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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

Foul Play Not Suspected After Jefferson Co Woman’s Remains Found

Foul Play Not Suspected After Jefferson Co Woman’s Remains Found

Foul play is not suspected after crews located the body of a missing Jefferson County Woman. Tiffany Trull was reported missing last week and her car was found parked at Cherokee Farms on UT’s campus. An extensive search of the Tennessee River was unsuccessful last week. However, a fisherman found her body yesterday on Fort…MORE

UT Professor Arrested Accused of Hiding Relationship with Chinese University

UT Professor Arrested Accused of Hiding Relationship with Chinese University

The Justice Department says a professor at the University of Tennessee has been arrested on charges that he hid his relationship with a Chinese university at the same time he received research grants from the federal government. Anming Hu was charged with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements. The…MORE

High School Fishing Team Missing on Pickwick Lake

High School Fishing Team Missing on Pickwick Lake

Three boaters, including two high school students, are missing after a fishing tournament in Hardin County. The group was part of the Obion County Central High School fishing team. They were fishing on Pickwick Lake and reported missing Sunday. They were having engine trouble at the start of the tournament. Officials thought they’d pulled their…MORE

TN Lawmakers Grilling Education Officials Over School Voucher Program

TN Lawmakers Grilling Education Officials Over School Voucher Program

Outraged Tennessee lawmakers have been grilling state education officials over the handling of a much-debated school voucher program. Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough demanded answers Wednesday from the education agency, comptroller’s office and finance officials on who approved the contract and why and why legislators didn’t get a chance to review it. The program…MORE

Rockslide Closes The Spur in GSMNP

Rockslide Closes The Spur in GSMNP

A mudslide has closed The Spur in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The slide happened in the northbound lanes of the Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Monday. The slide was just past the Westgate Resort and covers about 100 feet of both northbound lanes. A detour is in place…MORE

Bill to Make The Holy Bible TN State Book

Bill to Make The Holy Bible TN State Book

A new bill has been introduced into the state legislature to make the Bible Tennessee’s State Book. Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Jerry Sexton introduced HB 2696/SB 2778 last week. A similar measure was passed in 2016, making it all the way to the governor’s desk. Then Governor Haslam vetoed the measure.MORE

Two Former KPD Chiefs Picked for Presidential Panel

Two Former KPD Chiefs Picked for Presidential Panel

Attorney General William Barr has tapped two former KPD Chiefs to join a new presidential panel on law enforcement. David Rausch and Phil Keith will be on the 18-member Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. Keith will chair the Commission. Nashville Police Sergeant James Smallwood was also selected. President Donald Trump signed…MORE

House Fire Overnight in East Knoxville

House Fire Overnight in East Knoxville

Everyone is okay after a house fire in East Knoxville overnight Tuesday. The Knoxville Fire Department was called to a fire on the 3300 block of Skyline Drive around 1:30 a.m. Two adults and a child were able to make it out of the home safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The…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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TBI Top 10 Most Wanted in Custody

TBI Top 10 Most Wanted in Custody

A Roane County man sought by the TBI has surrendered. 31-year-old Christopher Allen Taylor was wanted for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Rape and Aggravated Assault. Officials say Taylor turned himself in to a state trooper in Cumberland County Tuesday morning. Previous Story The TBI is asking you to be on the lookout for a Roane County…MORE

Ex-Buffalo Bills Player Accused of Pulling Gun on Pranksters in Nashville

Ex-Buffalo Bills Player Accused of Pulling Gun on Pranksters in Nashville

(AP) – A former Buffalo Bills player is accused of pulling a gun on teens who were ding-dong ditching homes in his Tennessee neighborhood. 43-year-old Jimmy Robinson Jr. was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault. Mt. Juliet police Lt. Tyler Chandler says authorities responding to a report of an armed man Thursday night…MORE

Car Fire on Cades Cove Loop

Car Fire on Cades Cove Loop

A car billowing smoke and flames inside Cades Cove. Dramatic video was posted to social media of the fire around 1:00 o’clock Wednesday. Lori Tomblin says she could feel the heat of the flames as she drove by. No one was injured and the fire was contained. However, crews had the loop closed for several…MORE

Knoxville Man Hospitalized After Believed Vaping Illness

Knoxville Man Hospitalized After Believed Vaping Illness

A Knoxville man is believed to be another victim of pulmonary illness related to vaping. Family says Dylan Collins was vomiting out of control. He was taken to the hospital and they found pneumonia in the lower half of his lungs and he said he was septic. Dylan was intubated and put on life support…MORE

KPD is Bringing Beards Back for Charity

KPD is Bringing Beards Back for Charity

The beards are coming back. After raising over $11,000 for charity last year KPD officers will again don the beard starting October 1st. Typically, officers are prohibited from having a beard, but those rules will be relaxed for the final three months of 2019. Officers wanting to grow a beard will make a donation for…MORE

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