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Deadly McEwen plant explosion investigated as accident Video included

Updated: April 17, 2014 07:15 PM

An explosion at an ammunition plant west of Nashville that killed one person and injured three others is being investigated as an accident. More>>

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor visits Northeast State Video included


Governor Haslam's signature legislative proposal known as "Tennessee Promise" passed both chambers this week.The bill allows graduating high school seniors to have free tuition at Tennessee's two-year colleges.The legislation is a cornerstone of the Governor's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by the year 2025.Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan made a stop at Northeast State Community College today, to discu... More>>

Renovations to J. Fred Johnson Stadium underway Video included


Many people in the Tri-Cities have attended a football game at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport.Now the stadium at Dobyns-Bennett High School is getting a major over-haul.Built in 1939, J.Fred Johnson Stadium is getting 1500 new seats, upgraded concessions stands, and new restrooms.The stadium is also getting wider aisle-ways and will become more handicap accessible.The remodeling project began this past November, at a cost of 4.6 million dollars, and it's being done to make Friday night'... More>>

VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill


Officials with the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning.

Western NC fruit growers assess possible damage from freezing temperatures


Farmers and agricultural officials in western North Carolina are working to assess possible damage to fruit crops from this week's freezing temperatures.  More>>

Winners and losers in Tennessee's legislative session


Here is a list of some of the winners and losers of the legislative session that concluded on Thursday.  More>>

TN Senate backs off on meth bill, adopts weaker limit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has backed down in its standoff with the House over Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine. The bill headed for the governor's signature will require a prescription to obtain more than 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine per year, or about five months' worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed that are used to cook meth in makeshift labs. Haslam and the Senate had supported a versi... More>>

2016 Presidential poll: Christie, Paul, Bush top Republicans, Clinton still leads


According to a Fox News poll,  if the top three potential Republican candidates for President were put up against Hilary Clinton, they would lose. More>>

Actor Kevin Costner stops in for a cheeseburger in downtown Roanoke

People at a popular Roanoke eatery got quite the surprise visit on Wednesday. Actor Kevin Costner stopped in for a quick bite.  More>>

Tours mark Virginia Cave Week April 20-26

For teachers, virtual cave tours are available at http://www.vacaveweek.com For teachers, virtual cave tours are available at http://www.vacaveweek.com

Virginia is offering a few walks on the wild side. More>>

Murfreesboro tattoo artist accused of touching customer sexually


A 35-year-old tattoo artists in Murfreesboro was arrested and released on bond Wednesday on charges of sexual indecent exposure.

SC bill banning abortions beyond 19 weeks stalls

Legislation seeking to ban and criminalize abortion beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy in South Carolina has stalled in the state Senate. More>>

Firefighters battle massive Gatlinburg condo fire on Sky View Drive

Firefighters were busy extinguishing a Gatlinburg condo fire on Ski View Drive Wednesday morning. Three people were rescued from the second floor and are being treated for smoke inhalation. More>>

House passes bill to allow electric chair in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee could electrocute death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, under legislation what won approval Wednesday in the state House. The chamber voted 68-13 for the measure sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers of Jacksboro, but the Senate would have to agree to changes to the bill before it can head for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's desk. The bill would keep lethal injection as the preferred method for executions, but would allow the electric chair i... More>>

Murfreesboro man accused of killing cat in front of children

A man was arrested in Murfreesboro Friday after police say he tied a belt around a cat's neck and swung it around, killing it in front of several children. More>>

Man pleads guilty in shooting at Va. college


A man accused of shooting and wounding two women at a community college inside a Christiansburg mall has pleaded guilty to four felony charges. More>>

House rejects Senate version of anti-meth bill


The House has refused to go along with the Senate version of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to set tighter annual limits on the amount of cold and allergy medicines used to make meth that can be bought.  More>>

Bill passes that would help felons get jobs


The state legislature has passed a bill that may make it easier for some felons who have turned their lives around to find a job. More>>

Parent 'stunned' after teacher accused of sending sex videos of self to students Video included


A Cleveland County middle school teacher turned herself in to police on Tuesday after she reportedly sent sexual videos of herself to a student. More>>

Victims of Virginia Tech massacre remembered on 7th anniversary


The victims of the April 16, 2007, massacre at Virginia Tech will be remembered at ceremonies in Richmond and Blacksburg. More>>

Police: Ky. man charged for burning cat in stove


Police say a Harlan County man who allegedly threw a cat into a wood-burning stove during an argument has been charged with a felony. More>>

South Dakota girls missing since 1971 found in submerged car

Updated: April 16, 2014 04:11 AM

A South Dakota cold case involving two teenage girls who went missing in 1971 has been solved after authorities uncovered their car in a creek last September.

Senate wants schools to recite Tenn. flag salute


The recitation of a little-known "Salute to the Flag of Tennessee" in the state Senate is often met with confusion with visitors to the upper chamber of the General Assembly. More>>

Haslams host 4th annual Easter Egg Roll

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Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam are hosting their 4th annual Easter Egg Roll at the Tennessee Residence on Wednesday. More>>

Pulaski father indicted for capital murder of infant son Video included

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Howard Samuel Cole has been charged with the capital murder and illegal disposal of a body.Hisson Corey Cole was found dead in the woods in Pulaski. More>>

Cuonzo Martin leaves UT for Cal

The search is on for a new Tennessee men's head basketball coach after Cuonzo Martin was hired by the University of California Tuesday afternoon. More>>

Lawmakers pass TN Governor Bill Haslam's free tuition bill


Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk. More>>

Snake-handling pastor arrested on narcotics charges

A popular snake-handling pastor in Kentucky is facing drug charges following his arrest Tuesday.


Panel makes Common Core compromise proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A special committee of lawmakers on Tuesday recommended that the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards be delayed for one year. More>>

Sullivan County Animal Shelter in need of donations


Some animals in our region are in need of your help. The Sullivan County-Bluff City-Kingsport Animal Shelter is in desperate need of funds, to help care for the numerous animals at the shelter right now. More>>

Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston arrested on drug charges

High profile Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston was arrested this Tuesday morning on charges of delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. More>>

Override of local bans on guns in parks fails

A bill seeking to do away with city and county governments' power to ban firearms in parks, playgrounds and ball fields has failed for the year. More>>

Governor Bill Haslam's voucher proposal fails this session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has failed this session.The measure was withdrawn from the House Finance Committee on Tuesday because it didn't have the votes.It's the second year the Republican governor has not been able to get the legislation passed.He pulled a more limited version last year after attempts by members of his own party and other voucher proponents to expand it.This year, the governor did propose a slight expa... More>>

Storm topples RVs near Mississippi's Gulf coast

A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, damaging or destroying about a dozen RV trailers at one campground, downing trees and power lines and cutting electricity in some areas. More>>

WEB POLL: Strong beer sales bill headed to governor's desk

A bill to allow stronger beer to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores is headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's desk. More>>

Early voting in Sullivan County Video included


Primary election day is may 6th in Sullivan County, but voters will have ample opportunity to vote early.Early voting begins on April 16th at the election office in Blountville.Then on April 24th, early voting will open up at the National Guard Armory in Bristol, and at the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport.Usually there are between ten and eleven thousand voters in a county primary, but election officials want to encourage everyone that lives in Sullivan County, to exercise their right to vote.A... More>>

Open gun carry bill defeated in Tennessee House panel


A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public without permits has been defeated in a House subcommittee. More>>

Senate approves Haslam's free tuition plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is a step closer to the governor's desk. More>>

Police: Dad arrested after throwing car seat with child inside Video included

Joseph Skinner was arrested Sunday after police say he threw a child's car seat while the child was still strapped in it. More>>

Sponsor says he would raise money for open carry

The House sponsor of a bill seeking to do away with permit requirements to openly carry is offering to raise the estimated $100,000 cost from private sources. More>>

Chattanooga Valley Elementary student struck, killed by school bus

A school bus struck and killed a 6-year-old boy outside a northwest Georgia elementary school Monday morning. More>>

Gallatin man charged with rape of young girl

Randy Giulliani, 54, was arrested Friday for raping a young girl nearly a decade ago. More>>

Va. man drowns while trying to retrieve car keys

WARDTOWN, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a Nassawadox man has drowned while trying to retrieve his car keys.State police Sgt. Michelle Anaya says 30-year-old Troy Sental Tankard entered the water at a fishing pier in Wardtown in Northampton County and didn't resurface.Anaya says Tankard's car keys had been thrown into the water earlier with wet clothing. He was trying to retrieve the keys when he drowned.The incident occurred early Monday morning. Tankard's body was recovered around 8:5... More>>

Road closures begin on April 15 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Roadwork on secondary roads within the Tennessee portion of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park is set to start on April 15 and conclude on April 22. More>>

TN lawmakers discuss Common Core compromise proposal


Legislative leaders are considering a one-year delay in the testing component for Tennessee's Common Core education standards. More>>

Boy Scouts of America to honor teen killed in hit and run Video included

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(WKRN)- A teen who was killed in a hit and run Thursday will receive a special honor from the Boy Scouts of America.The organization will award Clifton Braunwalder the Spirit of the Eagle Award Sunday during a private event.The 13-year-old was killed Thursday while changing a flat tire for his mother on Interstate 24 in Smryna.The woman accused of hitting Clifton, Tina Wilson, is now behind bars on several charges including vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.Visitation will b... More>>

Fire breaks out in Tenn. racetrack parking lot

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - A brush fire near the Memphis International Raceway ignited several cars in a parking area during an event. WHBQ-TV in Memphis (http://bit.ly/1qRa9cX ) reports 20 cars were burned in a field after the fire broke out across the street from the track during the Super Chevy Show event. Fire crews responded around 4 p.m. and got the fire under control. Investigators say a grass fire caused the blaze, but crews were able to get the fire under control in about an hour. T... More>>

School bus crash in Smyth County; 16-year-old reported with minor injuries Video included


Virginia State Police troopers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Smyth County Friday afternoon, were a 16-year-old female reported had minor injuries.


1 reportedly killed in train collision


Officials with the Knox County Sheriff's Office say one person is dead and another has been injured when a CSX train and a passenger vehicle collided into one another Friday afternoon. More>>

Morristown man arrested on child pornography charges Video included

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A Hamblen County man was arrested Thursday following an indictment by a federal grand jury on Tuesday. More>>

Vols' Jarnell Stokes to enter 2014 NBA draft Video included

Vols junior forward Jarnell Stokes announced Friday afternoon his plans to enter the NBA draft. More>>

Virginia Attorney General files brief supporting gay marriage

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general has told an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional that homosexuals have just as much right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples. Attorney General Mark Herring made the argument in a brief filed Friday in the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Arguments are set for May 13. Herring is backing two gay couples who filed the lawsuit. He says in the brief that the jud... More>>

Officials: Kidnapping may have been retaliation for drug cases


A federal law enforcement official says a man kidnapped from his North Carolina home may have been targeted because of his daughter's work as a prosecutor on drug and gang cases. More>>

Voice of Neyland Stadium Bobby Denton dies, funeral details set Video included

Bobby Denton, known as the "Voice of Neyland Stadium," has died at age 73. The Knoxville native was known for his signature catchphrases and gentlemanly southern style. More>>

Matthews-based Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores Video included


Family Dollar says it will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 underperforming stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance. More>>

Organic clothing store hopes to sew growth into Greenville economy Video included


An Upstate retailer is making and selling clothes from around the area in the hopes of growing the local economy and offering shoppers more organic options.

Status hearing held for Holly Bobo's alleged killer Video included

Updated: April 9, 2014 11:24 AM CDT

A status hearing was held Wednesday morning for Zachary Adams, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering nursing student Holly Bobo in 2011. More>>

NC deputy's K-9 partner saves his family of 7 from massive fire


A Hoke County sheriff's dog barked furiously at a fire Monday night to alert his owner and save the deputy's family. Cash, a K-9 who works with K-9 Officer William Patterson, began barking loudly to More>>

Ex-boyfriend admits to brutal murder of missing NC teen girl, deputies say


The former boyfriend of missing Hope Mills teen Danielle Locklear admitted to killing her, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Hope Mills Police Department announced Tuesday. Sheriff Earl Butler More>>

Mom, 25 teens face alcohol-related charges after party Video included

A Brentwood mother and more than two dozen teens face alcohol-related charges following a weekend party. More>>

Trisha Yearwood lists Brentwood home for $2.2 million


Trisha Yearwood has put her Brentwood home up for sale for $2.2 million. More>>

Garth Brooks, wife Trisha Yearwood plan to move back to Nashville

Country superstar Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are planning to move back to Nashville in the near future. More>>

Tennessee spending plan headed to full House vote


Tennessee's annual spending plan is headed to a full House vote. More>>

Man charged in explosion that killed in-laws faces October trial Video included

Updated: April 8, 2014 09:58 AM CDT

Richard Parker, 49, is charged with murdering his in-laws by delivering an explosive package to their Lebanon home in February. More>>

WEB POLL: TN Senate votes for open gun carry without permit Video included

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The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.


Two dead after car crashes into semi-truck in Hamblen County

Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash early Monday morning in Hamblen County, according to the South Hamblen County Fire Department. More>>

26 arrested in ongoing prostitution investigation

Updated: April 7, 2014 11:11 AM

Twenty six people were arrested on prostitution charges during an ongoing investigation into increased drug and criminal activity in Clarksville. More>>

Clarksville mom drove drunk with kids in car, police say Video included

Ester Lopez, 44, is charged with DUI and child abuse after she allegedly drank alcohol at a park with her children Monday before getting behind the wheel of a car. More>>

Son charged in stabbing death of father in Brentwood Video included


Daniel Cantrell, 31, is charged with criminal homicide for the stabbing death of his father Wednesday at the family's Brentwood home. More>>

Clarksville father to serve 15 years for abusing, neglecting infant son

A Clarksville father has agreed to serve 15 years behind bars for abusing and neglecting his one-month-old son. More>>

Driver dies after crashing car into Knoxville home Video included

The house at 2604 Martin Luther King Blvd. was knocked from its foundation Sunday afternoon when a silver sedan driven by a middle-aged man crashed into it. More>>

Hotel clerk thinks dead body is mannequin and puts it in a dumpster


An overnight hotel desk clerk went outside for a smoke break and made a discovery he believed was an April Fools Day prank. It was a woman's body but he said he thought it was a mannequin so he took it More>>

Police: Clarksville father threatened to kill 9-year-old son Video included


A Clarksville father faces charges of child abuse and neglect after police say he hit his 9-year-old son and threatened to kill him. More>>

Duo charged in $654 theft of meat from Kroger


A man and woman were arrested Wednesday after police say they left a Goodlettsville Kroger with a cart full of hundreds of dollars of meat. More>>

Brawl over $4 breaks out at Knoxville store, woman sustains cut on back

A fight over $4 ended with one woman in the hospital Wednesday evening, according to the Knoxville Police Department. More>>

Assistant principal resigns following cyberbullying accusations Video included


An Upstate assistant principal has resigned after being accused of cyberbullying a 6-year-old girl. More>>

Police: Woman fails drug test when urine filled condom falls from between legs


Police in Salisbury say a woman has been cited after a urine filled condom fell from between her legs during at routine drug test at the Probation Office. More>>

Woman tries to poison uncle by mixing Mr. Clean with punch, police say


Police accuse a Memphis woman of using Mr. Clean to do her dirty work after she reportedly tried to poison her uncle with the cleaning product. More>>

Volvo truck plant to hire 200 Video included


In response to increased demand for its trucks, Volvo announced it will increase production at its New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin. More>>

12-year-old babysitter saves child from choking


A 12-year-old babysitter saved a choking 4-year-old after thinking quickly rather than panicking. More>>

Oprah Winfrey's former stepmom given 60 days to vacate Franklin home Video included

Oprah Winfrey's former stepmother has been given 60 days to vacate her Franklin home because she refuses to sign a confidentiality agreement. More>>

Police see surge in teen inhalant abuse Video included


Recently more than 600 whipped cream cans were found along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roanoke City police believe teens may be inhaling the nitrous oxide from the cans. The trend is known as huffing or whip-it's. WSLS Photographer Lee Friesland found nearly a dozen whipped cream bottles along the Blue Ridge Parkway. More>>

Soldier Goes to "Extreme" Lengths to Teach Daughter to Clean Room

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A Fort Stewart soldier went to "extreme" lengths to teach his teenage daughter a lesson. More>>

Virginia Tech research team learns more about West Virginia chemical spill Video included


BLACKSBURG -A team of researchers at Virginia Tech continuesits efforts to understand more about MCHM, the chemical that spilled into West Virginia's Elk River early this year. Their latest data shows that people can detect this chemical's odor in the water at a much lower concentration than the Center for Disease Control has deemed safe. But to find out whetherMCHM is actually dangerous in these lower doses, there has to be more data about its behavior.Researcher Daniel Gallagher says, "Our ... More>>

Thousands duped by 'Grandma Scam' Video included


Thousands of victims in scams involving MoneyGram. More>>

Bodies of identical twin brothers found in Chattanooga home


The badly decomposing bodies of two brothers, believed to have died in 2011, were found in a Chattanooga home over the weekend. More>>

Man arrested in Instagram underage nude photos case now charged with cyberstalking Video included


Officials in Rowan County say 14 warrants were issued for Peter Thomas Kiever Thursday. The charges include sexual exploitation of a minor, disseminating child pornography, and more. More>>

10-year-old girl sleeping, killed by gunfire


Police say a 10-year-old girl was asleep in her family's Pennsylvania apartment when she was shot to death in what may have been an attempted home invasion. Washington County Coroner Tim Warco says Taniyah More>>

BMW: $1B investment, 450K cars planned in Spartanburg Video included


The German automaker announced it plans to invest $1 billion in the next two years to increase production capacity to 450,000 cars a year - including a new X-series model.

THP teaming up with 5 other states to keep I-75 safe this weekend

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and law enforcement in five other states are teaming up this weekend to in an effort to keep Interstate 75, one of the country's major interstates, safe and fatality free. More>>

Fallout continues after Patrick Cannon arrested, resigns as Charlotte mayor Video included


Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned, effective immediately in letter to city manager and city attorney, according to the city manager's office. More>>

Nashville business padlocked for selling 'relaxation shots'

Updated: March 27, 2014 2:52 PM CDT

Metro police Thursday morning padlocked Rum Wholesale for allegedly selling liquid relaxation shots containing a chemical banned by the state. More>>

Man stabbed over $20 debt

Updated: March 26, 2014 11:41 AM

Metro police arrested a man Tuesday night for stabbing another over a $20 debt. More>>

Knoxville apartment fire blamed on burning cigarettes

Knoxville fire officials are blaming a Thursday morning apartment fire on a burning cigarette. More>>

  • Deadly McEwen plant explosion investigated as accident

    Deadly McEwen plant explosion investigated as accident

    April 17, 2014 07:15 PM 2014-04-18 02:52:59 GMT
    An explosion at an ammunition plant west of Nashville that killed one person and injured three others is being investigated as an accident.
    An explosion at an ammunition plant west of Nashville that killed one person and injured three others is being investigated as an accident.
  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.
    As word spread of a spiraling fire at this Texas town's fertilizer plant, volunteers raced to protect families and elderly residents who lived nearby. Then came the deafening explosion.
  • Storm Team 11 Weather: Clouds increase overnight

    Storm Team 11 Weather: Clouds increase overnight

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:36:33 GMT
    Scattered showers late Friday

    Clouds increase overnight

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