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Former Sullivan County official pleads guilty to theft, false reporting

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County's longtime 911 director will serve six years on supervised probation for a pair of felonies: one involving a workplace-obtained insurance policy, the other in which he lied about debit card fraud.


2.2 magnitude earthquake recorded in Coalfield, Tennessee

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. — A 2.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Coalfield, Tennessee Friday afternoon. The USGS recorded the quake at 1:14 p.m. It's located along Blackoak Ridge and East Fork Valley near McKinney Ridge and just a few miles west of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Bluff City murder suspect faces new charges

BLOUNTVILLE — A Bluff City man accused of killing an acquaintance while stealing firearms has been indicted on several new charges, including first-degree murder. James Lee Fagans, 59, was arrested Sept. 10, 2018, on a warrant for second-degree murder. Following Wednesday indictments by a Sullivan C


CODE RED: Life-threatening Flash Flooding, spin up tornado possible in middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — FOX 17 News is in a Code Red weather alert for the potential of life-threatening flash flooding and strong storms. Another 3" to 4" of rain and some pockets of 5" is possible late Friday night into Saturday, causing serious flash flooding concerns.


Sullivan County Commission wants law allowing director of schools to be elected

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) - Sullivan County leaders moved forward with a resolution asking the state to pass a law giving counties the option of electing their director of schools.


Fire reported above Bristol restaurant

Bristol, TN — Fire crews from both Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia responded to the report of a fire above Machavelli's Italian Restaurant in downtown early Thursday.


Avoca Elementary named 'Be Present!' winner by Bristol Tennessee City Schools

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) - Consider it a win for Avoca Elementary School. The school was this month’s winner of the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Be Present! Attendance Challenge.


Carrie Underwood Puts Tennessee Mansion up for Sale Where It’s Believed She Had Her Scary Fall

Time to move on! Last year Carrie Underwood had quite the scary fall in her mansion, resulting in 40 stitches — yes, 40 — but now the singer is selling the home it is believed she suffered that brutal spill at.


Report: Over 300 people missing in Tennessee

(WVLT) -- Over 600,000 people go missing each year in the U.S., according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. According to a new report from Vivint, Alaska sees a large share of those. The state allegedly has the most missing persons per capita, with 41.8 people missing per 100,


Latino workers sue ICE over Tennessee raid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Seven Latino workers are suing federal immigration authorities over a raid at an eastern Tennessee meatpacking plant that ended in the arrests of about 100 people.


Bristol casino bill "down to the wire"

BRISTOL, Va. — It's "down to the wire" on whether the state will allow Bristol Virginia residents to vote on a casino this year. A $250-million casino-resort project is proposed for the vacant Bristol Mall. It’s to be funded by coal industry veterans Jim McGlothlin and Clyde Stacy.


Man accused of soliciting video of Tennessee teen being raped pleads not guilty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Wisconsin man accused of helping a 14-year-old girl escape sexual abuse in exchange for video of her being raped has pleaded not guilty to sexually exploiting a child.


Bristol woman accused of beating ex-boyfriend with rock

A Bristol woman has been charged with beating her ex-boyfriend in the face with a rock and slashing two of his vehicle’s tires. Bridgett Crawford, 23, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and vandalism, according to a police report.


Tennessee mom unable to explain 2-year-old son's death, indicted for first-degree murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 26-year-old Tennessee woman has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of her 2-year-old son. Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said in a news release that Davida Wooden was indicted Thursday and is being held in jail.


TBI seeking true identity of Middle Tennessee man found deceased in old well

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has joined in efforts to identify a man whose remains were found in a well last year. The Dickson County Sheriff's Office and TBI say the man's remains were found in May 2018 in Charlotte, not far from his Rock Springs Road home. The TBI says he was living under


Saturated soil leads to rock slides and road closures in Southwest Virginia

BRISTOL, Va. — Two rock slides happened within minutes of each other in Southwest Virginia Thursday morning. VDOT responded to a large boulder and debris that blocked the right lane of traffic on Interstate 81 near Chilhowie.


Man who reported child in river arrested

Elizabethton, TN — The man who Carter County authorities say reported seeing a child in the Watauga River last week has been arrested. 32-year-old Landon Wayne Garland was arrested Wednesday by sheriff's deputies on two charges related to violating the Tennessee Child Sex Offender Registry laws.


Bristol contractor ordered to pay $195K in back wages and fringe benefits

BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) - Federal regulators have ordered a Tri-Cities construction contractor to pay $195,193 in back wages and fringe benefits to more than two dozen employees.


PHOTOS: Flooding in Middle Tennessee

A collection of photos from across Middle Tennessee of flooding on Feb. 22, 2019. You can send your weather photos to pix@wkrn.com or send them to any of our social media outlets.


Rockslide closes lane of Chinquapin Grove Road in Bluff City, affects school bus routes

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) - A rockslide has closed one lane of Chinquapin Grove Road in Bluff City and has prevented some school buses from running their routes. The Bluff City Volunteer Fire Department says the slide happened near Reservoir Drive.