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Former Country Tonite star and hero Craig Morgan to donate smoke alarms

Former Country Tonite star and hero Craig Morgan to donate smoke alarms

Entertainment, State News November 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm 0 comments

By Kevin Walters Former Pigeon Forge Country Tonite performer and Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan, who is a former first responder, and smoke alarm manufacturer Kidde, will help bring working smoke alarms into thousands of homes as Kidde will donate alarms to select fire departments along Morgan’s 2016 tour. KiddeRead More

UT beats North Texas to become bowl eligible

UT beats North Texas to become bowl eligible

Sports, State News November 15, 2015 at 1:42 am 0 comments

By Michael Williams The University of Tennessee Volunteers shut out the North Texas Mean Green Saturday at Neyland Stadium with a final score of 24–0. The victory, before a crowd of 96,000, was homecoming for UT and secures the team a bowl appearance. North Texas came into the game withRead More

Helton takes guilty plea, possible 40 year sentence

Helton takes guilty plea, possible 40 year sentence

Police Reports, State News November 14, 2015 at 3:38 pm 0 comments

By Sharry Dedman-Beard Mark Douglas Helton, 61, of Maryville, Tenn., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, to knowingly distributing and receiving child pornography.  Sentencing has been set for 2:00 p.m., March 9, 2016. Helton faces a maximum of up to 40 years in prison,Read More

“Operation Clean Up” Continues

“Operation Clean Up” Continues

Police Reports, State News November 14, 2015 at 3:36 pm 0 comments

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) recently conducted an intensive vehicle search in the parking lot of two of our East Tennessee Community Supervision offices.  This state-wide operation is named “Operation: Clean Up” and resulted in the search of more than 600 vehicles with 239 of the searches being doneRead More

Dakota Weaver sentenced to 144 months

Dakota Weaver sentenced to 144 months

Police Reports, State News November 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm 0 comments

By Sharry Dedman-Beard Dakota Destry Weaver, 20, of Clinton, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, to serve 144 months in prison as a result of his conviction for receipt and possession of child pornography. Following his release from prison, Weaver will be supervisedRead More

Tennessee’s largest risk management pool gives nearly $100 million to municipalities

Tennessee’s largest risk management pool gives nearly $100 million to municipalities

State News November 14, 2015 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

Member cities and entities in Jefferson and Sevier counties receiving FY16 dividends of nearly $80,000 BRENTWOOD (press release)—Tennessee’s leader in providing insurance and risk management services for municipalities and public entities has distributed close to $100 million in dividends to its members since the inception of its Annual Dividend Program.Read More

Racism, media bias against GOP is glaring

Racism, media bias against GOP is glaring

News, State News November 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm 0 comments

By Michael Lofti Earlier this Summer, the nation was saturated with narratives against anyone that identified with southern heritage after 21-year-old Dylann Roof entered a South Carolina African-American church and ruthlessly murdered 9 souls. Afterwards, hundreds of thousands demanded confederate flags and all other Confederacy associated iconography be removed fromRead More

Long-term funding for roads and bridges

Long-term funding for roads and bridges

State News November 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm 0 comments

By Rep. Phil Roe This summer, I wrote a column regarding the condition of the roads and bridges in our state and the work Congress was doing to pass a long-term highway funding bill. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), there are more than 19,000 bridges in ourRead More

27th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Awards new barbecue champion

27th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Awards new barbecue champion

State News November 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm 0 comments

LYNCHBURG (press release)—Cool Smoke from Richmond, Virginia claimed the title of Grand Champion at the 27th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg. As Grand Champion, Cool Smoke earns $10,000, braggin’ rights as winner of what many consider to be the most prestigious barbecue contest in the worldRead More

Birthplace of country music announces “16 Tons” musician contest

Birthplace of country music announces “16 Tons” musician contest

Entertainment, State News November 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm 0 comments

By Cindy Dupree BRISTOL, TN/VA – The Birthplace of Country Music is calling on musicians to enter their version of the Tennessee Ernie Ford hit “16 Tons” in a music contest now through Dec. 4. The tune “16 Tons,” written by Merle Travis, is a part of American music history.Read More