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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

Loudon County Burglary Suspect

Loudon County Burglary Suspect

Loudon County authorities are asking for help finding a truck used in a burglary. A business on East Coast Tellico Parkway was burglarized Saturday. A white truck, believed to be a Nissan Frontier extended cab, was spotted on surveillance video. If you have any information on the crime you’re asked to call authorities.MORE

TWRA Investigating After Man Shoots at Bear in Gatlinburg

TWRA Investigating After Man Shoots at Bear in Gatlinburg

The TWRA is investigating after a man shot at a bear in Gatlinburg Thursday night. It happened around 11:30 p.m. outside of the Motel 6. Officials don’t know if the bear was hit or not. The bear ran off into the woods. The man was not injured. The TWRA is in the woods looking for…MORE

Cocke County Woman Charged First Degree Murder

Cocke County Woman Charged First Degree Murder

A Cocke County woman is facing murder charges after a shooting Thursday. Police were called to Padgetmill Road in Cosby around 4:30 a.m. As they were responding officers heard shots and took cover. They could see a woman inside the residence waving a gun. Officials were able to gain entry and say Martha Styles surrendered.…MORE

Cash and Drugs Seized in Cocke County Drug Raid

Cash and Drugs Seized in Cocke County Drug Raid

Almost 1,000 opiods are off the streets in Cocke County. Deputies raided a home on Wedgewood Way in Newport yesterday. $55,000 in cash, hundreds of pain pills and ammunition were seized from the home. Jeffery Philpot was arrested and is facing charges. Officials say he was already on parole for a felony drug charge.MORE

Cross Set on Fire at Greene County Church

Cross Set on Fire at Greene County Church

Authorities looking for a suspect in Greene County accused of setting fire to a church. Officials say someone set a cross on fire hanging on the front door of Gethsemane Methodist Church. The church is on Waterfork Road in Greeneville. Officials believe it happened earlier this week. Their asking for anyone with information to come…MORE

Middle TN Man Arrested, Found in Judge’s Chamber with Ax

Middle TN Man Arrested, Found in Judge’s Chamber with Ax

A man in Middle Tennessee is in custody after he was found in a judge’s chambers armed with an ax. 46-year-old Michael Dupont was charged last week with trespassing, disorderly conduct and more. Officials say he walked into the Stewart County Courthouse through a side door and made his way to the offices. Sheriff Frankie…MORE

Pedestrian Life Threatening Injuries After Hit by Car

Pedestrian Life Threatening Injuries After Hit by Car

A man is in critical condition after he was hit by a car on Broadway Monday night. The 49-year-old man was walking on Broadway at Woodrow Drive. He was rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Officials say the man was walking across the road outside of the crosswalk when he was hit. Police…MORE

Hunter Injured in Boating Accident on Melton Hill Lake

Hunter Injured in Boating Accident on Melton Hill Lake

Officials with the TWRA say a hunter was seriously injured in a boating incident over the weekend. Officials say three deer hunters were in a small aluminum boat Saturday morning heading to a management area on Melton Hill Lake when they ran aground. 47-year-old Christopher Beckler was at the front using a spotlight to help…MORE

Hamblen County Man Facing Kidnapping and Rape Charges

Hamblen County Man Facing Kidnapping and Rape Charges

A Hamblen County man is in custody accused kidnapping and raping a woman. Officers were called to Leapers Ferry Road in White Pine Saturday morning. A 27-year-old woman says she met the suspect at a sports bar late Friday night. She says the suspect beat and raped her. Investigators identified the suspect as William Madison…MORE

Erik Ainge Show Picks Panel – Week 10

Erik Ainge Show Picks Panel – Week 10

When we started this deal at the beginning of the season, it didn’t matter to me where I finished because I felt confident that, no matter what I did, Erik wouldn’t win this.MORE

Fatal Crash on Middlebrook Pike

Fatal Crash on Middlebrook Pike

Police are investigating a fatal crash this morning on Middlebrook Pike. The single-vehicle crash happened around 7:30 on Middlebrook at Lonas Drive. Officials say the driver had crashed into a utility pole. A 51-year-old man was rushed to the hospital, but later pronounced dead. No one else was in the vehicle. Police are working to…MORE

Man Charged with Kidnapping Woman at Clinton Hwy Walmart

Knoxville Police are investigating after a woman detailed how a man kidnapped her Monday. A witness says they watched a man hit and grab a woman at the Walmart on Clinton Highway and called police. Officers found the suspect’s vehicle a short time later on Clinton Highway. The victim was driving and Shane Canipe was…MORE

Chattanooga Suspected Added to TBI Top 10

Chattanooga Suspected Added to TBI Top 10

The TBI is adding a suspect out of Chattanooga to their Top 10 Most Wanted List. 23-year-old Douglas Gass is wanted for vehicular homicide, reckless aggravated assault, felony evading and more. Gass is 5’7″, 140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. A $2,500 reward is being offered in the case. If you spot him…MORE

Loudon County Deputy Demoted After Social Media Post

Loudon County Deputy Demoted After Social Media Post

Loudon County authorities have demoted a Lieutenant after what the Sheriff calls an offensive and inappropriate social media post. Patrick Upton is now a Detective Sergeant. Upton posted videos on the app Tik Tok of himself in uniform. Sheriff Tim Guider says the videos were a poor reflection of the sheriff’s office. “Lieutenant Upton’s decision to…MORE

Deputies Investigating Dogs Poisoned at Animal Shelter

Deputies Investigating Dogs Poisoned at Animal Shelter

Police in Cocke County are investigating after several dogs were believed to be poisoned at an animal shelter. It happened at the Friends Animal Shelter in Newport. Veterinarians say some of the animals’ blood wasn’t clotting properly during spay and neuter appointments. Five dogs showed signs of poisoning, but two were especially concerning. All the…MORE

2nd Vaping Related Death Reported in Tennessee

2nd Vaping Related Death Reported in Tennessee

State health officials say a second person in Tennessee has died from a vaping-related respiratory illness. The death in West Tennessee was confirmed Thursday by the state Department of Health. No other details about the victim were immediately available. Tennessee’s first confirmed vaping-related death was reported last week. The victim was a 26-year-old Nashville man.…MORE

Suspect Killed in Officer Involved Shooting in Hamblen County

Suspect Killed in Officer Involved Shooting in Hamblen County

A Hamblen County suspect is dead after an officer involved shooting. Deputies were called to Highway 160 near Mayes road around 5:30 this morning. Few details have been released, but the suspect was killed and the officer was sent to the hospital. No word on the extent of the deputy’s injuries. The TBI is investigating.…MORE

Knox County Father Accused of Aggressively Shaking Infant

Knox County Father Accused of Aggressively Shaking Infant

A Knox County father is in custody accused of violently shaking his 3-month-old baby. 22-year-old Samuel Dukes Bates was arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse. The arrest report says Bates picked up the baby and shook him aggressively. The child is in intensive care at the hospital. Bates was booked on a $500,000 bond.…MORE

KCSO Investigating Video of Fight at HVA

KCSO Investigating Video of Fight at HVA

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a video posted online claimed to show a fight at Hardin Valley Academy. As of Thursday morning no charges have been filed and the investigation is said to be in the “preliminary stages.” The video, posted to SnapChat, shows two boys facing each other in the bathroom. One…MORE

Missing Knoxville Teen Lanysja Rodgers

Missing Knoxville Teen Lanysja Rodgers

KPD announced Thursday morning that Lanysja Rodgers was safely located. The 16-year-old was reported missing Wednesday afternoon. She was spotted near the Second United Methodist Church on Western Avenue, but hadn’t been seen since. No word where she was located. Previous Story Knoxville Police asking for help finding an Endangered Teen. 16-year-old Lanysja Rodgers was spotted…MORE

Car Crashes into French Broad River During Police Chase

Car Crashes into French Broad River During Police Chase

The suspect is missing after a police chase and crash into the French Broad River in Sevier County. Authorities say the chase started early Wednesday morning when the suspect refused to comply with a traffic stop. A deputy was trying to catch up to the vehicle when it drove into the French Broad River at…MORE

Crossville Landmark Burns to the Ground

Crossville Landmark Burns to the Ground

A landmark in Crossville is in ashes after a fire Tuesday night. Cumberland County Fire Rescue have confirmed they responded to a fire at the Minister’s Tree House on Beehive Lane. The fire started around 11:30 p.m. and burned to the ground in about 15 minutes. Officials say the fire is under control. The structure…MORE

Missing Knoxville Man Found Downtown

Missing Knoxville Man Found Downtown

A Knoxville man missing Tuesday has been located. Officials say 78-year-old Ervin Miller was located in downtown Knoxville Wednesday morning. Previous Story Police are looking for an elderly man missing in Knoxville. Officials say 78-year-old Ervin Miller was last seen at the West Town Mall around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. He suffers from dementia and had…MORE

BCSO Looking for Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s

BCSO Looking for Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s

Blount County authorities are asking for help finding for an elderly man with Alzheimer’s. 76-year-old John Jennings left his home on Knouff Drive near Butterfly Gap Loop sometime overnight. Jennings is 6’1″ about 200 pounds with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing gray or navy sweat pants and a long sleeve shirt. Jennings has…MORE

Medic Regional Blood Center Critical for O-

Medic Regional Blood Center Critical for O-

Medic Regional Blood Center says they’re critical for O Negative blood. Whether you’re O Negative or not they’re asking everyone to stop by and donate this week. Officials say O Negative blood is used for trauma situations in critical patients. They can only use the blood that’s already on the shelf and it takes three…MORE

Man Dies After Beaten with Baseball Bat

Man Dies After Beaten with Baseball Bat

Knoxville Police are investigating the death of a man died beaten with a bat. Officers were called to Atlantic Avenue Sunday. The victim, a 52-year-old man, got into a fight Friday afternoon and was hit with a baseball bat. He was taken to friend’s house, but his condition deteriorated through the weekend. The victim was…MORE

Tennessee Man Drowns Canoeing in Alabama

Tennessee Man Drowns Canoeing in Alabama

A Tennessee man died canoeing on a river in Alabama Friday night. 51-year-old Gregory Lawson form Hixon Tennessee drowned when his canoe capsized. He was on the Tennessee River near Scottsboro Alabama Friday night. A woman with Lawson was able to swim to shore for help.MORE

Court Date Pushed Back for Knoxville Mother Charged in Daughter’s Death

Court Date Pushed Back for Knoxville Mother Charged in Daughter’s Death

The judge has pushed back a court date for a Knoxville woman accused of Tampering with Evidence in her daughter’s death. 36-year-old Robin Howington was scheduled to appear in court today. The 5-year-old girl was shot to death last month. Officials say Howington tried to hide the gun and destroy her phone. Her court date…MORE

Police Chase Through East Knoxville

Police Chase Through East Knoxville

Car getting towed after a police chase through East Knoxville Thursday morning. Our TV Partner WVLT News reports, officials say the chase lasted about 15 minutes and ended on Roberts Road in Corryton. No injuries have been reported. No details have been released on the incident this morning. No word on any charges.MORE

Man Facing Charges After Mutilated Pets and Injured Woman Found at Home

Man Facing Charges After Mutilated Pets and Injured Woman Found at Home

A Claiborne County man arrested for swinging a sword in the middle of the road is now facing assault and animal cruelty charges after deputies found mutilated pets and an injured woman. 43-year-old Craig Chapman Jr. was arrested last week for Public Intoxication and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. While in jail, he called a…MORE

Knoxville Man Convicted of Kidnapping & Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

Knoxville Man Convicted of Kidnapping & Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

A Knoxville man could spend the next 20 years in prison after he was convicted of beating and kidnapping an ex-girlfriend. It happened in December. The woman texted the suspect, Jonathan Hardin, ending their relationship. Hardin drove to her apartment assaulted her, threatened her with a boxcutter and forced her into the car. He then…MORE

49 Cases of Vaping Related Illness Reported in Tennessee

49 Cases of Vaping Related Illness Reported in Tennessee

(AP) – Tennessee health officials say they have received 49 cases of serious lung injury in people who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. The Department of Health said Monday that no single product has been linked to the cases and the specific ingredient causing the lung injuries remains unknown. The state is recommending…MORE

THP Trooper Charged with DUI

THP Trooper Charged with DUI

(AP) – A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has been charged with driving under the influence. The Jackson Sun reports 36-year-old Daryl Veliz was arrested Monday in Paris, Tennessee, and later freed after posting bail. A Paris police statement says an officer saw a man slumped over in an idling car near a roadway that morning.…MORE

Suspect Wanted for Greeneville Murder Arrested in Florida

Suspect Wanted for Greeneville Murder Arrested in Florida

A man wanted for murder in Greeneville is in custody. 35-year-old Stanley Mossburg, also known as “WooWoo,” was added to the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List after a robbery, kidnapping and murder earlier this month at a coin laundry in Greeneville. He was also wanted for a double murder in Central Florida. Officials say Mossburg…MORE

DUI Charges and More After Police Chase in Monroe County

DUI Charges and More After Police Chase in Monroe County

A Monroe County man is facing several charges after a police chase early Sunday. A deputy spotted a car speeding on New Highway 68 in Madisonville around 2:30 a.m. The deputy initiated a pursuit and the suspect, identified as Jason Murphy, sped up. Officials say the chase went from New Highway 68 to Old State…MORE

Still Working ‘9 to 5,’ Dolly Parton Marks 50 Years at Opry

Still Working ‘9 to 5,’ Dolly Parton Marks 50 Years at Opry

(AP) – Country superstar Dolly Parton is still working “9 to 5,” and doing what she loves as she celebrated her 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. The 73-year-old actress, singer and songwriter, who first played the Opry when she was just a teenager, played the longstanding radio show Saturday night in Nashville…MORE

Armed Robber Hits Weigels on Maynardville Pike

Armed Robber Hits Weigels on Maynardville Pike

KPD searching for a man after a gas station robbery Saturday night. Officers were called to the Weigels on the 6000 block of Maynardville Pike around 9:30 p.m. The man robbed the store at gunpoint then fled on foot. KPD brought in K-9’s but were unable to locate the suspect. The man is described as…MORE

Tennessee Man Drowns at Florida Beach

Tennessee Man Drowns at Florida Beach

Authorities have not identified a Tennessee man who drowned at a Florida Beach over the weekend. The 43-year-old man from Cookeville was swimming at Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona, when he was caught up in a riptide. When officers arrived they found two victims and a bystander on the beach. The Tennessee man was…MORE

KPD Canvasing North Knoxville Neighborhood in Cold Case

KPD Canvasing North Knoxville Neighborhood in Cold Case

Officers will be back on the streets in North Knoxville Friday afternoon looking for leads in a cold case. KPD will be re-canvassing the Mitchell Street area in connection to the 2010 murder of James Hundley. The 78-year-old great-great-grandfather was staying overnight in a rental house he was renovating. Police say two men robbed and…MORE

Men Sought in Cookeville Vehicle Theft

Men Sought in Cookeville Vehicle Theft

Police in Cookeville are looking for two men in connection to a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was stolen from the Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency last week. It was later found in Nashville. If you know who these men are, you’re asked to call the Cookeville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 931-520-5317.MORE

Dollywood Accused of Willful Copyright Infringement Over Christmas Song

Dollywood Accused of Willful Copyright Infringement Over Christmas Song

Dollywood is being sued for unauthorized use of a copyrighted song. The lawsuit claims the park has been performing “Christmas Time is Here” during their Twas the Night Before Christmas show since 2007, if not earlier. It’s the song from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi. The Lee Mendelson Film Productions…MORE

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