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Touch Screen Technology Created in East Tenenssee
WVLT Friday May 13, 2016

Touch screens are ubiquitous in todays world. We have smart phones, tablets, and touch screens in our cars, on our laptops, and on many public contraptions (such as ATMs, kiosks, Redbox modules, etc.). Smart phones are what put touch screens in our hands, but touch screen technology actually predates cell phones entirely. An Oak Ridge man, Dr. Samuel Hurst, can be thanked for this technology. He invented one the very first touch screen technologies in 1971. Of course, the first model would be unrecognizable to us today. The machine he invented in the basement of his home was called the Elograph and was used to help calculate points on a graph by using an X-Y coordinate. The person using the touchscreen would place a piece of paper over the screen and touch the high and low points of the graph on the paper. The screen would then take the touch points and put them into a computer to calculate the plot points so the person didn't have to. From there, touch screen technology has evolved into what we know it to be today.


More on Found Rogersville Girl
WVLT Friday May 13, 2016

9 year old Carlie Trent, who had been missing for 8 days from Rogersville, was found Thursday afternoon in Hawkins County with kidnapper Gary Simpson. Simpson is in custody, and is being held at Hawkins County Jail. Hawkins County residents Donnie Lawson and Stuart Franklin found them on their property, in an area that was only accessible by four-wheelers. They tied Simpson up with a belt and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived. Carlie appeared to be in good condition, but was taken to a hospital to be examined to be safe. It is unknown if Carlie and Simpson were at this location the endurance of their disappearance.


WVLT Thursday May 12, 2016

Missing 9 year old Rogersville girl Carlie Trent was recovered safely today in Hawkins County. Her kidnapper, uncle by marriage Gary Simpson, was taken into custody.

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Gary Simpson has been added to Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Top Ten Most Wanted List. Simpson is wanted by the Rogersville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping.


Cumberland Mountain State Park Receives Award
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, East Tennessee Historical Society Thursday May 12, 2016

Cumberland Mountain State Park received an Award of Distinction from the East Tennessee Historical Society at their Annual Meeting on May 3, 2016. The award was presented jointly to NolPix Media, a production company in Knoxville, who produced a video about the Park. Since 1982, the Society has been annually recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the regions history. This award recognizes the Parks exhibit on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the significant impact that its had on the Cumberland Plateau region, said Tennessee State Parks Director of Interpretive Programs and Education, Jeff Wells. Since the exhibit opened in July 2015, weve had nothing but great feedback from visitors and this video helps share the message with even more people.The exhibit and video highlight the rich history of the Parks beginning as the Cumberland Homesteads a project that helped relocate poverty-stricken families to small farms centered on what is now the Cumberland Homestead community. The 1,720-acre Park was acquired by the State of Tennessee in 1938 to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland Plateau. Visitors can watch the video in the CCC Museum next door to the park restaurant. For more information, visit


Career Fair at TCAT Crossville
Thursday May 12, 2016

If youre looking for a new career, then the TCAT center in Crossville is your opportunity to talk to more than 30 recruiters, who are looking to hire full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Thatll be at the TCAT Center Career Fair on May 26th from 11am-2pm. This event is free and open to the public. Tours will also be available for anyone interested in the 15 programs offered at Crossvilles Tennessee College of Technology. Any employers who are interested in participating in this event are asked to contact Jena Demars at 931-484-7502 ext. 127 or at


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