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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Two animals from the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter will soon be famous.
Batman the rat and Pumpkin the cat will be featured on National Geographic WILD's "Unlikely Animal Friends". The segment will air Saturday May 21st at 8:00 pm.
Last September the Nat Geo team spent a full day at the shelter filming the unlikely pals. Aside from the pairs friendship ORAS hopes to educate the public on FIV- positive cats, a feline version of HIV, and promote local adoption.
The ORAS is on 395 Belgrade Rd, in Oak Ridge and currently holds a no kill status.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation canceled an Amber Alert for 12-year-old Steven Merriman. He was found safe in White County.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a Middle & East Tennessee AMBER Alert on behalf of the Cookeville Police Department for 12-year-old Steven Merriman. Merriman was last seen with his non-custodial mother, Sheila D Randolph. Randolph took the child from his school in Cookeville, TN at approximately 3:14 PM. Steven was last seen wearing plaid shorts and grey T-shirt. Shelia and Steven are traveling in a 1995 Chevy Blazer with TN tag N71-32B with direction of travel unknown. Shelia has ties to Walling, Spencer and Rock Island locations in Tennessee. Sheila is believed to be accompanied by a 39-year-old, white male with brown hair and hazel eyes, approximately 6'0" tall and weighing approximately 200 lbs. If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Steven Merriman, please contact Cookeville Police Department at (931) 526-2126 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Victim: Steven Merriman
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OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Deputies in Morgan County are seeking information from the public regarding a man found dead at Allied Metal Recovery & Refining on Gouge Hollow Road. Investigators believe 71-year-old James Pete McCarroll was killed on April 18 sometime between 5:30 and 6 a.m.
McCarroll was beaten and shot. Investigators say the suspect stole several thousand dollars in cash from him at the time of the murder.
They believe McCarroll's body was found within minutes of the murder and the suspects would have been in the area.
Officials are asking for anyone with any information or observed anything out of the ordinary in this area please call 1-800-TBI-FIND, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office 423- 346-0911 Option #5 or the 9th DAG Office 865-376-2145, ext. 152 or email to email@example.com
The Tennessee House of Representatives voted to not override the governor's veto on a controversial bill that would have made the Bible the state book of Tennessee.
The bill needed 50 'yes' votes to override. It only received 43.
The governor last week turned back the bill over constitutional concerns and because he believes the measure "trivializes" what he considers a sacred text.
Sponsors argued that the measure seeks to honor the economic and historical impact of the Bible in Tennessee history, rather than a state endorsement of religion.
But opponents say it diminishes the significance of the Bible to place it alongside other state symbols like the official salamander, reptile or rock.
The legislature voted against overriding the veto on Wednesday afternoon.
The House passed a bill that would increase the penalty for school bus drivers caught using a mobile phone, or other portable electronic devices, while the bus is in motion.
The minimum fine will be $1,000.
Any driver caught in violation will not be allowed to drive a bus ever again in the state of Tennessee. The driver will spend at least 30 days in jail.
Other electronic devices include:
(1) Mobile, cellular, analog, wireless, or digital telephone;
(2) Personal digital assistant;
(3) Hand-held device with mobile data access;
(4) Laptop computer;
(6) Broadband personal communication device;
(7) Two-way messaging device;
(8) Electronic game;
(10) Portable computing devices;
(11) Global positioning system, if the driver is using at least one hand to hold the device or to enter data into the device while the school bus is in motion; or
(12) Electronic device used to input, write, send, receive, read, or view text or media for present or future communication.