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Earthquake Shakes Parts of East Tennessee

Earthquake Shakes Parts of East Tennessee

The United States Geological Survey recorded a 3.8 magnitude earthquake in Campbell County.  USGS reports the quake was centered near LaFollette and struck about 2:11 Monday afternoon.  There aren’t any reports of injuries or damage, however many people across the region posted on social media that they felt the quake.  Earthquakes in this part of…MORE

12-Year-Old Blount County Girl Dies of the Flu

12-Year-Old Blount County Girl Dies of the Flu

A memorial service will be held Friday night for a 12-year-old Blount County girl who died from the flu. According to her obituary, Paloma Oliva Harris passed away Tuesday. Flu activity has been widespread across the state. UT Medical Center has reported three deaths. The CDC reports about 87,000 people have been hospitalized because of…MORE

Deer in Two Tennessee Counties Test Positive for CWD

Deer in Two Tennessee Counties Test Positive for CWD

Three counties have had their chronic wasting disease (CWD) status changed due to the confirmation of the disease (CWD) in new areas of southwest Tennessee. Haywood and Chester counties have been reclassified from high-risk counties to CWD-positive counties after deer tested positive in the respective counties. Lauderdale County has been added as a high-risk county…MORE

A Misunderstanding Caused Lockdown at Air National Guard Base

A Misunderstanding Caused Lockdown at Air National Guard Base

Officials say everyone is safe after a lockdown Wednesday at the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base. The report of a suspicious person who appeared to be armed turned out to be a misunderstanding. A base spokesman says a student reported seeing a suspicious person with a weapon Wednesday morning. After law enforcement searched the…MORE

Executions Scheduled for a Pair of TN Death Row Inmates

Executions Scheduled for a Pair of TN Death Row Inmates

The Tennessee Supreme Court has scheduled dates to execute two more death row inmates but still hasn’t ruled on the attorney general’s requests to set seven other executions. An order Wednesday says Oscar Franklin Smith is scheduled to be put to death on June 4 and Harold Wayne Nichols is to be executed on August…MORE

17-year-old Claiborne County Girl Missing

17-year-old Claiborne County Girl Missing

A 17-year-old Claiborne County girl is missing. Zion Nyhuise was last seen Saturday on Loy Road in Speedwell. Authorities say she may be in Grainger County or even Middlesboro or Barbourville Kentucky. Zion is 5’2″ 88 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing grey sweatpants and a black shirt. If…MORE

Puppy Thrown from Bridge Along Alcoa Highway

Puppy Thrown from Bridge Along Alcoa Highway

An investigation is underway after officers rescued a puppy that was thrown from an overpass this morning along Alcoa Highway near Tyson Park. Thankfully officers were in the area and were able to locate the injured animal. The pup was rushed to the UT Veterinarian Medical Facility. They say the injuries are not life-threatening and…MORE

Six Residents Rescued From West Knoxville House Fire

Six Residents Rescued From West Knoxville House Fire

Six residents and two dogs are recovering after they were rescued from an early morning fire in West Knoxville. Firefighters were called to Cherry Tree Lane Monday morning. Officials say the residents woke up at 4:30 a.m. to the smell of smoke. The fire was in the wall behind the fireplace. The residents tried twice…MORE

Tornado Confirmed Near Tazewell

Tornado Confirmed Near Tazewell

The National Weather Service confirms we had a tornado with the storms this weekend. It was the second tornado near Tazewell in the last three months. The National Weather Service says an EF-0 tornado kicked up Saturday. It was about 20 yards wide, on the ground for a little over 3 miles and winds of…MORE

Residents Rescued from Barclay Apartment Fire

Residents Rescued from Barclay Apartment Fire

Residents are recovering after being rescued from an apartment fire this morning. Knoxville Fire Crews were called to the Barclay Apartments on Laurel Avenue around 5:30 Wednesday morning. The fire was said to be under control in about an hour, but residents on the fourth floor of the building had to be rescued. No injuries…MORE

Knoxville Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Mother

Knoxville Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Mother

A Knoxville man has been arrested for elder abuse after threatening his mother. Authorities say 54-year-old Randy Norton locked his mother in a room for four days, repeatedly threatened her with a machete and telling her he’d been planning to “get rid of her” for years. Eventually, the mother’s pastor came by the home, saw…MORE

Knox County Schools Implementing Anti-Vaping Rules

Knox County Schools Implementing Anti-Vaping Rules

Knox County Schools are implementing tough anti-vaping rules starting next week. Superintendent Bob Thomas says vaping is a rapidly growing problem for the middle and high schools. The first offense means a possible legal citation and a two day suspension. The second offense carries a 4 day suspension and up to 10 days for the…MORE

TN Death Row Inmates Seek Delay in Executions

TN Death Row Inmates Seek Delay in Executions

Attorneys for Tennessee death row inmates argue that mental issues, poor legal representation, newly surfaced evidence, and racism in the use of Tennessee’s death penalty are among the reasons not to schedule nine more executions. Attorney General Herbert Slatery is seeking to set dates for the nine men to die. Slatery says he’s just following…MORE

Flu Widespread in Tennessee

Flu Widespread in Tennessee

As kids are heading back to school the CDC is warning that flu is widespread in Tennessee. Most of the country is dealing with high levels of flu currently. It’s mainly Flu Type A-H1N1 and Type B seen throughout the state. Over 4,200 illnesses and 1 pediatric death have been reported in Tennessee. 27 deaths…MORE

Papa Johns Robbery in Morristown

Papa Johns Robbery in Morristown

Police in Morristown are searching for a suspect who robbed a Papa John’s restaurant. Investigators say a man in his mid 20’s to early 30’s robbed the business on West Andrew Johnson Highway just before noon Sunday. He was wearing a black zip-up jacket, blue jeans and black hat. The suspect is described as clean…MORE

Knoxville Teen Injured in Shooting Last Night

Knoxville Teen Injured in Shooting Last Night

A teenager is in the hospital after a shooting Wednesday night. Around 6:30, Officers received a shots fired call to the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue. While on the scene, police were notified of a teenage boy showing up at Children’s Hospital with a gunshot wound. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.…MORE

Missing Kingsport Teen: William Napier

Missing Kingsport Teen: William Napier

Police in Kingsport are asking for help finding a missing teen. 16-year-old William Napier has been missing since Christmas Eve. Officials say they don’t suspect Foul Play but say because of his age and other factors he is considered endangered. William is 5’8″ 170 pounds with green eyes and blonde hair. If you have any…MORE

KPD Investigating Fatal Shooting at North Knoxville Apartment

KPD Investigating Fatal Shooting at North Knoxville Apartment

Two people are facing Murder Charges after a shooting at an apartment Sunday night in North Knoxville. Officers were called to the Rocky Top Apartments on Bedrock Way just before 6:00 p.m. Brothers, 19-year-old Joshua and 20-year-old Christian Haley, were found dead inside the building. Officers spotted the suspects near Broadway and I-640. After a…MORE

Reward Offered After Elk Poached in East Tennessee

Reward Offered After Elk Poached in East Tennessee

A reward is available for information about an elk killed illegally in East Tennessee. It happened in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management area last week. The animal was wearing a GPS tracker as part of a research study at UT. It was found about a half-mile west of the Red Ash Baptist Church in Caryville.…MORE

William Latham, One of the Clinton 12, Passes Away

William Latham, One of the Clinton 12, Passes Away

One of the Clinton 12 has passed away. The Green McAdoo Cultural Center confirmed William (Bill) Latham passed away at his Oak Ridge home Wednesday morning. Following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Clinton High School to desegregate with “all deliberate speed.” Latham was one of 12 black students…MORE

Knoxville Woman Drowns Kayaking in North Carolina

Knoxville Woman Drowns Kayaking in North Carolina

Authorities say a Knoxville woman died kayaking in North Carolina. Officials say 31-year-old April Morton died Sunday on the Laurel River after she got stuck under a tree. She was an experienced kayaker. They say Morton was going through a rapid and didn’t see the tree because of elevated water levels. An investigation is underway.…MORE

Virginia Mother Sought Accused of Abducting Children

Virginia Mother Sought Accused of Abducting Children

Officials say four Virginia children abducted by their mother may be in danger. The case started in June when 34-year-old Melody Bannister told authorities the children were being abused by their father. They ultimately found no basis for the allegations. Bannister then took the children on a vacation to Alabama, but never returned. In July,…MORE

Porch Pirates Hit Tellico Village in Loudon County

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying a man who stole packages from homes in Tellico Village. They’re looking for a green extended cab Dodge Ram. Officials say the suspect is a younger man. The truck has a silver toolbox in the bed. If you have any information you’re asked to call…MORE

Missing Knoxville Teen Brandon McClain

Missing Knoxville Teen Brandon McClain

Knoxville Police are asking for help finding a missing teen. 17-year-old Brandon McClain went missing Thursday night. He was last seen walking along Cecil Avenue and Broadway. McClain is black, about 6’0″ tall, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his forehead. If you have any information on his…MORE

Truck Sought in Blount County Hit and Run

Truck Sought in Blount County Hit and Run

Blount County Authorities are looking for a truck involved in a hit and run Friday night. Officials say a Silver Nissan Frontier hit a bicyclist around 8:00 p.m. on Peterson Lane near Fairview Church and Old Niles Ferry Road. They believe its a ’09 to ’13 model Frontier. The truck will have some front end…MORE

Homicide Investigation After Body Found in North Knoxville

Homicide Investigation After Body Found in North Knoxville

Knoxville Police say a man found dead outside a North Knoxville apartment complex was shot to death. Officers were called to the 3800 block of Geta Road around 10:30 Sunday night. 20-year-old Tyrese Wyrick was found in the grass between two apartment buildings. He had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.…MORE

KPD Searching for Suspect Wanted in Attempted Carjacking

KPD Searching for Suspect Wanted in Attempted Carjacking

KPD is asking for help identifying an Attempted Carjacking suspect in Fountain City. It happened Wednesday around 6:00 p.m. Witnesses spotted the man riding a black bicycle with a black wire basket prior to the carjacking attempt. Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect. If you have any information on the suspect you’re asked…MORE

53-Year-Old Inmate Put to Death

53-Year-Old Inmate Put to Death

A prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire was put to death Thursday in Tennessee’s electric chair. 53-year-old Lee Hall was pronounced dead at 7:26 at the Nashville Maximum-Security Prison. Hall was convicted of killing 22-year-old Traci Crozier in April of 1991. He lit a container of gasoline on fire…MORE

Men Plead Guilty to Raping Homeless Men in the Smokies

Men Plead Guilty to Raping Homeless Men in the Smokies

Two men are accused of targeting homeless men in Knoxville, taking them to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and raping them. Richard Graham and Dusty Oliver pleaded guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault from cases in 2012 and 2015. Two separate victims say they were walking along Chapman Highway when the men pulled up offering…MORE

Truck Fire at West Knox County Truck Stop

Truck Fire at West Knox County Truck Stop

A West Knox County truck stop closed after a FedEx truck caught fire early Tuesday morning. Rural Metro fire crews were called to the Petro Stopping Center on Watt Road just after 1:00 a.m. The truck was carrying mattresses and caused damage to the truck side of the gas station. They expect that portion of…MORE

Elderly Man Rushed to the Hospital After North Knoxville Fire

Elderly Man Rushed to the Hospital After North Knoxville Fire

An elderly man is in the hospital after firefighters pulled him from his home early Monday morning. Just after 4:00 a.m. Knoxville Fire Crews were called to Quincy Avenue in North Knoxville. Flames had engulfed the front of the home, from the front porch through the roof. After learning of a victim inside, firefighters crawled…MORE

Rural Metro Cuts Open Car to Rescue Driver in Thanksgiving Day Crash

Rural Metro Cuts Open Car to Rescue Driver in Thanksgiving Day Crash

The driver is in the hospital after Rural Metro crews had to cut open their minivan Thanksgiving night. The crash happened on Norris Freeway near Pedigo Road. The van rolled in the crash and crews couldn’t open the doors, so they cut off the roof. One person was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening…MORE

Man Wanted for Manslaughter After Incident in Strawberry Plains

Man Wanted for Manslaughter After Incident in Strawberry Plains

Jefferson County authorities are searching for a man after an incident Strawberry Plains this weekend. 33-year-old Ronald Boling has an active warrant for Voluntary Manslaughter. Officials say he has connections to Jefferson, Knox and Grainger Counties. Boling is described as 6’1″ 200 pounds with brown eyes and a shaved head. If you have any information…MORE

Rocky Top Woman Says Dispute with Neighbor Turned Deadly

Rocky Top Woman Says Dispute with Neighbor Turned Deadly

A Rocky Top woman says a years long feud with her neighbor turned deadly this weekend. The TBI responded to a shooting on Willow Lane around 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Felicia Adkins tells our TV Partner WVLT News she’s reported George Patterson to police in the past. Officials say Adkins and her fiance David Roach were…MORE

Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants After Shoplifting Incident

Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants After Shoplifting Incident

A man is in custody on outstanding warrants after authorities say he tried to steal a purse from West Town Mall. 49-year-old Samuel Fox was arrested after the incident Tuesday at Dillard’s. Officials say officers tried to stop Fox after he attempted to steal a purse from the store. They say he threw the merchandise…MORE

Men Convicted in Zaevion Dobson Murder Asking for New Trial

Men Convicted in Zaevion Dobson Murder Asking for New Trial

A Knox County judge says he’ll hear arguments next month in the Zaevion Dobson murder case. The three men convicted in the case were in court Thursday morning asking for a new trial. Christopher Bassett, Kipling Colbert Jr. and Richard Williams III were all found guilty in 2017 in the murder of the 15-year-old Fulton…MORE

TN Officials Say School Vouchers Will Not Be Taxable

TN Officials Say School Vouchers Will Not Be Taxable

(AP) Reversing course, Tennessee’s Department of Education says school vouchers won’t be taxable. Department spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said Wednesday the law’s intent is that the money be considered scholarships not subject to taxation, and the department intends to structure the program accordingly. Officials aim to resolve confusion after Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said Monday her understanding…MORE

Kingsport Woman Facing Murder Charges in Overdose Death

A Kingsport woman is facing murder charges in connection to an overdose death. A Sullivan County woman died in July from heroin laced with fentanyl. Investigators say 38-year-old Tonya Gray sold the woman the drugs. The Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted Gray on one count of Second-Degree Murder plus multiple drug charges. Gray was booked…MORE

Fatal Alcoa Highway Crash

Fatal Alcoa Highway Crash

Alcoa Police are investigating after a fatal roll over crash this weekend along Alcoa Highway. It happened just after 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning in front of the airport. All four occupants were ejected from the vehicle. 25-year-old Leah Scroggins was killed. 31-year-old Lorenzo Bingham, 25-year-old Tania Bennett are in critical condition and 18-year-old Gregory Kontour…MORE

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Knox County Man

Silver Alert Issued for Missing Knox County Man

A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing elderly Knox County man. They’re calling in a K9 units looking for 77-year-old Jackie Harrison. He has dementia and other health issues he needs medication for. Harrison was last seen at the Walmart in Halls Sunday night. The Silver Alert means the TBI can post information…MORE

Remains Found in Rutherford County During Search for Teen Missing Since 2017

(AP) – Human remains have been found during the search for a Tennessee teen who vanished in 2017. The remains were found Wednesday near the Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro. Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh says the remains found in a heavily wooded area have not been medically confirmed to be that of Devin Bond,…MORE

Principal and Teacher Charged Accused of Dragging Student

Principal and Teacher Charged Accused of Dragging Student

(AP) – A Tennessee principal and special education teacher are accused of dragging a 10-year-old boy through a school hallway by his feet, leaving him with head injuries. Walter Hill Elementary Principal Helen Campbell and teacher Bonnie Marlar were arrested Saturday on child abuse and endangerment charges. Rutherford County sheriff’s records say the dragging was…MORE

Tennessee Creating Strike Team for Prescribed Forest Burns

Tennessee Creating Strike Team for Prescribed Forest Burns

(AP) – Forestry officials in Tennessee say a strike team is being created to perform prescribed burning on public and private forest land in the Cumberland Plateau. Tennessee Division of Forestry officials said Tuesday that a $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will be used to expand forest fire use and management…MORE

KPD Says Murder Suspect Threatened Victim with Sword

KPD Says Murder Suspect Threatened Victim with Sword

KPD says a murder suspect threatened the victim with sword prior to his death. Officers were called to the 4600 block of High School Road Friday night for a welfare check. 29-year-old Collin Davis was dead with multiple lacerations. Investigators determined Davis and his roommate 29-year-old William Benning had been in an altercation days before.…MORE

Massive Fire at West Knox County Home

Massive Fire at West Knox County Home

A home in West Knox County was engulfed in flames Monday morning. Rural Metro fire crews were called to 1132 Buxton Drive around 4:00 a.m. for a house fire. Everyone made it out of the home safe and no injuries were reported. Crews took a defensive attack as they were concerned of a roof collapse.…MORE

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