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49 Cases of Vaping Related Illness Reported in Tennessee

49 Cases of Vaping Related Illness Reported in Tennessee

(AP) – Tennessee health officials say they have received 49 cases of serious lung injury in people who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. The Department of Health said Monday that no single product has been linked to the cases and the specific ingredient causing the lung injuries remains unknown. The state is recommending…MORE

Still Working ‘9 to 5,’ Dolly Parton Marks 50 Years at Opry

Still Working ‘9 to 5,’ Dolly Parton Marks 50 Years at Opry

(AP) – Country superstar Dolly Parton is still working “9 to 5,” and doing what she loves as she celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. The 73-year-old actress, singer and songwriter, who first played the Opry when she was just a teenager, played the longstanding radio show Saturday night in Nashville…MORE

Dollywood Accused of Willful Copyright Infringement Over Christmas Song

Dollywood Accused of Willful Copyright Infringement Over Christmas Song

Dollywood is being sued for unauthorized use of a copyrighted song. The lawsuit claims the park has been performing “Christmas Time is Here” during their Twas the Night Before Christmas show since 2007, if not earlier. It’s the song from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi. The Lee Mendelson Film Productions…MORE

TBI Top 10 Most Wanted in Custody

TBI Top 10 Most Wanted in Custody

A Roane County man sought by the TBI has surrendered. 31-year-old Christopher Allen Taylor was wanted for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Rape and Aggravated Assault. Officials say Taylor turned himself in to a state trooper in Cumberland County Tuesday morning. Previous Story The TBI is asking you to be on the lookout for a Roane County…MORE

Ex-Buffalo Bills Player Accused of Pulling Gun on Pranksters in Nashville

Ex-Buffalo Bills Player Accused of Pulling Gun on Pranksters in Nashville

(AP) – A former Buffalo Bills player is accused of pulling a gun on teens who were ding-dong ditching homes in his Tennessee neighborhood. 43-year-old Jimmy Robinson Jr. was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault. Mt. Juliet police Lt. Tyler Chandler says authorities responding to a report of an armed man Thursday night…MORE

Car Fire on Cades Cove Loop

Car Fire on Cades Cove Loop

A car billowing smoke and flames inside Cades Cove. Dramatic video was posted to social media of the fire around 1:00 o’clock Wednesday. Lori Tomblin says she could feel the heat of the flames as she drove by. No one was injured and the fire was contained. However, crews had the loop closed for several…MORE

Knoxville Man Hospitalized After Believed Vaping Illness

Knoxville Man Hospitalized After Believed Vaping Illness

A Knoxville man is believed to be another victim of pulmonary illness related to vaping. Family says Dylan Collins was vomiting out of control. He was taken to the hospital and they found pneumonia in the lower half of his lungs and he said he was septic. Dylan was intubated and put on life support…MORE

KPD is Bringing Beards Back for Charity

KPD is Bringing Beards Back for Charity

The beards are coming back. After raising over $11,000 for charity last year KPD officers will again don the beard starting October 1st. Typically, officers are prohibited from having a beard, but those rules will be relaxed for the final three months of 2019. Officers wanting to grow a beard will make a donation for…MORE

Tennessee Housing Prices Rising, Permits Dip Slightly

Tennessee Housing Prices Rising, Permits Dip Slightly

(AP) – A housing market report says prices keep rising across Tennessee’s metro areas, while construction permits are slightly down year over year. A Middle Tennessee State University news release says the quarterly report shows promising mixed signals. It found home prices were up 6.4% statewide from a year ago, with the biggest metro statistical…MORE

Gov Lee Hands-Off as AG Moves for More Executions

Gov Lee Hands-Off as AG Moves for More Executions

(AP) – The Tennessee governor is refraining from weighing in on the attorney general’s request to schedule executions for nine death-row prisoners and restore a 10th inmate’s death sentence. Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday that it is Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s prerogative to request the execution dates and to challenge a court’s decision commuting…MORE

KPD Investigating Pair of Overnight Shootings

KPD Investigating Pair of Overnight Shootings

Knoxville Police are investigating a pair of shootings overnight. A 16-year-old girl showed up at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm a little before 9:00 o’clock. Witnesses say the shooting happened near East 5th Avenue. No other details have been provided. A few hours later, around 11:00 p.m., patrol officers…MORE

TN AG Seeking to Set Date for 9 Executions

Tennessee’s attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to set nine execution dates. Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed the request last week, with seven of the nine men being represented by the federal public defender’s office. Assistant Federal Public Defender Kelley Henry said she was surprised by the request and would oppose the motion.…MORE

No Injuries After Car Crashes Into Dandridge Store

No Injuries After Car Crashes Into Dandridge Store

No injuries, but a lot of damage after a car crashed into a building in Dandridge. Deputies were called to the Indian Creek Market and Deli Monday. Investigators say the 62-year-old woman was trying to park, but hit the accelerator instead of the break and went through glass doors. Jefferson County EMS, the Chestnut Hill…MORE

Abortion Clinics Challenging TN’s 48 Hour Waiting Period

Abortion Clinics Challenging TN’s 48 Hour Waiting Period

(AP) – A federal judge is set to hear opening statements in a lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period before abortions. In Nashville, lawyers for five of the state’s seven abortion clinics will try Monday to prove the law places an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Tennessee is one of 14 states with laws…MORE

Inmate Got Away in Stolen Car in Jefferson County

Inmate Got Away in Stolen Car in Jefferson County

Authorities in Jefferson County are searching for an inmate who escaped in a stolen car. They say 35-year-old Jason Carr broke into the Jefferson County School Bus Garage around 11:00 Thursday morning and took off in a ’99 red Chevy Impala. Carr was last seen on Highway 25 near Deep Springs Road. He was being…MORE

East Tennessee Counties Eligible for Flood Relief

East Tennessee Counties Eligible for Flood Relief

There is more help for people impacted by the historic floods earlier this year. The Federal Department of Agriculture is giving out grants to people impacted by flooding across East Tennessee. The money is to help with repairs for homes and businesses damaged by the flooding. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says grants totaling $150 Million will…MORE

Endangered Child Alert Issued in West TN

Endangered Child Alert Issued in West TN

Authorities searching for a teen out of West Tennessee. The TBI issued an Endangered Child Alert for 16-year-old Gregory Shelton out of Haywood County Tennessee, that’s near Jackson. Officials say Shelton has a medical condition and doesn’t have his medication. Anyone with information that could help find Shelton should call the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office…MORE

Wounded Soldiers Biking 101 Miles Later this Month

Wounded Soldiers Biking 101 Miles Later this Month

(AP) – A group of wounded soldiers from Army posts in Kentucky and Georgia are biking 101 miles beginning at Fort Campbell later this month. Fort Campbell says the event is called “Where Heroes Rendezvous” and will begin on Sept. 27. The ride will include more than 70 wounded, ill and injured soldiers from Fort…MORE

Man Dead in Officer Involved Shooting in Elizabethton TN

Man Dead in Officer Involved Shooting in Elizabethton TN

The TBI is on the scene of an officer involved shooting in Elizabethton Tennessee. Officers were on patrol on East Elk Avenue around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning when they spotted a suspicious man. They asked him to identify himself but he took off. They caught up to him on Academy Street. As the officers tried to…MORE

SWAT Called to a Home in Cumberland Co

SWAT Called to a Home in Cumberland Co

Charges pending after a standoff in Cumberland County Thursday night. Deputies were called to the 900 block of Russell Ridge Road for a domestic violence call around 6:00 p.m. 76-year-old James Reagan had barricaded himself inside the residence. Family say there were multiple loaded weapons positioned throughout the home. They say Reagan has Alzheimer’s and at…MORE

UPDATE: Stolen Truck Involved in Fatal East TN Crash

UPDATE: Stolen Truck Involved in Fatal East TN Crash

UPDATE: Investigators say a truck involved in a fatal crash in Knox County had been reported stolen.  The investigation into the crash remains active. PREVIOUS: Family and friends are remembering a Knoxville pastor and his wife, killed in a crash on Mascot Road Tuesday. Ruben Wilson was a pastor in Knoxville for more than 50…MORE

Knoxville Job Fair at the Grande Event Center

Knoxville Job Fair at the Grande Event Center

Are you needing a job? Employers are looking to fill hundreds of positions at today’s Knoxville Job Fair. Positions range from entry-level to management. The job fair is from 10:00 until 2:00 today at the Grande Event Center on Clinton Highway. Parking and admission are free. DENSO, H&R Block, Charter Foods, The US Army and…MORE

Bryan College Cutting Tuition by $11k

Bryan College Cutting Tuition by $11k

(AP) – A Christian college in Tennessee says it’s cutting tuition by $11,000 in 2020-21 for incoming and returning students in on-campus undergraduate degree programs. College President Stephen Livesay said in a Wednesday statement that the change could more than double enrollment at the school of more than 1,600 students. The Dayton, Tennessee-based institution named…MORE

Funeral Services for Teen Killed by Dogs

Funeral Services for Teen Killed by Dogs

Funeral services have been announced for a Blount County woman who was attacked and killed by a pack of dogs. 19-year-old Adrieanna O’Shea was attacked by the animals in South Knoxville on Crescent Drive last month. She was rushed to the hospital but died a week later. O’Shea had graduated Heritage High School with plans…MORE

GSMNP Hosting Star Gazing in Cades Cove

GSMNP Hosting Star Gazing in Cades Cove

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is hosting a star gazing event in Cades Cove this weekend. The Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society will be on hand with equipment and expertise. Depending on visibility, they say you will experience close-up observations of the planet Jupiter and its moons, a quarter moon high in the sky, and…MORE

Former Gov Haslam Not Ruling Out Future Run for Office

Former Gov Haslam Not Ruling Out Future Run for Office

(AP) – Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam isn’t ruling out a future run for office, though he says he isn’t currently planning on it. During an event Wednesday alongside former GOP Sen. Bob Corker, Haslam said he’d be sad if he never serves in some kind of public role again. Haslam told reporters it was…MORE

Zoo Knoxville Saying “Farewell” to Penguins

Zoo Knoxville Saying “Farewell” to Penguins

Zoo Knoxville is hosting a formal farewell for their African Penguins this weekend. The zoo’s four penguins are preparing to move to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. In celebration, over the Labor Day weekend, the Zoo is offering $5 off admission for anyone wearing “black and white” clothing. Tickets can be purchased online at zooknoxville.org or at the…MORE

Barricaded Suspect Arrested in Morristown

Barricaded Suspect Arrested in Morristown

A Morristown man is facing numerous charges after a standoff over the weekend. Officers were called to The Maples apartment complex on just after midnight Saturday for a domestic disturbance. A woman was sent to the hospital for injures. Officers returned to the scene and say the suspect, Jason Starritt, barricaded himself in the apartment…MORE

CDC Investigating Connection Between Vaping and Respiratory Illness

CDC Investigating Connection Between Vaping and Respiratory Illness

(AP) – Tennessee officials are asking health care providers to report cases of suspected serious respiratory illness among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. The state Department of Health says the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a cluster of severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes or…MORE

UTPD Introduces New K-9 Kale

UTPD Introduces New K-9 Kale

(UTPD)  What is Kale? A) A leafy green vegetable B) A floppy-eared bomb-sniffing black Lab. If your answer is A, you would be correct. If your answer is B, you would also be correct. This month, K-9 Kale became the newest four-legged officer of the University of Tennessee Police Department. He is a two-and-a-half-year-old pup who…MORE

Veteran Job Fair Today in Knoxville

Veteran Job Fair Today in Knoxville

The American Job Center in Knoxville is putting on a veteran focused resource and job fair Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s happening form 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tennessee National Guard Armory on Sutherland Avenue. More than 55 community organizations and service providers will be on hand to help veterans looking for work.MORE

Florida Man Charged with DUI after Crashing into Motel

Florida Man Charged with DUI after Crashing into Motel

A Florida man is facing DUI charges after crashing a semi into a motel Saturday night. Officials say 34-year-old Raul Medina hit the canopy over the main entrance of the Roadway Inn off Strawberry Plains Pike. Medina told authorities he was trying to pull into the parking lot when he hit the building. Then he…MORE

TN Ready Scores Are In

TN Ready Scores Are In

Results are in from last year’s TN Ready tests. Schools Listed as Exemplary: Alcoa, Clinton, Loudon and Maryville Advanced Districts Include: Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Hamblen, Jefferson, Lenoir City, Monroe, Oak Ridge and Sweetwater Satisfactory School Districts: Campbell, Grainger, Knox, Morgan, Sevier and Union Only one school in our area was listed as Needs Improvement, that…MORE

Knoxville College Offering Free Tuition

Knoxville College Offering Free Tuition

Knoxville College is offering free tuition for qualifying students. To see if you qualify CLICK HERE. Interim President Dr. Keith Lindsey says the free college is about, “trying to educate all who desire to learn and receive a quality education from a historic institution of higher learning.” The free tuition is being offered for the 2019-2020…MORE

Death Row Inmate Now on Death Watch

Death Row Inmate Now on Death Watch

A Tennessee inmate on Death Row is now on Death Watch. Stephen West was moved to a cell next to the execution chamber where he’ll be under 24-hour observation. West was found guilty in the 1986 kidnapping and stabbing deaths of 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter. West is scheduled to die be lethal…MORE

DUI Charges in Fatal Emory Rd Motorcycle Crash

DUI Charges in Fatal Emory Rd Motorcycle Crash

A Knoxville man charged in a fatal motorcycle crash is accused of driving under the influence. Investigators say 47-year-old Michael Robinson was impaired Sunday when he crossed into another lane and crashed into a motorcycle on Emory Road. 50-year Mark Moore and 49-year-old Kimberly Foster were killed. Robinson was already facing two counts of Vehicular…MORE

Another Record Year for TN Tourism

Another Record Year for TN Tourism

Another record year for tourism in Tennessee. The state averaged $60 million a day from tourists last year. The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announced that 119 million visitors swung by the Volunteer State in 2018, up 6 million from the year before. Gov. Bill Lee and Tourist Development Commissioner Mark Ezell unveiled the numbers…MORE

Early Voting Starts Wednesday in City Elections

Early voting for the Knoxville City Primaries start Wednesday. On the ballot is the race for City Mayor and several City Council seats. Early voting runs for two weeks with the primary on the 27th. For polling times, locations and a sample ballot visit KnoxCounty.org/Election.MORE

Knoxville Woman Facing Charges After Police Chase

Knoxville Woman Facing Charges After Police Chase

A Knoxville woman is facing several charges after a police chase Friday. 30-year-old Tasheina Turner is charged with evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident and theft of property. Officials say she was in a truck stolen from a business on Clinton Highway. Officials say she crashed into two vehicles and a wall at…MORE

Anteater or Bearcat – Zoo Wants You to Choose!

Anteater or Bearcat – Zoo Wants You to Choose!

Zoo Knoxville says they have an open space and they’re looking to fill it with a new species, and they want you to pick! On the Zoo’s Facebook page they’re letting you pick their next exhibit, either a Giant Anteater or a pair Bearcats. Also know as the “Ant Bear” Giant Anteaters are native to…MORE

Oak Ridge Firefighters Warning of Fraudulent Safety Campaign

Oak Ridge Firefighters Warning of Fraudulent Safety Campaign

Firefighters in Oak Ridge say someone claiming to be with the fire department is going door to door to speak to people about carbon monoxide detectors. The Oak Ridge Fire Department says it want to warn residents about what may be a fraudulent safety campaign because its representatives aren’t involved. It has ended an earlier…MORE

Unwieldy TennCare System Confused Officials, Led to Purge

Unwieldy TennCare System Confused Officials, Led to Purge

(AP) A newspaper investigation says the unwieldy paperwork system behind Tennessee’s low-income health insurance program caused thousands of children to lose coverage. The Tennessean investigation says late, incomplete and unreturned paperwork made it difficult for TennCare to determine eligibility, leading it to drop more children than any other state Medicaid program. Most TennCare coverage is…MORE

Man and Woman from Cookeville Missing Over a Year

Man and Woman from Cookeville Missing Over a Year

A man and woman out of Cookeville have been missing over a year. The TBI is now asking for help finding them. 40-year-old Kristie Wilson and 47-year-old Henry Wilson have been missing since last May. Their car was found last September abandoned in Fentress County. The TBI says while they have the same last name,…MORE

Knoxville Man Facing Attempted Murder in Child Abuse Case

Knoxville Man Facing Attempted Murder in Child Abuse Case

A Knoxville man accused of exposing himself to a minor is now facing Attempted Murder charges. A woman says she caught Devin Lane Sunday behind a closed door with a minor with his pants down. She yelled at him and says he started breaking things in the home. The woman says he then went to…MORE

“Color for Clark” Art Drive Honoring Maryville Boy

“Color for Clark” Art Drive Honoring Maryville Boy

In honor of an 8-year-old killed in Maryville the community is hosting “Color for Clark.” It’s an art supply drive that will go to under-privileged kids and their school. You’re encouraged to drop off new art supplies like markers, crayons, yarn, scissors, glue sticks and more. They’re accepting donations through the 28th. Clark was killed…MORE

Perdue Recalling Over 30,000 Pounds of Chicken

Perdue Recalling Over 30,000 Pounds of Chicken

(USDA) – Perdue Foods LLC., a Bridgewater, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of bone material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The fully cooked chicken products were produced on March 21, 2019. The…MORE

KPD: Minor Injured Playing with Firearm

KPD: Minor Injured Playing with Firearm

Authorities say a minor is in the hospital after he and a friend were playing with a loaded gun. Investigators believe it happened around 8:30 Tuesday night on Tarleton Avenue in East Knoxville. The victim and a friend were playing with the firearm when it went off. Officials described it as a “negligent discharge.” The…MORE

Invasive Asian Tick Found in Tennessee

Invasive Asian Tick Found in Tennessee

(AP) – Public health officials say an invasive tick has been detected in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, multiple organizations say two Asian longhorned ticks were found on a dog in Union County and five were found on a cow in Roane County. The Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 11…MORE

Deputies Called to Home Before Babies Found Unresponsive

Deputies Called to Home Before Babies Found Unresponsive

Blount County deputies were called to a home in Seymour just hours before a baby and toddler were left alone in a bathtub. The sheriff’s office says no arrests were made and no charges were filed. A short time later, Bethanie Carriker’s newborn and 15-month old were pulled from the bathtub in critical condition. Authorities…MORE

TN Lost Over $28 Million from Internet Scams

TN Lost Over $28 Million from Internet Scams

(AP) The FBI says its Internet Crime Complaint Center reports victims of internet scams in Tennessee lost more than $28 million last year. The agency says more than 5,500 people reported losses in Tennessee. The state ranks 23rd in dollar loss. The 2018 total for Tennessee is about double the previous year’s figure of approximately…MORE

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