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TVA: Rupture in pipe causes evacuation
WVLT Monday November 13, 2017

Parts of the Tennessee Valley Authority towers in downtown Knoxville have been evacuated after an explosion, according to the Knoxville Fire Department. The Knoxville Fire Department was sent to the scene of the TVA towers near 400 W. Summit Hill Drive at 10:38 a.m. ET for reports of a fire in the computer room. The fire is no longer active, according to KFD. Emergency responders said evacuations were ordered for people in the building near the general area of the computer room. A representative with the Knoxville Fire Department said there were no reported injuries at this time. The Tennessee Valley Authority posted on social media about the evacuation. "No fire or explosion at TVA towers in downtown Knoxville. Rupture in Halon fire suppression pipe caused employees to be evacuated. No injuries and all employees accounted for," @TVAnews tweeted. Local 8 News is working to confirm more information about the incident.


Woman Busted For Injecting Meth At Peavine Store
Peg Broadcasting News Monday November 13, 2017

A Mississippi woman was arrested after she allegedly injected herself with methamphetamine while in the restroom of a Peavine Road store. Crossville Police were called after 23-year-old Haley Gabrielle Shell was seen with a needle sticking out of her arm. Shell reportedly admitted to shooting up and was transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center where she was served with a warrant for Public Intoxication.


Tennessee Joins 24 Other States to Dissolve Deceptive Veterans Charity Broadcasting News Monday November 13, 2017

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery, III and law enforcement partners in 24 states announced a settlement with VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization's termination. In March 2017, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against VietNow for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors through misleading telemarketing solicitation scripts. In its most recent financial statement, VietNow reported raising nearly $2 million nationwide; only 5 percent of funds raised went to charitable programs. Attorneys general in multiple states, including Tennessee, soon began their own investigations of VietNow, which will now end its operation. Upon dissolution, VietNow's remaining funds will be paid to two well-respected veterans charities, Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront. If you are aware of false, misleading or deceptive activity, please notify the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming at 1-800-861-7393 or (615) 741-2555. For more information on charitable organizations, donations and solicitations visit

CCHS Cheerleaders Win Third Straight TSSAA Championship

CCHS Cheerleaders Win Third Straight TSSAA Championship
Bekki Atkinson Monday November 13, 2017

The Cumberland County High School cheerleaders won their third consecutive TSSAA championship Saturday evening at Murphy Center at Middle TN State University. The cheerleaders competed in the Large Varsity Game Day Division. (Photo courtesy CCHS)


101st Airborne soldier dies in non-combat incident in Iraq
AP Monday November 13, 2017

- A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division has died in Iraq from what the Department of Defense says were injuries sustained during a non-combat-related incident. The Department of Defense said in a news release Sunday that 35-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, of Arlington, Texas, died Nov. 11 at Camp Taji. Smith was assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, a combined joint task force focused on combating the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The incident is under investigation. Further details haven't been released.


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