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Roane County residents frustrated with road closure after flooding

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WATE) - Some people in Roane County say they don't understand why a main road into Harriman is closed. Riggs Chapel Road was hit hard by flood damage from last month's record rainfall. They're upset about a long detour and having little information about it.


East Tennessee teen Drake McCain survives Hollywood round of 'Idol'

RHEA COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) - He's made it through the Hollywood round of "American Idol," y'all. East Tennessee's Drake McCain Taylor, the friendly 17-year-old from Rhea County, was marked one of those that made it through in Monday night's episode.


Dangerous rockslides shut down Roane County road

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. — Riggs Chapel Road is undergoing nearly $2 million in repairs after February's historic rain caused dangerous rockslides that are still going on. That road sees nearly 1,500 vehicles each day. It's a connector between Harriman and Morgan County used for daily commutes.


Column: A tax refund disabled Tennessee veterans might not know about

Some Tennessee veterans might be entitled to a tax refund without even realizing it. Last July, the IRS sent out letters – numbers 6060-A and 6060-D – to roughly 130,000 veterans across the country and notified them about a refund available to those who had taxes improperly withheld from their disab


Local town named the best place to live in Tennessee

A recent study looked at cities in the Volunteer state with the best economies, jobs, home values and more. HomeSnacks analyzed 91 places in Tennessee, here's what town's made the top ten.


Roane County woman arrested, charged with first degree murder

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) - A woman has been charged with first-degree murder after further investigation into what she initially alleged to be an accidental shooting. Jenny Parton was arrested at her residence on River Road in Roane County for the murder of Robert Rosado III, who also lived at the


KPD: Good Samaritan, driver killed after I-40 crash

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Police Department said two people are dead following a crash that happened Saturday on I-40 Eastbound near the Papermill exit. According to a report, Sarah Kasunic, 23, from Pennsylvania crashed on I-40. Ashely Moore, 38, saw the crash and pulled over to help. Mo


'Tremendous' community support helps reopen Harriman restaurant

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) - A popular Harriman restaurant has officially reopened after a fire destroyed it on December 28. Chuck's Deli on Unaka Street has been a staple for the Harriman community for decades.


Tennessee lawmaker files bill to expand drug testing of welfare recipients

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Tennessee lawmaker wants to expand the drug testing of welfare recipients. Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) has just filed House Bill 88. Griffey says he and his wife have seen the assistance programs be abused as their personal experiences as prosecutors in Tennessee.


Nate Bargatze Doesn't Know Who 'The Tennessee Kid' Is Either

Nate Bargatze was already a touring comedian before his half-hour special made it into the homes of Netflix subscribers everywhere thanks to The Standups. His two albums, Yelled at by a Clown (2014) and Full Time Magic (2015), topped the comedy charts when they were first released, and the Comedy Ce


Tennessee man killed cutting down tree

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WVLT/WJHL) -- The Jonesborough Police Chief Ron Street said a local man was killed over the weekend while cutting down a tree, WJHL reported. The incident occurred on Patton Avenue, Street said.


Man who racks up 13 charges has cases continued

A Roane County man who has 13 charges pending against him in Cumberland County General Sessions Court had those charges continued until next month. A new bond was also set for the defendant.


Have you ever seen cows chase a raccoon? Well, they did in Sweetwater

SWEETWATER, Tenn. — Gloria Burkhart was on her way to church choir practice on Sunday afternoon when she saw what she thought was a newborn calf that one of her beef cows had just given birth to.


McFall to end her contract

After seven years at the helm and months of asking for a contract extension, Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall announced she no longer wants to extend her contract with Coffee County Schools, according to Board of Education Chairman Brett Henley.


Officials: Smoking may have led to Oak Ridge apartment fire

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) - Oak Ridge fire officials say they believe an apartment fire that displaced four families on Friday was caused by improperly discarded cigarette butts and ashes.


Part of Anderson Co. still flooded

ANDERSON CO., Tenn. (WVLT) Part of Anderson County near Clinton and Laurel Road is still flooded. "I didn't ever think I would have lake front property," Gene Rittenhouse said.


Massive multi-amenity park planned for south Clinton

CLINTON, Tenn. — An empty plot of land in South Clinton will soon become a 450-acre park called Aspire. The Hollingsworth Foundation, a Clinton-based nonprofit, has been waiting at least a decade to build a massive park on the site with all sorts of amenities.


Panthers’ comeback bid comes up short at Kingston

The Stone Memorial Panthers were a run away from a big comeback Friday afternoon at Kingston as the homestanding Jackets won 7-6, giving the Panthers their third loss of the season.


(For members) HHS designates class of Y-12 workers to be added to compensation program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated a class of Y-12 employees to be added to a federal worker compensation program that involves certain illnesses and work at sites like Y-12 that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy.


1.5 magnitude earthquake recorded in Sweetwater

Did you feel it?? A small earthquake was recorded in East Tennessee early Monday. A 1.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Sweetwater around 7 a.m. Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was registered nearly four miles West-Northwest of Sweetwater at depth of nearly