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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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