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Knoxville Sets Hotel Revenue Record

Knoxville Sets Hotel Revenue Record

Knoxville set a record in hotel revenue in 2022, by nearly 30% from the year before. ”These are numbers just that Knoxville pre-COVID, we just didn’t experience, and it’s just a great high. I think the hotels and restaurants everyone is happy, how long can we maintain it but what does the dip look like,…MORE

Knox Area Transit Asking for Public Input on Proposed Transit Map

Knox Area Transit Asking for Public Input on Proposed Transit Map

Knox Area Transit announced they are asking for public input on a newly proposed transit map. The map came from a long process of public input on how a newly imagined KAT would look. “It had really been about twelve years since we made the move to Knoxville station since we had taken a look…MORE

Charges Announced for Man Accused of Robbing a Blount County Bank

Charges Announced for Man Accused of Robbing a Blount County Bank

Charges announced for the suspect in a Blount County bank robbery. CBBC Bank on Topside Road was robbed Tuesday afternoon, Richard Hines, Jr., was arrested by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the incident. He is facing charges of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The…MORE

Another Pediatric Flu Death Reported in Tennessee

Another Pediatric Flu Death Reported in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health is confirming a third pediatric flu related death in Tennessee. TDH says the child’s death happened in East Region of our state. Additionally, 17 of Tennessee’s 95 counties have had one or more influenza-positive result in the past 6 weeks. TDH considers an flu like illness to be a fever…MORE

East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Needs Your Help to Find a Man Wanted in Multiple East Tennessee Counties on Various Charges Including Attempted First-Degree Murder

East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Needs Your Help to Find a Man Wanted in Multiple East Tennessee Counties on Various Charges Including Attempted First-Degree Murder

Have you seen fugitive Demarco Derez Williams? Williams is wanted on Attempted First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault charges stemming from a shooting that took place during the early morning hours of December 21, 2022 in Strawberry Plains, TN.  In addition, to these charges by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office the Knoxville Police Department is looking…MORE

A Domestic Incident Leads to the Shooting Death of a Talbott Woman

A Domestic Incident Leads to the Shooting Death of a Talbott Woman

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting in Talbott. Deputies were called to Ingram Road after a man called 911 saying he had shot his wife Wednesday night. 52 year-old Kenneth Belcher was found inside pickup in the rear parking lot of a school on E. Dumplin Valley Road. A weapon was…MORE

Knoxville Police are Investigating a Fatal Shooting in North Knoxville

Knoxville Police are Investigating a Fatal Shooting in North Knoxville

Knoxville Police are investigating a fatal shooting in North Knoxville. It happened last night (Tuesday) in the 1200 block of Bradshaw Garden Road. Police believe a physical confrontation occurred and shots were fired. A man was struck and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are searching for a dark-colored four-door sedan…MORE

A Tennessee Inmate on Death Row Dies Before Execution

A Tennessee Inmate on Death Row Dies Before Execution

An inmate on death row in Tennessee has died but not by execution. The Tennessee Department of Correction says 71 year-old James Dellinger died at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville yesterday (Monday) from apparent natural causes. He was previously sentenced to death in 1996 for first degree murder out of Blount County after being…MORE

Dollywood Parks and Resorts to Hold Hiring Events for 2023 Season

Dollywood Parks and Resorts to Hold Hiring Events for 2023 Season

Dollywood Parks & Resorts is gearing up for an exciting 2023 season, one which includes the opening of a new roller coaster—Big Bear Mountain—as well as a new resort, by hosting a number of hiring events over the coming weeks. Exciting perks—including 100% free tuition, competitive wages, free lunch, and more—add to the reasons why…MORE

The Knoxville Fire Department is Investigating an East Knoxville House Fire

The Knoxville Fire Department is Investigating an East Knoxville House Fire

The Knoxville Fire Department is investigating an East Knoxville house fire. Crews called to Chipman Street early yesterday evening and discovered fire in the attic of the home. The home was unoccupied and in the process of having minor renovations done. The home suffered minor fire damage and moderate smoke and water damage. No injuries…MORE

Two burglary suspects who walked off from a work release job site in downtown Knoxville are captured by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Two burglary suspects who walked off from a work release job site in downtown Knoxville are captured by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Two burglary suspects who walked off from a work release job site in downtown Knoxville are captured by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

KCSO said Ray Boone and Will Hatfield were on a work release job site in downtown Knoxville yesterday afternoon.

KCSO said both were serving charges on burglary and theft.

KCSO said both were captured this afternoon and are in custody at the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Blount County Sheriff’s Office Warning of Real Estate Scam

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office Warning of Real Estate Scam

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a real estate scam which includes rental deals. They say at least one person has fallen victim. An ad for a house for rent on Facebook Marketplace, Zillow and other real estate websites caused the victim send the Facebook seller $1,000 from a Bitcoin machine in Knoxville,…MORE

Knoxville Police Release Preliminary 2022 High-Priority Crime Data

Knoxville Police Release Preliminary 2022 High-Priority Crime Data

The Knoxville Police Department releasing preliminary 2022 high-priority crime data. The report show murders dropped from 41 in 2021 to 35 in 2022, a 15 percent reduction. The number of non-fatal shooting victims matched the 2021 total exactly at 78, while robberies dropped 9 percent from 2021 to 2022. There was a three-percent drop citywide…MORE

Young Williams Receives Some of the Beagles Rescued from a Virginia Breeding Facility that Intended to Sell the Dogs to Labs for Research

Young Williams Receives Some of the Beagles Rescued from a Virginia Breeding Facility that Intended to Sell the Dogs to Labs for Research

Young-Williams Animal Center welcoming 20 beagles that were rescued from a mass-breeding facility in Virginia that intended to sell the dogs to laboratories for experimentation. These dogs were just a portion of the more than 4,000 beagles being rescued from the Envigo facility as part of a historic Humane Society rescue operation. The dogs received…MORE

A School Bus Catches on Fire on I-40 in West Knoxville

A School Bus Catches on Fire on I-40 in West Knoxville

No children were on board a school bus that caught fire on Interstate 40 as authorities continue their investigation into why the bus caught fire. WVLT reporting the Morgan County school bus caught fire on I-40 East yesterday (Monday) afternoon. Rural Metro and Loudon County crews all responded to the call near Watt Road exit…MORE

A Gatlinburg Hotel is Kicking Out Customers who Feed or Try to Pet Bears

A Gatlinburg Hotel is Kicking Out Customers who Feed or Try to Pet Bears

Guest are being thrown out of a Gatlinburg hotel for petting bears. At least 10 to 15 guests have been kicked out of the Quality Inn Creekside hotel in downtown Gatlinburg this year alone because they continually got too close to bears. Two people were seen actually walking up to a bear and petting it…MORE

Knoxville Police No Longer Responding to Certain Non-Injury Accidents

Knoxville Police No Longer Responding to Certain Non-Injury Accidents

Beginning today, Knoxville Police Department officers will no longer respond to certain non-injury crashes.   Much like the Severe Weather Plan and the steps that were taken during the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with social distancing guidelines, KPD officers will no longer respond to minor, non-injury crashes unless a car is disabled in the roadway…MORE

Election Day is This Week, What you Need to Know

Election Day is This Week, What you Need to Know

Early voting has ended and Election day is Thursday. This if for the Federal / State Primary, Knox County General Election and the town of Farragut Municipal Election. You must vote at your designated location and present a valid photo ID. Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You can go to…MORE

Election Day is This Week, What you Need to Know

Election Day is This Week, What you Need to Know

Early voting has ended and Election day is Thursday. This if for the Federal / State Primary, Knox County General Election and the town of Farragut Municipal Election. You must vote at your designated location and present a valid photo ID. Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You can go to…MORE

Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee Set to Begin Friday

Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee Set to Begin Friday

Parents looking for bargains while back to school shopping for their kids can take advantage of saving a little cash this weekend. Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee starts tomorrow (Friday) and ends Sunday. Clothing and school supplies that cost under $100 and Computers $1,500 or less are all qualifying items. Governor Bill Lee says he…MORE

Design Changes Proposed to New Multi-Use Stadium in Downtown Knoxville due to Rising Materials and Labor Costs

Design Changes Proposed to New Multi-Use Stadium in Downtown Knoxville due to Rising Materials and Labor Costs

Knoxville Sports Authority officials proposing some design changes for Knoxville’s upcoming multi-use stadium at a meeting Tuesday morning. Rising materials and labor costs have inspired the stadium changes. Among those are removing a second story of offices and retail space, downsizing the stadium’s club area, and reorganizing some field-level constructs. These changes won’t affect the…MORE

A Former Knox County Schools Employee Indicted on Child Sex Charges

A Former Knox County Schools Employee Indicted on Child Sex Charges

A former assistant track coach and behavior liaison for Knox County Schools is indicted for child sex charges following inappropriate contact with at least five different children. 33 year-old Samuel Anderson, an assistant track coach at Austin East Magnet High School and a behavior liaison at Sarah Moore Green Magnet Academy before resigning in May…MORE

TBI Adds Morgan County Man Wanted for Second Degree Murder to Most Wanted List

TBI Adds Morgan County Man Wanted for Second Degree Murder to Most Wanted List

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a Morgan county man to their Most Wanted list. 41 year-old Christopher Falls is wanted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and TBI for Second Degree Murder, officials say he should be considered armed and dangerous. He is 5’6″, weighs 150 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.…MORE

Operation Southern Slow Down is Underway

Operation Southern Slow Down is Underway

Operation Southern Slow Down is underway in five southeastern states, including here in Tennessee. The operation is an effort to stop the increase of people driving over the speed limit. The operation that lasts until July 24. Tennessee Office of Highway Safety says speeding drivers are almost three times more likely to be involved in…MORE

A Georgia Man is Arrested in Sevier County on Multiple Child Molestation Charges

A Georgia Man is Arrested in Sevier County on Multiple Child Molestation Charges

A Georgia man is facing multiple child molestation charges after being arrested in Pigeon Forge. 67 year-old Dennis Dewayne Dockery was arrested after a two-month long manhunt. Dockery was originally arrested in August 2021 on multiple counts of child molestation. The charges stemmed from a local investigation that revealed that Dockery may have been molesting…MORE

The Colonial Pipeline Fuel Spill in Loudon County is Worse than Expected

The Colonial Pipeline Fuel Spill in Loudon County is Worse than Expected

Officials with Colonial Pipeline have discovered that the gas spill in Loudon County is worse than expected. Officials say they discovered spilled material approximately 8 feet outside of the Sugarlimb Trap Facility on Monday night. The spill happened on July 4th and officials were able to quickly repair the pipe and get it operational. Officials…MORE

Knoxville Area Transit Approves Proposal to Cut and Change Bus Routes

Knoxville Area Transit Approves Proposal to Cut and Change Bus Routes

The Knoxville Transportation Authority votes to approve proposed changes to Knoxville Area Transit service during a public meeting. Starting August 29, KAT will reduce, cut and change routes due to “continuing and worsening workforce shortages”. “This is a completely unprecedented situation,” says Isaac Thorne, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville in the release.…MORE

Knoxville Area Transit Approves Proposal to Cut and Change Bus Routes

Knoxville Area Transit Approves Proposal to Cut and Change Bus Routes

The Knoxville Transportation Authority votes to approve proposed changes to Knoxville Area Transit service during a public meeting. Starting August 29, KAT will reduce, cut and change routes due to “continuing and worsening workforce shortages”. “This is a completely unprecedented situation,” says Isaac Thorne, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville in the release.…MORE

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