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The son of Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel was one of five former sheriff's office employees indicted by a Grainger County grand jury recently.

The snake-handling Campbell County preacher whom a grand jury recently decided not to indict on charges of illegal possession of wildlife will not be getting his disease-ridden snakes back, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

A spokesman says Gov. Bill Haslam never received a petition seeking return of a pet raccoon to Mark "Coonrippy" Brown, but his staffers did talk with the Gallatin, TN, man who has since declared himself a Republican candidate for governor.

NASHVILLE — A Democratic legislator has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would authorize prescription sales of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Tennessee under somewhat stringent regulations.

A 37-year-old Greenback man died Thursday morning from injuries suffered after being struck in the head with a bolt from a crossbow during a hunting accident.

During his first week on the job as the new superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dale Ditmanson met with the Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountains Association -- nonprofits that support the park through fundraising.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — One of the embarrassing parts of the July 28, 2012, security breach at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant was the relative ease with which three protesters were able to cut their way into the high-security Protected Area and reach the plant's storage facility for bomb-grade uranium.

Call them the “Not Ready for Big Time Crime Gang.”

The woman convicted of helping others kill and rob prominent Sweetwater farmer, businessman and political figure Jim Miller has asked the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals for a new trial.

KNOXVILLE — A Knox County Schools security officer has been placed on administrative leave after being cited in a police sting targeting indecent exposure in a public park.

The thick, grayish-black coal-ash slurry that came barging into lives in the dead of night is gone now, much of it loaded onto train cars and hauled away.

KNOXVILLE — After further reviewing the Class 1A semifinal playoff football game between Coalfield and South Pittsburg high schools on Nov. 29, the TSSAA determined that Coalfield players did not leave the sideline during a brief fourth-quarter scuffle.

OAK RIDGE — The sound of K-25 crashing to the ground Thursday morning carried the echoes of 70 years.

KNOXVILLE - Knox County authorities are investigating a “road rage” incident that started this afternoon when an SUV driver cut off two motorcyclists near Knoxville Center mall and ended with one of the riders shot multiple times in a Northeast Knox County neighborhood.

KNOXVILLE — Karen Aston spoke with great certainty about the Tennessee women's basketball team last Sunday.

KNOXVILLE — A registered, violent sex offender pleaded guilty Monday to altering a child’s birth certificate to list him as the child’s biological father.

A Tennessee walking horse trainer who has served as a show judge and on an industry group's ethics committee was indicted Monday on animal cruelty charges related to a soring case earlier this year.

COALFIELD, Tenn. — Fortunately for Coalfield High School's football team, South Pittsburg fumbled the ball three times in the first half, resulting in three turnovers.

KNOXVILLE — A West High School student faces charges for allegedly trying to set his teacher’s shirt and hair on fire with a lighter during class Monday, police said.

KNOXVILLE — A West High School student faces charges for allegedly trying to set his teacher’s shirt and hair on fire with a lighter during class Monday, police said.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge in Arkansas said today he will approve a proposed settlement between PIlot Fyling J and trucking companies that have sued over allegations of diesel fuel rebate fraud.

KNOXVILLE — For the Silverdale Baptist Academy football team, history eerily repeated itself in 2013.

  • Nov. 23rd, 2013  |
  • By By Gage Arnold

For the fans who gathered under gray threatening skies and the former Tennessee women’s basketball players who lined up behind her, Friday morning was all about Pat Summitt.

KNOXVILLE — A Knoxville woman was arrested late Friday night on one count of first-degree felony murder, officials said.

JACKSBORO, Tenn. — A pastor told a packed courtroom Friday that his handling of snakes as a part of a church service is guaranteed under federal law governing freedom of religion.

Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner has been freed from a federal work camp, his attorney confirmed this week.

KNOXVILLE — An 11-year-old North Knoxville boy on Wednesday was filling a cup with gasoline that spilled on him in his backyard before he lit a lighter, setting himself on fire.

WASHINGTON — The fight that U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and other congressional Republicans have been waging to roll back President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms is about to get personal.

OAK RIDGE — Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, a partnership that is headed by Bechtel and Lockheed Martin, today was once again awarded the combined contract to manage the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants in Tennessee and Texas.

KINGSPORT - A Kingsport woman's food cravings allegedly ran amok Wednesday morning, as her boyfriend's refusal to visit McDonald's spurred her to run him over with a pickup truck — striking him three times.

KINGSTON — Sexually abused on an almost daily basis by a father and his son, two sisters devised a plan to show proof of those crimes, a police investigator said.

A feud between the Pride of the Southland Band director and the University of Tennessee Athletics Department has divided the Pride, especially after the university’s announcement Monday that it had placed Director of Bands Gary Sousa on “administrative leave.”

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam is working with Tennessee congressmen to assess the feasibility of using state government resources to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and three other areas closed by the partial federal government shutdown, a spokesman said Wednesday.

KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee officials said Wednesday they support the Pride of the Southland and its students, but insisted many of the accusations the band made against the athletic department were incorrect.

A LaFollette Middle School janitor was fired Tuesday after his arrest on allegations he used a school copy machine to run off counterfeit currency.

KNOXVILLE — After halftime, almost nothing went right for the West High School football team.

A resident doctor found dead this summer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center died of an accidental overdose of an anesthetic, police said.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — As a former Cumberland County Sheriff's Office deputy, pastor Danny Smith says he knows how to spot a con.

Don Barrett is a Mississippi trial lawyer who made his reputation — and a lot of money — in the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s.

OAK RIDGE -- Demolition of the last section of K-25, an important part of U.S. nuclear history and once the world's largest building, will begin this week.

Don Barrett is a Mississippi trial lawyer who made his reputation — and a lot of money — in the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s.

KNOXVILLE — The State Building Commission approved plans Thursday to demolish Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall to make way for a new dormitory and parking garage and expand the football practice fields.

KNOXVILLE — Knox County crews have closed a portion of Polo Club Drive in West Knox County following discovery of a sinkhole at a residence.

NASHVILLE -- After five years in search of a buyer, a University of Tennessee board of trustees committee voted Thursday to sell the former residence of UT's president for $2 million, even though that is below the appraised value of the Cherokee Boulevard home.

The founder of embattled truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J has given his first detailed remarks about the events surrounding a government raid of the Knoxville-based company.

KNOXVILLE — A man who once awaited execution on death row now sits in a Knox County jail facing charges he raped his girlfriend at gunpoint on Labor Day.

A theft charge is pending against a Hawkins County woman who allegedly stole $5,000 from her boyfriend and was then hospitalized for injuries suffered attempting to remove the cash from her “hiding place.”

KNOXVILLE — Baylor School rallied in the second half Friday night to win 21-7 at Knoxville Webb.

Pilot Flying J said Friday that four plaintiffs who have sued the company in Knox County Circuit Court were not owed any rebate money.

KNOXVILLE — A 24-year-old Oak Ridge man was the first person picked Friday morning as part of the audition process to appear on “American Idol.”

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