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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

Clinton Man Accused of Videoing Men in Bathroom at Thompson Boling

Clinton Man Accused of Videoing Men in Bathroom at Thompson Boling

A Clinton man is accused of videoing men using the restroom at Thompson Boling Arena during the WWE event Monday night. Tyler Bolinger was arrested and charged with disseminating unlawful photographs and public intoxication. Officials say he was in the bathroom taking videos of other men and Snapchatting them. Investigators say one of the videos…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

Searching for Body After Possible Drowning on TN River

Searching for Body After Possible Drowning on TN River

Knoxville Police are searching for a body after a possible drowning Tuesday night. A group of people were swimming near Scottish Pike Park in South Knoxville. One of the individuals was walking along the Railroad Bridge between Neyland and Lake Loudon over the Tennessee River. Witnesses say the person jumped from the bridge, but never…MORE

Green Beret From TN Killed in Afghanistan

Green Beret From TN Killed in Afghanistan

The US Army is mourning the death of a Green Beret from Tennessee. 41-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Griffin of Greenbrier Tennessee was killed in action by small arms fire in Afghanistan Monday. Sgt. 1st Class Griffin was engaged in combat operations in the Wardak Province, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. “The loss of Sgt.…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

Missing Knox County Woman Found Safe

Missing Knox County Woman Found Safe

Knox County officials say Mayra Orozco has been found safe. Previous Story Knox County authorities are asking for help finding a missing woman. 22-year-old Mayra Orozco was last seen Saturday morning in the Halls area. Officials say she suffers from a schizophrenia and has not had her medication. Orozco is described as 5’0″ tall, 100…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

Boat Explosion and Marina Fire in Middle TN

Boat Explosion and Marina Fire in Middle TN

Authorities are still searching for the cause of an explosion that burned a Middle Tennessee marina.  Four boats sunk as a result of the fire, which happened Sunday morning. The TWRA says the Leatherwood Marina on Kentucky Lake in Stewart County went up in flames after a boat exploded about 10:30 Sunday morning. Crews say…MORE

Mother Facing Charges in Connection to Child’s Shooting Death

Mother Facing Charges in Connection to Child’s Shooting Death

A Knoxville woman is in custody after a 5-year-old was killed in a shooting over the weekend. Knoxville Police arrested the mother, Robin Howington, Tuesday.   The shooting happened on Balsam Drive Saturday night. The girl was taken to the hospital but passed away Sunday.   Howington has been charged with two counts of Tampering…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

Authorities Say Teen in Stolen Truck Caused Fatal Mascot Rd Wreck

Authorities Say Teen in Stolen Truck Caused Fatal Mascot Rd Wreck

Investigators say a juvenile driving a stolen truck caused the crash that killed a pastor and his wife Tuesday. Officials say 15-year-old Mekiah Davis was driving, with another teen in the car. Davis was trying to pass a dump truck on Mascot Road when he crashed head on into the other vehicle. Ruben and Belinda…MORE

Suspect on TBI’s Top 10 List Could be in Knoxville

Suspect on TBI’s Top 10 List Could be in Knoxville

A man on the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List could be in the Knoxville area. 27-year-old JeMichael Powell is wanted out of Chattanooga for criminal homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm. Powell is a black male, with brown eyes and black hair; stands 6’0″ tall and weighs 200 pounds. Authorities say he should…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

KPD Investigating Fatal Drive-By Shooting

KPD Investigating Fatal Drive-By Shooting

KPD is investigating a possible drive-by shooting in East Knoxville. Officers were called to the 3800 block of Selma Avenue just after 8:00 o’clock Tuesday night. 21-year-old Tashawn Forbes was pronounced dead on the scene. He had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators found shell casings in the roadway suggesting…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

9/11 Stair Climb at Worlds Fair Park

9/11 Stair Climb at Worlds Fair Park

Honoring the sacrifice of first responders 18 years ago, the Knoxville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is happening at the Sunsphere Wednesday morning. The climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters, police and EMS who selflessly gave their lives so that others could live. Each participant pays tribute to a first responder…MORE

Home Lost in a Fire Overnight on Middlebrook Pike

Home Lost in a Fire Overnight on Middlebrook Pike

The home is a total loss after a house fire early Tuesday morning on Middlebrook Pike. Fire crews were called to the 7000 block of Middlebrook Pike. Seven firetrucks and over a dozen fire fighters responded. There was one resident in the home and they made it out uninjured. Officials say the fire is under…MORE

KPD Investigating Merchants Drive Shooting

KPD Investigating Merchants Drive Shooting

Police are investigating after a shooting call Tuesday morning. Around 1:00 a.m. officers found a man with gunshot wound to the lower side of his back on the 1700 block of Merchants Drive. The injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. Official say no suspects are in custody. KPD’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating.MORE

George Thomas Receives Reduced Sentence

George Thomas Receives Reduced Sentence

UPDATE: George Thomas will now serve two 25 year sentences consecutively on charges of second-degree murder rather than first-degree murder. Thomas gave testimony that lead to the criminal conviction of Eric Boyd last month in the 2007 murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders. PREVIOUS: A man convicted in the Christian Newsom murders is…MORE

Water Main Break Near the Coliseum

Water Main Break Near the Coliseum

KUB has some roads closed downtown Monday morning for a water main break. Officials say the roads are expected to be closed all of today. No word when they might reopen. • E. Church Avenue between State Street and Howard Baker Jr. Avenue • Hall of Fame Drive between the James White Parkway on ramp and…MORE

Two Found Dead at Pigeon Forge Cabin

Two Found Dead at Pigeon Forge Cabin

Pigeon Forge Police are investigating after two people were found dead at a cabin. Officials say a man’s body was found in the driveway and a woman’s body inside. The cabin is on the 4000 block of Conner Drive. They’ve not identified the victims. Officials no suspects are being sought at this time.MORE

LCSO Investigating Possible Drowning

LCSO Investigating Possible Drowning

A Loudon County Man believed to have drowned on Tellico Lake is alive. Authorities were notified of a possible drowning near the Canal Boat Ramp around 10:00 o’clock Thursday night. Crews were on the scene searching overnight. Officials say they found the man this morning. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Previous Story…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

Talks of Reducing Thomas’s Sentence Stall

Talks of Reducing Thomas’s Sentence Stall

A Knoxville judge is considering how much to reduce the sentence of a man convicted in the Christian-Newsom murders. George Thomas testified in the case against Eric Boyd in August. Boyd was found guilty on murder chargers. In exchange for his testimony, Thomas was promised a shortened sentence. However, a court hearing yesterday to decide…MORE

Knoxville Man Accused of Molesting Child in Louisiana

Knoxville Man Accused of Molesting Child in Louisiana

Investigators in Louisiana say a man wanted for molesting a child could be in Knoxville. 27-year-old John Drohan’s last known address was in Knoxville. Police in Shreveport Louisiana say Drohan is facings three counts of child molestation. He’s described as 6’0″ 183 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts you’re asked to call…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

Garth Brooks to Play at Neyland Stadium

Garth Brooks to Play at Neyland Stadium

Garth Brooks is coming to Neyland Stadium. The announcement came Wednesday morning.   The concert is the third Saturday in November, 16th. It’ll be the first concert in Neyland in 16 years and only the third in stadium history.   “Hosting Garth Brooks as the University of Tennessee celebrates its 225th anniversary is extra special,”…MORE

Officer Disputing Preliminary Report on Fatal Shooting

Officer Disputing Preliminary Report on Fatal Shooting

A Knoxville police officer is disputing a preliminary forensic report that says he fatally shot a man in the back last week. A statement Monday from a lawyer for KPD Officer Dylan Williams says the suspect was shot in his side. Knoxville police said the officer was responding to a hit-and-run Aug. 26 and got into…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

Missing Crossville Teen Nevaeh Stephens

Missing Crossville Teen Nevaeh Stephens

Police asking for help finding a runaway from Crossville. Nevaeh Stephens was last seen Friday at her home on West lake Road. She’s 14-years-old 5’4″ 125 pounds with dark brown hair and red highlights. She was last seen wearing a light gray striped top with jeans. If you have any information on her whereabouts you’re…MORE

Missing Seymour Man Found

Missing Seymour Man Found

A missing Seymour man is okay after he went missing overnight. Officers say they found 84-year-old Jack Burchfield at the Comfort Inn on Barnett Way. Officials say Burchfield was taken to Fort Sanders Hospital by his daughter. Previous Story Knoxville Police are asking for help finding an elderly man. 84-year-old Jack Burchfield was last seen…MORE

Body Dropped Off at Roane County Hospital

Body Dropped Off at Roane County Hospital

Harriman Police are investigating after a body was left at an Emergency Room in Harriman. Officials say a group of people dropped the body of 54-year-old Evelyn Noland at the Roane County Medical Center Tuesday. An autopsy is being performed to determine cause of death. Officials say they’ve identified the people involved and interviewed them.…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

Woman in the Hospital After Attack by Dogs

Woman in the Hospital After Attack by Dogs

The owner describes the attack as “traumatizing for all parties involved.” A 19-year-old teen is in the hospital, five dogs were euthanized after they attacked the girl last week. It happened last Friday in South Knoxville on Crescent Drive. Officers say the girl was unresponsive and covered in blood. They had to shoot and kill…MORE

Parker and Midis Head to General in City Council Race

Parker and Midis Head to General in City Council Race

The top two candidates in the City Council races will run in the General Election in November. The only race with more than two candidates was the City Council at Large Seat C. Amelia Parker and Amy Midis are lead the race. The two were almost even, Parker 30% and Midis 29% of the vote.…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

Vehicular Homicide Charges After Fatal Wrong Way Crash

Vehicular Homicide Charges After Fatal Wrong Way Crash

A Knoxville woman is facing vehicular homicide charges after a wrong-way crash in May. Investigators say 30-year-old Kara Wakefield was headed the wrong way on I-40 West and crashed head-on into another vehicle. Darrell Guilliams was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators say Wakefield appeared to make an “aggressive move” in attempts to hit the…MORE

Suspect Dead Officer Injured After Shooting in Knoxville

Suspect Dead Officer Injured After Shooting in Knoxville

The suspect is dead and an officer is injured after an officer involved shooting in North Knoxville Monday night. Police were called to the 1700 block of Merchant Drive for a hit-and-run investigation. While on the scene officials say the officer and a suspect got into a “physical altercation.” That’s when the shooting happened. No details…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

Hamblen Co Man Charged with 2nd Degree Murder

Hamblen Co Man Charged with 2nd Degree Murder

A Hamblen County man is in custody accused of killing a teen. Deputies were called to Boatman Mountain Road Saturday night and found 19-year-old Beatris Hernandez dead. Officials say they also found 26-year-old Christian Cruz with several self-inflicted knife wounds to his arms and wrist. He was treated at UT Medical Center then booked into…MORE

UT Player Suspended Indefinitely During Domestic Assault Investigation

UT Player Suspended Indefinitely During Domestic Assault Investigation

A UT football player is suspended from the team as he’s investigated for domestic assault. Defensive Back Bryce Thompson was arrested at the Stokely Residence Hall Saturday night. Officers say they had to separate Thompson and his girlfriend. He was described as, “extremely upset and agitated.” Witnesses say they heard Thompson threatening to slap the…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

14 Knox County Schools Test Positive for Lead Contamination

14 Knox County Schools Test Positive for Lead Contamination

Parents are concerned after 14 schools in Knox County tested positive for dangerous amounts of lead in the water. School officials say over 900 outlets were tested at 36 schools and 21 outlets had lead levels exceeding 20 parts per billion. No school had contamination reported building-wide. It was mostly contained to individual faucets and…MORE

Felon in Custody Accused of Trying to Kill Knoxville Woman

Felon in Custody Accused of Trying to Kill Knoxville Woman

A convicted felon is in custody accused of trying to kill a Knoxville woman. Investigators say 29-year-old Nicholas Boggs was crouched hiding in some bushes outside the Northshore Heights Senior Living Center when he ambushed the woman Tuesday. The victim says she got a photo of her car from Boggs through Facebook. When she came…MORE

Nashville Murder Suspect Arrested on UTK Campus

Nashville Murder Suspect Arrested on UTK Campus

A Nashville murder suspect is in custody after authorities found him on UT Knoxville’s campus. 25-year-old Jyshon Forbes was arrested Wednesday. Records show he was picked up for Public Intoxication. Forbes was wanted in connection to a robbery and homicide from last year. Shamar Lewis was shot and killed at an apartment complex in Nashville.…MORE

Victim identified in Loudon County Shooting

Victim identified in Loudon County Shooting

A Loudon County man is facing murder charges after his arrest Tuesday. Officers found 34-year-old Christopher Watson dead from a gunshot wound on Tinnel Lane. 31-year-old John Dixon Junior and a woman were arrested on Martel Road. Officials say Dixon shot and killed Watson. He’s charged with First-Degree Murder and booked on an $850,000 bond.…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

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