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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dandridge Police Investigating Body Found in Bag

Dandridge Police Investigating Body Found in Bag

It came in as a suspicious package, but Jefferson County authorities are investigating a homicide after a body was found in a bag in Dandridge Sunday. A civilian spotted the bag and called police. It was on Lakeshore near Lake Ridge Drive. The body was taken to the Forensic Center in Knoxville for further examination.…MORE

Remains of WWII Solider Identified as Kingston Man

Remains of WWII Solider Identified as Kingston Man

(AP) – Military officials say the remains of a World War II soldier from Tennessee who was killed in Germany have been identified. Department of Defense officials say Army Pfc. William F. Delaney of Kingston had been declared unrecoverable before dental and DNA analysis identified his remains. Officials said the 24-year-old Delaney was fighting with…MORE

KPD Investigating Saturday Morning Homicide

KPD Investigating Saturday Morning Homicide

One person was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning. Officers responded to Delaware Avenue around 2:00 a.m. They found 28-year-old Walter Vail lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. Vail died and officials say they are treating the case as a homicide. The circumstances are still being investigated. No word on any…MORE

Crews Battle Wears Valley Fire

Crews Battle Wears Valley Fire

The Wears Valley Fire Department is battling a commercial fire along Wears Valley Road this morning. The fire has closed Wears Valley Road between Bryan Road and McGill Road. Officials say the fire call came in for the Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch and General Store around 3:30 this morning, that’s 2281 Wears Valley Road. The…MORE

Newport Man Gets Stuck in the Mud

Newport Man Gets Stuck in the Mud

A Newport man says the roads haven’t recovered since the flooding two weeks ago. Philip Denny says it’s so bad he got stuck. He got stuck, chest deep in a soft spot. Philip says eight families live along Highpoint Road, which is currently unusable. Denny sent our TV Partner WVLT News multiple pictures showing him…MORE

Officer Out of the Hospital After Friday Incident

Officer Out of the Hospital After Friday Incident

A Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy is out of the hospital after an officer involved shooting. It happened Friday after a chase ended on the Cedar Bluff Ramp to I-40. Deputy Harold Gibson was pinned between two cars during the incident. Police say he opened fire on a robbery suspect. Gibson was treated for his injuries,…MORE

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