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123 MPH wind gusts recorded in Greene County

GREENE CO., Tenn. (WVLT) -- Areas of Greene County, Tennessee experienced extremely high winds Wednesday morning. According to the National Weather Service, a 123 mile-per-hour wind gust was recorded in the Camp Creek area.


BREAKING: Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson warning of multiple mudslides

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson tweeted early this morning that multiple mudslides on Highway 70 has closed part of the road. At this time it is unknown if any cars or homes have been affected.


Heavy winds down trees, power lines in Greene County

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) - Camp Creek residents and emergency officials report downed trees and power lines after Wednesday's heavy winds. Edward Ricker woke up to a mess. "Tree here hit the house. Took all the power lines down and everything," Ricker said.


2nd degree murder charge from alcohol-fueled gunplay bound over to grand jury

A Greene County man charged with killing a man he was drinking with told police he had cleared ammunition from a handgun prior to firing the fatal shot. Justin Wills, 30, 3875 Erwin Highway, Afton, was in General Sessions Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on second-degree murder and aggravat


'Cyntoia Brown Bill' headed for more study by Tennessee lawmakers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Some Tennessee lawmakers feel they have a bill to protect young girls like the one Cyntoia Brown once was, but any movement through the legislature will have to wait until at least next year.


Chinese-born scientist indicted for conspiring to steal secrets from Eastman, others

A grand jury in Greeneville, Tenn., recently returned an indictment against a Chinese-born scientist formerly employed by Coca-Cola and Eastman for conspiracy to steal trade secrets related to formulations for BPA-free coatings.


Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers Seize 68 Pounds of Cocaine

NASHVILLE – On Wednesday February 13, Trooper Baron Cooper, assigned to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) West Bureau Interdiction Plus (IP) Unit, stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Interstate 40 in Henderson County, near mile marker 103. Trooper Cooper spoke with the driver, Camilo Gon


Crystal-meth dealer faces 30 years after conviction

Morristown crystal-meth dealer Brandon Lee Alexander will provide a precise metric involving the dangers of going to trial in federal court, authorities say. Alexander, 35, rejected a 15-year plea offer.


Tennessee 5th most sinful state, according to study

(WJHL) - A new study has determined the Volunteer State is the 5th most sinful state in America. The study conducted by WalletHub compared the states using seven dimensions: anger and hatred; jealousy; excesses and vices; greed; lust; vanity; and laziness. Those dimensions were measured using 43 met


Active mudslide shuts down Highway 70 North, Highway 70 in Hawkins County also shut down, at least one taken to the hospital

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. — Update (6:30 a.m. 2/21/19): Highway 70 is also blocked with downed trees and power lines on one side of Clinch Mountain, Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said in a tweet.


Langston building to serve the community once again

“Enter to learn, depart to serve” rang out time-and-time again during the evening banquet in celebration of Langston High School at the storytelling Gala & Benefit held in Jonesborough’s International Storytelling Center Saturday night, Feb.16. This was the slogan of the high school in Johnson City


Hawkins County man stops to help stranded motorist when he says 'somebody hit me from behind'

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Michael Morelock remembered Sunday morning as a rainy one, as he drove down Beech Creek Road in Hawkins County. It was in the middle of that rainstorm when Morelock spotted a young woman on the side of the road and said, "...I saw her on the left, waving her hand at me...s


Millionaire in Tennessee: Someone in Morristown picks Mega Millions numbers

A lucky player from Northeast Tennessee went five for five Tuesday night and is now, technically, a millionaire. The Tennessee Lottery reported Wednesday that a $1 million ticket was purchased in Morristown after someone matched the five winning numbers in the Mega Millions drawing.


Man sentenced to 38 years in prison for 2016 slaying in Marion County, Tennessee

A man charged in the 2016 slaying of a Marion County, Tennessee, man was sentenced Tuesday to 38 years in prison. Cody Waggoner, 22 when arrested in August 2017, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Marion County Circuit Court, where he was set to begin a murder trial Tuesday in the killing of


Roads blocked, closed across Middle Tennessee due to flooding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - As rain continues to fall across Middle Tennessee, flash flooding is becoming more and more of a concern. Here is a list of roads and waterways local responders say to avoid due to current or possible flooding:


Heavy rains close road, bridge over Wilson Dam; Tennessee River spots near flood stage

The Tennessee Valley Authority has closed the road and bridge over Wilson Dam due to hazardous conditions created by heavy rain. TVA spokesman Scott Fiedler said the road and bridge that spans the Tennessee River between Florence and Muscle Shoals will remain closed until further notice. North Alaba


Viewer photos of heavy rainfall’s effects across the Tennessee Valley

Rain fell across North Alabama and southern Tennessee for another day, flooding waterways and roads across the area. In addition to the 2-3 inches of rain the fell across the area Tuesday, and a chance of rain remains in the forecast each day through Sunday.


Tornadoes, Flash Flooding threatens Middle Tennessee this weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Coming off a heavy rain event with flash flooding Wednesday, more dangerous weather is expected in Middle Tennessee this weekend. Additional flooding is possible Friday with severe thunderstorms Saturday.


Fetal heartbeat abortion bill advances in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected does not include exceptions for situations involving incest or rape because he does not believe it's appropriate.


UPDATE: SR 70 remains closed; crews waiting for sunrise to search for victims

UPDATE: Sheriff Ronnie Lawson says emergency crews are waiting until daylight to assess damage to SR 70 North in Hawkins County and search for victims. Sheriff Lawson says mud is still sliding.