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Rebecca Lynn Allen Has Been Found

Rebecca Lynn Allen Has Been Found

The TBI says Rebecca Lynn Allen has been located and is safe. GOOD NEWS to report! Rebecca Allen has been located this morning, and is safe. Thank you to all for the RTs, and who helped keep an eye out for her. pic.twitter.com/Jd5Ls26oDP — Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) July 9, 2020 The TBI is…MORE

Pedestrian Hit on East Magnolia Avenue

Pedestrian Hit on East Magnolia Avenue

A pedestrian is in the hospital after an accident last night. Police were called to East Magnolia Avenue at Harrison Street around 8:00 o’clock after the person was hit crossing the road. Officials say the man was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver is not expected to face charges. KPD is investigating.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

Two in the Hospital After Motorcycle Crash in Knoxville

Two in the Hospital After Motorcycle Crash in Knoxville

Two people are in the hospital with serious injuries after a motorcycle accident Monday night. The crash involving a motorcycle and pickup truck happened around 5:00 o’clock at Highland Drive and Jenkins Road. When officers arrived, the driver of the motorcycle was lying in the roadway and a passenger from the bike was in the…MORE

Powell House Fire Caused by Fireworks

Powell House Fire Caused by Fireworks

Knoxville Police say a home caught fire because of fireworks this weekend. Fireworks are illegal in Knox County and if you’re caught you can face charges. Crews were called to Keith Avenue for the fire. No word if any charges will be filed in this case, but officials say causing a fire to an occupied…MORE

BLM Street Art Proposal Has Not Met Minimum Requirements for Permit

BLM Street Art Proposal Has Not Met Minimum Requirements for Permit

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon says a Black Lives Matter street art proposal has not met the minimum requirements to be issued a permit. Organizers wanted to paint the mural outside of Austin-East High School this weekend. The City of Knoxville issued a statement on the project: “When the City recently learned of a proposal to…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

Face Mask Requirement Approved for Knox County

Face Mask Requirement Approved for Knox County

Starting Friday morning face masks are required in any indoor public space in Knox County. In a meeting Wednesday night, the Knox County Board of Health passed the “COVID-19 Face Covering Regulation.” Masks are required inside all public spaces except for exempt populations and when eating or drinking. The measure covers stores, libraries, private businesses,…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

TBI Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Johnson City

TBI Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Johnson City

The TBI is investigating after an officer-involved shooting in Johnson City. JCPD Officers got a domestic disturbance call around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night to a home on the 900 block of McArthur Street. Officials say they encountered an intoxicated man with a gun. He refused to drop the weapon and reportedly pointed it at officers.…MORE

Knox County Schools Wants Feedback on Virtual Classes

Knox County Schools Wants Feedback on Virtual Classes

Knox County Schools are asking for your input about virtual classes this fall. School officials say the goal is still to return to in-person classes as it will lead to the best academic outcomes, but that a virtual option will be available for families who are not comfortable returning. The survey is non-binding and parents…MORE

Woman Found Dead Outside West Knox County Apartment

Woman Found Dead Outside West Knox County Apartment

A woman is dead. Police are investigating after a shooting in Western Heights area. Officers were called to the 1200 block of Better Tomorrow Drive around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday for an unresponsive woman. They found her outside of an apartment complex suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The woman was pronounced dead on the…MORE

Water Rescue on Papermill Dr During Heavy Rains Tuesday

Water Rescue on Papermill Dr During Heavy Rains Tuesday

Two teen girls are okay after they were rescued from swift water Monday night. Heavy rains caused flooding in several parts of Knoxville. Two men were waiting out the rain at McKay’s Bookstore on Papermill Drive, when they watched the girls’ car stall out and get pushed down the road. They made it out of…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

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs Statement on Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs Statement on Increase in COVID-19 Cases

In his weekly press briefing, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs addressed the increase of COVID-19 cases locally. “It is unrealistic, at this time, to believe COVID-19 could be stamped out completely so the goal must be to mitigate the damage the virus causes as it spreads. We have seen a spike in the number of…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

Off-Duty Oliver Springs Officer Found in Submerged Vehicle

Off-Duty Oliver Springs Officer Found in Submerged Vehicle

The body of an Oliver Springs police officer was pulled from a submerged vehicle overnight Friday. A passerby spotted the vehicle in the Clinch River near Martin Shoals. Officer James Perkins was inside. He was off-duty at the time. Investigators believe the vehicle floated downstream for a time. Officials say the cause of death is…MORE

Teen Drowned at Mead’s Quarry

Teen Drowned at Mead’s Quarry

Family is grieving after a teen drowned at Mead’s Quarry in South Knoxville Thursday night. Officers were called to the quarry near Ijams Nature Center just before 8:00 o’clock. Witnesses say the boy had gone under the water while swimming and never resurfaced. After about 20 minutes dive teams located the body. The boy was…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

Teen Arrested After Car Burglaries in Pleasant Ridge

Teen Arrested After Car Burglaries in Pleasant Ridge

A Knoxville teen is facing several charges after car burglaries in Pleasant Ridge. Police were called to Bay Street and Cindy Lane around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday for car burglaries in progress. Officers spotted the suspect jumping into some bushes. Police had a K-9 and gave a warning. The 17-year-old surrendered without incident. Officials say the…MORE

Regal Cinemas Reopening July 10th

Regal Cinemas Reopening July 10th

Regal Theaters is opening back up next month. The theater chain based out Knoxville will start opening July 10th. They’ll have several safety measures in place including contactless payment, disinfecting fogging machines and other sanitation measures. Employees will undergo daily screening, hand-washing and be required to wear masks. Capacity will be reduced to enable social distancing…MORE

21 People Detained Outside State Capitol in Protest Monday Night

21 People Detained Outside State Capitol in Protest Monday Night

As Tennessee lawmakers are promising stricter penalties against demonstrators that break the law, 21 people were detained outside the state capitol Monday night. Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers issued the warning at 10:30 p.m. that anyone who didn’t leave by 11:00 p.m. would be arrested. Officials say the crowd refused, sat down, locking arms and legs. More…MORE

Gatlinburg Skybridge Reopening After Man Cracked Glass Overnight

Gatlinburg Skybridge Reopening After Man Cracked Glass Overnight

Repairs are expected to be completed Tuesday morning after someone cracked the Gatlinburg Skybridge. Company officials say a man “attempted a baseball-style slide” across the glass. They say a metal object on his clothing chipped the glass and caused noticeable cracking. Officials say the glass panels are three-ply and there was any structural danger from…MORE

Rural Metro Responds to Fire on Gov. John Sevier Hwy

Rural Metro Responds to Fire on Gov. John Sevier Hwy

Authorities are investigating a morning fire on Governor John Sevier Highway. Rural Metro Fire Crews were called to a structure fire on Governor John Sevier Highway Monday morning. The call came in just before 6:00 a.m. to the 4800 block of John Sevier. The fire was on the side of a two-story home, above a…MORE

Knox County Schools Working on Reopening Plan

Knox County Schools Working on Reopening Plan

Knox County Schools is detailing a three-part strategy for the Fall semester. While closely monitoring impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, in conjunction with state and local authorities, Knox County Schools say the effort will help shape their decision-making. The Three Part Strategy Includes: To solicit feedback from students, families and staff, a survey is available on the Knox…MORE

Hamblen Co Authorities Searching for Suspect Accused of Assaulting Protester

Hamblen Co Authorities Searching for Suspect Accused of Assaulting Protester

Authorities in Hamblen County are searching for a man accused assaulting a protester in Morristown. Officials say 21-year-old William Cade Black could be armed and should be considered dangerous. The victim says he was knocked unconscious as the protests turned confrontational Saturday night. Police identified the suspect as Black and actually located him Monday, but…MORE

KPD Says Protests Peaceful Monday Night

KPD Says Protests Peaceful Monday Night

Knoxville Police say protests in downtown Monday night showed no signs of riots or vandalism. Demonstrators got together with signs walking through downtown. At one point, the protesters took a knee and held a moment of silence to honor the life of George Floyd. Protests remained calm in Nashville and Memphis as well. After what…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 for Vehicle After Fatal East Knoxville Shooting

KPD Searching for Vehicle After Fatal East Knoxville Shooting

Knoxville Police are investigating a fatal shooting after the victim drove himself to UT Hospital. Police responded to the hospital around 2:00 Saturday afternoon. 19-year-old JaQuan Reece arrived in a personal vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead. Investigators say the shooting is believed to have occurred in East Knoxville near…MORE

Riots Across Downtown Knoxville Saturday & Sunday Night

Riots Across Downtown Knoxville Saturday & Sunday Night

The City of Knoxville was rocked by riots Saturday and Sunday night: SUNDAY NIGHT Officials say nine adults and one juvenile were arrested in the Fort Sanders area Sunday night after a 28-year-old man says he was assaulted. He refused medical attention. The individuals were charged with disorderly conduct. At least 15 vehicles were vandalized as…MORE

Teens Body Located on Norris Lake

Teens Body Located on Norris Lake

Family grieving after a teen’s body was pulled from Norris Lake Thursday morning. Deputies were called to Anderson County Park around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Family say the 17-year-old boy was trying to get back to his float when they heard him yell help before going under water. Crews called of the search Wednesday night, and…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

Skeletal Remains Found in Roane County, Two Charged

Skeletal Remains Found in Roane County, Two Charged

A mother and father are in custody after remains of a young girl were found buried near their home. Officials say she was abused and neglected for months. Michael and Shirley Gray appeared before a Roane County Judge via Skype Tuesday. Our TV Partner WVLT News says neither showed emotion as the judge read the…MORE

SC Murder Suspect Could be in the Smokies

SC Murder Suspect Could be in the Smokies

The U.S. Marshals say a murder suspect from South Carolina could be hiding in the Smokies. 58-year-old Ryan Dusha Kedar is wanted in connection to the murder of a man in Greenville South Carolina in February. Investigators say Kedar is a hiker and could be in the mountains. He should be considered armed and dangerous.…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

Oak Ridge Woman Shot in the Face

Oak Ridge Woman Shot in the Face

An Oak Ridge woman is in the hospital after a shooting Wednesday night. Police were called to the Manhattan Apartments on Rutgers Avenue around 10:00 p.m. The woman was found with a gunshot wound to the face. She was taken to the hospital. There’s no word on her condition. Anyone with information on the case is…MORE

Missing Knoxville Man Dead After Crash in SC

Missing Knoxville Man Dead After Crash in SC

A missing Knoxville man is dead after a crash in South Carolina. Authorities found 80-year-old William England was found in a crashed truck along I-85 in Cherokee County South Carolina. He told the responding officer he’d ran off the road nearly two hours earlier. England was rushed to the hospital, but passed away. England was reported missing…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

TN Officials Warning of the Dangers of Illegally Imported Livestock

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is issuing a warning about the dangers of illegally imported livestock. Officials say the COVID-19 pandemic has led to backlogs at meat processing facilities in other states and have led to a rise in illegal shipments and sales of pigs in Tennessee. According to the TDA, illegally importing any livestock…MORE

Over 50 COVID-19 Cases Reported at Loudon County Mushroom Plant

Over 50 COVID-19 Cases Reported at Loudon County Mushroom Plant

Officials say the a Mushroom Company in Loudon County is going above and beyond after over 50 workers tested positive for the coronavirus. Mayor Buddy Bradshaw confirmed the cases at the Monterey Mushroom facility. Nearly 300 workers were tested last week and 57 of those were positive. Mayor Bradshaw says “an overwhelming majority, if not…MORE

Knoxville Man Killed on Alcoa Highway Tuesday

Knoxville Man Killed on Alcoa Highway Tuesday

Authorities say a Knoxville man was killed on Alcoa Highway Tuesday morning. The southbound lanes were shutdown after a pedestrian was killed. It happened before 6:00 a.m. near Cherokee Trail. KPD has identified the victim has 34-year-old Samuel Stevens.MORE

Free Facemasks Available at Knox County Health Department

Free Facemasks Available at Knox County Health Department

Knox County health officials say they have free facemasks available if you need one. Governor Lee announced Tuesday the state partnered with Renfro to manufacture 5 million masks over the coming months. County officials say the first shipment has arrived and they have several available starting Wednesday. Come by KCHD’s office at 140 Dameron Avenue…MORE

TWRA Investigating Shot Bear in Campbell County

TWRA Investigating Shot Bear in Campbell County

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is trying to determine who shot and killed a black bear at a Campbell County garbage facility. Wildlife officers responded to a call about the bear on Friday. The dead bear was a male, weighing approximately 400 pounds, that had been shot with a large caliber firearm. Matt Cameron with…MORE

Pedestrian Killed on Alcoa Highway

A pedestrian was hit and killed on Alcoa Highway Tuesday morning. Officials say the man was walking across the southbound lanes near the Cherokee Trail exit when he was hit. The pedestrian was pronounced dead on the scene. KPD’s Crash Reconstruction team had the roadway shutdown for several hours as they investigated. The man has…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

Coronavirus Cases Jump 36% in Tennessee

Coronavirus Cases Jump 36% in Tennessee

Tennessee has seen a 36% jump in new Coronavirus cases in the past week. Health officials on Sunday reported 516 new Coronavirus cases, pushing Tennessee’s total to at least 13,177. A week ago Sunday, the state had at least 9,667 confirmed cases. Last week the state saw a spike in positive cases from prison inmates…MORE

TN Banks Issue Nearly $9 Billion in PPP Loans

TN Banks Issue Nearly $9 Billion in PPP Loans

Tennessee banks have issued nearly $9 Billion in loans to small businesses because of COVID-19. According to the Small Business Administration banks have processed nearly 41,000 loans in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. Since the launch of the program over 75,000 loans have been issued. Colin Barrett, president and CEO of the…MORE

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