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SPD set to spread Christmas cheer to children in Gatlinburg
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) - The Sevierville Police Department is partnering up with local schools to bring children holiday cheer this season. SPD will be hosting their annual, "Shop with a Cop," event treating children to Christmas shopping, lunch and a day with some police officers from the departm
Win a chance to meet Dolly Parton
PIGEON FORGE, TN - One lucky fan is going to have the chance to meet Dolly Parton, and be showered with the ultimate fan experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. As a fundraiser for the imagination library, the country music legend is holding a contest to win the VIP trip of a lifetime.
Sevier County man killed in shooting; person of interest in custody
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Deputies in Sevier County are investigating after a man was shot to death Monday afternoon. The Sevier County Sheriff's Office says they were called to Bob Hollow Road just outside the Sevierville city limits just after 3 p.m. for a person who had been shot. When they arr
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg in the running for 'Best New Hotel 2018'
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) - Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is in the running for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for “Best New Hotel 2018.” Only three of the nominees are in Tennessee (two in Nashville and one in Gatlinburg).
High school softball coach from Maryville charged with statutory rape
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A traveling high school softball coach from Maryville has been charged with the statutory rape of a Hendersonville teen. Hendersonville police said investigators received a report Tuesday that a female had been sexually assaulted by Kenneth Smith, 45.
Brother of Dolly Parton passes away
NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Floyd Estel Parton, younger brother of country music superstar Dolly Parton, has died. He was 61 years old. Floyd Parton, of Sevierville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6. Floyd was a songwriter and composer. Two of his most famous songs were "Rockin’ Years" recorded by his sister Dol
More than 40 restaurants open Christmas Day 2018 in Knoxville, East Tennessee
If you're looking for a place to dine on Christmas Day, here is a list of local and regional restaurants to consider. Call ahead for menu, pricing and whether reservations are required.
Cocke County Animal Shelter Manager Charged With Animal Cruelty
NEWPORT — The manager of an animal shelter in Cocke County has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Terry Starnes, manager of Friends Animal Shelter, was arrested and charged following an investigation on Dec. 10.
Knoxvile police officer speaks for first time since attack, reward increased to $23,400
KNOXVILLE, T - A Knoxville police officer who was attacked while directing traffic following a Tennessee football game spoke publicly on Friday for the first time since the incident.
TWRA identifies missing fisherman whose body was found in Douglas Lake
DANDRIDGE, TN (WATE) - The identity has been released of a missing fisherman whose was found in Douglas Lake Thursday afternoon. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says Paul Allen Irwin, 72, of Dandridge, died after he apparently fell overboard while trying to launch his boat at the Dandridge A
SPD Releases Tips to Prevent Robberies
The Sevierville Police Department (SPD) investigates many car break-ins and purse thefts each year. Often these crimes of opportunity could have been prevented by sound security practices. Besides the loss of personal property, victims may also have to contend with costly damages to their vehicle. I
Drunk driver claimed she was hit by parked cars; jury disagreed
A Knoxville woman was convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, after striking several parked cars last year and claiming the parked cars struck her, according to 6th Judicial District Attorney Charme Allen's Office.
City of Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley dies following battle with cancer
The City of Sevierville is mourning the death of its mayor, Bryan Atchley. The city announced Atchley had passed away early Sunday morning while at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Crews recover missing fisherman's body in Douglas Lake
Search teams have recovered the body of a missing fisherman in Douglas Lake. TWRA was called to the Dandridge Access Area in Jefferson County at 1:30 on Thursday after a report that a boat was adrift and a fisherman was missing near the boat ramp.
Tennessee’s governor is still weighing clemency for Cyntoia Brown
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cyntoia Brown, who’s serving life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was 16, could still be freed soon. The Tennessee Supreme Court last week ruled Brown would have to serve at least 51 years in prison for the 2004 killing before she’s eligible for release
Six arrested in sex offender check
Six people have been arrested as the result of an ongoing sex offender compliance check — and charges are pending against another half dozen, Sheriff Jeff Coffey reported. Working with the United States Marshal Service and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, detectives in the sheriff’s department
White Tennessee sheriff's officer punching handcuffed black suspect sparks outcry in Chattanooga
The attorney for a black Tennessee man whose beating by a white sheriff's officer while he was handcuffed was caught on video says the officer should be fired immediately and then prosecuted.
Where to go ice skating in Knoxville, East Tennessee
Winter weather has officially arrived in Knoxville, so why not welcome in the season with some ice skating?. Knoxville and surrounding areas offer several locations for the chilly pastime.
Newport Animal Shelter Manager charged with cruelty to animals
The manager of the Newport Friends of the Animal Shelter has been charged with cruelty to animals. Cocke County Sheriff Armondo Fontes announced the arrest of Terry Wayne Starnes, 44, of Gatlinburg, on Monday. The shelter currently houses animals from Cocke County and those picked up by Cocke County
Sweetest gifts for the season
PIGEON FORGE, TN — Beyond the Christmas shopping, hustle and bustle, decorating and gift wrapping, there remains time to make family memories. That’s what my sister and I did with my 87-year-old mother in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – made new memories and relived some from yesteryear. We shopped a little,