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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

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Clinton Highway

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Clinton Highway

KPD is investigating a fatal crash on Clinton Highway from Saturday night. A motorcycle crashed into a car on Clinton Highway at Old Callahan Drive. 53-year-old Overton Hall was rushed to UT Medical Center where he later died. Witnesses say Hall was on the motorcycle headed South on Clinton Highway when he ran a red…MORE

Jefferson County Deputies Investigating Shooting Overnight

Jefferson County Deputies Investigating Shooting Overnight

Jefferson County authorities are investigating a shooting overnight. Deputies were called to the 1500 block of Topaz Lane in Dandridge around 10:00 o’clock Sunday night. Officials say they found a woman shot on her back deck. No word on the extent of her injuries. She was airlifted to UT Medical Center.MORE

Chattanooga Fugitive Caught After Three Years on Run

Chattanooga Fugitive Caught After Three Years on Run

A Chattanooga fugitive on the run for three years is in custody. An FBI SWAT Team and deputies with the US Marshals raided a mobile home in rural Sequatchie County Tuesday night, finding 53-year-old Vincent Garner. Garner was indicted on drug and gun charges back in 2016. He’s now in Chattanooga jail awaiting charges in…MORE

KY Deputy Airlifted to UT Medical Center

KY Deputy Airlifted to UT Medical Center

A Kentucky Deputy was airlifted to UT Medical Center after a shooting Tuesday night. Kentucky State Police say 28-year-old McCreay County Deputy Dustin Watkins was responding to a domestic dispute. 48-year-old Mark Dungan was in a car outside the home when Watkins arrived. Officials say Dungan starting shooting hitting Watkins then fled the scene. He crashed…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

Children Found Riding in U-Haul on Interstate

Children Found Riding in U-Haul on Interstate

Three people from North Carolina are facing charges after three children were found riding in a U-Haul on I-40 last week. On Wednesday, a bystander spotted the kids getting loaded into the trailer at the Tennessee Welcome Center in Cocke County. A short time later a THP trooper spotted the vehicle and pulled them over.…MORE

Morristown Man Killed in Hang Gliding Acciden

Morristown Man Killed in Hang Gliding Acciden

A Morristown man was killed in a hang gliding accident over the weekend. Authorities say 45-year-old Patrick Lucas was the only person on board. He crashed about a 100 yards from the Oliver Springs Airport Saturday night. Emergency Responders were on the scene shortly after the crash. Few details about the crash have been released.…MORE

Haslam Says He Won’t Run for Senate

Haslam Says He Won’t Run for Senate

(AP) Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has told The Tennessean that he won’t run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. When Alexander announced in December that he would not seek reelection in 2020, Haslam said he would give “serious consideration” to making a Senate bid. The popular two-term Republican…MORE

2 Sent to the Hospital After Wrong Way Crash

2 Sent to the Hospital After Wrong Way Crash

Two people are in the hospital after a wrong way crash overnight on I-275 South near Baxter Avenue. Officials say, around midnight, a white Chevy Silverado was headed north in the southbound lanes and crashed into two vehicles. Two drivers were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police are investigating the crash.  MORE

Endangered Child Alert for 2 Maury Co Children

Endangered Child Alert for 2 Maury Co Children

The TBI is looking for three Maury County children. Investigators say Amanda Essex and Michale Christian are the non-custodial parents of the children. 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abagail Christian and 1-year-old Michael Christian are missing. Analia has brown hair and brown eyes. Abigail has blonde hair and blue eyes. Michale has brown hair and blue eyes.…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

Endangered Child Alert for Cookeville Teen

Endangered Child Alert for Cookeville Teen

The TBI has issued an Endangered Child Alert for a Cookeville teen. 14-year-old Lukas Perez disappeared Monday. He has a medical condition and does not have his medication. Officials believe he may be in the Bluff City area. Perez is described as 5’9″, weighs 110, and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last…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

FBI Needs Help Finding the “Big Box Bandit”

FBI Needs Help Finding the “Big Box Bandit”

The FBI office in Knoxville is asking for helping finding the “Big Box Bandit.” The man is wanted for robberies in three different states. He’s accused in robberies in May at the FSNB Bank at the Walmart in Clinton, and a few days later he hit another bank at the Walmart in Kingsport. He’s also…MORE

Cliff Diver Missing on Cherokee Lake

Cliff Diver Missing on Cherokee Lake

The search is back on this morning for a man who disappeared jumping from a bluff on Cherokee Lake. Crews spent several hours Sunday searching for him. Officials say he jumped from a bluff on Cherokee Lake near Mooresburg and never resurfaced. Several agencies are involved in the search. Search Crews got back on the…MORE

Hands Free Law Goes Into Affect Next Month

Hands Free Law Goes Into Affect Next Month

We’re just a week away from Tennessee going Hands Free. The new “Hands Free Law” goes into effect Monday, July 1st. There are five main points to the law: The driver can’t hold a cellphone with any part of their body. The driver can’t write, send, or read any text-based communication The driver can’t reach…MORE

Zoo Knoxville is Expecting!!!

Zoo Knoxville is Expecting!!!

Friday is World Giraffe Day and Zoo Knoxville is celebrating with some great news. The zoo is officially on Baby Watch. For the first time in 17 years, Zoo Knoxville is expecting a baby giraffe. Zoo officials say three-year-old Frances is exhibiting signs she is in the final stages of pregnancy. They say an exact due date…MORE

Voices Told Jefferson City Man to Run Down Pedestrians

Voices Told Jefferson City Man to Run Down Pedestrians

A Jefferson City man says voices told him to rundown pedestrians Monday. 33-year-old William Phillips told officers a voice told him that he needed kill the meth addicts. When Phillips saw a pregnant woman with a stroller, he says the voice told him the stroller had meth in it, so he intentionally ran them down.…MORE

Man Out on Bond After Torso Found in Car

Man Out on Bond After Torso Found in Car

A man out on bond after police found a human torso in his car following a police chase and crash Sunday. 29-year-old Dorrae Johnson was released from jail Tuesday. Police say they found a human torso in his car following a chase on I-40 and crash on Sutherland Avenue. Investigators say the victim, Daryl Butler,…MORE

2 Charged With DUI After Cruisers Hit in Crash Overnight

2 Charged With DUI After Cruisers Hit in Crash Overnight

Two people charged with DUI after KPD cruisers were hit during a traffic stop Tuesday night. It happened around 2:00 a.m. The officers had pulled over a vehicle going the wrong way on I-75 Southbound. As the officers were working the scene a car crashed into the cruisers. Both had their emergency lights on. The…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

1 Death Confirmed at Bonnaroo

1 Death Confirmed at Bonnaroo

A 27-year-old man has died while attending the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. Festival organizers say that a medical situation was reported Saturday at a campsite. They said the man, who was camping with his father, was found unresponsive but breathing. Emergency workers responded and administered CPR. The man was taken to a hospital, where…MORE

Missing Kingsport Teen

Missing Kingsport Teen

Police in Kingsport are asking for help finding a missing teen. 16-year-old Jeffery Bradford was last seen leaving his house on a mini-black motorcycle at 2:00 in the morning Sunday. Jeffery is 6’0″ with dirty blonde hair. He has a notable scar on his chin. If you have any information on his whereabouts you’re asked…MORE

Endangered Child Alert for 2 Cookeville Girls

Endangered Child Alert for 2 Cookeville Girls

An Endangered Child Alert has been issued for a two girls out of Cookeville. 10-month-old Rayah Smith and 2-year-old Marlee Smith were last seen Friday. Both girls have brown hair and blue eyes. The TBI believes the children are traveling in a black 2010 Chevy Cobalt, tag number 5M5-0X7. Anyone with information on the case…MORE

KPD Uncovers Over 300 Pounds of Cocaine at West Knoxville Business

KPD Uncovers Over 300 Pounds of Cocaine at West Knoxville Business

A KPD K-9 unit sniffed out over 300 pounds of cocaine at a West Knoxville business last week. Management at the business called in a suspicious package last Thursday and Officer John Martin and his partner Benny identified it as containing narcotics. Their search uncovered 144 Kilos (317 pounds) of powder cocaine. Police believe the…MORE

Maryville Father & Son Killed in Murder Suicide

Maryville Father & Son Killed in Murder Suicide

A tragic story from Maryville Monday. An 8-year-old and his father are dead after an apparent murder-suicide on Savannah Village Drive. The boy’s parents were separated and the home was up for sale. A home inspector showed up to compete an inspection when he heard an alarm and spotted smoke. First responders say the home…MORE

Karns Fire Sends Firefighter to Hospital

Karns Fire Sends Firefighter to Hospital

One firefighter sent to the hospital after a blaze in Karns early Monday morning. Crews were called out to the Oak Ridge Estates around 2:00 a.m. for a mobile home fire. Officials say the firefighter was looking for victims when he fell through the floor. The firefighter was taken to the hospital and has already…MORE

Body of Missing Toddler Found at Cummins Falls

Body of Missing Toddler Found at Cummins Falls

Search crews have found the body of a 2-year-old who went missing swimming at Cummins Falls State Park Sunday. Jackson County search crews were back out Monday morning looking for the boy. Flash flooding made the falls dangerous and 63 people had to be rescued after the sudden rush of water. The 2-year-old was the…MORE

Missing Elderly Knox County Woman

Missing Elderly Knox County Woman

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a missing elderly woman. Linda Wallace was last seen leaving her home on Pilgrim Road, in the Mascot community, Wednesday. Linda drives a black 2016 Toyota Corolla tag Y75-70T. She’s diagnosed with Dementia and is likely without needed medication. If you have any information on…MORE

KY Woman Disappears with Daughter

KY Woman Disappears with Daughter

Police in Kentucky are searching for a woman with ties to Tennessee who disappeared with her toddler. Logan County Authorities are searching for 32-year-old Amanda Otero. She didn’t show up to a custody hearing for her daughter. The father fears they may have fled the state. Authorities say Otero has ties to Tennessee, Alabama and…MORE

3 Children Sent to Hospital in Bus Crash

3 Children Sent to Hospital in Bus Crash

Children in the hospital after a bus crash shutdown Emory Road Wednesday morning at Heiskell Avenue. Officials say 36 children were on board. Three kids plus one adult were sent to the hospital with minor injuries. Two people were trapped in a car involved in the accident. One was sent to the hospital and is expected…MORE

AMBER ALERT – Memphis Infant Found Safe

AMBER ALERT – Memphis Infant Found Safe

Few details released, but TBI says 11-month-old Rose Graham has been found safe. UPDATE: The baby has been found safe. More details soon. — TBI (@TBInvestigation) June 4, 2019 Previous Story A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for an infant out of Memphis. Authorities say 11-month-old Rose Graham is with her biological father, 25-year-old…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

Train Hits Truck Near Watauga Avenue

Train Hits Truck Near Watauga Avenue

A Northfolk Southern train hit a truck in the Ludlow and Milton area Sunday morning. When police arrived on the scene, they found an empty and damaged pick-up truck at the dead end of Watauga Ave. Police say the driver ran off before the train crashed into the truck. Two hours later police discovered Ronnie…MORE

Authorities Investigating the Death of Gibbs High School Student

Authorities Investigating the Death of Gibbs High School Student

The death of a Gibbs High School football player is under investigation. Officials have confirmed 15-year-old Zach Munday died at Children’s Hospital Thursday. His step-mother says, through a Facebook post, the teen had been in a coma since Monday. Officials have not commented on the teens death, more information is expected after the autopsy is…MORE

Missing Mt. Juliet Teen Found Safe

Missing Mt. Juliet Teen Found Safe

A missing Mt. Juliet teen has been found and safe. 14-year-old Grace Scott went missing Wednesday, without her medication. The TBI thanked the public for the help and says Grace was found in Nashville is doing okay. We’re happy to report that Grace has been located in Nashville and is safe. The Endangered Child Alert…MORE

Missing White Pine Teen

Missing White Pine Teen

Police in White Pine are searching for a missing teen. 15-year-old Adam Fowler was last seen Sunday night. Adam is 5’10” 300 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and red backpack, black pants, stripped shirt and white converse shoes. Family says if you spot him don’t confront…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

Missing Knoxville Woman

Missing Knoxville Woman

Police are asking for help finding a missing Knoxville woman. 78-year-old Martha Hutchins was last heard from Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say she’s missing from her West Knoxville apartment. Martha drives a white Chevy Cobalt, Tennessee Tag 686-KGH. She’s 5’0″, 100 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. If you’ve had any contact with her you’re…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

Disturbance at Morgan Co Correctional Complex

Disturbance at Morgan Co Correctional Complex

Eight prisoners were sent to the hospital after a disturbance at the Morgan County Correctional Complex. Exactly when the incident occurred is a little unclear, however the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge was on lockdown Monday night when the prisoners were admitted. We had word of a disturbance at the Correctional Complex in Wartburg,…MORE

3 Killed 1 Injured in Campbell Co ATV Crash

3 Killed 1 Injured in Campbell Co ATV Crash

Three tourist killed, another injured in an ATV wreck Sunday afternoon in Campbell County. An ATV carrying a family of four left a trail and traveled over 100 feet down a steep embankment. 47-year-old Ronnie Akins, 19-year-old Dillion Akins and 19-year-old Jonathan Laws were killed. The fourth victim, said to be a minor, was airlifted…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

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

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