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Great Smoky Mountain Park Officials Announce Greenbrier Road Closure

Great Smoky Mountain Park Officials Announce Greenbrier Road Closure

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Greenbrier Road at U.S. 321 and access into the Greenbrier area will be closed to all use starting February 13. The closure will allow contractors to repair road damage and replace washed out culverts caused by significant rainfall in July 2022. Work is scheduled to be completed…MORE

Tennessee’s First Lady is Awaiting a Bone Marrow Transplant

Tennessee’s First Lady is Awaiting a Bone Marrow Transplant

Tennessee’s First Lady, Maria Lee, is through the first phase of treatment for lymphoma and is preparing to undergo a bone marrow transplant, according to an announcement by her husband, Governor Bill Lee. Gov. Lee released a statement on Thursday morning, thanking everyone for all the prayers and support since doctors discovered Maria had cancer…MORE

Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services Uses Multiple Response Systems to for Child Maltreatment Cases

Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services Uses Multiple Response Systems to for Child Maltreatment Cases

Investigating Maltreatment Traditionally, when child protective services case managers arrive on a family’s doorstep, there’s the implied or explicit threat that a child will be placed in out-of-home care. The situation can immediately become confrontational. However, child welfare is not a one-size fits-all approach. That’s why DCS uses the multiple response system to child maltreatment. Different situations…MORE

Lottery for $10 Tickets for Hamilton at the Tennessee Theatre Announced

Lottery for $10 Tickets for Hamilton at the Tennessee Theatre Announced

Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Tennessee Theatre announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (February 7) in Knoxville at the Tennessee Theatre. A limited number of tickets will be available for every performance for $10 each. The lottery will first open at 10:00 AM Friday, January…MORE

Tennessee’s Grow Your Own Initiative Hopes to Add More Teachers to the State’s Education System Which is Losing over 10,000 Teachers Each Year

Tennessee’s Grow Your Own Initiative Hopes to Add More Teachers to the State’s Education System Which is Losing over 10,000 Teachers Each Year

The Tennessee Department of Education announcing additional registered teacher occupation programs are now available for aspiring educators through Tennessee’s Grow Your Own initiative – https://www.tn.gov/education/grow-your-own.html —immediately expanding opportunity to train future teachers and strengthening the teacher pipeline in Tennessee. To further strengthen the state’s educator pipeline, two additional educator preparation providers (EPPs) – the University of Memphis and…MORE

Knoxville City Councils Approves Ban on Unsupervised Dogs Chained Up Outdoors

Knoxville City Councils Approves Ban on Unsupervised Dogs Chained Up Outdoors

Knoxville city council members approve a total ban of leaving dogs chained up outside unsupervised. Following nearly two hours of discussion and amendments last night (Tuesday). The new ordinance included an amendment for the chain to be at least five times the length of the pet’s body. City council also making an age requirement stating…MORE

Knoxville Leaders to Consider Ban on Tethering Dogs Unsupervised

Knoxville Leaders to Consider Ban on Tethering Dogs Unsupervised

Knoxville city council members will discuss a total ban of leaving dogs chained up outside unsupervised Tuesday night. The current city ordinance allows it, but the Knoxville Animal Welfare Alliance wants to change that, and brought the issue up to city leaders. The co-founder of the group, Julia Roy, said they followed the guidelines of…MORE

Knoxville Leaders to Consider Ban on Tethering Dogs Unsupervised

Knoxville Leaders to Consider Ban on Tethering Dogs Unsupervised

Knoxville city council members will discuss a total ban of leaving dogs chained up outside unsupervised Tuesday night. The current city ordinance allows it, but the Knoxville Animal Welfare Alliance wants to change that, and brought the issue up to city leaders. The co-founder of the group, Julia Roy, said they followed the guidelines of…MORE

Stevie Nicks Coming to Thompson Boling Arena

Stevie Nicks Coming to Thompson Boling Arena

Legendary singer, songwriter and storytelling Stevie Nicks is coming to Knoxville. She’ll be performing at Thompson Boling Arena on Tuesday, May 16th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. on https://www.livenation.com/.MORE

Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel Recaps His First Seven Months on the Job

Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel Recaps His First Seven Months on the Job

Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel recapped his first seven months on the job Thursday. Paul Noel was announced as the new chief at the end of April 2022. He is a 25-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department and replaced former-Chief Eve Thomas. In a press briefing, Noel recapped the changes he made and the initiatives…MORE

Some Locations of the Knox County Public Library and Imagination Library Hosting Story Time Celebrations in Honor of Dolly Parton’s Birthday

Some Locations of the Knox County Public Library and Imagination Library Hosting Story Time Celebrations in Honor of Dolly Parton’s Birthday

On Thursday, January 19, Knox County Public Library and Imagination Library will host five story time celebrations in honor of Dolly Parton’s 77th birthday. Each party begins at 10:30 and includes stories, activities, crafts, and cupcakes. Participants are invited to create a personal birthday message to Dolly, which will be delivered to her following the…MORE

Knoxville Lottery Player Wins $640,000 Dollars

Knoxville Lottery Player Wins $640,000 Dollars

Friday the 13th wasn’t unlucky for one Knoxville lottery player who scored hundreds of thousands of dollars off the state’s newest drawing-style game. The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation says the winner played Daily Tennessee Jackpot, a Tennessee-only game with drawings every day. Lottery officials say tickets cost $1, and players have the opportunity to win…MORE

Oak Ridge Business Robbed, Seeking Help Identifying Suspect

Oak Ridge Business Robbed, Seeking Help Identifying Suspect

An Oak Ridge business owner says at least $3,000 of trading cards of a very popular game were stolen in a robbery. Turn 1 Gaming owner, Stephen Hirst, says someone broke into his store and shattered the glass of a display case which contained Magic: The Gathering cards. He says they are the most valuable…MORE

Shania Twain Bringing Her Queen of Me Tour to Knoxville in 2023

Shania Twain Bringing Her Queen of Me Tour to Knoxville in 2023

Country music superstar Shania Twain bringing the second leg of her 2023 Queen of Me Tour to Thompson Boling Arena. The show will be October 16 in Knoxville and tickets for the newly added dates go on sale starting December 16th at LiveNation.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning next Tuesday (12/13)…MORE

Knox County Schools Announcing New Security Measure for this Upcoming School Year

Knox County Schools Announcing New Security Measure for this Upcoming School Year

Knox County Schools on Friday announced new security measures that are being implemented to enhance student safety in the 2022-23 academic year. At a news conference, Superintendent Dr. Jon Rysewyk and Security Division Chief Jason Periard said KCS has launched the “Safe Schools, Safe Students” initiative, a series of actions designed to provide a safe…MORE

TWRA Searching for a Missing Fisherman on Watts Bar Lake

TWRA Searching for a Missing Fisherman on Watts Bar Lake

The Tennessee Wildlife and Resources Agency is searching for a fisherman who is missing in Watts Bar Lake after an overturned boat was reported near the City of Loudon. Search and rescue crews from Loudon County began searching for the person last night after receiving reports of the overturned boat. The aluminum boat was found…MORE

Many Grocery Items will be Tax Free in Tennessee During the Month of August

Many Grocery Items will be Tax Free in Tennessee During the Month of August

Beginning August first and throughout the entire month, grocery items like food and food ingredients may be purchased tax free. Food and food ingredients are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value. Food…MORE

TDOT Warns Sevier County Motorists of an Indefinite Bridge Closure

TDOT Warns Sevier County Motorists of an Indefinite Bridge Closure

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says drivers in Sevier County need to be aware of a bridge collapse that has closed State Route 339 (Jones Cove Road) near Wilhite Road in Sevier County. Heavy rains in the area caused the failure of that box bridge yesterday (Monday) afternoon. This will be an indefinite road closure.…MORE

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office Alerting Resident’s of a Scam

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office Alerting Resident’s of a Scam

A scam caller impersonating officers has been making rounds in Blount County, according to authorities. Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong warned citizens to be careful after getting reports of an individual calling and claiming to work with the sheriff’s office, saying that a fine must be paid or the person will be arrested. This…MORE

U.S. Small Business Administration set to Help Sevier and Some Surrounding Counties Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Weather and Wildfires

U.S. Small Business Administration set to Help Sevier and Some Surrounding Counties Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Weather and Wildfires

Sevier County businesses and residents affected by wind, severe weather and wildfires from March 30 through April 6 may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration covers Sevier County and the adjacent counties of Blount, Cocke, Jefferson and Knox in Tennessee. To assist businesses and residents affected by the…MORE

Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort and Spa Looking to be Number One on the 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Family Resort by USA Today

Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort and Spa Looking to be Number One on the 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Family Resort by USA Today

After being named runner-up in 2021 by USA Today Readers in the publication’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Family Resort, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa has another opportunity to be named number one in the category. DreamMore Resort, which celebrates its seventh anniversary this month, has quickly become a sought-after resort. With the upcoming…MORE

An Investigating is On-Going and a KCSO Officer is on Leave Following a DUI Arrest

An Investigating is On-Going and a KCSO Officer is on Leave Following a DUI Arrest

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after one of their officers is arrested for DUI by the Knoxville Police Department. Officer Sean McElyea has been placed on administrative leave with pay while an internal investigation is conducted into his arrest Saturday. Officer McElyea is assigned to KCSO’s juvenile transportation division. Sheriff Tom Spangler’s statement…MORE

MADD Reacting to Two Knoxville Police Officers Being Arrested for Alleged DUI’s

MADD Reacting to Two Knoxville Police Officers Being Arrested for Alleged DUI’s

The National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving reacting to two Knoxville Police officers being arrested on two separate alleged drunk driving incidents. Alex Otte says when it occurs in situations where people have taken a responsibility to protect and serve our community and they’re the ones who are making the choice to bring potential…MORE

The City of Sevierville Issues a Water Warning to Boil Water Until Further Notice in the City and for Parts of Sevier County

The City of Sevierville Issues a Water Warning to Boil Water Until Further Notice in the City and for Parts of Sevier County

Drinking Water Warning Issued-Boil Drinking Water Until Further Notice-Sevierville and Portions of Sevier County The City is also asking that residents, businesses and visitors conserve water whenever possible until the system is fully operational. DRINKING WATER WARNING The City of Sevierville Water system lost pressure in the distribution system. The following notice applies to all…MORE

What Should you do if Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider?

What Should you do if Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider?

Although experts said brown recluse spiders are not as common in East Tennessee as in other parts of the state, they still exist around the area. Christopher Smith said while outside Saturday, he was bit by what he thought was an ant. “It was all swollen and black, and she (his wife) told me I…MORE

Medic Regional Blood Center’s Annual Summer Cookout is Coming up This Month

Medic Regional Blood Center’s Annual Summer Cookout is Coming up This Month

Medic Regional Blood Center says blood product usage continues to be high and inventory is low to critical for most blood types. Medic staff will be grilling hot dogs at various locations from the July18th through the 22nd. Donors will receive a hot dog, chips and drink when donating next week. Donors will also receive…MORE

Church Hill Rescue Squad Asks Court to Halt Summer Wells Reward Donations

Church Hill Rescue Squad Asks Court to Halt Summer Wells Reward Donations

Church Hill Rescue Squad officials filed a court petition on June 30 asking to halt donations to an ongoing reward fund for tips into the ongoing search for missing Hawkins County six-year-old Summer Wells. The CHRS also asked the Hawkins County Chancery Court to take over the future of the reward fund after issues arose about…MORE

Knox County Schools Show Improvement in ELA and Math Scores

Knox County Schools Show Improvement in ELA and Math Scores

Knox County Schools saw growth in English Language Arts (ELA) and math scores according to TCAP scores released today, even as the effects of the pandemic remain evident. The latest round of scores reflects Spring 2022 and Fall 2021 end-of-course exams in ELA, math, science and social studies. Data released by the State of Tennessee…MORE

Zoo Knoxville Welcomes Endangered African Lion Cub

Zoo Knoxville Welcomes Endangered African Lion Cub

Zoo Knoxville is excited to announce the birth of an endangered African lion cub.  The female cub, born on June 16, is the third offspring of father Upepo and mother Amara, and a full sibling to 6-month-old cubs Magi and Anga.  Amara is nursing and caring for the cub, who is healthy and thriving.  Amara…MORE

Real ID Licenses Will be Required Beginning May 3, 2023

Real ID Licenses Will be Required Beginning May 3, 2023

The pandemic causing another pause to Real ID licenses but soon those will be required. You will need a Real ID license to access certain Federal buildings, to enter nuclear facilities and to board commercial flights within the United States, beginning May 3rd of next year. Many people may have forgotten all about the REAL…MORE

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