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Loudon County school board met in dark to decide Sunshine policy, lawsuit claims
LOUDON — School board members needed a Sunshine Law policy. They broke the Sunshine Law writing it, a lawsuit claims. Richard Truitt sued the Loudon County school board last year, claiming the board met in an illegal secret session on Aug. 31, 2017, to discuss its open records policy. The case could
Loudon woman charged with rape
The arrest last week of a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Loudon for aggravated statutory rape and solicitation sexual exploitation of a minor has left the congregation in shock.
Church Youth Leader in Tennessee Jailed on Charges of Statutory Rape and Sexual Exploitation of 16-Year-Old Boy
A 35-year-old church youth leader in Tennessee is now in jail on charges of aggravated statutory rape and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor after a 16-year-old boy told police that they had sex at least 10 times. The youth leader doesn’t recall being intimate with the teenager more than four
County BOE mulls food, custodial services
One month after discussing outsourcing breakfast and lunch services, Loudon County Board of Education may have decided to stick with the current operation. Alison May, county schools food service supervisor, gave a presentation to board members during Thursday’s workshop, which eventually led to a d
Middle Tennessee doctor charged with running 'massive opioid distribution' & fraud scheme
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Clarksville doctor has been indicted for allegedly running a "massive opioid distribution and healthcare fraud scheme" according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
LUB considers timeline for move
While Loudon’s new city hall is months from opening, Loudon Utilities Board during a workshop Monday discussed the possibility of a faster timeline on its new customer service center.
Earthquakes hit Kingston, Blaine
KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) - A 1.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Kingston around 10:20 Thursday morning, while a 2.7 hit near Blaine, according to the USGS. Two quakes have comes one day after East Tennessee's second largest earthquake on record hit in Decatur around 4:14 in the morning.
Second earthquake shakes East Tennessee Thursday
A day after an earthquake rocked East Tennessee and part of Georgia, two more quakes were recorded Thursday. A small 1.5-magnitude quake was recorded in Kingston. The USGS map showed it happened around 10:20 a.m. and showed a 17.6-kilometer depth.
Deadly crash in Loudon County kills cyclist
Lenoir City — Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on Highway 11 near Rocky Quarry Road in Loudon County. The crash happened Friday morning and involved a car and a bicyclist, troopers said.
Tennessee Church Youth Leader Arrested for Having Sex With a Teenage Boy
A Tennessee youth leader was arrested last week after a 16-year-old boy told police that they had had sex at least 10 times. The youth leader is being charged with of aggravated statutory rape and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor.
Woman pleads guilty to hiring hit man to kill her son's father
A former Marine and baker has admitted she tried to hire a hit man to kill the father of her child. Laura Buckingham, who owned a cafe in southern Indiana but moved to East Tennessee, pleaded guilty to Solicitation to Commit First Degree Murder on Tuesday.
Death reported in Loudon County crash involving car, bicycle
LOUDON, Tenn. (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly accident Friday afternoon involving a car and a bicycle. The crash was reported on Highway 11 near Simmons Road in Loudon County. A THP spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing and no other information will be releas
1.5 magnitude earthquake recorded in Kingston
KINGSTON, Tennessee — It happened again -- a day after an earthquake rocked East Tennessee and part of Georgia, a small 1.5-magnitude quake was recorded in Kingston. The USGS map showed it happened around 10:20 a.m.
KCSO arrests 4 after suspect broke into gun shop and walked off with 56 firearms
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Four men are behind bars after a suspect broke into a Powell gun shop and got away with dozens of firearms. According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to a burglary alarm at Knoxville Tactical off Blueberry Road in Powell around 7 a.m. on Nov. 29.
Maryville Animal Shelter to hold Christmas sale next week
The City of Maryville Animal Shelter wants to help its residents get home for Christmas. The city’s shelter is at capacity with 25 cats and has run out of space for additional cats so they're asking for help from the community.
East Tenn. contractor takes customer's money, doesn't finish driveway
CLINTON, Tenn. (WATE) - A consumer is warning tonight about having contractors. They came to the front door of a homeowner saying they had asphalt left over. Men worked on the driveway for three days, but never finished it.
Man arrested after attacking Maryville convenience store employee with bladed instrument
A Kentucky man was arrested Monday evening after police said he attacked a Maryville convenience store employee who was perplexed by an item the man was seeking. Maryville Police officers arrested Christopher Lee Gregory, 30, Manchester, Ky., on a charge of aggravated assault. He was being held Tues
Magnitude 4.4 earthquake, several aftershocks shake viewers out of bed Wednesday morning
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — One major earthquake and several aftershocks this Wednesday morning gave our viewers quite a wake-up call Wednesday morning. They registered at 4.4 magnitude quake at 4:15 a.m. and 3.3 magnitude at 4:27 a.m. (Seismologists tell us they consider the second one an aftershock).
Man wanted in alleged November car theft arrested
A man who allegedly pulled a gun on another man during a search for a stolen car has been arrested. The incident happened on Nov. 18 around 6:15 p.m. when Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Littleton said he was dispatched to Nichols Road, outside of Sweetwater to check on a 911 call hangup.
Earthquake, magnitude 4.4, rattles Tennessee, Georgia
A 4.4-magnitude earthquake was reported in Tennessee early Wednesday, officials said. The quake hit about six miles north of Decatur at around 4:15 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The shaking was felt by residents as far as Atlanta -- about 149 miles south of the epicenter.