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  • Two children, one adult killed and 23 hurt in crash between two school buses (Tenn)

    12/02/2014 4:10:16 PM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 18 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | News Sentinel staff
    KNOXVILLE — Two Sunnyview Primary School students and a Sunnyview teacher's aide died Tuesday afternoon when two school buses serving Sunnyview and Chilhowee Intermediate School crashed with "a big bang" in East Knoxville, authorities said. ~snip~ Police gave no names or ages of the students but said most ranged from kindergarten to second grade. Relatives of at least one victim learned of the death at the scene from the police chief and burst into screams and tears.
  • CAIR Censorship Fails in Knoxville, Tennessee

    11/19/2014 12:48:40 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 8 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/4/14
    [snip] ACT for America, is – according to their website, “the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to promoting national security and defeating terrorism. ACT for America has 280,000 members organized in more than 890 chapters nationwide and 11 countries worldwide.” One of their chapters is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. As an informational service to the community, the local president, John Peach, organized an evening presentation on the menace of Sharia law and attempts by local governments across America to institute provisions for incorporating it. [snip] Mr. Peach and his associate, Bill French applied for use of an auditorium...
  • Florida triple-murder suspect in custody after West Knox motel standoff

    05/27/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 10 replies
    Knoxnews ^ | May 27, 2014 | staff
    KNOXVILLE — A Florida man sought in a triple killing was in custody Tuesday afternoon and being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound after holing up in a West Knoxville motel room, Knox County authorities said. David Eugene Smith, 27, who likes to refer to himself as “Prince David,” called E-911 about 9:25 a.m. Tuesday and declared that he was wanted in connection with the killings of two women and a man near Lakeland, Fla., according to the Polk County, Fla., County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Tennessee sheriff's deputy is FIRED after he was caught on camera choking an unresisting...

    04/28/2014 4:32:45 AM PDT · by raybbr · 96 replies ^ | 28 April 2014 | Alex Greig and Helen Pow
    Full Headline: Tennessee sheriff's deputy is FIRED after he was caught on camera choking an unresisting college student until he passed out A sheriff's deputy in Knox County, Tennessee has been fired after he was caught on camera allegedly choking a university student Saturday night. Frank Phillips, 47, was been found 'unsuitable for continued employment,' according to a termination notice posted Sunday night on the Knox County Sheriff's Office's website. 'In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in...
  • Gov't Spending $4.8M to Tell Students to 'Get Fruved'

    03/18/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Gov't Spending $4.8M to Tell Students to 'Get Fruved' March 17, 2014 - 9:13 AM By Eric Scheiner ( - If a college student dressed up as a giant bunch of grapes jumped out of the shadows and told you to "get fruved," what could you possibly say? The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is getting more than $4.8 million taxpayer dollars to develop a healthy-eating campaign that has students -- dressed up as fruits and vegetables -- cavorting in the hallways of higher education. Getting "fruved" means you're eating your FRUits and VEgetables. Get it? The USDA’s National Institute of Food...
  • Clerk with gun thwarts Knox convenience store robbery

    02/02/2014 1:16:54 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 27 January, 2014 | NA
    KNOXVILLE — A clerk at a Sunoco convenience store pulled a gun on a would-be robber Sunday evening, apparently thwarting the crime, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Pistol pulled from Bonnie Parker's bloody skirt set for auction

    01/03/2014 11:30:56 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 60 replies
    Msn news ^ | 12-28-13 | Tim Ghianni of Reuters
    The winning bidder will also receive historic photos and documentation of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's last stand, when the partners in life and crime were ambushed by law enforcement officers in Louisiana.
  • Race violence alarms, before Zimmerman verdict

    07/11/2013 10:10:44 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | July 11, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    Questions raised about attacks that already are happening Al [Sharpton] and Jesse [Jackson] may worry that the acquittal of George Zimmerman will usher in a new era of white-on-black violence in America. After all, the local CBS affiliate is reporting that police officers already are training for violence. “There has been some talk among the officers that we believe that this training has to do with the fact that there might be some type of civil unrest, but we are hoping that that doesn’t happen,” said Javier Ortiz with the Fraternal Order of Police. The affiliate also said in Broward...
  • The Rape, Torture, Murder of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian, and the Zimmerman Trial

    07/08/2013 5:36:46 AM PDT · by kreitzer · 17 replies
    Seraphic Secret ^ | 7/3/2013 | Robert J. Avrech
    The George Zimmerman trial is a TV ratings bonanza. We are told that this is an important trial because… Well, because the liberal ruling class and the race hustlers who work in concert to Balkanize this nation—race, gender, religion, whatever works—tell us that this is a narrative about race relations in America. George Zimmerman is being cast as a post-modern Bull Connor. Forget that Zimmerman is dark-skinned and Hispanic. Ignore the inconvenient fact that Zimmerman mentored young black kids. Forget that it’s Trayvon Martin who was the racist, referring to Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker.” Barack Hussein Obama most helpfully...
  • Ex-Dollar General store manager recalls gunfight with robber; 911 audio tapes released (Tn)

    05/03/2013 1:39:48 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 24 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | May 3, 2013 | Matt Lakin
    The gun glinted in the dark as the man turned toward Anthony Smith and fired. “I saw the gun,” Smith said. “I heard the shot. I didn’t hit the ground. I fired.” The gunman missed, but Smith hit his mark. Knoxville Police Department officers found the body of Justin Pierre Jackson, 30, in a nearby alley less than half an hour later.
  • Attack At U.S. Nuclear Plant? Multiple Shots Fired At Security Officer

    04/21/2013 11:52:55 AM PDT · by Strategy · 81 replies
    ENE News ^ | April 21, 2013
    WATE: Authorities are investigating after a security guard was fired upon at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant. It happened around 2 a.m. today on the TVA property near the Tennessee River about a quarter mile from the plant's protected area. Officials say the security officer was patrolling the area when he was shot at, he returned fire and was uninjured. The shooting lead the Watts Bar plant staff to declare an unusual event, which is the lowest of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's four emergency classifications. The FBI will also be sending a team. A suspect has not been found.
  • FBI Locks Down Pilot Flying J Headquarters

    04/15/2013 1:08:33 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 57 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 04/15/13 | Carly Harrington
    KNOXVILLE — The FBI has Pilot Flying headquarters on lockdown Monday afternoon.
  • Three homeless people suspected in triple homicide

    04/15/2013 3:10:19 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies ^ | April 12, 2013 | Don Jacobs
    Three people found asleep in a tent with the corpse of a slain man in a homeless camp are suspects in three killings that occurred in the span of a few hours Tuesday, Knoxville police said Friday...
  • Documents reveal more about KPD switch in weapons (Knoxville Tn)

    03/03/2013 5:04:49 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 27 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | March 3, 2013 | Don Jacobs
    When Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch announced in late January that the department would no longer use the .40-caliber Glock pistol that officers have carried since 2002, he didn’t mention any problems with the gun. Rausch said the replacement gun, a .45-caliber Sig Sauer, had more stopping power than the .40-calibers. Testing among officers also revealed they were more accurate using the Sig Sauer, he said.
  • The Most Bible-Minded City Is Knoxville, Tenn., Says American Bible Society

    01/25/2013 9:52:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/25/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Knoxville, Tenn., known for being the home of Dolly Parton and the Tennessee Valley Authority, was named number one on the American Bible Society's "Most Bible-Minded Cities" list. With research conducted by the Barna Group, the ABS' recently released findings were based off of seven years' worth of telephone and online interviews with a random sample space of 42,855 adults. After Knoxville, the other nine cities on the top ten list in descending order are: Shreveport, La.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Springfield, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va. sharing the number 8 spot; Huntsville, Ala.; and Charleston,...
  • Brookings: Only 3 major cities seeing economic recovery

    11/30/2012 8:23:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/30/2012 | Rick Moran
    Four more years! Four more years! Reuters: ******** Retailers moving into old downtown buildings, an abundance of freshly planted greenspaces, and a stream of new jobs in Knoxville, Tennessee, are all signs to Mayor Madeline Rogero that for the last year prosperity has been blooming in her city. "We feel very good about how we're coming out of this recession," Rogero said. "We see new interest. We see new development that's occurring. We're optimistic that this recovery is going to continue." Knoxville is a member of a very small club. Three and a half years since the 2007-09 economic recession...
  • Knoxville, TN now abortion clinic free

    08/16/2012 4:48:44 PM PDT · by HogsBreath · 19 replies
    Longtime Knoxville abortion clinic closes doors A new Tennessee law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is being blamed for the closure of a longtime Knoxville abortion provider. An executive director of the Abortion Care Network confirmed to The Tennessean ( ) that the Volunteer Women's Medical Center closed Friday. The clinic had been operating for 38 years.
  • Hughes pushes conservative credentials in race against GOP foe Overbey

    07/26/2012 9:29:04 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 25, 2012 | Greg Johnson
    State Sen. Doug Overbey, a Maryville lawyer, has pocketed a passel of endorsements in the 2nd District Republican primary. Newspapers, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Tennessee Education Association endorsed Overbey, along with Republican heavyweights Gov. Bill Haslam and, a bit surprisingly, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a tea party favorite. Given his opponent, Overbey needs all the help he can get. Scott Hughes, chief financial officer for a Knoxville church and former pro-life executive, is challenging Overbey at every turn, in every way. Though Overbey maintains an enormous financial advantage, Hughes has loquaciously roughed up Overbey in debates.
  • DA: Judge Blackwood wrong to order new Christian/Newsom trials (Judge ignores St Supreme Ct)

    06/04/2012 3:20:15 PM PDT · by abb · 22 replies
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | June 4, 2012 | Jamie Satterfiedl
    KNOXVILLE — A special judge has decided to — again — grant new trials in one of Knoxville’s most high-profile cases, and state prosecutors are responding by asking him to step down from the case. A motion filed late Friday afternoon in Knox County Criminal Court reveals that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood is planning to enter an order granting new trials in the January 2007 torture slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, without holding a hearing and despite a recent state Supreme Court ruling faulting his legal reasoning. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price, in turn,...
  • Man Who Fathered 30 Kids Says He Needs A Break—On Child Support [Four Kids Same Year! Obamanation?]

    05/18/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 18, 2012 | Pueng Vongs
    Man Who Fathered 30 Kids Says He Needs A Break—On Child Support [Pic of Father in URL] By Pueng Vongs And you thought Octomom had her hands full—a Tennessee man who has fathered 30 children is asking the courts for a break on child support. Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville has children with 11 different women, reports WREG-TV. The state already takes half his paycheck and divides it up, which doesn't amount to much when Hatchett is making only minimum wage. Some of the moms receive as little as $1.49 a month. The oldest child is 14 years old. Hatchett...
  • Court won't take up Christian-Newsom retrial appeals

    04/13/2012 9:25:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via WATE-6 ^ | 4/13/12
    KNOXVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has said that it won't take up an extraordinary appeal involving a lower court's decision to throw out convictions in the murders of a Knoxville couple who was kidnapped and sexually tortured. Friday's split court decision is a setback for Knox County prosecutors who were hoping that they wouldn't be forced to retry cases heard by a judge who is said to have been high on prescription drugs.
  • Special judge grants new trials for torture-slaying defendants, cites Baumgartner's conduct

    12/01/2011 9:17:02 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    KNOXVILLE — A special judge today granted new trials for four defendants in the 2007 torture-slaying cases, agreeing with lawyers that presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner's conduct led to fundamental structural flaws in the prosecutions. Jon Kerry Blackwood, his voice at times rising to a shout, said Baumgartner was obviously intoxicated in 2009 and 2010 while Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman were being prosecuted.

    12/16/2011 1:58:33 AM PST · by Apogee · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | Jamie Satterfield
    One judge lied for her, had sex with her and shared painkillers with her. Another sent her to prison Wednesday. Knox County Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz ordered Deena Castleman, 37, to serve six years for a slew of convictions, including aggravated burglary, theft, DUI and possession of prescription painkillers. Castleman racked up all those charges while engaged in a relationship with former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner that included sex and both pill-procuring for him and pill-using with him, according to portions of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe made public earlier this month. At least one of...
  • How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warnings

    02/12/2012 9:59:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/12/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Court of secrecy: How Richard Baumgartner, a drug-addicted judge, stayed on the bench despite warningsIt was a Thursday night in January 2010 when the phone rang at the Andersonville home of then-Knox County Sheriff's Office courtroom security officer Meredith Driskell. "He said, 'I'm coming to get those pills.' He told me to put them in a brown paper bag. I told him no ... but he told me I was going to," she recalled when contacted by the News Sentinel. "So, I put them in a brown paper bag and handed it to him, my husband, who hadn't been in...
  • Ex-judge Richard Baumgartner's drug-addicted downfall makes national spotlight

    04/05/2012 8:28:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 4/4/12 | SHEILA BURKE - Associated Press
    KNOXVILLE — A Tennessee judge was so addicted to prescription drugs during his final two years on the bench, he was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks, at times purchasing from convicts he had previously sentenced, an investigation found. His behavior has called into question many of the cases he presided over, including one of Knoxville's most notorious murders. Many people didn't realize Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner had a problem until he stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a single count of official misconduct. It would be another eight months before...
  • Is this the real world?

    04/02/2012 9:35:19 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies ^ | April 1, 2012 | Ben Kinchlow
    Exclusive: Ben Kinchlow weighs in on Martin-Zimmerman issue, Iranian-Israeli crises I am sitting outside a coffee shop, having a cup of hot tea with my business partner. Lying on the table is my video-enabled iPhone with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, iCal, email alerts and 1247 contacts with texting capability. Let us not forget news alerts from Fox and CNN, plus apps and email alerts from a couple of consul general offices and other news sources, including the Israeli GPO (government press office) and the Jerusalem Post. My partner and I have been busy resolving several issues, including the Iranian/Israeli crises. “Do...
  • Judge rejects releasing TBI file of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner

    03/09/2012 10:52:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — A judge said today he has no authority to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's file on former judge Richard Baumgartner. "This court has no authority whatsoever to decide on its own, 'I'm going to let the public see this file,'" Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood said at a specially-called hearing in Knox County Criminal Court. Blackwood said the portions of the file not made public contain phone records and recorded conversations in which Baumgartner discusses sex with two women and makes "crude remarks" about people. "What you're not going to find (in the TBI file) is...
  • Herman Cain and Jackie Gingrich Cushman in TN This Week

    02/29/2012 2:25:15 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 9 replies · 1+ views
    February 29, 2012 | Andrew Ogles/EMail
    PUBLIC SCHEDULE Herman Cain / Jackie Gingrich Cushman Bus Tour Friday 3/2 FRANKLIN, TN 5:30pm Central - Franklin: VIP Dinner at Zolo's 20 attendees (possible donor opportunity) Contact Monty Lankford for Reservations - 615-498-3328 7:00pm Central - Franklin City Club, public reception / rally 130 9th Ave South, Franklin Tn 37064 FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Saturday 3/3 CHATTANOOGA, TN Contact Charles Harvey 703-309-6948 9:30am - 10:00am Eastern - Chattanooga: VIP Kick Off at Gingrich Head Quarters (Meet n Greet / Load Bus) 1 Park Place, Lee Hwy, Ste 300 Chattanooga TN FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC...
  • More fun than a barrel of monkeys

    01/31/2012 3:31:52 AM PST · by don-o · 9 replies
    Camp4U ^ | January 30, 2012 | Stacy Campfield
    As you may have read I was asked to leave a restaurant in Knoxville because my beliefs did not support the owners beliefs on homosexuality. I had not said anything. I was just standing there waiting for a table when the owner came up and started yelling at me calling me names and telling me they were not going to serve me because of my alleged beliefs saying I hate gays. I said in as calm a way as I could that I don't hate gays and the things I have said were backed up by the CDC. I offered...
  • Man shoots himself at East Knoxville gun show(TN)

    01/29/2012 7:14:51 PM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 32 replies
    WATE-TV ^ | 01-29-12 | staff
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A man was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after shooting himself in the hand at a gun show. Gun dealer Bill Adams, 64, of Kodak, was taking a concealed gun out to show a customer, when the gun discharged and shot him in the hand. Knoxville Police said the man removed the magazine from the .45 semiautomatic Kimber handgun, but a shell remained in the chamber.
  • Ben Franklin, veteran of numerous World War II battles, dies at age 87

    01/20/2012 5:20:19 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | January 20, 2012 | Fred Brown
    Ben Franklin, a World War II veteran who saw combat in North Africa, Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge and went on to be honored by both France and the U.S. president for his service, died Thursday on his 87th birthday.
  • KCSO: Shot in 'butt' during break-in, suspect dumped at drive-thru

    01/13/2012 11:24:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/13/12 | Matt Lakin
    KNOXVILLE — Deputies are searching today for the men who broke into an East Knox County home and dumped a wounded accomplice at a fast-food restaurant. The break-in happened around 12:30 p.m. at a home on Curtis Road, Knox County E-911 records show. The homeowner called E-911. Moments later, someone dumped a wounded man in the parking lot near the drive-thru of the McDonald's on Millertown Pike near Knoxville Center Mall. "He'd been shot in the butt, and they left him," . . .
  • Sickening! Judge's Addiction Means New Trials for Torture/Murder/Rape Convicts

    12/01/2011 7:53:48 PM PST · by ferrgus · 22 replies
    The four pieces of human filth who brutally raped and murdered a young Knoxville couple are all getting new trials, thanks to the drug-addicted judge who presided over the cases. Former judge Richard Baumgartner bought extensively from the convicts in his own drug court. He considered himself above the law but finally got caught. Because he was high much of the time he was presiding over the trials, the families of the victims get to hear yet again how their children were savagely beaten, raped and mutilated before finally being killed.
  • Special judge grants new trials for torture-slaying defendants, cites Baumgartner's conduct

    12/01/2011 11:27:53 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 19 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | December 1, 2011 | News Sentinel Staff
    KNOXVILLE — A special judge today granted new trials for four defendants in the 2007 torture-slaying cases, agreeing with lawyers that presiding Judge Richard Baumgartner's conduct led to fundamental structural flaws in the prosecutions. Jon Kerry Blackwood, his voice at times rising to a shout, said Baumgartner was obviously intoxicated in 2009 and 2010 while Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas and Vanessa Coleman were being prosecuted. Baumgartner used defendants under his influence to procure pills to satisfy his habit, Blackwood said, citing a TBI investigation. He engaged in sex with one defendant, Deena Castleman, who helped him satisfy his...
  • Race Riots in Tennessee

    10/16/2011 8:24:22 PM PDT · by Mary Robinson · 25 replies
    East Tennessee Business Journal ^ | 11/16/11 | Colin Flaherty
    When I told my friends I was working on a magazine article, then a book, about a tsunami of racial violence in America over the last two years, they said, “I haven’t heard about that.” When my Tennessee friend told me about a horrific racial crime in Knoxville, Tennessee, I told him: “I haven’t heard about that.” Outside of Tennessee, most did not.
  • Mints sales boom after embargo

    08/06/2011 4:06:50 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 13 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | August 6, 2011 | Megan Boehnke
    In Knoxville, hundreds of calls and email have flooded into the University of Tennessee bookstore. In Brooklyn, N.Y., the company behind the satirical mints has sold out until the end of the month. And on eBay, the tiny tin cans of mints are going for $30 and higher.
  • Flash mob hits downtown (Knoxville, Tennessee)

    07/01/2011 9:36:53 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 59 replies ^ | 7-2-2011 | Lydia X. McCoy
    Bob Fulcher stood frozen on Market Square with his arms stretched out like he was waiting for a hug. "I wanted to do it. I wanted to be here and I wanted to be a part of the human furniture that was laid out about the beauty of humanity," the 58-year-old said after participating in a frozen flash mob Friday evening. From a woman taking a sip from her cup to two men in mid-fight with lightsabers, Market Square was taken over by several hundred people who stood frozen for five minutes.
  • 'Death by suicide': Police fire after man aimed pellet gun while stopped on I-275(TN)

    04/16/2011 5:17:13 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 10 replies ^ | April 16, 2011 | Don Jacobs, Linda X. McCoy
    Guy Ronald McDowell walked out of a hospital and into a "suicide by officers" scenario that left him dead, a family friend said Friday. Attorney and family friend Eddie Daniel said McDowell, killed by police on Interstate 275 after he pointed what turned out to be a pellet gun at officers, had been released from an area hospital shortly before the Thursday night shooting that Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch termed a "suicide by officers" plot.
  • Blount gun manufacturer lawsuit seeks $6 million in damages (TN)

    03/01/2011 2:02:05 PM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 7 replies
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | March 1, 2011 | Hugh. G. Willett
    A Knox County Chancery Court lawsuit is providing insight into the scale of operation of a local importer and manufacturer of military firearms, which sells thousands of weapons ranging from World War II vintage Czech guns and AK-47 assault rifles to flare pistols and was raided by federal agents in 2009.
  • Jury convicts Cynthia Finch of 2 felonies, acquits on fabricating evidence

    01/26/2011 4:38:34 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/26/11 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE - A Criminal Court jury this afternoon convicted former Knox County Community Services Director Cynthia Finch of two counts of felony forgery but acquitted her of fabricating evidence. The jurors found she was guilty of forging an invoice for $1,759, a Class D felony punishable by two to four years in prison. She also was convicted of forging an invoice under $500, a Class E felony that has a sentence of one to two years. Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood said sentencing would be set later. The jury acquitted her of fabricating evidence. The verdicts were returned after about...
  • Forgery, faking evidence trial begins for ex-Ragsdale director Cynthia Finch

    01/24/2011 8:02:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/24/11 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE - A former Knox County administrator is standing trial today on charges she offered up fake receipts to account for more than $2,000 in questionable expenses. Cynthia Finch, who served as community grants director under former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, is being tried in Criminal Court on charges of forgery and fabricating evidence. Finch was indicted in 2009 and accused of fabricating receipts for about $2,200 in FedEx/Kinko's charges. The charges - two counts of forgery and one count of fabricating evidence - came after Finch's departure from the county's administration, a string of audits involving the county...
  • Zoo horror as 8,000lb elephant backs female trainer into a wall and crushes her to death

    01/16/2011 4:07:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/16/11
    An inquiry is underway after an 8,000lb elephant at a Tennessee zoo backed a trainer into a wall and crushed her to death yesterday. Knoxville Zoo said today that it had temporarily closed its elephant exhibit, while the rest of the zoo remained open. But a zoo spokesman insisted the death of 33-year-old Stephanie James was nothing more than a terrible and tragic accident. Tina Rolen, assistant director of marketing at the zoo, said: 'It's a difficult day but our staff is very professional and they are carrying on with their duties today.' She said the review of yesterday's tragedy...
  • Woman dies, suspect shot outside North Knoxville credit union(Tn)

    12/22/2010 12:52:34 PM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 3 replies ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | ERICA ESTEP
    A woman was shot and killed outside a North Knoxville credit union Wednesday morning during an apparent robbery. The suspect was shot by a police officer at the scene. Police identified the woman as Davida Nicholson, in her 40s, of Anderson County. The suspect is Brandon James Johnson, 20, of Knoxville. He is charged with one count of felony murder, one count of attempted first degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. Nicholson was shot just before 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, 1316 Wilson Road near Clinton Highway. The credit union was...
  • Knoxville-born airman to be buried here today(Tn)

    12/03/2010 6:26:01 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 7 replies
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | 12-3-2010 | Nash Armstrong
    A year and a day after undergoing ground-breaking surgery for wounds suffered in an attack in Afghanistan, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tre Porfirio, died Nov. 28 from complications of the same injury. The Knoxville-born serviceman's father, Karl Porfirio, said Thursday that the past year "has been rough." "I keep calling him a boy, but he's a man," Karl Porfirio said, his voice cracking. "He's my boy, but to everybody else he's a man. A senior airman in the United States Air Force." The 22-year-old airman will be buried today at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.
  • Wife shot, killed one intruder after her husband wounded

    11/24/2010 2:56:37 PM PST · by Mean Daddy · 16 replies
    Knox News ^ | 11/24/2010 | Don Jacobs
    For the sixth time in five months, there's been gunfire during a South Knox County home robbery. The latest incident, Monday night, involved a woman shooting and killing a man with a lengthy criminal history during a home invasion robbery after the intruder had struggled with and shot her husband, authorities said Tuesday. A second interloper escaped, apparently uninjured, and was being sought by police.
  • Suspect still sought after raid on house. (BOLO from Tn.)

    09/14/2010 7:15:30 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 4 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | September 14, 2010 | staff
    Neighbors assumed it must be drug related, while police later said it was a domestic stalker wanted on numerous felony warrants who was the target of an armed raid on an East Knoxville house Monday afternoon. Either way, the suspect they were looking for wasn't there. And the Knoxville Police Department continues to search for Horace Henry Gladden, 31, of Knoxville. "This individual has been stalking his girlfriend. He has been very violent toward his girlfriend," said KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk. "She's had to be moved on more than one occasion (for her safety.)" Police have placed Gladden on nationwide...
  • Knoxville officer's "ribs are sore" after shootout with murder suspect. (TN)

    09/04/2010 1:43:09 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 3 replies
    WATE.COM ^ | Sep 04, 2010 | DENAE D'ARCY
    Knoxville Police Officer Brandon Stryker was wearing a bulletproof vest Friday when he was shot while attempting to arrest 54-year-old Michael Chesney. Chesney was killed in the shootout with Stryker and other officers. Chesney is suspected of fatally shooting Daniel Charles Giles, 60, a cashier at S&S Cafeteria in Bearden, on Thursday.
  • ...Man Convicted of Illegally Accessing Sarah Palin's E-mail Account and Obstruction of Justice

    04/30/2010 4:20:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 50 replies · 1,297+ views
    US - ^ | Friday, April 30, 2010 | n/a
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tennessee Man Convicted of Illegally Accessing Sarah Palin’s E-mail Account and Obstruction of Justice David C. Kernell, 22, was convicted by a federal jury in Knoxville, Tenn., today for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and obstruction of justice, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney James R. Dedrick for the Eastern District of Tennessee announced. After a week-long trial, a jury found Kernell guilty of one count of misdemeanor unauthorized access to obtain information from a computer and one count of obstruction of...
  • Breaking - jurors reported they have reached a verdict on 3 of 4 charges in Palin hacking trial

    04/29/2010 12:07:13 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 243 replies · 8,612+ views
    knoxville news ^ | April 29, 2010 | Jim Balloch
    KNOXVILLE - Federal court jurors reported today they have reached a verdict on three of four charges against former University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell, accused of illegally accessing the private e-mail account of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. But they also reported they are deadlocked on the first count, a charge of identity theft. Without asking what their verdict is on the other counts, U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips sent them back to the jury room to continue deliberating the first count. In their written communication to the judge this afternoon, the jurors said: "Some...
  • Knoxville Father Wants Biology Book Banned

    04/08/2010 9:32:18 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 116 replies · 1,491+ views ^ | April 7, 2010 | Elizabeth Prann
    UPDATE: The school board has decided to postpone any decision on the textbook until May. A Tennessee father told his son’s school board it should ban a biology textbook because of its ‘bias’ against Christians. Kurt Zimmermann is appealing a Knoxville school district's decision to keep the book. He says the textbook used in his son’s biology class cites creationism as a "biblical myth." According to reports, he requests, 'non-biased' textbooks be used. In his words, the current textbook's phrasing misleads, belittles and discourages students in believing in creationism and calls the Bible a myth. "Education material that is offensive,...