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  • Dying mother wishes to take 4-year-old daughter to Disney World September 16, 2014 4746420_G NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) -A dying mother's wish to take her 4-year-old daughter to Disney World is about to come true. Savannah Cashman Morgan has Stage IV ovarian cancer and has been given just weeks to live. “I want to do everything I can but my body just can't handle it anymore,” she told News 2 in an interview last week. “The cancer is just so widespread there's just really nothing to do.” Before she dies, 19-year-old Savannah wants to take her daughter Hannah to Disney World. “My wish is to take my four-year-old daughter ... Read more
  • Boil Water Notice Issued for Damascus, VA Area September 15, 2014 Tap WaterWASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WKPT) – A boil water notice is in effect for residents in the Taylor Valley, Damascus, and Alvarado communities. According to a press release from the Washington County Service Authority issued on Saturday, the precaution is necessary because of a temporary loss of chlorination, which was corrected. WCSA goes on to say in the press release that boiling is the best method to kill all the bacteria and other organisms in the water. Residents are reminded to bring water to a rolling boil for one minute before usage or to stay extra safe just use bottled water. For more information call ... Read more
  • Body of Missing ASU Student Potentially Found September 15, 2014 Anna-SmithBOONE, N.C. (WKPT) – The search for a missing student from Appalachian State may be over this morning as Boone Police Department investigators say they potentially found the body of Anna Smith. Boone Police said they found human remains on Saturday morning located in a wooden area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road, on the west end of town. Police say a North Carolina driver’s license and an Appalachian State University ID card belonging to Anna M. Smith were found at the scene. The 18-year-old from High Point, North Carolina was reported missing when she left her dorm on September 3rd with only ... Read more
  • UT obtains Andrew Jackson’s old Bible September 12, 2014 JacksonBible_DeathRecordKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The University of Tennessee says a Bible in which President Andrew Jackson’s family recorded household births, marriages and deaths for more than a half-century now belongs to its libraries. The libraries recently acquired the Bible with money from endowments and donations from members of UT Library Society. It will be preserved and housed in the John C. Hodges Library and will be on display in the special collections reading room later this month. Jackson was a hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 and he later became the seventh U.S. president. His family estate ... Read more
  • Va. couple sue W.Va. lawyer, claim lawsuit ‘sham’ September 12, 2014 GavleCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A southwest Virginia couple is suing a Charleston attorney and former state senator, contending he failed to file a lawsuit on their behalf despite assurances he had. Ira Calvary and Mavis Horne of Tazewell (TAZ’-wehl) County now say they can’t recover damages to their home caused by Hurricane Michelle in 2011. The couple’s attorney says Jim Humphreys and others with his law firm assured the couple they were pursuing claims for them, but it was a “sham.” Humphreys was hired in 2002. The complaint was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1BvFxVD ) says Humphreys did not ... Read more
  • Small leak reported at Oak Ridge National Lab September 12, 2014 AP070719059076OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – A cleanup contractor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory says an old research reactor pool has a small leak, but that there’s no radiation threat. The leak led to an urgent response by the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor. Allen Schubert, communications chief for URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1CZRN2i) that the water leaking from the reactor pool is only slightly radioactive. According to records, the leak has been measured at about 100 drops per minute. The entire reactor pool holds about 125,000 gallons of water, which provides shielding for the radioactive materials. The ... Read more
  • Dad wants more resources for ASU student search September 12, 2014 Anna-SmithBOONE, N.C. (AP) – A High Point man whose daughter has been missing for more than a week from Appalachian State University for more than a week wants more resources put into the search for his daughter. Multiple media outlets reported that Dan Smith said more needs to be done to find 18-year-old Anna Smith, who was last seen the night of Sept. 3 Smith told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1szyCrv) that if the governor’s child was missing, he doesn’t think the search would have lasted so long. Family and friends and volunteers have been searching for Anna Smith, who took a backpack and ... Read more
  • Case dropped in incident during W.Va. tunnel blaze September 12, 2014 AP07061902567PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) – The case against two out-of-state firefighters for an incident during a blaze in a tunnel along the Virginia-West Virginia border has been dismissed. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1szCh8D) that the obstruction charges against 30-year-old Virginia Price of Maine and 30-year-old Colin Dunn of Maryland were dropped Thursday. The pair was facing charges for taking an emergency vehicle and entering East River Mountain Tunnel during the July tractor-trailer blaze. In a letter to Mercer County prosecutors, attorney Andrew Maier wrote that he spoke with officials from two local fire departments that said they wanted no punishment for the out-of-state ... Read more
  • Family blocks EPA cleanup crew in Buncombe County September 12, 2014 AP563484632749ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A family living next to a polluted plant site in Buncombe County has blocked cleanup contractors with the Environmental Protection Agency from getting to the location. Multiple media outlets reported that Dot Rice’s family used trucks and logs to keep the contractors off their land next to the old CTS plant. Rice says contractors showed up earlier this week to start cleanup at a wetlands and spring area that’s polluted with chemicals from the plant just up the hill from her land. She said her agreement with the EPA for access to the site expired in 2012. Rice wants her ... Read more
  • Young Tennessee hunters eligible for special hunt September 12, 2014 1810_10151409966024545_1735454168_nNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Youth ages 10 to 15 who are hunter-safety certified and who have never harvested a deer are eligible to win a spot in a special hunt. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the hunt will take place on a private farm in Humphreys County that has more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat. There also are tree-stands on the property including three that are handicapped-accessible. A total of 30 young hunters will be selected to participate in the Oct. 25 hunt. The winners will be picked by drawing and notified by Oct. 15. To participate, hunters must ... Read more

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