...

Enter our "Summer Road Trip" sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000 or a getaway for two to the Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg area.


Storms hit county with vengeance

Johnson County as well as surrounding areas were hit by devastating storms Sunday evening.


Johnson County offers multiple ways for volunteers to serve

Tennessee has been known as The Volunteer State since The War of 1812. Being known as The Volunteer State, it is no surprise that Tennesseans have a great spirit of community and longing to help others.


Good morning! Herea s what you could doa

The Blount County Public Library in Maryville will have stories, songs, puppets, coloring, and crafts for kiddos ages 2 and under this morning at 10:30.


Community Leaders Invited To Apply For Medical Society Mini-Internship Program

Community leaders interested in getting a firsthand perspective on health care from the physician's perspective are invited to apply for the 2014 Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society Mini-Internship Program.


It's Hump Day, and there are things to do! Drop in on a book...

If you're a Lee Smith fan, drop in on The Bookaholics reading group at noon today at Union Ave. Books, 517 Union Ave. They'll be discussing Smith's "Guests on Earth."


Brickbat: I Can't Hear You

Members of the Greene County, Tennessee, Industrial Development Board weren't using microphones.


Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw - Respected By Bradley County Juvenile Department

Juvenile Judge Rob Philyaw has earned the respect of Bradley County Juvenile Court Staff by reaching out and sharing ideas and resources with the purpose of becoming more efficient in dealing with juvenile offenses and the rising drug problems facing our youth in southeast Tennessee.


Hardwick Clothes celebrates

There were probably very few on the front lawn of Hardwick Clothes Monday morning who have ever heard the names of Milton Ager and Jack Yellen.


Woman honored by Mayor Burchett on her 100th birthday

A Seymour boy is still recovering at UT Medical Center after being attacked by a pit bull Monday night.


Blount County boy attacked by pit bull gets hospital visit from another victim

A Seymour boy is still recovering at UT Medical Center after being attacked by a pit bull Monday night.


Collegedale Family Loses Home To Fire Tuesday Afternoon

A Collegedale family will be staying with family and friends Tuesday night after losing their house to a fire Tuesday afternoon.


Sheriff candidate can serve if elected despite recent setback

Monroe County sheriff's candidate, Randy White, can hold the office if he's elected on August 7th, even though the state said it should not have ever Sheriff candidate can serve if elected despite recent setback Monroe County sheriff's candidate, Randy White, can hold the office if he's elected on August 7th, even though the state said it should ... (more)


Weekend Storm Destroys Homes in Tennessee; No Injuries Reported

Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said.


Plan implementation urged by Peak-Jones

SPCA Board President Betti Gravelle moved to dismiss SPCA county animal shelter director Bobbi Anderson at Monday night's emergency board meeting, but the two will now find themselves working together for at least the next 30 days.


Longtime friends run against each other for district attorney general

Fighting words... smear campaigns... and dirty politics all come with election season.


6 On Your Side Answers: What do I need to buy for my college-bound child?

Nathan McCollum, 31, is wanted by the Tennessee Department of Corrections and TBI for violation of probation for attempted aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, violation of an order of protection and several theft and traffic charges.


Group seeks deal on virtual school decision Parents of Tennessee...

Parents of Tennessee Virtual Academy students, Union County's school superintendent and two state legislators urged top officials of Gov. Bill Haslam's administration to rescind a move to block enrollment of 626 new students at the state's first for-profit online school.


Longtime friends run against each other for district attorney general

Fighting words... smear campaigns... and dirty politics all come with election season.


Women Entrepreneur Symposium To Be Held Tuesday

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Honorary WE Chairperson, invites all women entrepreneurs to a symposium featuring Sloane Scott, a.k.a. the "Digital Diva" of FLO Thinkery, as the keynote speaker, and a panel discussion led by some of the best and brightest women in business.


Lenoir City man killed in I-40 crash Criminal charges are pending in...

Loudon County firefighters try to extinguish a burning tractor-trailer Tuesday, July 29, 2014, on Interstate 40 East between the Lenoir City exit and the Interstate 75 split.


Phone Scam Targets Local Seniors

Authorities do not know if they are connected, but beware the call from somebody, claiming to be from your local sheriff's department.


Longtime friends run against each other for district attorney general

Fighting words... smear campaigns... and dirty politics all come with election season.


TBI: Have you seen this WANTED Fugitive in Tennessee?

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new fugitive on TBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list, Nathan Lennon McCollum.


KUB: Power should be restored to most customers by Tuesday night

In Tennessee's Third Congressional district, illegal immigration has become a hot topic of the campaign.


Tornado destruction in Sullivan County

EMA Director Jim Bean says 20 homes in Sullivan County were affected by the storm causing around $775,000 worth of damage.


Vandals may have accidentally damaged historic headstones

Police in one East Tennessee county are looking for the person or people who may have accidentally damaged dozens of historic headstones.


Child attacked by dog

A pet dog was quarantined after it allegedly attacked an 8- year-old child Saturday evening.


Teacher Supply Depot gets $20K in donations The Knox County...

The Knox County Schools/PTA Teacher Supply Depot received two "unprecedented" donations, thanks to the "largest jackpot in Tennessee Lottery history" that was announced last month.


Knoxville man killed in North Knox motorcycle crash

A Knoxville man was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday morning in North Knox County.


Grocery store wine will be on ballot in Maryville & AlcoaGrocery...

The Blount County Election Commission confirms that they have verified enough signatures to get the measure on the ballots in Maryville and Alcoa.


UnifiEd Releases School Board Candidate Survey

With just over one week to go before election day, UnifiEd - described as "a community-led movement of parents, teachers, and citizens who want every student in Hamilton County to have the chance to attend great public schools" - has released initial results from its first-ever school board candidate survey.


Habitat owners giving back with home fundraiser

A GROUP OF HOMEOWNERS who have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland for their own American Dream of quality, decent housing are organizing a "Carnival and Sing-Off" fundraiser at Oak Grove Elementary School on Saturday, Aug. 2. All proceeds will support future Habitat homebuilds.


Neighbor finds stolen property in tornado-damaged home

The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.


Tri-Cities man marries two women; wife pushes for change in bigamy laws

The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in July by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.


Federal grand jury to hear case against Newport police captainFederal ...

The case against of one of four people charged in a drug and money laundering scheme is headed to a federal grand jury.


Knox County Commission accepting resumes for school board vacancy

Knox County Commission is taking resumes from those wishing to fill the board of education seat being vacated by Indya Kincannon.


Rigs Burn in Tennessee; Suspects Questioned

July 28--CROSSVILLE -- Two Cumberland County men were detained and questioned in connection with an early Friday morning fire that destroyed or damaged two tractor-trailer rigs and a pickup parked at a closed business north of the city.


Knox County Commission accepting resumes for school board vacancy

Knox County Commission is taking resumes from those wishing to fill the board of education seat being vacated by Indya Kincannon.


12,640 Have Voted Early In Hamilton County So Far

Dave Sheldon, head of the company contracted to construct the Mosby Pool, told the Cleveland City Council on Monday afternoon that the pool should be able to open to the public on Thursday.


Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw - Respected By Bradley County Juvenile Department

Juvenile Judge Rob Philyaw has earned the respect of Bradley County Juvenile Court Staff by reaching out and sharing ideas and resources with the purpose of becoming more efficient in dealing with juvenile offenses and the rising drug problems facing our youth in southeast Tennessee.


Man arrested after tornado destruction reveals stolen property

There is a Christian saying in the South that warns that your "sins will find you out."


Fiery multi-vehicle crash shuts down I-40 E. in Loudon Co.

Fiery multi-vehicle crash shuts down I-40 E. in Loudon Co. A multiple-vehicle crash has shut down eastbound traffic on Interstate 40 in Loudon County.


Judge Kevin Wilson Is Prompt, Fair And Consistent

Collegedale has grown a lot in the past 24 years and Collegedale Judge Kevin Wilson has literally seen it all during that time.


Weather service confirms tornado hit E. Tenn.

Media cited the weather service in reporting that an EF-3 tornado with wind speeds of 140 mph touched down Sunday night in the community of Speedwell in Claiborne County.


TBI adds Knoxville man to most wanted list

The 35-year-old was charged with attempted second-degree murder following an incident that occurred in Knox County about two years ago.


School-bound, tax-free

Not to be confused with the spirited "ka-ching" of Black Friday, but this Friday ... and Saturday ... and Sunday ... will bring their own fervor to retail floors across the Cleveland and Bradley County community, as well as the rest of Tennessee.


Blount mayor gives upbeat assessment Blount County mayor touts...

One of the biggest challenges facing Blount County government this fiscal year will be maintaining the property tax rate, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said.


GPS Senior To Bridge Gap In Education Disparities

With the help of funding from the Mozilla Gigabit Fund, GPS senior Anjali Chandra has started the GigBridge project at East lake Academy.


Radar imagery shows debris flying 10,000 feet in Claiborne County tornado

Three of the suspects in a drug and money laundering scheme involving Newport police officers were arraigned in a Cocke County courtroom Monday.


Tennessee Bureau of Investigation adds Svante Hinton of Knoxville to Top Ten Most Wanted list

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted list, Svante Ebinare Hinton of Knoxville, TN.


UTC Chancellor Steven Angle: - Future is in our classrooms'

UTCa SChancellor SteveN Angle spoke to the Rotary Club of Cleveland about the school, its academics, future and a dose of athletics in between.


Storm survivors pick up sentimental pieces in Claiborne County

Three of the suspects in a drug and money laundering scheme involving Newport police officers were arraigned in a Cocke County courtroom Monday.


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Three of the suspects in a drug and money laundering scheme involving Newport police officers were arraigned in a Cocke County courtroom Monday.


Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon.


Store owner recalls tale of survival after EF-3 tornado

Store owner recalls tale of survival after EF-3 tornado An EF-3 tornado hit Claiborne County on Sunday night, destroying 10 homes in the area.


Pemberton named assistant rowing coach

Chelsea Pemberton, who was a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American at Tennessee, is returning to the Lady Vols as an assistant coach.


Supreme Court justice thanks 10th District circuit judge for support

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee publicly thanked 10th District Circuit Court Judge Mike Sharp for his support during a stopover in Bradley County today as part of her campaign to seek retention of her position on the Aug. 7 ballot.


Luke Bryan to perform at local farm Oct. 1 Greenback may not be the...

The country superstar's swing through farms in the South starts at Oct. 1 at Greenback's Maple Lane Farms, 1040 Maple Lane in rural Blount County.


Luke Bryan Farm Tour names Maple Lane Farms as opening show

The "Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2014" schedule was released Monday night, and a local corn maze has been featured as the site of the tour's opening show.


Tree cleanup is big business

With hundreds of trees down across the region, tree services were busy today answering calls and working on clearing the debris.


Putnam first among neighboring counties back in school

Putnam County students are back in the classroom today for their first full day of school, being the first among their peers in neighboring counties to get back into the academic groove.


Hawkins county pushing for homeowners to use reflective signs

That's why Robert Melton decided to get something to make his mailbox stand out.


Southern Lit Alliance Hosts Art.a.ma.jig This Thursday

The Southern Lit Alliance will host the 12th annual Art.a.ma.jig this Thursday, from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Church of Main located in the historic Southside district.


Peggy Carroll - A Mother to Children in Need

All children need kindness, love and encouragement. A McMinn County woman has spent more than two decades doing just that for more than 100 kids in need.


Your Pictures: Storm causes severe damage in East TN

YOUR PICTURES: Storm causes severe damage in East TN Hearts are heavy for those who lost their homes today in Claiborne County! We pray that everyone is alright! Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1rLeGCM Our power pole this evening.


6-year-old boy mauled by pit bull A 6-year-old Blount County boy was...

A 6-year-old Blount County boy was rushed to an area hospital after being mauled by a pit bull Monday afternoon, authorities said.


Fires and fraud reported

Bradley County Fire-Rescue had one firefighter suffer heat exhaustion early Sunday morning as he was involved in fighting a structure fire on Rodney Drive.


Fires and fraud reported

Bradley County Fire-Rescue had one firefighter suffer heat exhaustion early Sunday morning as he was involved in fighting a structure fire on Rodney Drive.


Man gets 121 months in prison for drugs, weapons A Jefferson County...

A Jefferson County man was sentenced Monday to more than a decade in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine and unlawful weapons possession, prosecutors said.


Blount County boy mauled by pit bull

Police were called to a home on Burnette Station Road in Seymour around 4:30 p.m. Blount County officials say a 6-year-old boy had been severely injured.


Crossville RV Community Development Set To Exceed $44 Million In Housing Values

The Gardens RV Villages, a luxury housing development specializing in sales to retiring RV owners, announced the results of a recent analysis of property values.


Strawberry Plains farm feels a little bit like ScotlandStrawberry...

Strawberry Plains farm feels a little bit like Scotland East Tennessee breeder is one of only about 20 in the country raising Scottish Blackface sheep Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1mVQPst A farm tucked in to the corner of Jefferson County feels a little bit like Scotland.


Your Pictures: Lightning rips across night sky

July 27: Severe storms rip through East Tennessee Lighning strike Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1rKsxJC Lightning strike I captured in West Knox County.


Your Pictures: Lightning rips across night sky

July 27: Severe storms rip through East Tennessee Lighning strike Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1rKsxJC Lightning strike I captured in West Knox County.


Negative Campaign Shows Gwen Tidwell Is Best

I have managed numerous state and federal campaigns and have learned that negative campaigns are the tools of candidates who have nothing positive to offer.


EF-3 tornado confirmed in Claiborne County

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-3 tornado touched down near Speedwell in Claiborne County last night with winds of 140 miles per hour.


Bradley Sheriff-Elect Watson Favors Tracy Over DesJarlais

Sheriff-Elect Eric Watson announced his endorsement of Jim Tracy over incumbent Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District Republican primary.


EF-3 tornado confirmed in Claiborne County

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-3 tornado touched down near Speedwell in Claiborne County last night with winds of 140 miles per hour.


Possible tornado in Campbell, Claiborne counties; large amount of damage reported across E. Tenn.

Strong storms barreled through East Tennessee on Sunday, leaving behind a trail of destruction in multiple communities.


Tenn. sheriff 'lucky' to survive devastating storms

Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said.


SPCA shelter - strikes' for better deal

Fraud. Sabotage. Disaster. Those are words being used by the director of the SPCA county animal shelter to describe the recent activities that she says have derailed the potential of a successful operation.


Tenn. cities clean up after powerful ...

Communities across East Tennessee have begun cleaning up after powerful storms raked across the state destroying at least 10 homes.


Ooltewah Home Destroyed By Fire Early Monday Morning

At 3:18 a.m.., a 911 call was made reporting a house fire at 9215 Quail Mountain Drive.


Storms cause major damage in Claiborne, Campbell counties

Storms cause major damage in Claiborne, Campbell counties Clean-up was underway in Claiborne and Campbell counties early Monday morning after powerful storms ripped through East Tennessee.


Possible tornado in Campbell, Claiborne counties, large amount of damage reported

Dispatchers in Campbell and Claiborne counties say a possible tornado has caused a large amount of damage in the Doakes Creek area of the county, including trees down and homes destroyed.


Motorcyle hits I-75 exit ramp barrier, couple hurt

Cleveland Police officer Carlton Walls is investigating a motorcycle crash which occurred early Saturday at the Interstate 75 exit 20 off-ramp.


TBI: Alleged victim's DNA on ex-deputy's boxers Dennis Mills Jr., 43, ...

A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report is bolstering the state's case against a former Knox County Sheriff's Office deputy accused of repeatedly raping a girl over a two-year period.


Child of God Movie Review

Living close to nature is not what it's cracked up to be. Yeah, it's fine for a week, if you're into camping, but when you have to live like a feral animal in the hills of East Tennessee, virtually homeless with nary a shack within a mile, you could get mighty lonely-and dirty.


Storms cause large damage in Claiborne, Campbell counties

Storms cause large damage in Claiborne, Campbell counties Sunday's storms downed trees, power lines, and in some cases destroyed homes across East Tennessee.


Regional nonprofit helps teens stay On Point

A regional nonprofit is looking to strengthen its presence in Cleveland to help teens make good choices.


Severe TN Storm Damages Dozens Of Homes

Officials in Tennessee's Campbell County say up to 30 homes have been damaged by a possible tornado.


Hamilton County election commissioners can only vote in their party's primary

NASHVILLE - Tennessee officials are warning the state's 475 Democratic and Republican county election commissioners that they will get bounced off the local panels if they cross over and vote in the opposite party's primary during the Aug. 7 election.


Official: Storms destroy E. Tenn homes, no deaths

Spokeswoman Gina Breeding with the office of emergency management in Tennessee's Claiborne County tells The Associated Press that searchers are going door to door amid debris of ruined homes Sunday night in the community of Speedwell.


Dad, daughters graduate from Family Promise

JUSTIN DECKARD stands with his three daughters, 10-year-old Kacelyn and 9-year-old twins Jasmine and Kylie, outside of the Family Promise of Bradley County office.


Possible tornado in Campbell County, large amount of damage reported

Dispatchers in Campbell County say a possible tornado has caused a large amount of damage in the Doakes Creek area of the county, including trees down and homes destroyed.


Knox judicial candidates eye better efficiency A death, resignation...

A death, resignation and retirement of three judges during the past eight years will result in a new chapter in Knox County's Criminal and Sessions courts when voters decide winners in competitive races on Aug. 7. Much of the past eight-year period became controversial when then-Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner resigned and pleaded guilty ... (more)


All Part Of The Mess

Alexander, Corker, Fleishmann.....You all are part of the mess in the country. You have had more than enough tome to do something, but nothing ever gets done.


Knoxville church celebrates grand opening of "Kids Kloset" free school supply program

With school set to begin for Knox County students in just a few weeks, one Knoxville church is doing all it can to make sure area students have what they need for the new year.


Regional nonprofit helps teens stay On Point

A regional nonprofit is looking to strengthen its presence in Cleveland to help teens make good choices.


Bradley County Democratic Women donate to Cleveland Daily Bread

The Bradley County Democratic Women presented a $250 donation to the Cleveland Daily Bread in support of its mission to provide a nutritious meal for those in need.


Thieves hit churches' HVAC units; $500 reward offered for information

Area churches have been the target for thieves recently and now a reward has been offered for information.


Tennessee jail using art to assist inmates

Inmates at the Hamilton County Jail in Chattanooga have 90 minutes each Friday night to escape - in a figurative sense.


KPD officer shoots and kills man during traffic stop

Officers say the suspect became combative and started to attack the officer, forcing him to shoot and kill the suspect.


Local grocery delivery service starts in Knoxville

Plan-it Organic is a new grocery delivery service for the Knoxville area started by a local college student.


Saturday evening reported stabbing in North Knoxville under investigation

Tonight: Partly cloudy and muggy with a random shower or storm possible; especially north 30% coverage.


Marion County ready for fresh start

JASPER, Tenn. - The anticipation has been building for prep football teams throughout the Chattanooga area since last season ended.


Fire destroys mobile home in Sullivan County

Sullivan County West Fire Department tell us they got the call a little after noon about a fire off of Hood Road West.


Roane Co. kids benefit from Boys and Girls Club

Roane Co. kids benefit from Boys and Girls Club Six months into operation, the Roane County Boys and Girls Club says it is a success.


One Of Oldest Log Homes At University Of The South Suffers Heavy Fire Damage

Rebel's Roost was built as the family home of Major George Fairbanks a year after the close of the Civil War.


Knoxville Couple Injured In Motorcycle Accident In Cleveland Early Saturday Morning

At 5:58 a.m on Saturday, a motorcycle operated by an individual identified as Dale Dockery, 48, of Knoxville, struck the concrete barrier on I-75 at the exit 20 off ramp.


Shooting in McMinn County believed to be from fight with bikers

The cool front which went southward across the region on Thursday will start to lift back northward across the region today as a warm front.


The Enclave At East Hamilton To Host 2 Community Meetings

Bassam Issa of the ANT Group announced plans for two additional meetings with members of the East Brainerd community to receive input on the proposed Enclave at East Hamilton project.


Armed doctor fights back in gun free zone; meanwhile back in K-Town

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported today on the a doctor fighting back against an armed attacker in Darby, Pennsylvania.


Festival named for moonshiner Popcorn Sutton kicks off in Cocke County

For the first time in five years a festival honoring the life of infamous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton is in Cocke County.


Festival named for moonshiner Popcorn Sutton kicks off in Cocke County

For the first time in five years a festival honoring the life of infamous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton is in Cocke County.


Former McMinn deputy gets judicial diversion

A former McMinn County deputy who pleaded guilty to official oppression will eventually have a clear record if he stays out of trouble.


Fundraiser benefits missing Hermitage mother's sons

A weekend fundraiser will benefit the two children of missing Hermitage mother Nichole "Nikki" Burgess.


Teachers upset at being shut out of Governor Haslam's education meeting

Some teachers are concerned over the direction of education in Tennessee, and disappointed more were not included in Governor Bill Haslam's closed meetings with select educators.


Grainger County Tomato Festival helps the community

It's that time of year again. Grainger County tomatoes are off the vine and ready to hit your dinner table.


Deadly wreck under investigation in Claiborne County

In an effort to stop an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, seven counties in Middle and East Tennessee have been added to a quarantine that now affects 34 counties in the state.


Pregnant Claiborne Co. teen arrested for DUI

Pregnant Claiborne Co. teen arrested for DUI A pregnant Claiborne County woman is accused of driving under the influence of drugs.


Crossville Model Railroad Club unveils Camp Nakanawa

For The Vista Camp Nakanawa, in the Mayland community of Cumberland County, dedicated a new, highly detailed diorama of the camp built over the past year by members of the Crossville Model Railroad Club.


One of two missing Monroe County inmates recaptured

Cindy Heinemann describes herself as determined. She started Misty Mountain Soap Company in her kitchen 10 years ago.


Grainger County Tomato Festival helps the community

It's that time of year again. Grainger County tomatoes are off the vine and ready to hit your dinner table.


Morgan County Attorney convicted of DUI Andrew N. Hall, the county...

Andrew N. Hall, the county attorney for Morgan County, was convicted of first-offense DUI in a trial Thursday in Roane County.


Pregnant Claiborne Co. teen arrested for DUI

Pregnant Claiborne Co. teen arrested for DUI A pregnant Claiborne County woman is accused of driving under the influence of drugs.


Morgan County Attorney convicted of DUI Andrew N. Hall, the county...

Andrew N. Hall, the county attorney for Morgan County, was convicted of first-offense DUI in a trial Thursday in Roane County.


One of two missing Monroe County inmates recaptured

Cindy Heinemann describes herself as determined. She started Misty Mountain Soap Company in her kitchen 10 years ago.


2 arrested in burglary spree 2 arrested in area car burglary spree.

They were arrested following a series of burglaries that occurred in Loudon and surrounding counties.


Clinton comppany adds 1K jobs

A major expansion of SL Tennessee LLC, a South Korean auto parts manufacturer that now employs 750 workers in Clinton, will add 1,000 jobs, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Friday.


It's tomato time in Grainger County Throw em, eat em and celebrate...

The 22nd annual Grainger County Tomato Festival opens today and runs through Sunday, July 27, at Rutledge Middle School , Highway 11W, and Rutledge Elementary School 7480 Rutledge Pike.


2 charged with string of car burglaries in Loudon and surrounding counties

Two people were arrested in Loudon County Monday and charged in connection with several car burglaries that happened in Loudon and surrounding counties last weekend.


Gov. Haslam announces 1,000 new jobs coming to Anderson County's SL Tennessee plant

In an effort to stop an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, seven counties in Middle and East Tennessee have been added to a quarantine that now affects 34 counties in the state.


Haslam's Secret Meeting at Ground Zero of Secret Classroom Camera Project

Last year we were able to uncover details of a Gates-funded student and teacher surveillance plan that gathered classroom video data and dumped it into a corporate Cloud for sharing among, who knows? Now it seems Governor Haslam is meeting undercover with a group of "educators" in Washington County to find out "what works and what's not."


Deadly wreck under investigation in Claiborne County

In an effort to stop an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, seven counties in Middle and East Tennessee have been added to a quarantine that now affects 34 counties in the state.


Deadly wreck under investigation in Claiborne County

In an effort to stop an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, seven counties in Middle and East Tennessee have been added to a quarantine that now affects 34 counties in the state.


Newport cop faces federal judge on drug charges Newport police...

Newport police Detective Capt. James Finley Holt told authorities "he had nothing left to live for" after his arrest on federal charges, officials said Thursday.


Fire board recommends incentives

Bradley County Fire-ReSCUE recently began using the department's new command vehicle.


Future of Tennessee Virtual Academy still unsure

The Union County School Board is sending a waiver to Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman that would un-enroll more Future of Tennessee Virtual Academy still unsure The Union County School Board is sending a waiver to Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman that would un-enroll more Check out this story on WBIR.com: ... (more)


Former FBI agent recalls Cocke County corruption

Former FBI agent recalls Cocke County corruption A recent Newport investigation involving police corruption is bringing back old memories for an FBI agent.


Copper wire taken from another HVAC unit

As Bradley County investigators continue to search for suspects in a rash of air unit thefts from churches in rural areas, they are also investigating the theft of copper wiring from a structure located on Burke Ridge Road.


TDOC: Woman mailed drugs to her son in prisonTDOC: Woman mailed drugs ...

A Hamblen County woman is in a West Tennessee jail after officials say she mailed drugs to her son in prison.


10 About Town 7/24 - 7/27

Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1mK8ByG Let's start the weekend off right at The Square Room with the talented Dave Barnes.


Family worried about child's health without virtual school

Family worried about child's health without virtual school More than 600 virtual school students will learn Thursday night if they will have to find a new school.


Lawsuit alleges false arrest Legal action also alleges assault and...

Anderson County, Sheriff Paul White and four deputies have been named in a Circuit Court lawsuit that alleges assault and battery and false arrest in what's described as a case of mistaken identity.


Hamblen County Commission wants conversation about transition plans for embattled animal shelter

Court documents reveal how the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was able to implicate a longtime Newport police captain in a drug and money laundering scheme.


Small plane crashes in Campbell County, no serious injuries reported

Brooke Roberts, 30, was last seen Monday at the Harper's Point Apartments in Murfreesboro where she works.


10 About Town 7/24 - 7/27

Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1mK8ByG Let's start the weekend off right at The Square Room with the talented Dave Barnes.


Grainger County Tomato Festival held this weekend

Court documents reveal how the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was able to implicate a longtime Newport police captain in a drug and money laundering scheme.


EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities' requests for access to the company's gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service."


59 from Anderson and Campbell counties indicted in meth conspiracy

A federal grand jury on July 16 indicted 59 people from Anderson and Campbell counties in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.


Blount County attorney suspended by court

The Supreme Court of Tennessee issued the suspension to Cynthia Lee Costner-Sexton after she failed to respond to a complaint.


More than $1M of marijuana destroyed in Campbell Co.More than $1M of...

More than $1M of marijuana destroyed in Campbell Co. Campbell County deputies and LaFollette police destroyed more than a million dollars worth of marijuana this week.


Early Voting Numbers In Tennessee Up Over 19,000 For 4 Days

Hamilton County up 1,974 -helped with the increase. There were 3,949 after four days in August 2010, and 5,923 currently.


2 Police Captains, 2 Others Charged In East Tennessee

A Cocke County grand jury has charged two Newport Police Department captains and two other people with selling stolen goods and prescription pills.


Woman killed in Anderson County crash A 68-year-old woman was killed...

Patricia Beckinger of Heiskell died in the 5:05 p.m. wreck on East Wolf Valley Road near the intersection with Peaks Station Road in Clinton, according to a report from Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Wilson.


Heiskell woman killed in Clinton accident

An Anderson County quarterback is receiving a big honor Thursday night at the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame banquet.


Anderson Co. quarterback to receive Will McKamey Spirit Award

An Anderson County quarterback is receiving a big honor Thursday night at the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame banquet.


Little Known Facts about Popcorn Sutton

According to wife Pam, Popcorn got his nickname from a vending machine at a bar .


Suspected burglar arrested after he crashes car after the crime

A possible credit card breach affecting Goodwill stores nationwide is now hitting close to home.


Two Newport cops indicted in drug conspiracy Two Newport police...

A Tennessee state trooper, left, guides an unidentified man to a vehicle after he is arrested at Pit Stop Mobil Mart in Newport on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.


Man charged with killing neighbor in 10-year-old cold case

A Cocke County man is now charged with killing his neighbor more than ten years ago.


Cocke County man indicted in 2004 homicide case A Cocke County man...

A Cocke County man has been indicted on charges of killing his neighbor in a 10-year-old homicide case, prosecutors said Wednesday.


Weather has small impact on Grainger County tomatoes

One of the largest free festivals in the state of Tennessee is just days away. Most are wondering how this year's crop will turn out for the Grainger Weather has small impact on Grainger County tomatoes One of the largest free festivals in the state of Tennessee is just days away.


Haslam's private meeting draws criticism

At least two Bradley County Board of Education members are unhappy the governing body was not informed of what became a secret meeting in Cleveland on Monday between Gov. Bill Haslam, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and educators from five area school systems.


Haslam's private meeting draws criticism

At least two Bradley County Board of Education members are unhappy the governing body was not informed of what became a secret meeting in Cleveland on Monday between Gov. Bill Haslam, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and educators from five area school systems.


Man in bus fight located A man who allegedly started a fight found at hospital.

Knox County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday night interviewed a man who allegedly started a fight with co-workers at a Knox County bus line before one of them cut him while defending themselves, officials said.


Former bus driver asks for lenience during sentencing

A former Washington County, Tennessee bus driver broke her silence and took the stand asking the court for lenience Wednesday morning.


Commission looks to state for concrete figures in unpaid court fines

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners tackled some big issues last Tuesday night including a presentation and proposed resolution presented by District Public Defender Jeff Kelly.


AC sheriff candidate responds to suspension Anthony Lay, Republican...

A five-day suspension in May by the Tennessee Highway Patrol was the result of political attacks on him, says Anthony Lay, the Republican nominee for Anderson County sheriff.


"Painted Ladies" window set for sale to benefit Knox Heritage

We often think of military families who are separated from their loved ones when they deploy.


"Painted Ladies" window set for sale to benefit Knox Heritage

We often think of military families who are separated from their loved ones when they deploy.


Virtual Academy in jeopardy The Union County school board will meet...

The Union County school board will meet in an emergency meeting on Thursday to decide if it will enroll 600 more students into the troubled Tennessee Virtual Academy.


Sheriff's department catches Tennessee fugitive3:40 pm | 0

The department began working with the Hancock County, Tenn., sheriff's department on Monday, after that office turned up information that a fugitive wanted there might be in Floyd County.


Elderly veteran arrested for asking gov't officials to speak louder

A 76-year-old military veteran was arrested for disorderly conduct at a public county board meeting for asking officials to speak up when they refused to use the microphones.


Elderly veteran arrested for asking gov't officials to speak louder

A 76-year-old military veteran was arrested for disorderly conduct at a public county board meeting for asking officials to speak up when they refused to use the microphones.


Young Pianist Performs Recital At Morning Pointe

Lexi Bowman of Andrea Tierney's piano studio at Cadek Conservatory performed a piano recital for residents during her visit to The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence in Collegedale.


Crash kills two people in Sevier Co.Crash kills two people in Sevier...

Crash kills two people in Sevier Co. Two people died at the scene of an accident where a car struck several trees in Sevier County.


KCSO: Man cut after he allegedly starts fight with co-worker

Knox County authorities are searching for a man who was apparently cut Tuesday morning after he allegedly started a fight with former co-workers at a Knox County bus line, officials said.


Washington County election website goes down

Washington County Administrator of Elections Maybell Stewart told The Johnson City Press says the office forgot to renew the registration for wcecoffice.com.


JCMC ranked in top ten Tennessee hospitals

Johnson City Medical Center has earned recognition in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in Tennessee.


Man charged in Claiborne County shooting

Warrants have been issued for a man involved in a Saturday night shooting in Clairfield, according to Claiborne County authorities.


Wife of Lenoir City mayor meets bone marrow donor

Lenoir City's first lady met face-to-face with her bone marrow donor for the first time on Monday night.


Attorney rejects POST Commission ruling on candidate client

Monroe County sheriff's candidate Randy White is still certified as a police officer and will be on the Aug. 7 ballot, according to his attorney.


Anderson panelists fret over mounting legal costs for ouster suit

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank talks to county commissioners on Monday while county law director Jay Yeager listens in background.


Sullivan man sentenced for counterfeit postage

A Sullivan County man has been sentenced to serve 14 months in federal prison for making and using counterfeit postage.


New law to cut counties' prisoner health care costs

Counties across Tennessee spend millions of dollars every year on health care for prisoners; but a new state law passes some of those costs to the federal government.


Multiple Lifestar landings in Campbell Co. over single-vehicle crash

Police in Clinton are asking for help in identifying several pieces of jewelry recovered from a burglary suspect's home.


Four flown by Lifestar from Campbell County crash

Four people were flown by Lifestar helicopter from the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Campbell County Monday night, according to a E-911 dispatcher.


Roadside art: Its amazing and its everywhere across the U.S.

This "See Rock City" Barn on U.S. Highway 441, in Sevier County, Tennessee, is one of many painted in the eastern United States early in the 20th Century as a promotion for the tourist attraction on Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Earthquakes felt in McMinn County

Two small quakes were reported in the area by the United States Geological Service during the weekend.


Communities still waiting for millions in 2011 tornado reimbursements

Communities still waiting for millions in 2011 tornado reimbursements FEMA and TEMA still owe local counties and municipalities over $14 million from the deadly storms.


THP trooper & sheriff's candidate injured in crashTHP trooper &...

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who is also running for Anderson County sheriff was injured in an accident while on duty Monday afternoon.


TBI investigating allegations Cocke County highway superintendent misused public funds

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating allegations that the Cocke County highway superintendent told employees to use public funds for private projects.


East Tenn. mom charged with abuse for allegedly beating unruly child

A neighbor allegedly observed a Hawkins County mom throw her 11-year-old daughter to the ground late Tuesday night, resulting in the mother's arrest and a Department of Children's Services referral.


Soldier who fought with East TN native to be awarded Medal of Honor

A soldier, who fought alongside an East Tennessee native killed in Afghanistan, will be awarded the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House Monday, July 21. Soldier who fought with East TN native to be awarded Medal of Honor A soldier, who fought alongside an East Tennessee native killed in Afghanistan, will be awarded the Medal of ... (more)


Knoxville.com's fun things to do

Dry Town Boys' Tyler "Stink Bug" Robinson gets a hit against the Knoxville Holstons during a Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball game at the Historic Ramsey House on Sunday, April 6, 2014.


Alcoa students head back to school on Monday, Tuesday

The National Park Service says the Great Smoky Mountains National Park received more than 9,000,000 visitors in 2013 who spent more than $734 million in communities near the park.


Document: Mom admits sexually abusing daughters to craft child porn

An East Tennessee mother is expected to plead guilty later this month to charges she photographed herself sexually abusing her three young daughters and uploaded the images to the Internet.


2 Monroe County inmates steal truck, escape

Authorities say two Monroe County jail inmates stole a vehicle and escaped from a work detail.


Scammers impersonate McMinn County Sheriff and judges

The McMinn County Sheriff's Office is issuing a warning after receiving over one hundred reports of scammers impersonating, the sheriff, officers and even local judges.


SAR speaker Ralph Martin talks about King's Mountain battle

The Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently held its monthly meeting at the Elks Club.


Man Electrocuted in McMinn County

Updated Story A man dies on the job after his truck makes contact with a power line, causing an explosion.


Family aims to end drunk driving to honor a lost life

On July 13th of last year, Dean Key lost her life when an impaired driver crashed into her on the road.


3 taken to the hospital after wreck following a police chase

A high speed ended with several people being taken to the hospital after the vehicle being chased crashed.


New Tazewell man faces rape, other ...

A New Tazewell man is in the Claiborne County Justice Center jail on multiple charges including rape, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.


McMinn county scam impersonating local sheriff, authorities

McMinn county scam impersonating local sheriff, authorities The McMinn County Sheriff's Department is warning area residents about a recent phone scam.


Clinton PD nab burglary suspect, working to identify recovered property

A Georgia man is facing multiple charges after police say he stole jewelry and other property from several homes in Anderson County.


Pedestrian struck and killed along Pellissippi Parkway

A pedestrian is killed along Pellissippi Parkway in the early morning hours Saturday and police say several factors may be to blame.


Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle on Pellissippi Parkway

The pedestrian, identified as Edward D. Batchelor, 27, of Louisville, Tenn., was crossing the parkway near the overpass of Russell Road around 6:05 a.m. when he was hit by a westbound 2010 Chevrolet Impala driven by Timothy Hooper, 26, of Maryville, according to a news release from Alcoa Police Department Sgt.


Cumberland County Playhouse Adds Three Performances to Front Page News, Now Through 7/27

Cumberland County Playhouse and its producing partner The SCOPES FESTIVAL, in Dayton, TN, have added three more performances of FRONT PAGE NEWS, the newly adapted, historically accurate play with music, opening Friday July 18 in the historic "monkey trial" courtroom in Dayton's Rhea County Courthouse.


Editorial: Frank endorsed as Anderson's mayor

The contest for Anderson County mayor features challenges to incumbent Republican Terry Frank from Democratic former state Rep. Jim Hackworth and Independent Bradley Rickett.


Traffic Tips

Also in Loudon County, on U.S. 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive, drivers should watch for possible lane closures at various times through this project.


Commission: Monroe sheriff's candidate not certified as officer

Monroe County candidate for sheriff Randy White did not meet the requirements for police officer certification, the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission voted unanimously Friday.


July Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

A Jonesborough family wants to know who came onto their property and slashed one of their horses with a box cutter.


Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Morgan County

A group from several different counties has been fighting the U.S. Nitrogen plant and its plans to build a pipeline to dump water into the Nolichucky River.


Peaceful protesters gather in Market Square for "Free Palestine" campaign

A group from several different counties has been fighting the U.S. Nitrogen plant and its plans to build a pipeline to dump water into the Nolichucky River.


Walgreens hires people with disabilities in Easta

Walgreens stores in East Tennessee are hiring more people with disabilities than other stores in the state, said Doug Walgreens hires people with disabilities in East Tenn.


Walgreens hires people with disabilities in Easta

Walgreens stores in East Tennessee are hiring more people with disabilities than other stores in the state, said Doug Walgreens hires people with disabilities in East Tenn.


Outlook for Sevier County tourism 2014

Outlook for Sevier County tourism 2014 Sevier County could have one of its best years yet.


Firefighters find marijuana grow while battling house...

Firefighters find marijuana grow while battling house fire As firefighters battled a house fire in Hawkins County, they found people were using the home to grow marijuana.


Sheriff: Two Monroe inmates missing after stealing vehicle

Two Monroe County jail inmates are missing after stealing a vehicle while working as trustees at a local convenience center, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.


Knoxville officer acquitted of assault by Union County jury

It took a Union County jury about 10 minutes Friday to acquit a Knoxville police officer of allegations he had assaulted his daughter-in-law and her boyfriend.


Loudon County residents wait to hear if former Poplar Springs landfill is hazardous

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North Carolina church bus crash survivors thank first responders in Knoxville

Survivors from last year's deadly church bus crash in Jefferson County spent another day thanking those who helped saved their lives.


Former school bus driver pleads guilty in 2012 crash

Former Washington County, Tennessee school bus driver Brenda Gray stepped up to the courtroom podium to address Judge Robert Cupp and repeated the same word several times: guilty.


Clinton man pleads to girlfriend's death

James Richard Wylie, accused in the death of his girlfriend after she toppled out of his van while he was driving it, entered guilty pleas Friday in Anderson County Criminal Court.


Monroe County deputies search for missing inmates

A former soldier facing the death penalty for the murder of his 5-year-old daughter has apologized and is asking jurors to let him live.


Haslam announces grant funding for Blount greenways, pool

Almost a million dollars is coming to Blount County for some needed improvements to outdoor living.


3 Arrested in McMinn County Murder

Three people are behind bars for the murder of an Athens man. After weeks of investigation, McMinn deputies say he was killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


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Gov. Bill Haslam announced two grants Friday totaling nearly $1 million to renovate the John Sevier Pool in Maryville and improve pedestrian walkways in Alcoa.


Ten CSCC Faculty Members Earn Promotions

Ten faculty members at Cleveland State Community College have earned promotions and three were recommended and approved to receive tenure from the Tennessee Board of Regents.


County faces new suit over trimmed trees

A local businesswoman has filed a second lawsuit against Carter County, saying the county has again damaged her property by cutting down trees and other plants.


Ten CSCC Faculty Members Earn Promotions

Ten faculty members at Cleveland State Community College have earned promotions and three were recommended and approved to receive tenure from the Tennessee Board of Regents.


Former bus driver pleads guilty in 2012 accident case

A former Washington County, Tennessee bus driver could spend time in jail after pleading guilty Friday morning to eight counts of reckless aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment.


Sobriety checkpoint honors woman killed by impaired driver

Sobriety checkpoint honors woman killed by impaired driver A sobriety checkpoint on Saturday honors woman killed by impaired driver last July in Blount County.


New rules could be in the cards at library

Getting - carded' at the library could be getting a bit easier in the near future.


Tennessee Authorities Seek Horse Slasher

Chip is a great horse, has been in professional training for the past three years.


Public Notices - 7/16/14

NOTICE OF SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE'S SALE Default having been made in the terms, conditions, and payments provided for in that certain Deed of Trust dated December 11, 2011, of record in Book TD 450, Page 180, Register's Office for Polk County, Tennessee, from James C. Justice and wife, Lori L. Justice to Douglas N. Blackwell securing the indebtedness ... (more)


Traffic Tips

The roadway will undergo improvements as a part of the Life Care of Blount County facilities construction.


FS Committee eyes volunteers

A woman was rescued from Gee Knob thanks to local rescuers and the accuracy of a phone ping from her call to 911.


McMinn Murder Suspect Appears in Court

A man appeared in court today in McMinn County in connection with the death of his wife.


Service dog helps injured veteran find balance

A Jefferson County veteran, who lost both his legs to a bomb blast in Iraq, has a new friend to lean on.


Officials say Knoxville man on lawnmower struck by car

Emotions were overwhelming as the North Carolina church bus crash survivors were reunited with the men and women who helped saved their lives.


Subsidized firefighting urged

A woman was rescued from Gee Knob thanks to local rescuers and the accuracy of a phone ping from her call to 911.


Local Police Stockpile Weapons Of War

Local law enforcement agencies are snatching up huge amounts of weapons -- from the Department of Defense -- used in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Recovering drug addict says road to healing is a lifelong journey

In our region, more than 32,000 adults and 4,000 children, between the ages of 12 and 17, are dependent on drugs or alcohol.


Church bus involved in multi-vehicle crash in North Knoxville

Time and time again, Beverly Atkins awakes to the sound of a car crashing through her bushes and crossing over her lawn off Chapman Highway.


Phone ping leads to lost hiker

Polk County Commissioners turned down Ducktown's Urban Growth boundary and appointed members of the community to the Forest Service Committtee last Thursday during their regular monthly meeting.


On the road to recovery: After tragedy, something sweet

PAUL EFIRD/NEWS SENTINEL LIFESTAR crew members Chad McClure, left, Andy Donaldson, and Andrew Slemp gives hugs to church bus crash survivors Sandy and Marvin Boyer Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.


Retiree group celebrates milestone by donating computer to 5,000th child in Loudon County

Standing tall next to her brand new Dell desktop, Annabell Lee may seem shy on the outside, but inside, she's jumping for joy.


Weather big factor in better tomato crop this year for Grainger Co. farmers

The Grainger County Tomato Festival, a 22 year East Tennessee tradition, is about a week away, showcasing locally grown tomatoes.


Fire, accidents snarl traffic on interstate

Tennessee Highway Patrol was busy this morning investigating four Interstate 75 incidents which tied traffic along both north and southbound sides.


Early voting begins Friday in Washington County, Tenn.

Voting hours will be 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and 9 to noon Saturday. Voters have three locations to choose from.


GPS problems 7-17-14

If you move into a new house or housing development, can first responders find your home? What about delivery drivers trying to bring you flowers or even pizza? We visited one new development, typed in the address of a new home into a GPS locator, and nothing showed up.


Director Ron Dykes says his proposed budget is $3 million in the red

Washington County, Tennessee Director of Schools Ron Dykes is looking over a school budget that's millions of dollars in the red.


Pink flamingos flock to Hawkins County

If you wake up with a flamboyance of flamingos in your front yard, then you've been "flocked."


10 About Town 7/17 - 7/2010 About Town 7/17 - 7/20It's a great...

Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1mlHytt The Blount County Friends of the Library Pre-Owned Book Sale kicks off this weekend.


Philanthropies, July 20

Tours of the historic home begin at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30. Alcohol is "BYOB."


Group goes on mission trip

A group of youth and adults from Christ & Holy Trinity Church, accompanied by counselors from the Appalachia Service Project, traveled to Tennessee this summer to help low-income families repair their homes.


Bee Tongue Size Matters In Relationship With...

Image Caption: A lovely Augochlora pura extends part of its tongue. A. pura is a member of the relatively short-tongued Halictidae family, uprettily known as the sweat bees.


Hawkins County deputies searching for auto repair shop thief

The suspect is described as a white man around 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing approximately 160 to 190 pounds.


Challenger says incumbent AC judge doesn't work full time

The current Anderson County General Sessions judge for Division I, Don Layton, "fails to work full-time for the people of Anderson County" and spends his time at a lakeside retreat in Townsend, challenger Ryan Spitzer says in a news release.


Authorities charge three in July 4 McMinn County slaying

Authorities have charged three Athens residents with the July 4 slaying of a 20-year-old man at a McMinn County home.


Betty Ann Hughes

Betty Ann Hughes, 56, of Duffield, Va., formerly of the Carter County area of Johnson City, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va., following an extended illness.


3 arrested and charged with July 4th murder in Athens, Tenn.

Two McMinn County women are safe after a storm blew their paddleboards from a Georgia island to a South Carolina island.


2 McMinn County, Tenn. women float from Ga. to S.C. island

Corbin police say they got a surprise delivery after charging a southern Kentucky man with shoplifting - five pizzas showed up at the station door.


Computers 101: Series goal? Reset skill sets

Class was in session at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library on Wednesday.


Shelter faces questions for dumping animals at landfill

A group in Hamblen County wants the city council and county commission to take funding away from the Morristown Humane Society Shelter faces questions for dumping animals at landfill A group in Hamblen County wants the city council and county commission to take funding away from the Morristown Humane Society Check out this story on WBIR.com: ... (more)


Questions arise over new state drug law

One of Tennessee's newest laws is raising a lot of concern around the country. The law allows the state to seek criminal charges Questions arise over new state drug law One of Tennessee's newest laws is raising a lot of concern around the country.


Kidnapping, Rape Cold Case Solved After 29 Years

It's something she never thought would happen, but after 29 years one mid-state woman finally knows the name of the man police said kidnapped and raped her as a child.


McMinn County Man Dies While Doing A Good Deed

Family members of an Athens man shot dead last week are pleading for an arrest in his murder.


Man Electrocuted in McMinn County

Updated Story A man dies on the job after his truck makes contact with a power line, causing an explosion.


Fireworks Store Explodes

Explosive video, literally, after a fireworks stand North of Knoxville goes up in flames.


Craigslist Robber

After posting an ad on Craigslist, a Calhoun, Tennessee man ends up burglarized.


Road work to cause delays in Sullivan County

A temporary detour of State Route 37/US 19E is in place at the intersection of SR-34 and US 11E.


Judge, court clerk, deputy named in federal lawsuit

Robert Franklin of Elizabethton, Tennessee has filed a civil lawsuit against Johnson County Deputy Joe Greer, Johnson County Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Hawkins and Johnson County Circuit Court Judge William Hawkins.


Sullivan Co. Sheriff's Office combats bullying with summer camp

Bullying is a problem everywhere with children and adults, but a summer camp going on in Sullivan County is teaching elementary students the skills to deal with the problem.


Footwear factory closing in Morristown

WATE's 6 On Your Side Day of Service for July will benefit East Tennessee Kidney Foundation by hosting a blanket drive on the station's front lawn.


Johnson County missionary travels to China

Carol Sue Billingsley recently returned from a two-month mission trip that took her into the heart of China.


Summer readers celebrate by making cornhusk dolls, memories and butter

How good was this year's Summer Reading Program? It was like butter. After seven weeks of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library's Summer Reading Program, young readers were treated to a special celebration Tuesday morning to mark the end of the series.


Former Grainger sheriff denies fleeing, DUI

Rutledge mayoral candidate and former Grainger County Sheriff Richard McElhaney said he never saw the blue lights of two agencies' vehicles chasing him before he drove off the road and into a cemetery.


Traffic Tips

Motorists should watch for workers, changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.


Dandridge woman who was pregnant while making, taking meth gets 151 months

Lacey Weld, 26, of Jefferson County received a sentence of 12 years and seven months after pleading guilty last year to conspiring to cook meth.


For bees and flowers, tongue size matters

When it comes to bee tongues, length is proportional to the size of the bee, but heritage sets the proportion.


Roane County officials warning residents of multiple occurrences of mail theft

Tennessee leaders say Volkwagen's plans to expand production at its Chattanooga factory and add a research and development plant demonstrate the auto company's commitment to the area after a bitter union... Tennessee leaders say Volkwagen's plans to expand production at its Chattanooga factory and add a research and development plant demonstrate ... (more)


6 indicted for thefts including funds raised for boy with cancer

Six people are facing charges, accused in a string of break-ins in Sevier County, including theft of thousands from a fundraiser for a boy battling leukemia.


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Tennessee leaders say Volkwagen's plans to expand production at its Chattanooga factory and add a research and development plant demonstrate the auto company's commitment to the area after a bitter union... Tennessee leaders say Volkwagen's plans to expand production at its Chattanooga factory and add a research and development plant demonstrate ... (more)


Roane County officials warning residents of multiple occurrences of mail theft

Tennessee leaders say Volkwagen's plans to expand production at its Chattanooga factory and add a research and development plant demonstrate the auto company's commitment to the area after a bitter union... Tennessee leaders say Volkwagen's plans to expand production at its Chattanooga factory and add a research and development plant demonstrate ... (more)


Youth was served in 20th E.T. Amateur

It has been a week since the Carter County County Bank East Tennessee Amateur came to an end at the Elizabethton Golf Course, but the 20th may have been the best.


Judge hands down harsher sentence to woman who was pregnant during meth crime

Lacey Weld, 26, of Jefferson County received a sentence of 12 years and seven months after pleading guilty last year to conspiring to cook meth.


Rogersville man arrested for 2 meth labs, search continues for woman

A Rogersville man was arrested last week for outstanding warrants in connection with two meth labs, while the search continues for his wife.


Floyd Edwin Gross

Floyd Edwin Gross, 84, of Johnson City, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the V.A. Medical Center in Johnson City.


Morning fire damages Carter County home

A Carter County home was heavily damaged by fire Sunday morning. According to an incident report from the Carter County Sheriff's Department, emergency went to the home at 187 Williams St., Johnson City, at 6:50 a.m. and found smoke coming from underneath the roof and through the windows on the rear of the residence.


Shelter uses theme from hit series to help kittens stage getaway

"Orange is the New Black" is a hit web-based series about prison that has taken the entertainment world by storm.


Tennessee county may re-apply for pipeline permit

An eastern Tennessee county is considering asking the state again for permits that would allow US Nitrogen to build miles-long pipelines to and from the Nolichucky River.


THP: One dead, three injured in Scott County crash

Kristal D. Davis of Helenwood, Tenn., was killed in the wreck, which happened around 10:20 p.m. at the intersection of Scott High Drive and Glasshouse Road in Huntsville, according to a report from Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Larry Blakney.


Traffic Tips

Also in Loudon County, on U.S. 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive, motorists should watch for possible lane closures at various times through this project.


Police and EMS gather at the site where the girl was run over by truck.

A man is now facing charges after police say he ran his girlfriend over in North Knoxville on Monday afternoon.


Tennessee News Minute

The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay $92 million for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts.


Cleveland City Judge Bill Moss Dies From Apparent Self-Inflicted...

His body was found at his normal parking spot near his truck after Cleveland police officers responded to a shots fired call to a parking lot at 4th Street and Broad Street at about 11 a.m. His longtime law partner, Jim Logan, said he had suffered a fall at his home in late April or early May. He said he struck his head, but he initially thought he ... (more)


VW announcement enforces Tennessee as 'auto hot spot'VW announcement...

Monday's announcement from Volkswagen on their new SUV is just another sign of Tennessee's growing automotive industry, with no VW announcement enforces Tennessee as 'auto hot spot' Monday's announcement from Volkswagen on their new SUV is just another sign of Tennessee's growing automotive industry, with no Check out this story on WBIR.com: ... (more)


Tennessee lawmaker uses campaign funds to buy mattress

We looked into Representative Timothy Hill's campaign funds after we got a tip he bought a mattress with it.


Tennessee lawmaker uses campaign funds to buy mattress

We looked into Representative Timothy Hill's campaign funds after we got a tip he bought a mattress with it.


Oak Ridge parents worry over parent responsibility zone changes

Strong to severe storms are possible tonight as a cold front slides out of Kentucky and Missouri into East Tennessee.


Meigs County Mayor Endorses Dan Howell For State Representative

"I am proud to support Dan Howell as our next state representative. He's one of the finest men I know and his life experience, integrity and character make him the ideal person to represent us in Nashville," Meigs County Mayor Lankford said.


Early voting begins Friday in Knox County

Help is on the way nearly one month later for tornado victims in Roane County. The National Weather Service saying an EF0 tornado hit just east of Kingston near Third Street on June 10th.


South Knoxville man charged with stabbing his mother

Former Vice President Al Gore and members of the Kennedy family joined hundreds of mourners for the funeral of renowned journalist and press freedom champion John Seigenthaler.


Hamblen sheriff's dept. arrests three for armed robberyHamblen...

Hamblen sheriff's dept. arrests three for armed robbery The Hamblen County Sheriff's Department arrested three men Monday in connection to an armed robbery in Hamblen County.


Pilot Flying J, government reach $92M agreement to avoid prosecution

Pilot Flying J has reached an agreement with the federal government that it will not be prosecuted in the fuel rebate matter, assuming it follows the terms of the agreement, including a monetary penalty and full cooperation with the government's investigation of fraudulent conduct.


McMinn Murder Suspect Appears in Court

A man appeared in court today in McMinn County in connection with the death of his wife.


Campbell County Sheriff operation rounds up drug dealers and probation violators

The Campbell County Sheriff Department announced Monday morning that law enforcement is arresting and actively seeking nearly 40 of the county's worst drug dealers and probation violators.


Campbell County teacher indicted in child sex case

The Monroe County mother charged with assault last week after she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for drugs was expected in court this week, but the hearing was moved to July 29. The Monroe County mother charged with assault last week after she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for drugs was expected in court this week, but the ... (more)


Courthouse Controversy Over "In God We Trust"

The plan to inscribe "In God We Trust" on the Roane County, Tennessee courthouse is moving forward, but not without a fight.


Campbell County teacher indicted in child sex case

The Monroe County mother charged with assault last week after she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for drugs was expected in court this week, but the hearing was moved to July 29. The Monroe County mother charged with assault last week after she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for drugs was expected in court this week, but the ... (more)


Former Grainger County sheriff, mayoral candidate faces DUI, speeding, evading arrest charges

A police pursuit reaching speeds in excess of 115 mph ended when a former Grainger County sheriff and current mayoral candidate slammed into tombstones in a Rutledge graveyard.


Woman charged with false reporting of shooting

An eastern Tennessee woman has been charged with falsely telling police a friend was firing shots in a neighborhood in Johnson City.


Monroe Co. mom charged with drug 'assault' on fetus to appear in court

The Monroe County mother charged with assault last week after she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for drugs is expected in court on Monday.


Fight leads to overnight stabbing in South Knoxville

The Knoxville Police Department says the call came in around 4 a.m. from the 6300 block of Sevierville Pike.


Teenage drivers can benefit from Sevierville's Collision Avoidance Training

Teenage drivers, start your engines. Registration is open for Sevierville Police Department's Collision Avoidance Training for Young Drivers seminar, to be held Aug. 15 and 16. SPD started hosting this program in 2009.


Dandridge approves new bridge to replace onea

The Dandridge City Council approved plans last week for a new bridge to replace the Hoskins-Jarnagin bridge that crosses Dandridge approves new bridge to replace one paved with history The Dandridge City Council approved plans last week for a new bridge to replace the Hoskins-Jarnagin bridge that crosses Check out this story on WBIR.com: ... (more)


Firefighters battle blaze at metal scrap business

Firefighters battle blaze at metal scrap business Firefighters responded to a fire a a Morristown metal recycling and scrap business Sunday night.


Chemical plant planned in Greene County

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Ashley Stevens named 2015 Tenn. Distinguished Woman: Cleveland's Savannah Stone is first runner-up

Ashley Stevens became the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee at the conclusion of the week-long competition Saturday evening at Lee University's Dixon Center.


Plan to put treated water in river draws concerns

Environmental activists in East Tennessee are opposing a plan that calls for taking water from the Nolichucky River for use by a Greene County industrial chemical plant and then returning the treated water to the river.


Elections to watch outside Knox County

Frank was elected two years ago to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Rex Lynch, a Republican who resigned in January 2011 after he was indicted on a charge of sales tax fraud.


Traffic Tips

Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.


Plans underway for first Renaissance festival in Roane Co.Plans...

After years of work and research, there will soon be a blast from the past in Harriman, stressing the word "past."


One person injured in Saturday morning tractor-trailer crash

One person was injured after a tractor-trailer flipped early Saturday morning on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County, officials said.


Mountain City painted red, white and blue

On July 4th the United States of America celebrated the 238th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.


Traffic Tips

Also in Knox County, drivers on U.S. 441/SR 33 Henley Bridge over the Tennessee River in Downtown Knoxville should know the Henley Bridge is open to four lanes of traffic.


Federal judge takes on new meth and pregnancy question

A federal judge in a novel sentencing case is considering whether to hand down a tougher prison sentence to a Jefferson County woman because she was pregnant at the time she was involved in a local meth manufacturing ring.


McCaslin says DYW program encourages personal growth

A self-motivated push to create opportunities set Julie McCaslin's desire to become a Distinguished Young Woman.


Lenoir City residents start petition against proposed cell tower

Saturday morning, residents in Lenoir City will raise concerns about a 180-foot cell phone tower that may be built within a mile of their home.


Volunteer Electric scam going around in Cumberland county

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office warned customers about a scammer saying your electric bill is past due.


Volunteer Electric scam going around in Cumberland county

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office warned customers about a scammer saying your electric bill is past due.


Knoxville police officer injured in traffic accident

From her porch in rural Anderson County, we watched Coleen Miller sketch her next barn quilt.


Ex-Loudon County deputy clerk claims pattern of violations

A former deputy clerk in the Loudon County Clerk's office claims to have witnessed repeated violations of state law and county policy, including a "cash for marriage" scheme, a ban on interracial marriages and political campaigning by office employees during work hours.


Rare white buffalo Custer takes stand at East Tennessee ranch

PHOTOS by SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL Custer, a white buffalo at Briarwood Ranch Safari in Bybee, Tenn., licks his chops as he prepares to feed.


5 arrested in Grainger Co. prostitution bust

The Grainger County Sheriff's Office arrested five people after law enforcement busted a home in Rutledge for sex trafficking.


Judge orders mental eval for Kenny Bartley

Campbell County school shooter Kenny Bartley on Friday gained a meeting with a mental health expert and a defense attorney.


Crashed milk truck brings I-75 South to a standstill for hours

An overturned milk truck in Loudon County snarled traffic on Interstate 75 south for nine hours Friday before the wreck was cleared.


More theft charges against Washington County couple

A Washington County, Tennessee couple jailed on burglary and theft charges from Johnson City earlier this week has picked up more charges this time in Washington County.


Closing 'retail gap' could support more businesses in Elizabethton

Missing: 14 clothing and accessory stores. Eight home and garden stores. And 15 restaurants.


Chattanooga judge slams $500 million project, Nashville lawyer's role

A Nashville attorney is at the center of a controversy regarding a $500 million development in East Tennessee.


Fireworks Superstore destroyed in flames was operating illegally

Fireworks Superstore destroyed in flames was operating illegally The state said the large fireworks store that burned down last weekend was operating without a license.


100 babies born drug dependent babies born in NE Tennessee

To date, 463 NAS babies have been born state wide. There were 921 cases reported in 2013.


Knoxville boy's business keeps dogs in McMinn Co. alive

Knoxville boy's business keeps dogs in McMinn Co. alive A Knoxville boy has been making a big impact on animal shelters in McMinn County.


Balanced budget with no tax increase in Sullivan County

The Sullivan County School board has passed a balanced budget for next year without having to raise taxes.


McMinn County Man Dies While Doing A Good Deed

Family members of an Athens man shot dead last week are pleading for an arrest in his murder.


ACLU wants to challenge law on drug-addicted mothers

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has issued a call for plaintiffs to help challenge a new state law that allows prosecutors to criminalize women who give birth to drug-dependent babies.


Scott County woman indicted for theft of $43K

Misty Lynn Blevins, 31, is accused of illegally transferring the money from her employer's business PayPal account to her personal PayPal account between August 2012 and January 2014, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


Homeowners in Loudon County concerned over proposed cell tower

Verizon is proposing a 180 foot cell tower, roughly 18 stories high, off Virtue Road.


New Facts: Teen to be tried as adult in Greene County murder

A teen suspected of killing his father in Greene County will be tried as an adult according to the Greene County Juvenile Court Clerk.


Man charged with chase, DUI

After chase and a close call with patrol cars, a man is being charged with aggravated assault and driving under the influence.


Retired Loudon County Judge Russell dies

Retired Loudon County General Sessions Judge William Henry "Bill" Russell, 75, died Thursday at Parkwest Medical Center of complications related to a recent heart attack and stroke.


Hamblen County animal shelter internal problems could affect funding

A number of viewers contacted 6 News with concerns over animal care at the shelter following a shakeup in leadership after several former employees were terminated.


Zoo previews Wee Play Adventure

The Knoxville Zoo's new indoor Wee Play Adventure is populated with lizards and filled with creative places for children to climb, pretend and learn.


Public Notices - 7/9/14

NOTICE TO CREDITORS ESTATE OF: Vicky Stephens Docket No. 2014-PR-28 Notice is hereby given that on the 24th day of June, 2014, Letters Testamentary in respect of the estate of Vicky Stephens, deceased, who died May 17, 2014 were issued to the undersigned by the Chancery Court of Polk County, Tennessee.


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A person of interest was taken into custody after a sergeant was shot and killed at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Perry County Wednesday.


West Knoxville man spots bear outside his window

A person of interest was taken into custody after a sergeant was shot and killed at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Perry County.


Forensics up close: It's pretty cool

A handful of youngsters got their hands dirty this week, learning about following clues to figure out the what, where and who.


Apology ends paddling abuse charge against former Sunbright principal

All it took was a public apology to end a criminal case against a former elementary school principal charged with abuse.


Courthouse Controversy Over "In God We Trust"

The plan to inscribe "In God We Trust" on the Roane County, Tennessee courthouse is moving forward, but not without a fight.


Danny Ray Vance

Danny Ray Vance, 56, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, at his residence. Danny was a native of the Roan Mountain community of Carter County and a son of the late Billy Audy and Vera Lee Julian Vance.


Campbell school shooter Bartley arrested, faces charges of assaulting deputies

Campbell County school shooter Kenny Bartley was arrested overnight and faces two counts of assault on a police officer, according to Campbell County authorities.


FBI probing reported beating at Sevier jail; lawsuit seeks $5 million

FBI agents are investigating claims of civil-rights abuses at the Sevier County jail after a former inmate says he was beaten nearly to death there last year.


Morgan County mom says toddler son who died in June was never abused

A Morgan County mother is speaking out on camera for the first time since her toddler son died last month.


Bledsoe County church celebrates 150 years of worship

T.A. Smith has not spent his entire life worshipping at Bethel Church of Christ in Bledsoe County, but he has spent most of it there.


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Sun Photo by O.J. Early Four family members of those who died in the United Air Lines Flight 823 crash near Parrottsville on July 9, 1964 stand together at an informal wreath-laying ceremony at the crash site early Wednesday evening.


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Sun Photo by O.J. Early Four family members of those who died in the United Air Lines Flight 823 crash near Parrottsville on July 9, 1964 stand together at an informal wreath-laying ceremony at the crash site early Wednesday evening.


East Tenn. mother first to face charges under new lawEast Tenn....

East Tenn. mother first to face charges under new law Mallory Loyola, 26, of Madisonville gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, July 6th.


Angry parents claim teacher abused students

Some parents are speaking out about concerns over possible abuse by a teacher. It involves a former Jonesborough Middle School teacher but the school system says the issue has already been handled and the teacher cleared, but the families are not satisfied.


Jefferson County man tricked by timeshare scam

A groundbreaking was held Wednesday for a new multi-million dollar residential development on the Marble Alley property in downtown Knoxville.


Jefferson County man tricked by timeshare scam

A groundbreaking was held Wednesday for a new multi-million dollar residential development on the Marble Alley property in downtown Knoxville.


City Council tells Farmers Market no to pavilion in Ralph Stout Park

After a fairly optimistic view of the proposal a few weeks ago, the Mountain City Town Council has re-evaluated their stance on allowing the Johnson County Farmers Market to potentially build an open air pavilion in Ralph Stout Park.


Police discover marijuana growing operation

The search of a home in Erwin, Tennessee leads to the discovery of what police are calling a marijuana growing operation.


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The Knox County Sheriff's Office Wednesday released a surveillance photo of the man suspected of robbing a North Knox County store Tuesday.


Early voting begins July 18

Early voting for the Tennessee State primary and general county election begins on July 18, 2014 and runs through August 2, 2014.


Raymond Blevins

Raymond Blevins, 87, of Elizabethton, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.


Trio Indicted on Murder Charges

A Gray, Tenn. couple and a Jonesborough, Tenn. man involved in a brutal murder that occurred in late May 2010 were indicted June 23 by the Scott County Grand Jury for their roles in the death of Natasha Gross Collins, 21, of Johnson City, Tenn.


Lois Johnson, East Tennessee country star passes away

Country singer and East Tennessee native Lois Johnson passed away after a long illness Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.


William H. "Bill" Bowling

William H. "Bill" Bowling, 72, of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital following a brief illness.


Mountain City painted red, white and blue

On July 4th the United States of America celebrated the 238th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.


East Tennessee country star Lois Johnson dies

Born and raised in Union County, Johnson began performing at age 11 and appeared on Knoxville radio and television shows, including "The Midday Merry-Go-Round," "The Tennessee Barn Dance" and "Cas Walker's Farm and Home Hour."


Knoxville City Council approves first reading on electronic ticketing system

It's an amazing story. A Knoxville man who weighed 555 pounds not that long ago is now literally half the guy he used to be.


6th person arrested for gang-related attempted murder6th person...

Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1lSydce Deputies arrested 40-year-old Cynthia Wright of Strawberry Plains in Jefferson County late last week.


Once-forbidden moonshine now providing significant tax revenue

Developers are taking notice of tourist's fascination with moonshine. Since lawmakers made the once outlawed brew legal, distilleries have become Once-forbidden moonshine now providing significant tax revenue Developers are taking notice of tourist's fascination with moonshine.


Bond forfeitures in Roane County go uncollected for decades

For decades, Roane County's court system failed to collect money it was supposed to be taking in for bond forfeitures.


Roy Charles "R.C." Bradshaw

Roy Charles "R.C." Bradshaw, 81, of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Life Care Center of Elizabethton, following an extended illness.


Exit 407 construction yields ramp closure

If you're trying to make your way from State Route 66 North to Interstate 40 West, you've got a slightly different route ahead of you.


Vacation Bible School 2014

New Mountain View Baptist "Gone Fishing: 'Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men' " is the theme of vacation Bible school at New Mountain View Baptist Church, Oliver Springs.


Women-owned businesses surge by 65% in Tennessee

A slow moving cold front will push into very warm and humid air this evening help to fire some strong to possibly severe storms.


Grace Crawford Morrison

Grace Crawford Morrison, 90, of Watauga, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Bristol Select Hospital, following an extended illness.


Seymour spa busted for prostitution

Seymour spa busted for prostitution Sevier County deputies busted a Seymour spa Monday for prostitution.


Ford Earned Purple Heart, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters For His Service In Vietnam War

Sun Photo by Kristen Buckles Greene County Quilters Donna Barnard, at left, and Gail Burnett present Vietnam veteran John Ford a Quilt of Valor at his Mosheim home in May. BY KRISTEN BUCKLES STAFF WRITER After nearly giving it all for freedom and country, John Ford returned home to the sneers and ridicule faced by many Vietnam veterans.


Fired highway workers file lawsuit against Sullivan County

A group of workers fired from the Sullivan County Highway Department has filed lawsuit in federal court in Greeneville wanting to go back to work.


Four women and one man arrested in prostitution sting

Three women and one man were arrested Monday at a massage parlor on Chapman Highway in Sevier County, authorities said.


7 file suit over firings from highway department

<![CDATA[BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Seven former workers at an East Tennessee highway department have filed a federal lawsuit over their firings. Media report the lawsuit says the Sullivan County Highway Department employees were wrongfully fired for testifying against their former boss during a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe. Interim Highway Commissioner Bobbie Manning has said the firings were based on individual work histories. The TBI investigated former commissioner, Terry Shaffer, who retired last year. The investigation was turned over to a grand jury, which found "an abuse of office" by Shaffer, who sometimes took five-hour lunch breaks, but no criminal violations. The workers are asking for reinstatement, lost wages, benefits and attorney fees.


Dr. Who talk turns to time travel

The gathering at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library was less "whodunnit" and more "Why - Who' Does It."


'Street preacher' claims God would strike arresting officer dead

A Hawkins County man who was found preaching in the middle of Main Street in Surgoinsville early Saturday morning claimed "God was in him," but his arresting officer alleges that a large quantity of alcohol was in him as well.


Traffic Tips

Lane reductions will be in place around the clock for approximately two years. Motorists also should watch for lane shifts and narrowed lanes.


School Shooting Plot Foiled in Hawkins Co., TN

Authorities in Hawkins County, Tennessee have arrested two juveniles who they say had planned a Columbine-style massacre at their school, Volunteer High School in Church Hill.


Cumberland county teacher charged with murder remains in jail without bond

The owner of a historic home in oak ridge plans to rebuild after an overnight fire nearly destroyed it.


Rural Metro responded and said when crews got there the first floor was consumed in fire.

The owner of a historic home in oak ridge plans to rebuild after an overnight fire nearly destroyed it.


Thief stuffs $300 worth of meat down his pants

A suspected meat thief was caught on camera just before he stuffed hundreds of dollars worth of beef down his pants.


Jones Hardwoods has continued to grow during slow economy

Any good business has to be able to adapt and change with demand. Through the dramatic economic shifts of the past few years many companies have faltered or failed altogether, especially those having anything to do with the housing market.


Scopes Trial Play And Festival Set For July 18-20

Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse and Dayton's Scopes Trial Festival will present "Front Page News: Dayton and the World Famous Scopes Trial," a newly adapted play with music, in the historic Rhea County courtroom July 18-20.


Church helps less fortunate Jefferson County couple in need

Beginning Monday, students at the University of Tennessee must decide whether or not they want part of the fees they pay for school to cover student programming.


Glenda Shankle Eggers

Glenda Shankle Eggers, 68, of Elizabethton, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at her residence following an extended illness.


Daniel M. Smith

Daniel M. Smith, 86, of Elizabethton, passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Johnson City Medical Center.


Ratliff takes ETA title by 10 strokes

Former Sullivan South standout and ETSU freshman Cayman Ratliff shattered the old tournament record at the Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur Sunday, going 16 under for the entire tournament following a final-round 66 on Sunday.


Dandridge home destroyed in overnight fireDandridge home destroyed in ...

Dandridge home destroyed in overnight fire Dandridge home destroyed in overnight fire Check out this story on WBIR.com: http://on.wbir.com/1lKgaos According to Jefferson County dispatch, the fire started about 10 o'clock Saturday night on Blue Agron Way in Jefferson County.


Jim Arber: Soccer's intensity easily outranks that of football

Jim Arber is a freelance writer, leisure professional and Cumberland County resident.


School Shooting Plot Foiled in Hawkins Co., TN

Authorities in Hawkins County, Tennessee have arrested two juveniles who they say had planned a Columbine-style massacre at their school, Volunteer High School in Church Hill.


Deadly Crash Kills Dayton Man

A Dayton man was killed in a crash on Highway 30 between Dayton and Pikeville Friday afternoon.


Monroe County memorial honors veterans

As the Independence Day celebrations continue throughout East Tennessee many also spend the day remembering loved ones who have fought for our freedoms.


Fourth of July "futbol" a growing Oneida tradition

July 4, 2014: For the last six years, soccer players in Oneida play a friendly "USA vs. Mexico" soccer match.


Mother of dead 17-month-old defends herself, demands answers

Amanda Beaty with her son, Levi. Levi died on June 1 and his death is being investigated as a homicide.


Mother of dead 17-month-old defends herself, demands answers

Amanda Beaty with her son, Levi. Levi died on June 1 and his death is being investigated as a homicide.


Ducktown school preservation eyed

A variety of programs will be offered throughout the weekend, including special events on July 4th and July 5th in Ducktown as well as at the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park in Delano.


Fireworks laws by county and city

Sullivan County - Fireworks can be used between the hours of 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. throughout the year, but the hours are extended to midnight on July 4 and other holidays.


Fireworks laws by county and city

Sullivan County - Fireworks can be used between the hours of 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. throughout the year, but the hours are extended to midnight on July 4 and other holidays.


Appeal Of Defendant In Lillelid Murders Denied

The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied an application to appeal on behalf of Karen Renee Howell, one of six people serving life in prison for the 1997 roadside murders of a 6-year-old girl and her parents in Greene County.


Fireworks laws by county and city

Sullivan County - Fireworks can be used between the hours of 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. throughout the year, but the hours are extended to midnight on July 4 and other holidays.


I-40 W in Jeff Co reopened after disabled tractor trailer

A major back-up in Jefferson County is affecting the busiest travel day of the July 4th holiday weekend.


Public Notices - 7/2/14

IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF POLK COUNTY, TENNESSEE PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE TO CREDITORS ESTATE OF: Vicky Stephens Docket No.


New Ag Agent on the job

Polk County Commissioners turned down Ducktown's Urban Growth boundary and appointed members of the community to the Forest Service Committtee last Thursday during their regular monthly meeting.


Teachers HELP Trains Teachers In English Learner Techniques

The Teachers HELP Summer Academy, which is a part of a five year program to offer high-quality English Learner endorsement and professional development opportunities, opened with a science lesson.


East TN officer sued again after 2nd fatal shooting

Dustin Hensley has had a busy law enforcement career in Tennessee. He's worked at three departments in six years, shot two people dead and been East TN officer sued again after 2nd fatal shooting Dustin Hensley has had a busy law enforcement career in Tennessee.


State authorities to step up enforcement during holiday weekend

To promote safety and reduce crashes during the holiday weekend, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a high visibility enforcement campaign beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ending at midnight Sunday, according to THP.


State authorities to step up enforcement during holiday weekend

To promote safety and reduce crashes during the holiday weekend, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a high visibility enforcement campaign beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ending at midnight Sunday, according to THP.


Tennessee police officer sued in second killing

Dustin Hensley has had a busy law enforcement career in Tennessee. He's worked at three departments in six years, shot two people dead and been subject to two federal lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths.


Sweetwater man admits to raping 14-year-oldSweetwater man admits to...

A Monroe County man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl with a mental disability is now facing charges.


Babysitter of Morgan County toddler who died in June starts 'Justice for Levi' campaign

"He was a little baby, he should have been protected and he wasn't," said Levi's babysitter Cyndi Wicks.


Babysitter of Morgan County toddler who died in June starts 'Justice for Levi' campaign

"He was a little baby, he should have been protected and he wasn't," said Levi's babysitter Cyndi Wicks.


Jamie Curd trial reset for next year

The double murder trial for Jamie Curd, previously set for August 12, 2014, has been rescheduled after a motion hearing in Washington County, Tennessee.


Strong Storms Possible Tonight; Fourth Of July Should Be Clear

BY O.J. EARLY STAFF WRITER Storms may threaten Greene County this afternoon and tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.


McKenzie Promoted To FirstBank City President For Chattanooga Area

FirstBank announces the promotion of Jim McKenzie to City President for the Chattanooga area, responsible for overseeing the bank's growing operations in Hamilton and Rhea County.


Morris Woodring leaves school system after 35 years of service

Every passing year marks the retirement of someone in their career path, the passing of the baton to a rising successor.


500 Pot Plants Found In Greene County

BY KEN LITTLE STAFF WRITER Nearly 500 marijuana plants were found recently in Greene County during a coordinated search involving the Sheriff's Department and the Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication, Sheriff Steve Burns said.


Morristown man killed in crash, impaled by metal pole

A Hamblen County man died early Wednesday morning after his car ran off Fish Hatchery Road and struck a metal pole.


500 Pot Plants Found In Greene County

BY KEN LITTLE STAFF WRITER Nearly 500 marijuana plants were found recently in Greene County during a coordinated search involving the Sheriff's Department and the Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication, Sheriff Steve Burns said.


Jones Hardwoods has continued to grow during slow economy

Any good business has to be able to adapt and change with demand. Through the dramatic economic shifts of the past few years many companies have faltered or failed altogether, especially those having anything to do with the housing market.


Hawkins men accused of luring 13-year-olds to sex party sentenced to probation

Two Hawkins County men accused of attempting to lure three 13-year-old girls to a 3 a.m. sex party late last year were sentenced to probation Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.


Elderly woman dies in chain reaction car crash in Roane County

A Cocke County man is behind bars Tuesday for a number of charges including aggravated arson.


Gaming systems stolen from Athens Public Library

Late Senator Howard Baker left an impression on nearly everything in Scott County, from the town's roads and buildings, to its people.


Community members remember Sen. Howard Baker

Late Senator Howard Baker left an impression on nearly everything in Scott County, from the town's roads and buildings, to its people.


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A local volunteer fire department is selling fireworks this week to help fund their yearly budget.


A port for Legacy mobile clinic

It may look like a "big metal shed" when it's completed, but to Sister Mariana Koonce, it's security, stability and a way to streamline operations.


18 sentenced in oxycodone distribution ring case

Devin Ray Horne, 24, of Kingsport, Tenn., was sentenced on June 30, 2014, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court Judge, to serve 282 months in federal prison for his leadership role in oxycodone, money laundering and income tax fraud conspiracies, as well as witness intimidation.


School Shooting Plot Foiled in Hawkins Co., TN

Authorities in Hawkins County, Tennessee have arrested two juveniles who they say had planned a Columbine-style massacre at their school, Volunteer High School in Church Hill.


Most Offices In Greene County Will Be Closed For July 4

Most local offices will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Friday. Greeneville, Tusculum, Mosheim and Baileyton town halls wil all be closed, as will the Greene County Courthouse and offices in the Courthouse Annex.


Cox Kept Vehicles Moving During WWII

Photo Special To The Sun James Robert Cox sits with the Quilt of Valor he was recently presented by the Greene County Quilters.


Huntsville prepares for Senator Baker's funeralHuntsville prepares...

The small Scott County town of Huntsville always was a special place for the late Senator Howard Baker Junior.


Grand Jury Indicts Graysville Police Chief

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments and the arrest of a police chief accused of misconduct.


News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

He says Memphis firefighters rescued seven residents from a mobile home park after rising water got inside their trailers.


Knox County woman charged with TennCare fraud

The state on Monday announced the arrest of Rachael Christine Presnell, 25, charged with fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by "doctor shopping" with multiple providers; using TennCare as payment; and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.


Heavy Rains Bring Flash Flood Warning To Parts Of Hamilton County

The National Weather Service said Monday morning that a lingering storm system had already brought 3-4 inches of rain and was expected to produce two more inches.


Bledsoe County Man Gets 42-Month FederaL Prison Term For Gun Possession

A Bledsoe County man has been ordered to serve 42 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon.


Erwin Utilities could offer high-speed data for customers

Fiber-to-the-premises broadband internet service has existed in Northeast Tennessee for 10 years.


Plan Ahead For Tennessee Fall Festivals

When Tennessee transitions from summer to fall, with its numerous trees showing off a kaleidoscope of warm colors, festivals of all sorts occur in the small towns and big cities.


Commissioners offer update

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer The Hancock County commissioners, buoyed by news from the Army Corps of Engineers, gave an update on county government at the Hancock County Republican Party's First Friday Luncheon.


Hancock Co. church destroyed by fire

A Hancock County church was destroyed by fire Monday morning. According to Joe Davis, Pastor of Briar Creek Baptist Church in Sneedville, all that's According to Joe Davis, Pastor of Briar Creek Baptist Church in Sneedville, all that's left standing of the small church is the block walls of the sanctuary.


Hancock Medical Center sues management company

Hancock Medical Center's Board of Trustees has filed a federal lawsuit against its former management company, claiming it lost millions of dollars from its contract with Tennessee-based Quorum Health Resources.


Updates: Closings, delays in wake of storm

A family walks out of Sevenoaks West heading to their parked car Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.


 

 

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