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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

1 Resigned Another Dismissed Over Allegations of Wrongdoing in Knox Co Govt

1 Resigned Another Dismissed Over Allegations of Wrongdoing in Knox Co Govt

Two officials are no longer with the Knox County Government after allegations of wrongdoing. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs accepted the resignation of his Chief of Staff Bryan Hair and dismissed Senior Director of Parks and Recreation Paul White. A release says White declined the opportunity to resign. The Comptroller’s Office is investigating allegations of…MORE

Virginia Woman Facing Charges After Viral TikTok of Feeding Black Bear in Gatlinburg

Virginia Woman Facing Charges After Viral TikTok of Feeding Black Bear in Gatlinburg

Wildlife officers have charged a woman from Virginia with a misdemeanor violation after they say she intentionally fed a black bear while on vacation in Gatlinburg. In a September 30 video that went viral on TikTok, officials say 21-year-old Kristin Hailee Farris of Danville, VA intentionally hand-fed what appears to be watermelon, chocolate, and other…MORE

KPD Investigates Possible Shooting at The Standard near Campus

KPD Investigates Possible Shooting at The Standard near Campus

Knoxville Police are investigating after reports of a shooting on 17th Street early Saturday. Officers were called to the Standard apartment complex around 3:00 a.m. on reports of gunshots. No victim was located, but officers found blood outside of an apartment and several rounds were found inside. Investigators reviewed security footage and say there was…MORE

Body Recovered After Fatal Boating Accident on Norris Lake

Body Recovered After Fatal Boating Accident on Norris Lake

Officials are investigating after a fatal boating accident on Norris Lake. The TWRA was called to the Big Creek area for an explosion and fire around 11:00 p.m. Saturday. The victim has not been identified, but is said to be a 51-year-old man from Norris Tennessee. A boat crashed into the shoreline and became fully engulfed…MORE

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Blackstock Avenue

Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Blackstock Avenue

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash on Blackstock Avenue overnight. The call came in just after midnight. The crash happened on Blackstock near Hannah Avenue. It was a single vehicle crash. Investigators say the rider appeared to speeding on the road and lost control of the bike. The man was pronounced dead on the…MORE

Convictions in Pilot Flying J Conspiracy Overturned for Inadmissible Evidence

Convictions in Pilot Flying J Conspiracy Overturned for Inadmissible Evidence

The convictions of former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood and two employees were overturned for inadmissible evidence. They were convicted in wire and mail fraud over an alleged scheme to defraud trucking companies out of rebates and discounts. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the convictions Wednesday because of secret recordings…MORE

Bobcat Pulled from KY Dollar General Store

Bobcat Pulled from KY Dollar General Store

A bobcat was found roaming the aisles of a Kentucky Dollar General last night. Officers were called to the store in Martin Kentucky Wednesday night. Officials were able to remove him safely and the cat wasn’t injured.MORE

Early Voting Begins in Tennessee

Early Voting Begins in Tennessee

Early voting is starting in Tennessee for the November 3rd election. Wednesday marks the first day of Tennessee’s in-person early voting period, which runs Monday through Saturday until Thursday, Oct. 29. Voters can find information about early voting and Election Day voting locations by using the GoVoteTN app or by going on GoVoteTN.com. You’ll need…MORE

1 Killed Another Critical After Shooting at Red Roof Inn on Central Ave

1 Killed Another Critical After Shooting at Red Roof Inn on Central Ave

One person is dead another is injured from a shooting at the Red Roof Inn on Central Avenue Pike. Officers were called to the motel 9:30 Sunday night. Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from an Attempted Robbery. The suspects fled before officers arrived. The victims haven’t been identified, one was pronounced dead on the scene.…MORE

Man Found Dead Inside Vehicle on Texas Ave

Man Found Dead Inside Vehicle on Texas Ave

Few details have been released after a shooting on Texas Avenue early Monday morning. Officers were called to Lonsdale Homes on the 1900 block of Texas Avenue a little before 1:00 a.m. A man was found shot to death inside a wrecked vehicle. A witness saw a man run from the scene. Police are asking…MORE

32-Year-Old Man Arrested in Attempted Robbery Downtown Knoxville

32-Year-Old Man Arrested in Attempted Robbery Downtown Knoxville

An Attempted Robbery suspect is in custody after an incident downtown Saturday night. It happened outside the Sky Box Sports Bar & Grill on Gay Street. An employee was taking the trash out when he was approached by the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Chad Whaley. The victim says Whaley approached him with his hands in…MORE

Racist Comments and Pornographic Images Disrupt UT Panel Discussion

Racist Comments and Pornographic Images Disrupt UT Panel Discussion

Officials say racist comments and pornographic images disrupted a virtual panel discussion being held by the University of Tennessee. The interruption came near the end of a panel called “Women as Change Agents.” One of the featured speakers was Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Little Rock Central High School…MORE

Loudon County Police Chase Ends at Y-12 Complex in Anderson County

Loudon County Police Chase Ends at Y-12 Complex in Anderson County

A Loudon County woman is in custody after a police chase that ended at the Y-12 Complex in Anderson County Wednesday night. Around midnight, a deputy spotted a Chevrolet Camero speeding on U.S. Highway 70. They attempted a traffic stop but say the driver refused to pull over. Deputies boxed the Camero in after the…MORE

Endangered Child Alert for Middle TN Teen

Endangered Child Alert for Middle TN Teen

Police in Middle Tennessee are asking you to be looking for a missing teen. An Endangered Child Alert was issued Thursday morning for 14-year-old Destiny Hale out of Smith County. They believe she’s headed to the Memphis area, but authorities are asking everyone to be on alert. Hale is described as five feet two inches…MORE

Murder-Suicide Investigation in Middle Tennessee

Murder-Suicide Investigation in Middle Tennessee

Police in Middle Tennessee are investigating a murder-suicide. It happened Tuesday night in Springfield Tennessee. 62-year-old Sherry Green, 74-year-old Matthew Green and 51-year-old Joseph Green were all found dead. Police were called to the scene for a possible shooting. Officers found Joseph in the backyard with a gun nearby. His father and stepmother were inside…MORE

Suspect in Custody for Oak Ridge Bank Robbery

Suspect in Custody for Oak Ridge Bank Robbery

Charges are pending against a man accused of robbing a bank in Oak Ridge Tuesday. Police were called to the Enrichment Federal Credit Union on South Illinois Avenue. The suspect gave the teller a note demanding money. They say no weapon was shown or threatened. Joshua Hitchins was taken into custody just before midnight Tuesday.…MORE

Guy Found Guilty of Murdering and Dismembering Parents

Guy Found Guilty of Murdering and Dismembering Parents

The jury says guilty on all counts in the murder trial of Joel Michael Guy Jr. Guy was found guilty of murdering and dismembering his parents at their Knox County home in 2016. The verdict came back this morning less than a day after deliberation began. The jury was unanimous and found Guy guilty on…MORE

County Commission Passes Resolution and Appoints Citizen to Board of Health

County Commission Passes Resolution and Appoints Citizen to Board of Health

Knox County Commissioners moved to take back some of the powers of the Board of Health Monday night, but it’s unclear if their actions have any teeth. Commissioners passed a resolution that says they intend to put a cap on how stringent the orders from the Board of Health can be. Commissioner Terry Hill doesn’t believe…MORE

TBI Investigating Home Explosion in Kingston

TBI Investigating Home Explosion in Kingston

The TBI was called to Kingston after a home explosion Monday morning. Officials say it happened around 4:15 a.m. at 731 Gallaher Road. A mobile command unit was set up and the TBI is investigating large debris field. Injuries were reported, but they’ve not released the severity. 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson posted…MORE

Man in Custody for Cumberland County Murder

Man in Custody for Cumberland County Murder

A Cumberland County man is being held on First Degree Murder charges after a shooting Saturday. Deputies were called to Doris Drive around 5:00 p.m. 20-year-old Matthew Musser was found lying in a bed shot dead. Officials say they quickly arrested 20-year-old Robert David Morse in the case. Morse is charged with First Degree Murder…MORE

Drug Charges Filed in Monday Morning Police Chase

Drug Charges Filed in Monday Morning Police Chase

A man is in custody following a police chase through Knoxville Monday morning. It started around 5:00 a.m. as a shooting call to the Morningside Gardens Apartments on McCalla Avenue. The caller said he heard gunshots outside his window and saw a white vehicle speed out of the parking lot. Police caught up to the…MORE

Jury Selected in Joel Guy Jr. Murder Trial

Jury Selected in Joel Guy Jr. Murder Trial

The jury has been selected and the murder trial starts next week. Joel Guy Jr. is accused of killing and dismembering his parents bodies in Knox County. Guy is accused of killing his parents 61-year-old Joel Guy Sr and 55-year-old Lisa Guy in 2016. It happened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The trial will start…MORE

Absentee Ballot Tracking Tool for November Elections

Absentee Ballot Tracking Tool for November Elections

Tennessee election officials say if you’re absentee voting this November, you’ll be able to track your ballot. It is an online tool that will show when your ballot is mailed out and when your completed ballot returns to your local election commission. Secretary of State Tre Hargett says he anticipates many of the voters who…MORE

Mayor Jacobs Apologizing After Video Leaked Criticizing Board of Health

Mayor Jacobs Apologizing After Video Leaked Criticizing Board of Health

A video featuring Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs criticizing the Knox County Board of Health has stirred fear among members of the board.   The video, briefly released last week by a group called “Freedom Forward,” features Mayor Glenn Jacobs talking about the COVID-19 pandemic and regulations to contain it, mixed with images of fire,…MORE

Suspect Sought for Burglarizing Knoxville Business

Suspect Sought for Burglarizing Knoxville Business

Knoxville Police are asking for help identifying a man accused of stealing from a Knoxville business. Surveillance photos caught the man pictured below burglarizing Patricia Nash Designs on North Sixth Avenue. If you can identify the man you’re asked to call KPD’s Crime Hotline at (865) 215-7212.MORE

KPD Investigating Fatal Shooting on Dutch Valley Drive

KPD Investigating Fatal Shooting on Dutch Valley Drive

Knoxville Police are investigating a fatal shooting on Dutch Valley Drive from Sunday night. Officers were called to the 1500 block of the Dutch Valley around 8:00 p.m. A man was inside the home suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Officials say the investigation is still in…MORE

One Person Killed in Corryton House Fire

One Person Killed in Corryton House Fire

Rural Metro is investigating after a fatal fire in Corryton Sunday night. Firefighters were Calgary Drive around 11:00 p.m. Flames were coming from the roof when they got there. One person was already outside the home. Crews searched the home, but were unable to find the second resident. Officials later confirmed the death. The Knox…MORE

Two Morgan Co. Men Charged with Dumping at Mt. Roosevelt WMA

Two Morgan Co. Men Charged with Dumping at Mt. Roosevelt WMA

Two Morgan County men are facing littering charges accused of dumping garbage at a Wildlife Management Area. The dump was found in June at the Mt. Roosevelt WMA in Cumberland County. Official with the TWRA say after a month-long investigation they men admitted to dumping two trailers worth of junk. The men haven’t been identified,…MORE

NC Man Pleads Not Guilty Charged in BLM Protest Hit and Run

NC Man Pleads Not Guilty Charged in BLM Protest Hit and Run

A North Carolina man accused of a hit and run during a Black Lives Matter protest in East Tennessee is pleading not guilty. 37-year-old Jared Lafer was in court Wednesday. Cellphone video caught part of what happened in Johnson City on Saturday. Lafer is charged with Aggravated Assault. Investigators say Lafer hit a man with…MORE

Arrest Made in Monday’s Baxter Avenue Shooting

Arrest Made in Monday’s Baxter Avenue Shooting

A man is in custody after a shooting on Baxter Avenue Monday night. The victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds at 11:05 p.m. 58-year-old Keith Kimbrell was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. Kimbrell is being held on a $15,000 bond.MORE

16 Specialty Burgers During GatlinBURGER Week All for just $7

16 Specialty Burgers During GatlinBURGER Week All for just $7

If you’re craving a good burger, this is the week to head to Gatlinburg. It’s GatlinBURGER Week. The city asked restaurants to come up with something unique and different for this week…and they delivered… 16 restaurants are participating and all the burgers are just $7. The restaurateurs are contending for the title of GatlinBURGER Burgermeister.…MORE

Loudon County Authorities Searching for Owners of Stolen Items

Loudon County Authorities Searching for Owners of Stolen Items

Authorities in Loudon County want to know if you’re missing any items from your lawn. Officers recovered property believed to have been stolen from homes in the Cordova Road area last week. They’ve located some of the owners, but still have a several items unaccounted for. The items include gazing balls, gnomes, solar lights, a…MORE

Remains Found in GSMNP Identified as Illinois Man

Remains Found in GSMNP Identified as Illinois Man

Authorities are investigating after a bear was found scavenging human remains in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Campsite 82 and sections of the Hazel Creek Trail are closed after hikers found the remains of an out of state man Friday. The man has been identified 43-year-old Patrick Madura of Illinois. They’re now investigating cause…MORE

Johnson City PD Seeking Hit-and-Run Suspect from BLM Protest

Johnson City PD Seeking Hit-and-Run Suspect from BLM Protest

Police in Johnson City are looking for the driver involved in a hit-and-run during a Black Lives Matter protest over the weekend. Officials say a white Ford Expedition with North Carolina tags hit the pedestrian and fled the scene Saturday night. Police say multiple videos were provided by witnesses and from surrounding businesses and traffic…MORE

KPD Investigating Multiple Weekend Shootings

KPD Investigating Multiple Weekend Shootings

One person is dead three were injured in multiple shootings in Knoxville over the weekend. Officials say three shootings happened from Friday night to early Sunday morning. The first started as a reported carjacking Friday night. The victim says she was sitting in her vehicle on North Central Street when she was approached by a…MORE

Hazardous Chemical Given Out at Fish Hospitality Pantry this Week

Hazardous Chemical Given Out at Fish Hospitality Pantry this Week

If you went to the Fish Hospitality Pantry on West Scott Avenue Tuesday, authorities are asking you to check your pantry for a highly concentrated Hydrogen Peroxide. It’s a white gallon jug marked with a hazardous symbol. The mixture contains 50% hydrogen peroxide which is not intended for residential use and can actually cause second-degree…MORE

Tiger Spotted in East Knoxville Near Forks of the River

Tiger Spotted in East Knoxville Near Forks of the River

The hunt is on for a tiger in South and East Knoxville. Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler says an off-duty officer spotted the animal near the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area Wednesday night. The deputy said the animal appeared to be full-grown. There’s been sightings Thursday morning around Governor John Sevier Highway and Thorngrove…MORE

Man Killed Boating on Watts Bar Lake

Man Killed Boating on Watts Bar Lake

The TWRA is investigating a boating accident in Roane County that killed one and injured two others. The crash happened near the Blue Springs Marina on Watts Bar Lake Saturday night. 55-year-old Don Campbell of Ooltewah was pronounced dead on the scene. His wife was airlifted to UT Medical Center and is in the ICU…MORE

Morristown PD Asking for Help Identifying Suspects

Morristown PD Asking for Help Identifying Suspects

Police in Morristown are asking for help identifying two men in a robbery and assault over the holiday weekend. Officers were called to the Shell gas station on South Cumberland Street around 4:30 Monday morning. Employees say two men entered the business and demanded money from the register. When the clerk refused they knocked her…MORE

Two Charged with Attempted Murder in July 1st Shooting

Two Charged with Attempted Murder in July 1st Shooting

A Knoxville man and a 15-year-old teen are in custody for a shooting in July. KPD officers were called to the 3300 block of Divide Street July 1st. The three victims, all underage, say they were meeting the suspects to make a sale. Investigators say 18-year-old Damarcus Dunaway and the juvenile suspect had a gun…MORE

Victim Identified Suspect Still Sought in Sevier County Murder

Victim Identified Suspect Still Sought in Sevier County Murder

Police are asking you to stay on the lookout for a Sevier County murder suspect. Officers are looking for 30-year-old Josh Carr. Carr is accused of stabbing and killing his mother, 56-year-old Pam Carr, and wounding his grandmother Wednesday morning on Bluff Mountain Road. Investigators say Pam worked for the City of Sevierville for 20…MORE

KPD Asking for Help Solving 2013 Cold Case

KPD Asking for Help Solving 2013 Cold Case

Knoxville Police are asking for help solving a cold case. 18-year-old DeShawn King was found shot to death in a car on East New Street in January 2013. The shooting is believed to have happened on Linden Avenue. Witnesses say two men in black hoodies were at the shooting and fled. There’s no video evidence…MORE

Missing 16-Year-Old Knoxville Teen

Missing 16-Year-Old Knoxville Teen

A 16-year-old Knoxville teen is missing. Miles Brock was last seen at her home Monday afternoon. Investigators say they’ve followed several leads but have been unable to locate the girl. She’s described as 5’5″, 230 pounds and was last wearing a black t-shirt, gray shorts and white flip flops If you see Miles, you’re urged…MORE

Man Accused of Exposing Himself at Knoxville Park

Man Accused of Exposing Himself at Knoxville Park

The suspect is in custody accused of exposing himself to a woman at a Knoxville park. The incident happened near Waterfront Park on Neyland Drive Monday night. Officers found 38-year-old Andre Blackman Jr. hiding behind a small building. He also had outstanding warrants in Knox County for Felony Identity Theft and Indecent Exposure in Iowa.…MORE

Board of Health Considering Extending Bar Curfew Tonight

Board of Health Considering Extending Bar Curfew Tonight

The Knox County Board of Health is meeting Wednesday and on the agenda is a measure to extend the bar curfew. The current measure expires Thursday and requires all establishments that make 50% or more of their revenue from the sale of alcohol to close at 10:00 p.m. They’re considering extending the measure another week.MORE

KUB to Resume Shutoffs in October

KUB to Resume Shutoffs in October

KUB will resume cutting-off service for non-payment starting October 19th. The utility stopped disconnections in March because of the pandemic. KUB Pandemic Response Plan Households that are currently behind will be enrolled in a deferred payment program. if you’re struggling to pay your bills resources are available. KUB says more than $4 million in financial…MORE

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