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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

4/5/20 State of Tennessee COVID-19 Numbers

4/5/20 State of Tennessee COVID-19 Numbers

Laboratory Type Positive Test Negative Tests Total State PH Lab 332 2,229 2,561 Non-State PH Lab 3,301 39,438 42,739 Total 3,633 41,667 45,300 * Please note, these data are meant to provide a rough estimate of testing volume. Due to different source data, numbers may differ slightly from day to day. ** Laboratory reports of positive cases…MORE

Missing Jefferson County Teen

Missing Jefferson County Teen

Police in Jefferson County are looking for a possible runaway. 15-year-old Emma Lockhart has been missing since yesterday morning from Jefferson City. Officials suspect she ran away from home. Emma is 5’6″ 130 pounds with blue eyes. If you have any information you’re asked to call Jefferson County authorities at (865) 475-6855.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

Still No Charges in Knoxville Triple Homicide

Still No Charges in Knoxville Triple Homicide

Still no formal charges after police revealed a mother and daughter were two of three women shot and killed Sunday in Knoxville. 29-year-old Juliana White’s body was found in the middle of Division Street. White’s mother, 59-year-old Mildred Blackwell, and her mother’s roommate, 57-year-old Barbara Rogers, dead inside a home on Trousdale Road. 24-year-old Desmon…MORE

President Trump Tours TN Tornado Damage

President Trump Tours TN Tornado Damage

President Donald Trump toured tornado damage in Nashville and Putnam County Friday.  Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Tennessee First Lady Maria Lee, Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, and Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, accompanied the President in Cookeville.  “We are working with leaders in Tennessee, including their great governor, Bill Lee, to make sure everything is done properly,” said…MORE

KPD Investigating Home Federal Bank Robbery

KPD Investigating Home Federal Bank Robbery

Knoxville Police are asking for help identifying a suspect in a bank robbery. It happened at the Home Federal Bank on Downtown West Boulevard around 9:00 Thursday morning. Investigators say the suspect approached the teller and gave her a note demanding money. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. He’s described as 6…MORE

Relief Fund Set Up for Cookeville-Putnam County

Relief Fund Set Up for Cookeville-Putnam County

If you’re looking for a way to help the tornado ravaged areas of Putnam County. Officials have set up the Cookeville-Putnam County Tornado Relief Fund. 100% of donations will go directly to the storm victims. They have a Venmo account setup @CookevillePutnamCountyTornado. Also, Food City is taking donations at checkout that will be sent to…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

TWRA Says Missing Boaters Believed to be Dead

TWRA Says Missing Boaters Believed to be Dead

The TWRA says three boaters who have been missing for several days after a weekend fishing tournament are no longer believed to be alive. Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency spokeswoman Amy Snider-Spencer said in a Facebook message Wednesday that the search for two 15-year-old boys and a 43-year-old man has moved from a rescue operation to…MORE

Fatal Crash Shutsdown Tazewell Pike

Fatal Crash Shutsdown Tazewell Pike

Tazewell Pike is shutdown after a fatal accident. Rural Metro Fire is on the scene north of Carter Road. Investigators say a pedestrian was involved. The crash happened around 5:30 Tuesday morning. You’ll need an alternate route as the roadway is completely shutdown at Atkins Road. You can use Maynardville Pike and Washington Pike to…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

Two In Serious Condition After Hit & Run Sunday

Two In Serious Condition After Hit & Run Sunday

Four people injured, two are still in the hospital after a hit and run early Sunday. KPD was called to the corner of Willow and Central Street around 3:00 a.m. Investigators say the suspect driving a black Infinity or Mazda hit several cars and four people. Two were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.…MORE

TBI: Remain Vigiliant in Search for 15-Month-Old Evelyn Mae Boswell

TBI: Remain Vigiliant in Search for 15-Month-Old Evelyn Mae Boswell

The TBI is asking you to remain vigilant in the search for a missing toddler. 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell has been missing from Sullivan County since just after Christmas, but wasn’t reported missing until last week. Her grandfather, Tommy Boswell Sr., hadn’t seen Evelyn since Thanksgiving and called DCS sparking the investigation. A gray BMW…MORE

AMBER ALERT: Sullivan County Toddler Evelyn Boswell

AMBER ALERT: Sullivan County Toddler Evelyn Boswell

The TBI is asking for help finding a toddler missing from Sullivan County. 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell was reported Missing Tuesday, but was last seen around Christmas. The details of her disappearance have not been released. If you have any information on her whereabouts you’re asked to call police. AMBER ALERT: We need your help to…MORE

Cocke County Corrections Officer Shot and Killed by Greeneville Officers

Cocke County Corrections Officer Shot and Killed by Greeneville Officers

The TBI is investigating after an off-duty Cocke County corrections officer was fatally shot by police in Greeneville. Officials say 29-year-old Travis Mullins was involved in a hit-and-run in the parking lot of a Lowe’s Home Improvement store Monday night. Investigators says Mullins targeted a woman he had been dating. Greeneville Police responded to investigate.…MORE

Pedestrian Hit and Killed on Chapman Highway

Pedestrian Hit and Killed on Chapman Highway

KPD is investigating after a pedestrian was hit and killed on Chapman Highway. It happened Monday night at 10:47 p.m. The pedestrian was walking near the intersection with Moody Avenue outside the crosswalk when he was hit by a motorist. The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries. They’re working…MORE

Knoxville Autoshop a Complete Loss in Fire

Knoxville Autoshop a Complete Loss in Fire

A Knoxville auto shop is a complete loss after a fire early Sunday. KFD was called to the Cars, Trucks and More on Clinton Highway just after midnight Sunday morning. A passing motorist spotted the flames and called police. The building was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported, but…MORE

East TN Woman Aboard Quarantined Cruise Ship Tests Positive for Coronavirus

East TN Woman Aboard Quarantined Cruise Ship Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An East Tennessee couple trapped on a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Dr. Arnold and Jeannie Hopland will remain quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess after Jeannie tested positive for the virus. There were two chartered flights back to the U.S. Sunday if they tested negative. Arnold plans to stay with…MORE

Crash Shuts Down I-75 N in Campbell County

Crash Shuts Down I-75 N in Campbell County

I-75 North is shutdown in Campbell County after a crash involving multiple semis and passenger vehicles. The accident is at Mile Marker 157, about four miles from the border with Kentucky. The crash was reported around 6:00 a.m. and the roadway is expected to be closed for several hours. Mark Nagi with TDOT says four…MORE

Def Leppard with Special Guest ZZ Top Coming to TBA

Def Leppard with Special Guest ZZ Top Coming to TBA

Legendary British rock’ & roll icons, and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees, Def Leppard, announcing select 20/20 Vision fall tour dates with very special guests ZZ Top and they’re stopping by Thompson Boling Arena. The Knoxville date is September 25th. Produced by Live Nation, this new leg of dates will immediately follow the group’s massively successful summer stadium tour…MORE

TDOT Investigating Land Slide on Northshore Dr

TDOT Investigating Land Slide on Northshore Dr

Northshore Drive is down to one lane after the ground underneath the road gave way Wednesday. The slide happened near Concord Road along Fort Loudon Lake. Officials with TDOT have installed signals to handle traffic as there is only one lane for both directions. Engineers are investigating how to fix the road, but there is…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

Knoxville Police are asking for help identifying two men accused of stealing from the Walmart on Walbrook Drive. Officials say the men fled in the car pictured. If you have any information you’re asked to call KPD’s Crime Hotline at (865) 215-7212.MORE

Child Dies in Madisonville Fire

Child Dies in Madisonville Fire

The TBI is assisting the investigation of a fatal fire in Madisonville. Firefighters were called to the 1200 block of Lincoln Drive around 6:00 p.m. Monday. Officials say a child died in the fire. The child’s age has not been released. Officials are asking for respect as the family and first responders deal with the…MORE

Flooding Concerns Again Ahead of Rains this Week

Flooding Concerns Again Ahead of Rains this Week

The flood risk continues this week as more rain moves in. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the region through Tuesday night. The ground is already saturated and flash flooding can quickly develop. Please remember the phrase, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Knoxville Police are warning you to slow down in the…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 Reports of Missing Teens

Two Reports of Missing Teens

There are two missing teens in East Tennessee.   Case 1: Cumberland County 17-year-old Landon Garrett has been missing since Thursday. Landon is 5’7″ 150 lbs with blonde hair and blue eyes.                           Case 2: Morristown 17-year-old Hayle Renea Arwood has been missing…MORE

Rural Metro Battles Barn Fire in Halls

Rural Metro Battles Barn Fire in Halls

Rural Metro Fire crews have been working a structure fire in Halls. Firefighters were called to Norris Freeway at Pelleuax Road around 6:00 a.m. Officials say a barn was on fire. Norris Freeway was closed as hoses are crossing the roadway. Crews put the fire out, but the barn is said to be a total…MORE

Greene County Neighbor Says Man Shot and Killed Four Dogs

Greene County Neighbor Says Man Shot and Killed Four Dogs

Deputies are investigating after a neighbor says she saw a man shoot and kill four dogs in Greene County. The incident was reported around 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon on the 200 block of Stewart Road. The woman says after he shot them, the man threw the dogs in the back of his pickup. According to…MORE

Murder Charges After Body Found in Knoxville Alley

Murder Charges After Body Found in Knoxville Alley

A Knoxville man is facing murder charges after a woman’s body was found in an alley Tuesday morning. Kaitlyne Warwick’s body was found between Iredell and Pickett Avenue near Boyd Street. Warwick had been shot in the face. Robert Atkins was arrested at a residence on Picket Avenue. Investigators believe Warwick was shot in the…MORE

Cumberland Co Man Found Safe

Cumberland Co Man Found Safe

Cumberland County officials say a missing man had been located. 49-year-old Jame Dicintio hadn’t been seen after going for a walk with his dog Monday morning. Authorities say Dicintio was located in a wooded area around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday. He’s said to be safe, but was taken to the emergency room for a mental evaluation.…MORE

DUI and Evading Arrest After Slow Speed Chase Through Knoxville

DUI and Evading Arrest After Slow Speed Chase Through Knoxville

A man is facing DUI and Reckless Driving charges after a low speed chase through Knoxville Wednesday afternoon. Police say they got a call around 4:00 p.m. about a car stopped in the middle of the road on Rutledge Pike. When they got there, officers say the car had a flat tire and was swerving…MORE

Man Facing Murder Charges in W Knox County Death

Man Facing Murder Charges in W Knox County Death

A Knoxville man is facing murder charges after remains were found in a West Knox County home Sunday morning. 33-year-old Roger England was arrested Monday and charged with First-Degree Murder in the death of 25-year-old Kelsey Polk. Her remains were found Missoula Way. Investigators say both had just recently moved to the area and it’s…MORE

Kenjo Robbery Suspect

Kenjo Robbery Suspect

Knoxville Police are asking for help identifying a man who robbed a Kenjo Market over the weekend. It happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kenjo on North Central Avenue. The suspect had a gun and demanded money from the register. He’s said to be 5’7″ with a skinny build. He was wearing a gray…MORE

Remains Found in West Knox County Home

Remains Found in West Knox County Home

The Medical Examiner is working to identify the body of a woman found in West Knox County. The remains were found inside a home on Missoula Way 11:30 Sunday morning. Few details have been released on the death.MORE

Union County Deputies Searching for Robbery Suspect

Union County Deputies Searching for Robbery Suspect

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying a man who robbed a convenience store. It happened yesterday afternoon at Tolliver’s Market and Deli. The man was driving a late 90’s Blue or Green extended cab GMC Truck. He displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register. If you have any information…MORE

Tennessee Tech Student Being Tested for Coronavirus

Tennessee Tech Student Being Tested for Coronavirus

Tennessee health officials say a college student is being tested for the Coronavirus. The Tennessee Tech student is said to have “very mild symptoms.” Officials say his recent travel met criteria to be tested for the virus. Health officials quickly recognized the student met the criteria for testing and he’s being isolated until the results…MORE

Man Killed in South Knoxville Shooting

Man Killed in South Knoxville Shooting

One person is dead after a shooting in South Knoxville early Friday morning. Officers received a shooting call to the Southland Apartments at 12:44 a.m. They found a man dead with multiple gun shot wounds. Officers are following up on leads, but ask anyone with information on the shooting to call police. You can call…MORE

Death Row Inmate Chooses the Electric Chair

Death Row Inmate Chooses the Electric Chair

A Tennessee inmate facing an execution date next month has opted to die by the electric chair. The choice makes inmate Nicholas Sutton the fifth Tennessee inmate in a little over a year to choose electrocution over the state’s preferred method of lethal injection. Sutton was convicted over 30 years ago of stabbing and killing…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

Two in Custody After Chase Through Pleasant Ridge

Two in Custody After Chase Through Pleasant Ridge

Two people are in custody after a police chase Wednesday night. The pursuit ended in the Pleasant Ridge area just after 10:00 p.m. Investigators say charges are pending against the driver and one other person. KCSO Patrol Units were involved in a short pursuit in the pleasant ridge rd area just after 10pm this evening.…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

KPD Asking for Help Identifying Porch Piarate

KPD Asking for Help Identifying Porch Piarate

KPD is asking for help identifying a porch pirate. Officials released pictures of a man who took packages from a home on Lindy Drive last week. It’s an older man with brown hair. He was driving a tan Chevy Silverado. If you have any information you’re asked to call police.MORE

Missing Newport Teen: Joy Barrett

Missing Newport Teen: Joy Barrett

Police in Newport are asking for help finding a missing teen. 15-year-old Joy Elizabeth Barrett has been missing a week. She’s believed to be a runaway and might be on her way to Ohio to reunite with a family member. Barrett is 5’3″ 130 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. If you have any…MORE

Earthquake Shakes Parts of East Tennessee

Earthquake Shakes Parts of East Tennessee

The United States Geological Survey recorded a 3.8 magnitude earthquake in Campbell County.  USGS reports the quake was centered near LaFollette and struck about 2:11 Monday afternoon.  There aren’t any reports of injuries or damage, however many people across the region posted on social media that they felt the quake.  Earthquakes in this part of…MORE

12-Year-Old Blount County Girl Dies of the Flu

12-Year-Old Blount County Girl Dies of the Flu

A memorial service will be held Friday night for a 12-year-old Blount County girl who died from the flu. According to her obituary, Paloma Oliva Harris passed away Tuesday. Flu activity has been widespread across the state. UT Medical Center has reported three deaths. The CDC reports about 87,000 people have been hospitalized because of…MORE

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