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Obama: Not Giving Dolly Parton the Medal of Freedom was a Mistake

Obama: Not Giving Dolly Parton the Medal of Freedom was a Mistake

Former President Barack Obama says not presenting Dolly Parton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom was a mistake. The comments came on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night. In a segment titled “Questions We’re Pretty Sure Barack Obama Has Never Been Asked Before” Colbert asked, “How does Dolly Parton not have a Presidential Medal of Freedom?”…MORE

Suspect in Custody After Stolen Vehicle Spotted in Knoxville

Suspect in Custody After Stolen Vehicle Spotted in Knoxville

Two are in custody after a stolen vehicle was spotted on I-40 Tuesday. A victim called police around 9:00 p.m. saying he was following his stolen car on I-40 west near Gallaher View Road. Officers responded and confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen. They followed the suspects to the Meridian Apartments on Broome Road. When…MORE

$6 Million Grant for Bike Trails in Cocke County

$6 Million Grant for Bike Trails in Cocke County

A $6 million federal grant will help build 50 to 75 miles of mountain bike trails in East Tennessee. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the money from the Appalachian Regional Commission aims to encourage more people who visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park to come through Cocke County, one of the most economically distressed counties…MORE

Interstates Wet but Clear this Morning

Interstates Wet but Clear this Morning

TDOT crews have been out overnight laying down salt keeping the roads clear for Tuesday morning’s commute. Our TV Partner WVLT reports, officials with TDOT say interstates across Knox, Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Grainger Counties are a bit wet, but clear. Crews started treating the roads before 7:00 Monday night. Some higher elevations and back…MORE

KPD Asking For Help in Road Rage Shooting on I-40 West

KPD Asking For Help in Road Rage Shooting on I-40 West

Knoxville Police are asking for help finding the suspect in a road rage shooting last week. It happened on I-40 West near Strawberry Plains Pike Friday night. Investigators say a 33-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were shot in the incident. Their injuries were described as non-life threatening. The suspect was driving a newer-model blue Ford…MORE

Boater Missing Near Fort Loudoun Dam

Boater Missing Near Fort Loudoun Dam

Crews are searching for a man who went missing after his boat overturned below the Fort Loudoun Dam. The incident happened around 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Two fisherman were aboard when their boat was pulled into the spillway. Bystanders were able to pull one man from the water. He was rushed to UT Medical Center. There’s…MORE

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

Wildfire in Fentress County 95% Contained

Wildfire in Fentress County 95% Contained

A 150 acre wildfire in Fentress County Tennessee is said to be 95 percent contained. The fire is on the west side of Hoodtown Road and South of Jamestown. Crews were able to put down bulldozer lines around the fire Thursday night and started back burning operations. Officials say no structures are threatened. There’s no…MORE

Knox County Board of Health Calls Special Session

Knox County Board of Health Calls Special Session

The Knox County Board of health has called a special session Friday night. On the agenda is a discussion on further actions the Board can take to protect public health. Director of the Knox County Health Department Dr. Martha Buchanan will update board members on the local situation. They also plan to review regulations instituted…MORE

Missing Knoxville Teen Has Been Located

Missing Knoxville Teen Has Been Located

Knoxville Police say a missing teen is back with his family. 14-year-old Christopher Yardley Jr. was reported missing Tuesday night. Authorities say he returned home Thursday morning and is safe. Previous Story A Knoxville teen went missing from his home Tuesday night. Officials say 14-year-old Christopher Yardley Jr. left his home on Trousdale Road sometime…MORE

Beer Permit Could Be Revoked for Businesses that Violate Bar Curfew

Beer Permit Could Be Revoked for Businesses that Violate Bar Curfew

Knoxville bars and restaurants that break the 11:00 p.m. curfew could have their beer permit revoked, after an Emergency Ordinance was passed Tuesday night. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon says some bars stop serving alcohol at the curfew, but stay open as late as 3:00 a.m. Police can now issue a citation for violators. Kincannon says…MORE

Missing Middle TN Boy Built Shelter to Survive

Missing Middle TN Boy Built Shelter to Survive

A Tennessee boy who disappeared into a heavily wooded area near his home Sunday has been found safe. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 9-year-old Jordan Gorman was found Tuesday at a creek bed about three-quarters of a mile from his home. The boy told investigators he found a blue tarp and built a shelter,…MORE

Suspect Accused of Tying Victim Up and Ransacking Home

Suspect Accused of Tying Victim Up and Ransacking Home

A man is in custody after police say he tied up and robbed a homeowner in West Knoxville. Police were called to the the 5600 block of Aloha Avenue around 5:00 Monday afternoon. A neighbor came home and says he saw the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Dustin Breeden, leaving in the victim’s car. Breeden reportedly…MORE

Suspect in Custody Wanted from Incident in July

Suspect in Custody Wanted from Incident in July

A suspect wanted on a number of outstanding warrants in Knoxville was arrested yesterday. 23-year-old Jyrmanie Moulden was wanted for an Aggravated Domestic Assault incident in July on Mystic River Way and another incident on Taliwa Court. Knoxville Police and US Marshals found Moulden on Woodbine Way. He was booked on a $45,000 bond.MORE

Wilson County Man Arrested in 40-Year-Old Sexual Assault Case

Wilson County Man Arrested in 40-Year-Old Sexual Assault Case

A Tennessee man is facing charges in a 40-year-old Sexual Assault Case. The investigation started in July when a woman said she was the victim of sexual assault that started when she was less than 13-years-old. Officials say Donald Haynes abused the victim from 1979 until 1985. Last week the Wilson County Grand Jury indicted…MORE

Endangered Child Alert for 9-Year-Old Cheatham County Boy

Endangered Child Alert for 9-Year-Old Cheatham County Boy

The TBI is asking for help finding a missing child. An endangered child alert was issued for a 9-year-old boy out of Middle Tennessee. The TBI says Jordan Allen Gorman was last seen at his home in Ashland City wearing blue jeans and a grey short-sleeve shirt with red stripes on the arm. If you…MORE

Knoxville Radio Legend Billy Kidd Passes Away

Knoxville Radio Legend Billy Kidd Passes Away

A legend of Knoxville radio has died. WIMZ announced their host Billy Kidd passed away. Billy has been a staple of Knoxville radio for over three decades. His real name was William Winningham. He was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. WIMZ made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday night. Their asking…MORE

Knox Co Board of Health Adopts New Metrics to Guide Decisions

Knox Co Board of Health Adopts New Metrics to Guide Decisions

The Knox County Board of Health adopted new metrics to guide decisions regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Among the guidance, a consideration to loosen restrictions when the daily average positive test rate drops below five percent, and there are fewer than five new cases per day, averaged over a four week period. Both of those numbers are…MORE

KPD Investigating After Teen Shot on MLK

KPD Investigating After Teen Shot on MLK

KPD is investigating after a teen was shot on MLK Monday night. Officers were called to the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue around 6:00 p.m. The victim, described as a juvenile male, was shot in the abdomen. The teen was rushed to UT Medical Center with serious injuries, but is expected to…MORE

Suspect Sought in Fatal Hillside Ave Shooting Last Month

Suspect Sought in Fatal Hillside Ave Shooting Last Month

A Knoxville man is facing charges in a fatal shooting last month. Investigators say 46-year-old Eric Bolden pulled a gun during an argument on Hillside Avenue October 28th. 41-year-old Lemuel Appling was shot in the chest and died. So far, officials say Bolden is not in custody and their asking anyone with information on his…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

Victim in the Hospital After Violent Robbery in Fort Sanders

Victim in the Hospital After Violent Robbery in Fort Sanders

Knoxville Police are investigating after a violent robbery in the Fort Sanders area Saturday night. Officers were called to Highland Avenue and 22nd Street around 9:00 p.m. The victim says he was walking home when he noticed four men following him. He says he was knocked unconscious by one of the suspects and they stole…MORE

One Killed in Linden Ave Shooting Saturday Night

One Killed in Linden Ave Shooting Saturday Night

Police are asking for help as they investigate a fatal shooting on Linden Avenue Saturday night. 47-year-old Newell Lee was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on the 2300 block of Linden Avenue around 6:30 Saturday. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police.MORE

Two Arrested in Connection to Knoxville Gun Store Burglary

Two Arrested in Connection to Knoxville Gun Store Burglary

Two people are in custody in connection to an ATF investigation in Knoxville. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were brought in after Knoxville Tactical in Powell was burglarized Sunday. Officials say the suspects broke the front glass out of the store and stole an undetermined number of firearms. The initial report said 15…MORE

Knoxville Fire Victim Sent to Vanderbilt Burn Center

Knoxville Fire Victim Sent to Vanderbilt Burn Center

One person is at a burn center in Nashville after a fire Thursday. The fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. on the 2400 block of McCroskey Avenue in Knoxville. Heavy flames were coming from the back of the home when firefighters arrived. Officials say a resident was trapped inside and the roommate was outside battling…MORE

KPD Investigating Blount Ave Home Invasion and Shooting

KPD Investigating Blount Ave Home Invasion and Shooting

Knoxville Police are investigating after a violent shooting and home invasion Wednesday afternoon. Officers were called to the 3600 block of Blount Avenue around 4:00 p.m. for a shooting. A woman says three men shot through her window then came into her home. She says two children were in the home. The woman was able…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

Harshbarger Picks up District 1 and Incumbents Win TN’s US House Seats

Harshbarger Picks up District 1 and Incumbents Win TN’s US House Seats

Republican Diane Harshbarger won the only open U.S. House seat in Tennessee, while incumbents held onto the the state’s remaining eight congressional seats. Congressional District 1 Harshbarger, the first-time political candidate, defeated Democratic candidate Blair Walsingham in Congressional District 1 that has been represented by Republicans since the Civil War. Harshbarger’s win marks the first…MORE

Bill Hagerty Wins TN Open US Senate Race

Bill Hagerty Wins TN Open US Senate Race

Republican Bill Hagerty has won the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee being vacated by retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander. The former U.S. ambassador to Japan under President Donald Trump rode the president’s endorsement to a win against Democrat Marquita Bradshaw. In his acceptance speech Tuesday night Hagerty said, “to all the families struggling to make ends…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

Fatal Crash on I-40 Near Pellissippi Parkway

Fatal Crash on I-40 Near Pellissippi Parkway

Knoxville Police is working to notify next of kin after a fatal crash on I-40 Sunday night. Witnesses say the vehicle was traveling in the left lane of I-40 west near the Pellissippi Parkway when a second car tried to merge into the lane. The first car swerved to miss the other vehicle and over…MORE

TBI Investigating Officer Fatal Involved Shooting in Maryville

TBI Investigating Officer Fatal Involved Shooting in Maryville

The TBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Maryville. The shooting happened on Old Niles Ferry Road near Cooper Road around 3:45 p.m. Saturday. Maryville Police received reports of a man in the road with guns. Officials say the situation escalated and shots were fired. The suspect has been identified as 44-year-old Matthew Daniel Johnston.…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

2.1 Million Have Cast Ballots in TN

2.1 Million Have Cast Ballots in TN

Final numbers are still pending, but as of Wednesday 2.1 million Tennesseans have cased their ballots, that’s a 38 percent increase compared to 2016, which was a record setting year. Nearly 1.7 million people voted early in 2016. Knox County has had 156,000 vote early or absentee. Thursday was the last day for early voting.…MORE

Study Shows Over 75% of Tennesseans Support Mask Mandates

Study Shows Over 75% of Tennesseans Support Mask Mandates

A new study shows a vast majority of Tennesseans support masks requirements in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The study, conducted last month by the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, was presented to the Knox County Board of Health Wednesday night by Dr. Katie Cahill. Click Here for the Study…MORE

Today the Last Day to Early Vote in TN

Today the Last Day to Early Vote in TN

Time is running out to vote early ahead of the November 3rd presidential election. Thursday is the last day to Early Vote in Tennessee. The 14-day early voting period ends Thursday. Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office says more than 1.8 million Tennesseans have voted as of the close of polls Monday, already surpassing the…MORE

Drivers Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-40 Sought by KPD

Drivers Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-40 Sought by KPD

KPD is looking for drivers that were involved in a fatal pedestrian crash Monday night. Investigators say around 9:45 p.m. a woman jumped in front of traffic on I-40 west near West Hills. She was hit by multiple vehicles. Officials say none of the vehicles that made contact with the woman remained on the scene.…MORE

Human Skull Mounted Above Morgan County Fireplace Identified as Missing Man

Human Skull Mounted Above Morgan County Fireplace Identified as Missing Man

Investigators say a human skull wearing sunglass hanging from a fireplace mantle in Morgan County has been identified as a man missing since 2012. The skull was found in 2019 and was on the mantle for a year before authorities were informed. The skull was sent to the Knox County Regional Forensics Center, which identified…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

Kayakers Body Recovered from Creek Near Chattanooga

Kayakers Body Recovered from Creek Near Chattanooga

A Georgia man’s body was recovered on Chickamauga Creek after his overturned kayak was found Saturday morning. Investigators say 26-year-old DJ Young’s fiancé dropped him off Saturday morning at Camp Jordan near Chattanooga. A group of kayakers found his empty vessel around 11:00 a.m. about 300 yards downstream from where he launched. Search crews recovered…MORE

Oak Ridge Bank Robbery Suspect

Oak Ridge Bank Robbery Suspect

Oak Ridge Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a bank Friday morning. Police received the alarm from the One Bank on Oak Ridge Turnpike around 8:35 a.m. Investigators say the suspect is a man in his mid-20s. He gave a note to the teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed and he fled…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

Severed Finger Helps Identify Suspect in Anderson County Theft

Severed Finger Helps Identify Suspect in Anderson County Theft

An Anderson County man is facing theft charges after investigators found his severed finger. Anderson County Deputies were called to the 900 block of Batley Road Thursday morning after reports of a stolen log splitter. The owner says a number of tools and other items were scattered at the end of the driveway. However, he…MORE

Murder Suspect in Custody Accused of Shooting Girlfriend Overnight

Murder Suspect in Custody Accused of Shooting Girlfriend Overnight

A Knoxville man is in custody accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend. Officials say 22-year-old Caelan Greenfield called 9-1-1 to report he shot his girlfriend Friday morning. Officers responded to the 7900 block of Gleason Drive around 12:30 a.m. Greenfield had left the scene and the 21-year-old woman was found dead in her vehicle.…MORE

Family Says Roane County Man Has Been Missing 2 Weeks

Family Says Roane County Man Has Been Missing 2 Weeks

Roane County authorities are searching for a man missing two weeks. 31-year-old Robert “Quenton” McCullough was last seen October 7th near Winton Chapel Road around 1:00 in the morning. If you’ve seen McCullough you’re asked to call the Roane County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 717-4709 and ask to speak with a detective. If after hours you…MORE

Gov Lee Expected to Extend Measure Allowing Local Mask Mandates

Gov Lee Expected to Extend Measure Allowing Local Mask Mandates

Governor Bill Lee intends to extend an executive order that allows the majority of Tennessee’s counties the option to require face coverings. The measure is set to expire at the end of the October. Gillum Ferguson, Lee’s spokesman, confirmed Monday the executive order will be extended until the end of the year. Regardless of 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

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