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Dollywood gives construction tour of upcoming 'Wildwood Grove' addition

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WJHL) - Anticipation is building for Dollywood's largest expansion ever. Back in August - country music legend Dolly Parton joined the company's president to reveal plans for "Wildwood Grove."


Sevier Co. Sheriff's Office warns of new 'arrest warrant' phone scam

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Be careful before you answer your next call, that warning coming from an East Tennessee Sheriff's Office as the newest phone scam circulates. Investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office posting on social media that someone is pretending to be with SCSO threateni


2 dead in reported domestic situation on Oak Grove Road in Dandridge, sheriff says

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — Two people are reported dead after a domestic situation on Oak Grove Road in Dandridge, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff. Four minutes after taking the call, deputies arrived on scene and found a child standing in the doorway, according to the sheriff's office.


Dollywood deals with rain as it completes largest park expansion ever

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- You can fly like a dragon, swing from a tree, or just relax to a live show under a giant magical tree, that's what Dollywood is developing now in a $37 million expansion. This is the largest park expansion ever and the first new themed area added since 2005.


Dollywood aims for adventure with newest expansion, 'Wildwood Grove'

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dollywood wants your imagination to soar in its new expansion called Wildwood Grove. The project includes many new attractions aimed at family adventure.


Civil War attraction to open in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Civil War-themed theater is coming to Pigeon Forge next month. The owner of the theater and show leader, Steve Gipson, said the show will be called 'Buttonwillow Civil War Theater,' and said the show tells the story of two siblings from East Tennessee. One of the sibl


Tennessee woman stabs customer in McDonald's drive-thru line, police say

woman wasn't apparently lovin’ it while waiting in a McDonald’s drive-thru line. Asalene Branch, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after she allegedly attacked another woman in the drive-thru line at a McDonald’s in Memphis on Monday, FOX13 reported.


High court won’t consider Tennessee death row inmate’s case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear the case of a Tennessee death row inmate who claimed his rights were violated when he was forced to represent himself at trial. In 2016, WREG’s Stephanie Scurlock reported on the case of Tony Von Carruthers and his accomplice after the family claimed they we


March SNAP benefits to be issued early in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC/AP) - The Tennessee Department of Human Services says those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will receive their March benefits early.


Nurse practitioners not allowed to prescribe drug used to treat opioid addiction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nurse practitioners across the state are trying to prescribe a drug to treat opioid addiction. However, it’s not allowed in Tennessee. The CEO of Neighborhood Health, Brian Haile, wants that to change so their clinics can serve their clients in rural areas. There are clinic


Lightning hits plane, diverts flight to Tennessee

A plane carrying 164 people was forced to land in Tennessee after a lightning strike, Chattanooga CBS affiliate WDEF reported. The flight was heading from Milwaukee to Atlanta when it landed safely around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.


Casinos in Tennessee? Lawmaker proposes change to constitution to allow them

A Memphis lawmaker is proposing an amendment to the Tennessee constitution to allow casinos in the state. This comes as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians confirms they are interested in buying a large parcel of land in Sevier County for "future economic development."


UPDATE: Escaped inmate captured in Tennessee, waiting extradition to be brought back to Warren County

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Warren County Regional Jailer Stephen Harmon says it's just a matter of time before Benjamin Pedigo is back in Kentucky. Pedigo was an inmate in the Warren County Regional Jail who escaped while taking out the trash on the night of February 10.


Tennessee Highway Patrol's 'Ghost' to patrol Tri-Cities region

TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL) - Tennessee Highway Patrol is using a low-profile method to patrol area roads and catch impaired or distracted drivers. THP rolled out what it calls "Ghost". The incognito vehicles allow law enforcement markings to appear almost invisible giving troopers the opportunity to keep


The Island in Pigeon Forge to invest $20 million in new ride

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Island in Pigeon Forge announced Monday a $20 million investment into a new flying theater ride. In a news release, officials with the amusement park said the ride will "combine a state-of-the-art ride system and a custom film featuring some of the nation’s most bea


Sevier County opens a new fire station

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Sevier County Fire Department has a new location they say will help them get to you faster. A new fire station has opened by the airport in Sevierville. Sevierville and Sevier County shared a fire station downtown, but now both are getting a new facility.


Bigfoot conference coming to Gatlinburg

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Are you looking for Bigfoot? You may just find him in the Smokies this summer!. The Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference is being hosted for the first time ever at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on July 27. It is an all day event and features speakers from all over, includ


TBI, sheriff's office investigate incident in Dandridge

DANDRDIGE, Tenn. (WATE) - The Tennesee Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are investigating a situation in the Dandrdige area. Few details are currently available, but the sheriff calls it an "active situation." TBI says they are assisting.


Three charged with vehicle thefts

NEWPORT—Three people were charged after a number of stolen vehicles were located at a Newport hotel over the weekend. On Saturday, Newport Police Officials went to 1025 Cosby Highway to investigate possible stolen vehicles that were on the property of the Family Inn. Upon arrival, Detective Derrick


GPS study: nearly all bears leave Smokies for food

Researchers have completed a breakthrough study that used GPS collars to track black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The results are shattering some long-held beliefs about where the animals travel for food. It may also force entire counties to rethink their bear-proofing policies.