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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

Missing Knox County Man

Missing Knox County Man

Knox County authorities are looking for a missing 73-year-old diabetic veteran. Rob Jiordano walked away from his home on Clinton Highway around 10:00 o’clock Monday morning. Family believes he has un-diagnosed dementia and say he left without a cellphone. Jiordano is insulin dependent. He’s 5-foot 5 about 170 pounds with balding gray hair and was…MORE

State GOP Rep Says Wheels in Motion to Ask Speaker Casada to Resign

State GOP Rep Says Wheels in Motion to Ask Speaker Casada to Resign

A State Executive Committee Representative from East Tennessee says the wheels are in motion to officially ask House Speaker Glen Casada to step down as speaker and resign his post. Scott Smith represents Knox, Anderson, and Loudon counties for the state GOP says, “If he does not do that within 24 hours of the notice,…MORE

Hiker Known as “Sovereign” Arrested and Charged with Murder

Hiker Known as “Sovereign” Arrested and Charged with Murder

One person is dead another is injured after a man attacked them on the Appalachian Trail. It happened Friday and James Jordan was arrested Saturday on one count of Murder and another for Assault. In April, Jordan, who goes by the name “Sovereign” was arrested in Unicoi County for Drug Possession and Criminal Impersonation. He…MORE

Oak Ridge Woman Pleads Guilty to Murdering Granddaughter

Oak Ridge Woman Pleads Guilty to Murdering Granddaughter

An Oak Ridge woman has admitted to killing her granddaughter. Authorities say 18-month-old Manhattan Inman was malnourished and smothered to death in 2011. The DA says 54-year-old Valerie Stenson, pleaded guilty Friday to Second-Degree Murder and will spend 30 years in prison with no possibility of parole. In a statement The Anderson County DA said,…MORE

Missing 12-Year-Old Morristown Teen Found Safe

Missing 12-Year-Old Morristown Teen Found Safe

Officials say 12-year-old Elizaida Lugo has returned home safe. Previous Story Police in Morristown are asking for help finding a missing 12-year-old girl. Elizaida Lugo was reported missing Tuesday night from her mother’s home on Marshall Avenue. Elizaida is 5-foot tall 128 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. They say she may be wearing…MORE

Mother Charged After Children Found Unresponsive in Bathtub

Mother Charged After Children Found Unresponsive in Bathtub

A Seymour woman is in custody after her baby and toddler were found unresponsive in a bathtub. Officials say the 15-month-old died and the 20-day-old child is in critical condition. 34-year-old Bethanie Carriker was charged with two counts of Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect. Rescue Crews were called to her home on Green Fern Trail in…MORE

Three Arrested After Shooting in Powell

Three Arrested After Shooting in Powell

Three people in custody after a shooting last night in Powell. It happened at Heiskell Road and Gardener Lane. Witnesses say a sedan sped off after the shooting. Officials say Noah Priester and Nicholas England were picked up by Kayelin Martin. The victim was found a short time later and is cooperating with investigators. All…MORE

1 Killed Another Injured in I-40 Wrong Way Crash

1 Killed Another Injured in I-40 Wrong Way Crash

Knoxville Police are investigating after a wrong-way driver killed a man on I-40 Saturday morning. Officials say 30-year-old Kara Wakefield was headed the wrong way on I-40 West near I-640 around 5:30. She crashed head on into 56-year-old Darrell Guilliams, who was pronounced dead on the scene. Wakefield was rushed to UT Medical Center with…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

Police Chase Ends in Fountain City Duck Pond

A man is in custody after police had to fish a car out of the Fountain City duck pond Sunday. Residents reported a man sitting in a car parked at stop sign Willow Way Drive and Cedar Lane. When officers arrived they say 31-year-old Jackie Strong reached for his waist band and sped off. Police…MORE

Teacher Suspended After Alleged Road Rage Incident

Teacher Suspended After Alleged Road Rage Incident

A Sevier County Music teacher is suspended without pay after an alleged road rage incident. Thursday, officers were called to the Taco Bell on the Dolly Parton Parkway for reports of a man pulling a gun. The victim said the suspect got impatient because the restaurant got her order wrong. He started honking his horn…MORE

UT Selects New Chancellor

UT Selects New Chancellor

Following an extensive search, the University of Tennessee has named a new Chancellor. Donde Plowman is serving as the Executive Vice Chancellor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Interim President Randy Boyd says her student-first approach, reputation as a dynamic leader and love for UT will be great assets. Plowman has served previously as faculty at…MORE

KPD Pried Unconscious Infant from Father’s Arms

KPD Pried Unconscious Infant from Father’s Arms

A baby is recovering after police say they had to pry the infant from his father’s hands. Authorities say 28-year-old Keotric Tucker grabbed his son after he tried to throw a woman into a large steel smoker saying “he wanted to see her burn”. Police say Tucker grabbed the child, Elijah Tucker, and began to…MORE

Seven Dead in Middle Tennessee Shooting

Seven Dead in Middle Tennessee Shooting

The TBI is investigating a horrific scene in North Central Tennessee. Seven bodies were found in two homes in Sumner County. The suspect in the case is in the hospital after he was shot by police. One woman survived and is in the hospital as well. The youngest victim was only 12-years-old. District Attorney Ray…MORE

Loudon County Courthouse Could Be a Total Loss

Loudon County Courthouse Could Be a Total Loss

One of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee caught fire Tuesday night. Investigators say a fire at the Loudon County Courthouse started around 6:30. It took over three hours to get the flames under control, but not before part of the roof collapsed. Mayor Buddy Bradshaw says the building could be a total loss. Preliminary reports…MORE

KPD Thanking KFD After Burglary Call

KPD Thanking KFD After Burglary Call

KPD had to call in KFD for help with a burglary call Sunday. Police were responding to the report, but they needed help getting in and out of the home. All the doors had keyed deadbolts, so they had to crawl in and out of a window. They called in the Knoxville Fire Department to…MORE

RV Crash in Wears Valley

RV Crash in Wears Valley

The Wears Valley Fire Department was called out to an ugly crash on the Little Cove Road Saturday afternoon. An RV crashed into a power pole. Officials say two people and a dog had to be pulled from the vehicle. There’s no word on their condition. Sevier County Rescue Squad, Sevier County Sherriffs Department, Sevier…MORE

TN Set to Ban Child-Like Sex Dolls

TN Set to Ban Child-Like Sex Dolls

Tennessee is poised to become the latest state to ban possessing, selling or distributing a child-like sex doll. The bill bans an “obscene, anatomically correct doll, mannequin or robot that is intended for sexual stimulation or gratification.” The legislation outlawing child-like sex dolls won unanimous support from House lawmakers this week. The bill now goes…MORE

Campgrounds and Picnic Areas Opening in GSMNP

Campgrounds and Picnic Areas Opening in GSMNP

(AP) – Most campgrounds, picnic areas and roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are opening just in time for Easter weekend. The partial government shutdown over the winter caused a small delay in facilities openings at America’s most visited national park. But spring opening day for a majority of facilities is scheduled for…MORE

Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting in Kingsport

Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting in Kingsport

The TBI is investigating after a man was shot by Kingsport Police. Officers arrived at a home on Mullins Street Wednesday morning. Authorities say 27-year-old Andrew Witt was involved in a domestic dispute and came at the officers with a knife. Authorities say he was shot by at least two officers. Witt was rushed to the…MORE

Diver Who Rescued Thai Soccer Team Rescued from TN Cave

Diver Who Rescued Thai Soccer Team Rescued from TN Cave

One of the divers who helped saved the Thailand soccer team trapped in a cave last June, had to be rescued from a cave near Jackson Tennessee. Authorities say Josh Bratchley was with a group of tourists from the UK exploring the Mill Pond Cave near Jackson. The group went for a dive around 3:00…MORE

2 Dead 1 Injured in Tanger Outlet Shooting

2 Dead 1 Injured in Tanger Outlet Shooting

Two dead another injured in a shooting at the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville. Investigators say 21-year-old Leon Jones from the Seiverville area shot and killed 24-year-old Olivia Cunningham and injured 75-year-old John Marr. Jones later shot and killed himself. The shooting was over by the time officers arrived. Marr is at UT Medical Center in critical but…MORE

Illegal Immigrant Wanted in Fatal Hit and Run

Illegal Immigrant Wanted in Fatal Hit and Run

Knoxville Police say they’re looking for an illegal alien wanted for a fatal hit-and-run last week. Debbie Burgess was killed in the accident on Pleasant Ridge Road. Authorities say Juan Francisco was driving a Dodge pickup near Custom Foods when he hit Burgess and drove off. Francisco has a history of criminal offenses, including a…MORE

Pre-Cut Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Pre-Cut Melon Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

(AP) – An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. The fruit has been sold under various brands or labels…MORE

1 Injury Reported After Oak Ridge Storms

1 Injury Reported After Oak Ridge Storms

As strong storms moved through East Tennessee trees were brought down an intermittent power outages were reported. The City of Oak Ridge reported numerous outages because of downed trees. A roof on a building on Warehouse Road was partially blown off and multiple trees were reported down on buildings, homes, and across roadways. One woman…MORE

KPD Searching for GA Murder Suspect After Knoxville Shooting

KPD Searching for GA Murder Suspect After Knoxville Shooting

A murder suspect from Georgia is still on the run this morning in Knoxville. Two people were shot Sunday night on Cedar Lane. Police say 29-year-old Victor Parsons shot a woman and a 2-year-old girl. They were rushed to UT Hospital in serious condition. Parsons vehicle was spotted on Cherry Street, but when officers tried…MORE

Three New Schools Proposed for Knox County

Three New Schools Proposed for Knox County

Three new schools for Knox County, that’s what Superintendent Bob Thomas wants. He says the aging Lonsdale and Adrian Burnett Elementary Schools should be replaced and a new school needs to be built in Northwest Knox County. Thomas tells our TV Partner WVLT News they’re dealing with overcrowding at Hardin Valley and Karns Elementary Schools. Currently,…MORE

Murder Charges After Remains Found in Morgan Co

Murder Charges After Remains Found in Morgan Co

A Morgan County man is facing murder charges after a body was found Wednesday morning. Human remains were found under some rocks at the bottom of an embankment near Herbert Shannon Road. Authorities say 50-year-old Wayne Lindsay shot and killed John Hammond at Lindsay’s home on Herbert Shannon Road in November of 2018. The two had…MORE

Knoxville Mosque Says Stabbing was Not a Hate Crime

Knoxville Mosque Says Stabbing was Not a Hate Crime

Leaders at a Knoxville Mosque say a stabbing there Monday was not a hate crime. Authorities say Daniel Porter and Shadab Siddiqi got into an argument at the Annoor Mosque on 13th Street. Police say the argument escalated and Porter stabbed Siddiqi in the chest. Saddiqi was rushed to UT Medical Center for emergency life-saving…MORE

Pedestrian Killed on Pleasant Ridge in Hit and Run

Pedestrian Killed on Pleasant Ridge in Hit and Run

KPD Officers are investigating a deadly hit and run along Pleasant Ridge Road. It happened around 5:00 a.m. Monday morning near Western Avenue. Pleasant Ridge was shutdown while police investigated. KPD Officers are investigating a hit and run fatality involving a pedestrian in the 3600 block of Pleasant Ridge Rd. The road will be completely…MORE

Suspect Dead, 2 Officers Injured in Greeneville Shooting

Suspect Dead, 2 Officers Injured in Greeneville Shooting

A man dead, two officers were injured in a shooting last night in Greeneville. It happened on the 100 block of Mason Street. The TBI is investigating. Officials say the officers were shot taking the suspect into custody. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. The officers are expected to recover. The investigation is…MORE

KPD Asking for Help Identifying Body

KPD Asking for Help Identifying Body

Knox County authorities are asking for help identifying the body of a woman found along the Tennessee River. The body was found Saturday morning by a fisherman on the embankment near 5100 block of Buckhead Trail. Officials say the body was badly decomposed. Authorities have released an artist rendering of the woman. If you can identify…MORE

Pedestrian Hit on Central Street

Pedestrian Hit on Central Street

A pedestrian was hit by a car near downtown Monday morning. The call came in around 6:30 to South Central Street and Summit Hill Drive. Officers cleared the scene in about 30 minutes. No word on the condition of the pedestrian.MORE

1 Killed 2 Injured in Nightclub Shooting

1 Killed 2 Injured in Nightclub Shooting

Knoxville Police are investigating a deadly shooting at the Vibe Nightclub. One person was killed. Two others were injured and expected to recover. Police were called to the club on North Broadway around 4:00 a.m. The victims’ names have not been released. At 4:10am, Officers responded to a shooting near the Vibe Nightclub at 2630…MORE

Body Found Believed to be Missing Loudon Co Woman

Body Found Believed to be Missing Loudon Co Woman

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office believes a body found on the Tennessee River is that of a missing woman. Authorities believe it’s the body of 31-year-old Elisha Carpenter, but they’re awaiting forensic test results. The body was found near the Polecat Boat Dock just before 11:00 Thursday night. A fisherman in Loudon County reported the body…MORE

Witness: “Thought the Building had Exploded” After Truck Hits Salon

Witness: “Thought the Building had Exploded” After Truck Hits Salon

(WVLT) — Dispatch confirmed that at least five people were transported to an area hospital after a truck crashed into a Blount County nail salon on March 28 at around 3:30 p.m. The salon, named Nails & Wax, is in a group of businesses on West Broadway Avenue Marilyn Chappell, the owner of The Bridal Gallery,…MORE

Holly Warlick Out as Lady Vols Head Coach

Holly Warlick Out as Lady Vols Head Coach

Holly Warlick is out as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vol basketball team. Warlick and the Lady Vols parted ways Wednesday afternoon, just days after the team was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The team hasn’t finished better than 4th place in the SEC since the 2015-16 season. Warlick…MORE

Home Destroyed in Blount County Fire

Home Destroyed in Blount County Fire

Fire crews are investigating after a duplex burned to the ground in Blount County Tuesday morning. The call came in just after 6:30 a.m. to 3600 block of Morganton Road. Officials say everyone was able to make it out of the home. Video from the scene show the home completely engulfed in flames. Authorities confirm the…MORE

Call for Water Rescue in East Knox Co

Call for Water Rescue in East Knox Co

A water rescue underway in East Knox County. Rural Metro and the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad were called in just after 6:30 Tuesday morning. A caller to 911 said they heard what sounded like a woman yelling for help from the Holston River near Graves Road. Officials launched boats from the Asheville Highway Bridge boat…MORE

$150,000 Powerball Sold in Knoxville

$150,000 Powerball Sold in Knoxville

While no one got the jackpot, someone in Knoxville picked up $150,000 winner. The player matched four white balls and the red Powerball. They picked up the power play so they tripled their prize. Tennessee Lottery officials say the ticket was purchased at the Weigels on Middlebrook Pike. The winner has not yet claimed their…MORE

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested in Morristown

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested in Morristown

A man is in jail after an armed robbery at a gas station in Morristown. Police put up surveillance photos of the suspect over the weekend. 33-year-old Brandon Tucker was arrested Sunday morning. Officials say he admitted to the crime. Tucker was booked in the Hamblen County Jail on a $150,000 bond.MORE

Gov Bill Lee Seeking Federal Assistance for Flooding

Gov Bill Lee Seeking Federal Assistance for Flooding

(AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is asking President Donald Trump’s administration to make federal assistance available for government efforts to address recent flooding and storms, citing a $151.3 million impact through local and state emergency responses, and infrastructure and road damage. A news release says Lee is seeking a major disaster declaration in 58…MORE

Missing Morristown Teen

Missing Morristown Teen

Morristown Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old runaway. Kaitley Grace Duncan was last seen on Friday at a relative’s home. Kaitley is a white female with brown hair and blue eyes.  She is 4’11” tall  and weighs approximately 125 pounds. Kaitley’s family and police are concerned for her safety.  Anyone…MORE

NC Man Arrested for Morristown Murder

NC Man Arrested for Morristown Murder

A North Carolina man facing murder chargers after a death at the Econo Lodge in Morristown. Police were called to the hotel around 6:00 o’clock Monday night. The victim, 42-year-old Thomas Taylor Jr.,was dead when police arrived. Investigators believe 38-year-old Jacob Marzullo traveled to Morristown to confront Taylor about stealing his property in North Carolina.…MORE

KFD Investigating House Fire in the Old City

KFD Investigating House Fire in the Old City

Fire crews are trying to determine if a house fire in the Old City was started by a cigarette. Firefighters were called to the 1400 block of Armstrong Avenue around 6:00 Saturday morning. Flames were coming from the center balcony of the historic home. The residents were safely evacuated and the flames were extinguished. Officials…MORE

Job Fair in Sevier County Tuesday

Job Fair in Sevier County Tuesday

The Sevier County tourism industry could use your help if you’re looking for a job. Seven Sevier County attractions are holding job fairs this week including: Ripley’s Attractions, Guinness World Record Adventures. They’re all looking for all types of workers from cooks to aquarium mermaids. Pay is up to $15 an hour. The job fair…MORE

Cumberland County Runaway

Cumberland County Runaway

A 16-year-old is missing in Cumberland County. Jade Miller is described as a runaway. She’s been missing since Tuesday. Miller is 5’10, 130 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. If you have any information or know her whereabouts call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (931) 484-6176.MORE

Two Killed Two Injured in Shooting Outside Crossville

Two Killed Two Injured in Shooting Outside Crossville

Two people killed, two people injured in a shooting overnight in Cumberland County. Deputies were dispatched to Critter Creek Road around 6:00 o’clock last night after someone found a body in a trash pile in a vacant lot. Then, around 10:30, a shooting call came in to Vandever Road outside Crossville. Two victims there. One…MORE

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