Two arrested for distributing fentanyl and oxycodone in Marion County

An investigation by special agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has charged two from Tracy City in Grundy County for selling and distributing fentanyl and oxycodone in Marion County. Over several months in 2016, agents with the Drug Investigation Division conducted undercover operations in Marion County, pursuing leads …

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Pipe bombs found at Kimball home on Monday, officials say

Update — 12/11/17 @ 10:17 PM CDT: Authorities have cleared the scene of an Allen Lane home in Kimball as of 10:00 PM on Monday night, following the discovery of several pipe bombs by a probation officer during a routine probation check on Monday afternoon. Kimball Police Chief Tim Allison said five pipe bombs were found at …

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36 years later… A look at the Whitwell Mine #21 Tragedy on Dec. 8, 1981

December 8th, 1981 was a Tuesday. It was a clear and dry day, a bit windy, but overall fairly warm for the season in Whitwell, Tenn, a small coal-mining town nestled between the foothills of the Appalachian mountains bordered by the “big city” of Chattanooga to the east and snugged-up against the Cumberland Plateau right …

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Local SVEC office hosting annual Relay for Life Silent Auction & Soup Lunch Dec. 14th

Employees of the Sequarchee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) are once again giving those wishing to do some Christmas shopping with a good cause that opportunity with their annual Relay for Life Silent Auction next week at the SVEC offices in South Pittsburg. The event gives community members the chance to support this worthy cause in …

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New UT Vols Head Football Coach has local football family ties

The University of Tennessee’s head-coaching search has been one filled with every twist and turn imaginable over the past few weeks, but it appears to be winding down now as former head coach-turned-newly appointed Athletic Director, Phillip Fulmer — a College Football Hall of Fame member, and other officials in Knoxville are now reportedly closing …

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New cell phone laws regarding school zones in Tennessee goes into effect Jan. 1st

We’ve heard about the law for a while now, and it officially goes into effect statewide in Tennessee on January 1, 2018. A new state law that makes it illegal for drivers to talk on a handheld cell phone (with device in hand) in an active school zone. And the law goes even further for …

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Door-to-door sales scam confirmed in Dunlap reminds us to beware any season of scams

DUNLAP, Tenn. — The Dunlap Police Department received reports on Tuesday that a male subject was going door to door in the Valley View Subdivision area in Dunlap attempting to sell television service. This subject stated he was with the Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative’s (BTC) Dunlap office, however residents noted he was not in uniform and …

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New Poll: Tennesseans Want Increased Access to Solar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eighty-one percent of Tennessee voters support solar energy in the Volunteer State, and even more want it installed on their own homes. The polling data was released Monday from the conservative polling firm, North Star Opinion Research. The survey was conducted among voters from a variety of ages, races, genders and geographic …

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Authorities Find 13 Explosive Devices in Truck and House After Traffic Stop in Trenton, GA

TRENTON, Ga. — On Monday, December 4th, at approximately 7:00 PM EST, Georgia State Patrol conducted a traffic stop on a green Ford Ranger pickup truck at the Circle K convenience store at the intersection of Highway 136 West and South Main Street in Trenton. During the course of the traffic stop, Trooper Joe Geddie …

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Feds Look for More Money to Fight Fires

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — More and bigger wildfires – even in the East – are burning through the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. But some in Congress want to attach controversial logging provisions to a proposed fix. Droughts and a buildup of fuel are feeding more deadly wildfires, such as the 2016 fire near Gatlinburg …

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Big weather changes ahead as cold weather heads our way by mid-week

Big changes coming for the Sequatchie Valley and Cumberland Plateau in the coming week in regards to weather… As many around the area know we have been fairly above average with temperatures this fall. True, we have had some cool downs here and there, however, we have been completely void of any arctic intrusions across …

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Tractor trailer fire shuts-down I-24 East in Marion County

A tractor-trailer fire on I-24 in Marion County has shut down all eastbound lanes Wednesday afternoon. The fire started around 2:30 PM CST near mile marker 164 — just past the Haletown/New Hope exit in the Whiteside area. The tractor-trailer was hauling a load of cars Eastbound. Officials with TDOT say that all eastbound lanes on …

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