Latest Knoxville News

Residents ask state to test falling particles near TVA plant

Sep. 18, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) — Some residents living near a coal-fired power plant in Tennessee have asked the state to investigate unidentified particles they say are coating their homes. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the fine particles have fallen from the sky onto cars, driveways and mailboxes near the...

Police investigate girl's shooting death as homicide

Sep. 16, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old Tennessee girl is being investigated as a homicide. News outlets cite a statement from the Knoxville Police Department that says officers responded to a home Saturday night to find the girl suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She...

Sheriff: Teen in stolen truck kills pastor, wife in crash

Sep. 13, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say a 15-year-old boy was the driver of a stolen vehicle that caused a fatal car crash, killing a local pastor and his wife. A Knox County sheriff's report says the teen crossed double yellow lines to a pass a dump truck Tuesday before hitting an oncoming...

Clemson WR Rodgers has rapid return from ACL surgery

Sep. 12, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Amari Rodgers was about the only person around Clemson in March who thought he wouldn't miss most of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Tigers starter, second on the national champions with 55 receptions in 2018, told anyone who would listen...

Sheriff's captain: My demotion for drunken scuffle is unfair

Sep. 11, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A sheriff's captain in Tennessee says he shouldn't have been demoted for getting into a drunken fight with a lieutenant. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Knox County Sheriff's Capt. Brad Hall has filed a grievance over the punishment and what he says was retribution over office...

Tennessee turning to younger players except at quarterback

Sep. 10, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will be relying more and more on younger players to help the Volunteers bounce back from their worst start in over three decades. But he's sticking with experience at the most important position on the field. Tennessee already has freshman linebacker...

U of Tennessee sells design of bullied boy's homemade shirt

Sep. 10, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Florida boy who was bullied over his homemade University of Tennessee shirt now has fans of his own. News outlets report the Knoxville school is now selling shirts featuring the boy's hand-drawn design, which also has been painted onto the Rock , a longtime 97.5 ton campus...

Sentence reduced for man convicted in couple's 2007 killing

Sep. 9, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A plea deal has shortened the sentence of a man convicted in the case of a couple who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in a 2007 carjacking in Tennessee. News outlets report 36-year-old George Thomas was resentenced Monday in Knoxville to 50 years in prison with the possibility of...

State drops same-sex rape case brought by homophobic deputy

Sep. 9, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping same-sex rape charges in a case investigated by a homophobic deputy who gave sermons as a Baptist church pastor calling for the execution of gay people. Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that former Knox...

FBI names new special agent in charge in Tennessee office

Sep. 9, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new special agent in charge has been named for the FBI office in Knoxville, Tennessee. FBI Director Christopher Wray named Joseph E. Carrico to the post. He was previously deputy assistant director in the Operational Technology Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington. Carrico...