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Escaped KY Inmate Spotted in Claiborne County

Escaped KY Inmate Spotted in Claiborne County

A Kentucky inmate may be on the run in Tennessee. 43-year-old Harold Hatfield was serving a 10-year-sentence on an Assault charge. Authorities say he escaped from a career development center in Richmond Kentucky in a gray SUV. Hatfield has ties to Tazewell Tennessee and was spotted in Claiborne County yesterday. Deputies were called to the…MORE

Governor Bill Lee Working on Spending Plan for 2021

Governor Bill Lee Working on Spending Plan for 2021

Tennessee department heads are set to pitch their spending plans for the upcoming fiscal year to Gov. Bill Lee and his top budget officials. Starting Monday, Lee will listen to budget proposals throughout the week before finalizing his own spending plan and submitting it to the GOP-controlled Statehouse. The hearings will take place in Nashville…MORE

FBI Investigating Knoxville-Knox CAC Office

FBI Investigating Knoxville-Knox CAC Office

The FBI is investigating the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee office. Wednesday the FBI, IRS, Department of Energy and more announced they were a part of an undisclosed investigation. The FBI says a multi-year investigation has been ongoing at four locations across Tennessee including the Knoxville CAC office. No details of the investigation has been…MORE

Election Day 2020 – Voting Information

Election Day 2020 – Voting Information

Polls open in Tennessee Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Since it is Election Day you have to vote at your particular precinct. For polling locations and details visit GoVoteTN.com or download the GoVoteTN app.   Hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans have voted with an absentee ballot this election. The state set-up a ballot tracker…MORE

Rural Metro Reminding You to Check Heating System After Fire Call

Rural Metro Reminding You to Check Heating System After Fire Call

Rural Metro says now’s the time to have your heating system checked. Monday was our first real burst of cold weather and firefighters were called to mobile home fire Sunday on Rifle Range Drive. There was smoke but no actual fire. Crews found a problem with the HVAC system and told the owner to have…MORE

Founder of Pal’s Passes Away

Founder of Pal’s Passes Away

The founder of Pal’s Sudden Service has passed away. A spokesperson says Pal Barger died Thursday afternoon of natural causes. Family says his health has been in decline over the last two years. Barger was 90-years-old. Pal opened his first restaurant in Kingsport in 1956 after serving in the U.S. Air Force and getting a business degree…MORE

Spring Enrollment for Knox County Starts Today

Spring Enrollment for Knox County Starts Today

Spring enrollment for Knox County Schools starts up Monday. You’ve got until November 6th if your child will learn in-person or virtually. If you want to make a change to your child’s learning, the school is emailing the forms today. The forms also available at the schools. If you don’t want to make a change,…MORE

Kingsport Mother Missing and Her Three Children are Missing and Endangered

Kingsport Mother Missing and Her Three Children are Missing and Endangered

Police in Kingsport are asking for help finding a mother and her three children after she missed a court date. Investigators say 31-year-old Whitney Elliot didn’t show up for court Wednesday morning. She’s reported as missing and her children are considered missing and endangered. They could be traveling in a silver Kia Sedona minivan. The…MORE

Medic In Critical Need of O+ and B- Blood

Medic In Critical Need of O+ and B- Blood

Medic Regional Blood Center is in critical need for for O-Positive and B-Negative blood. Medic says they’re seeing an increase in demand, combined with a decrease in supply nationally. They also need platelet donations. Medic’s Permanent Locations: Downtown Knoxville – 1601 Ailor Avenue Farragut – 11000 Kingston Pike Athens – 213 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 104 Crossville…MORE

Virginia Woman Facing Charges After Viral TikTok of Feeding Black Bear in Gatlinburg

Virginia Woman Facing Charges After Viral TikTok of Feeding Black Bear in Gatlinburg

Wildlife officers have charged a woman from Virginia with a misdemeanor violation after they say she intentionally fed a black bear while on vacation in Gatlinburg. In a September 30 video that went viral on TikTok, officials say 21-year-old Kristin Hailee Farris of Danville, VA intentionally hand-fed what appears to be watermelon, chocolate, and other…MORE

Bobcat Pulled from KY Dollar General Store

Bobcat Pulled from KY Dollar General Store

A bobcat was found roaming the aisles of a Kentucky Dollar General last night. Officers were called to the store in Martin Kentucky Wednesday night. Officials were able to remove him safely and the cat wasn’t injured.MORE

TBI Investigating Home Explosion in Kingston

TBI Investigating Home Explosion in Kingston

The TBI was called to Kingston after a home explosion Monday morning. Officials say it happened around 4:15 a.m. at 731 Gallaher Road. A mobile command unit was set up and the TBI is investigating large debris field. Injuries were reported, but they’ve not released the severity. 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson posted…MORE

Absentee Ballot Tracking Tool for November Elections

Absentee Ballot Tracking Tool for November Elections

Tennessee election officials say if you’re absentee voting this November, you’ll be able to track your ballot. It is an online tool that will show when your ballot is mailed out and when your completed ballot returns to your local election commission. Secretary of State Tre Hargett says he anticipates many of the voters who…MORE

16 Specialty Burgers During GatlinBURGER Week All for just $7

16 Specialty Burgers During GatlinBURGER Week All for just $7

If you’re craving a good burger, this is the week to head to Gatlinburg. It’s GatlinBURGER Week. The city asked restaurants to come up with something unique and different for this week…and they delivered… 16 restaurants are participating and all the burgers are just $7. The restaurateurs are contending for the title of GatlinBURGER Burgermeister.…MORE

Remains Found in GSMNP Identified as Illinois Man

Remains Found in GSMNP Identified as Illinois Man

Authorities are investigating after a bear was found scavenging human remains in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Campsite 82 and sections of the Hazel Creek Trail are closed after hikers found the remains of an out of state man Friday. The man has been identified 43-year-old Patrick Madura of Illinois. They’re now investigating cause…MORE

KPD Asking for Help Solving 2013 Cold Case

KPD Asking for Help Solving 2013 Cold Case

Knoxville Police are asking for help solving a cold case. 18-year-old DeShawn King was found shot to death in a car on East New Street in January 2013. The shooting is believed to have happened on Linden Avenue. Witnesses say two men in black hoodies were at the shooting and fled. There’s no video evidence…MORE

Nashville Airport Splitting in Two for Construction

Nashville Airport Splitting in Two for Construction

Nashville International Airport will split into two terminals while it enters an extended phase of construction. The airport will operate as North and South terminals starting Tuesday, when construction will begin on an expansion of the central lobby. Once past the new security checkpoints for North and South terminals, getting from Concourses A/B to C/D…MORE

Carjacking Suspect in Custody After Foot Chase in Knoxville

Carjacking Suspect in Custody After Foot Chase in Knoxville

A man wanted on charges out of Georgia is in custody after a carjacking in Knoxville. The victim reported the incident early Saturday morning around 1:00 a.m on Knotty Pine Way. He said the suspect stole his white Honda Accord at gunpoint. Around noon Saturday, officers found the stolen vehicle and a possible suspect. Officials…MORE

New Details Expected in Evelyn Mae Boswell Case

New Details Expected in Evelyn Mae Boswell Case

New information is expected from a TBI press conference Wednesday afternoon in the death of Evelyn Mae Boswell. Boswell’s remains were found in March on property belonging to a family member. The Sullivan County toddler had been reported missing since just after Christmas. The mother, Megan Boswell, has been charged with 11 counts of False…MORE

$5,000 Reward Offered in Death of Knoxville Woman

$5,000 Reward Offered in Death of Knoxville Woman

The family is offering a $5,000 reward after the death of a Knoxville woman earlier this year. 24-year-old Aseal Iysheh was shot to death June 11th outside the BJ’s Food Mart on Magnolia. She was found in the parking lot shot multiple times. So far no arrests have been made, but investigators believe there were…MORE

Joe Clayton Being Laid to Rest Today

Joe Clayton Being Laid to Rest Today

Joe Clayton, co-founder of Clayton Homes, is being laid to rest today. He was killed in a helicopter crash on the Tennessee River last week. Joe’s brother and other founder of Clayton Homes, Jim Clayton survived the crash. A grandson and friend were also on the craft. Visitations are from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m…MORE

KPD Investigating Claims of Self-Defense in Stabbing Death

KPD Investigating Claims of Self-Defense in Stabbing Death

An investigation is underway after a stabbing in Knoxville. A woman was found dead outside the Holly Berry Apartments on East Inskip Drive. Officials say the suspect is known and is a woman. KPD investigators say the victim arrived at a residence and a physical altercation ensued. So far no arrests have been made. Officials…MORE

Public Comment Available for Wednesday Board of Health Meeting

Public Comment Available for Wednesday Board of Health Meeting

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will facilitate a public forum before the Board of Health meeting Wednesday. The board has been holding virtual meetings and hadn’t allowed public comment. The meeting will start with 30 minutes of public input. Each speaker will have up to three minutes. Mayor Jacobs says, “No public institution I’ve ever…MORE

Medic to Start Screening Donors for COVID-19 Antibodies

Medic to Start Screening Donors for COVID-19 Antibodies

Medic Regional Blood Center will start testing donors for COVID-19 antibodies. The screening is part of Medic’s efforts to identify and recruit potential Convalescent Plasma donors. This is not the diagnostic test and if you are sick you should not donate. You will be screened before testing and make an appointment to donate. Masks are…MORE

TN Attorney General: Mask Mandates Are Constitutionally Defensible

TN Attorney General: Mask Mandates Are Constitutionally Defensible

Tennessee’s attorney general says mask mandates are constitutionally defensible. The opinion comes as some county mayors have moved to enact the requirements. Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III wrote that for more than a century, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that communities have the right to protect themselves against an epidemic of disease. Slatery…MORE

Gov Lee Urging You to Complete 2020 Census

Gov Lee Urging You to Complete 2020 Census

State officials are urging you to complete the 2020 Census. Governor Bill Lee announced only 61.5% of Tennesseans have finished it so far. The Governor is urging you to finish the Census as it brings federal money to the state and local communities. The money is used to fund hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and…MORE

KCHD Resuming COVID-19 Testing in the Morning to Avoid Heat

KCHD Resuming COVID-19 Testing in the Morning to Avoid Heat

The Knox County Health Department is resuming COVID-19 testing Wednesday at their location on Dameron Avenue. They called off testing Monday because they didn’t want people having to stand outside in the heat. They decide to move the testing to a new location, but say it won’t be available until next month. In the meantime,…MORE

TN Tax Revenues $12.5 Million Short For June

TN Tax Revenues $12.5 Million Short For June

Tennessee officials say state revenues came up $12.5 million short of projections in June amid the coronavirus pandemic. State Finance Commissioner Butch Eley says June revenues were $1.5 billion, which is $29.8 million less than in June 2019. The month’s overall collections represented a 1.91% growth rate decline. Eley says it’s too early to identify…MORE

First Responders Called for Two Incidents at Dollywood Over the Weekend

First Responders Called for Two Incidents at Dollywood Over the Weekend

First responders had to be called after a couple of incidents at Dollywood this weekend. Three guests at Dollywood were injured when a piece of decoration fell and hit them Saturday afternoon. Park officials say the guests were walking under a “themed decoration” in the Wilderness Pass area when it fell on them. They were…MORE

TN Schools Receiving $81 Million in Federal COVID-19 Grants

TN Schools Receiving $81 Million in Federal COVID-19 Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says the state’s K-12 schools and higher education institutions are receiving $81 million in federal money in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Lee’s office says the funding includes $11 million in reopening grants for K-12 schools, ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 each. The funding also includes $50 million for K-12 schools…MORE

SCOTUS Declines to Hear TN Death Row Inmate Appeal

SCOTUS Declines to Hear TN Death Row Inmate Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of a Tennessee death row inmate who claims he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Lawyers for David Keen say tests from 2008 and 2010 prove Keen’s intellectual disability. However, they say there is no mechanism in Tennessee to reopen Keen’s case…MORE

Zoo Knoxville Included in Mayor Kincannon’s Face Mask Requirement

Zoo Knoxville Included in Mayor Kincannon’s Face Mask Requirement

In line with Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon’s Executive Order, Zoo Knoxville is requiring face masks inside their buildings. Mayor Kincannon’s order goes into affect today (7/1) and applies to all city-owned buildings. Mayor Kincannon mandates masks be worn inside city-owned buildings, which includes the  zoo’s public indoor areas such as restrooms, indoor viewing areas, restaurants…MORE

AMC & Regal Delay Reopening Theaters

AMC & Regal Delay Reopening Theaters

The two largest movie theater chains in the U.S. are pushing back their opening dates. There has been an up-tick of COVID-19 cases in many states, but also a severe lack of movies to play. The big releases for July were supposed to be “Mulan” and “Tenet.” However, both were pushed back to August. AMC…MORE

UT to Require Flu Shots and COVID-19 Vaccines this Fall

UT to Require Flu Shots and COVID-19 Vaccines this Fall

Tennessee students will have to get their flu shot this fall and also be immunized for COVID-19 if a vaccine becomes available under an emergency rule unanimously approved Friday by the university’s Board of Trustees. The university went to online classes because of the Coronavirus pandemic on March 16, which was extended April 1 through…MORE

Tee Martin Says Money from Jersey Fundraiser Would Stay in East TN

Tee Martin Says Money from Jersey Fundraiser Would Stay in East TN

VFL and Tennessee Wide Receivers Coach Tee Martin is clearing up where money will go to from a proposed fundraiser. In a press conference Thursday Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt said the team wants to wear black jerseys for the Kentucky game in November. After the game they would auction the jerseys off to raise money…MORE

No Tax Increases in Mayor Jacobs’ 2020-2021 Budget

No Tax Increases in Mayor Jacobs’ 2020-2021 Budget

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs says there are no tax increases in next year’s budget. They mayor today presented his 2020-2021 Budget to the Knox County Commission. The budget includes a $849 million spending plan, $4 million less then this year’s budget with no property tax increase. Jacobs says, this was a difficult budget to…MORE

KPD Searching Victor Ashe Park for Missing Woman

KPD Searching Victor Ashe Park for Missing Woman

KPD is asking for help finding a missing Knoxville woman. 43-year-old Michelle Fields’ vehicle was found Tuesday night near the pond at Victor Ashe Park. Crews including a bloodhound were able to track her down to the pond, so divers were brought in. The search resumed Wednesday morning. Officials say at this point foul play…MORE

KPD: Serial Rapist in Custody

KPD: Serial Rapist in Custody

Knoxville Police say a serial rapist with crimes dating back to last summer is in custody. 37-year-old Aaron Gray is suspected in multiple sexual assaults against several victims in the Mission District of Knoxville. Following extensive investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit, the Criminal Investigation Division and Homeless Outreach officers, Gray has been charged with nine…MORE

Oklahoma Girl Missing in Blount County

Oklahoma Girl Missing in Blount County

A girl from Oklahoma is believed to be missing in Blount County. 13-year-old Selena Reeanna Nicole Bivens was visiting her grandmother’s house when she went missing. It’s possible she is a runaway. If you have any information on her whereabouts you’re asked to call the Blount County Sheriff’s Office Investigations during normal business hours at…MORE

Knox County Parks and Rec Mowing In-House Saving $83,000

Knox County Parks and Rec Mowing In-House Saving $83,000

Knox County will start mowing more of the parks themselves saving over $83,000 a year. Mayor Glenn Jacobs asked all the county offices to look for cost-saving options as they deal with the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parks and Rec Department says they were able to reassign work and create a second…MORE

TDOT Dropping Lane Restrictions for Memorial Day Weekend

TDOT Dropping Lane Restrictions for Memorial Day Weekend

State officials are pausing most construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes for Memorial Day Weekend. The state Department of Transportation says the hiatus on lane closures will start on Friday at noon and run through early Tuesday, May 26. Drivers may still see some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term…MORE

Virginia Man Killed in Boating Accident on Cherokee Lake

Virginia Man Killed in Boating Accident on Cherokee Lake

A Virginia man is dead after a boating accident on Cherokee Lake. The TWRA says 71-year-old Edward McMillan from Gate City Virginia was fishing when his boat flipped Saturday. Witnesses say the boat was about 60 yards from the bank when it flipped. A teen with Edward was able to pull him to shore, but he…MORE

KPD Needs Help Identifying Vehicle Suspected in Rental Truck Burglaries

KPD Needs Help Identifying Vehicle Suspected in Rental Truck Burglaries

Knoxville Police are asking for help identifying a car suspected in several vehicle burglaries. Officials say someone stole numerous catalytic converters from Budget rental trucks at a parking lot on Centerline Drive. Surveillance cameras showed a black car at the scene. If you have any information on the case you’re asked to call 865-215-7212 or email propertycrimes@knoxvilletn.gov.MORE

West Town Mall Opening Friday

West Town Mall Opening Friday

West Town Mall is opening Friday. The biggest mall owner in the U.S. is preparing to open a number of its properties across the country. CNBC reports Simon Property Group is reopening 49 of its malls and outlet centers Friday through Monday. Officials say they will offer free CDC-approved masks and hand sanitizing packets to…MORE

Over 15,000 Insurance Claims After Middle TN Tornadoes

Over 15,000 Insurance Claims After Middle TN Tornadoes

More than 15,600 insurance claims seeking more than $1.1 billion have been filed in Tennessee over deadly tornadoes that tore through the state early last month. State Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Hodgen Mainda told reporters Thursday that out of those claims, 7,400 had been paid out more than $370 million as of April…MORE

TN VA Hiring Health Care Workers

TN VA Hiring Health Care Workers

The Veterans Administration’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is hiring health care workers to staff its hospitals and clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a news release, the system is offering both temporary and permanent assignments. It is also recruiting recent retirees with experience in high-need areas. In addition, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is seeking…MORE

President Trump Getting Push Back for Criticizing TVA President Salary

President Trump Getting Push Back for Criticizing TVA President Salary

President Trump is getting push back from his own party after criticizing the compensation of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s president, suggesting the executive’s pay was too high. The president, who appoints the TVA’s board, was asked a question at his daily coronavirus briefing Wednesday, and the questioner said the head of TVA “made $8 million…MORE

Altar’d State Giving Away 500 Dresses to Medical Workers

Altar’d State Giving Away 500 Dresses to Medical Workers

A clothing company based in East Tennessee is giving away 500 dresses as a way to thank healthcare workers. Altar’d State and their sister company A’Beautiful Soul are celebrating World Health Day and want to thank the Doctors, Nurses, Medical on Hospital workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sizes are available from 00…MORE

Knoxville Group Trying to Sew Nearly 10,000 Masks

Knoxville Group Trying to Sew Nearly 10,000 Masks

(WVLT) A group in Knoxville is doing what they can to help combat COVID-19. They got together on Facebook and the Knoxville Area MASK MAKERS are sewing and delivering protective face masks for essential workers. Sandra Sacco says it started as a small Facebook Group and has quickly taken off. She says they’ve been asked…MORE

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