Regional News

  • Over $21,000 Stolen from City of Watertown September 30, 2014 WATERTOWNNASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s office found over $21,000 stolen from the city of Watertown. The investigation reveals $21,773 was stolen over a 2 and a half year period. Investigators uncovered 2 schemes and several internal control deficiencies. Over $19,000 was stolen from water and sewer customer account cash collections. And just under $3,000 was misappropriated from meter deposit and connection fee collections, according to state comptroller Justin P. Wilson. Investigators were unable to determine who exactly was responsible for the thefts. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Read more
  • Juvenile Arrested for Fatal Shooting in Pound, Va. September 30, 2014 pound vaPOUND, Va. (WKPT) – A male juvenile is in custody following a fatal shooting in Pound early Monday. The Kingsport Times News reports Pound Police Department Capt. Richard Thacker said the identity of the victim could not be released Monday pending notification of all next of kin, and the juvenile was a “person of interest in custody right now” and would not be identified due to privacy laws involving juveniles. Thacker said the incident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. at a private residence located at 11274 Riverside Drive in Pound and the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is ... Read more
  • Knoxville Legal Foundation Sues President Obama September 25, 2014 AP62532704047KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – A federal appeals court has upheld sanctions against a Knoxville legal foundation that claims President Obama is not legally qualified to be president. According to court records, in 2012 the Liberty Legal Foundation sued the National Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee and others, including former Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester. The suit claimed the Democratic officials misrepresented President Obama as qualified for office. The suit claimed that Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States. In a Tuesday ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that found the suit ... Read more
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure with the Original ‘Leather Face’ September 24, 2014 haunted-adventureGATLINBURG, Tenn. (WKPT) – How does a year-round haunted attraction draw audiences for Halloween??  With a different themed show! Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is being taken over by cannibalistic mountain mutants for the month of October. On the weekends, a different show will be available, “Backwoods Terror 2: Back to the Woods.” The attraction will feature ‘Bob Wire’ and ‘Billy Bob Biscuit’ as well as more scary characters than normal. “We take about 5 times the number of actors we normally have in our year-round haunted house. So, you’re just being bombarded from the time you go in to the time ... Read more
  • Charles Slemp Seeks Candidacy in Wise County September 24, 2014 Chuck_SlempWISE COUNTY, Va. (WKPT) – A lawyer in Southwest Virginia is planning to make his mark in politics. According to a press release, Charles Slemp better known as “Chuck” Slemp the third announced his candidacy for the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton on Monday. Slemp is a Wise County native who grew up on a tobacco farm near Big Stone Gap. While practicing law, Slemp also serves as Commissioner of Accounts and General Receiver for Wise County and the City of Norton. Slemp is looking to replace the vacated seat of Ronald Elkins. Elkins is moving to ... Read more
  • Alcohol sales up at Va. ABC stores, restaurants September 22, 2014 AP0204090286RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginians bought more alcohol in the state’s beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency again saw a record sales in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it has seen sales increase to record-breaking levels consecutively for the past 16 years. The agency that runs 350 shops saw a profit of $140 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Gross wholesale and retail sales increased nearly 4 percent to $801 million. Sales at retail stores grew nearly 5 percent while sales to restaurants increased nearly 2 percent. Jack Daniel’s remained the ... Read more
  • Magnitude 2.5 quake hits Monroe County September 22, 2014 AP985829169287KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurred in Monroe County Saturday night. According to WATE-TV (http://bit.ly/XUf8SA), the quake happened about three miles northeast of Sweetwater around 8 p.m. The USGS says earthquakes that are felt but too small to cause damage happen about once a year. In June, Tennessee National Guard members and emergency response officials held an exercise to simulate the response to a large earthquake along the New Madrid (MAD’-rihd) fault. The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Mississippi. In 1811 and ... Read more
  • Developers purchase Morristown College property September 22, 2014 09-10-Morristown-CollegeMORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – Part of the re-development of the former Morristown College site may include housing for the elderly. The Citizen-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1modYKi) reports that two Knoxville-based developers recently purchased the property of the African American higher education institution, which was founded in 1881. The property has been blight on city planners’ radar for more than a decade. However, developers Brant and Amy Enderle, and their development partners, are in the beginning stages of a long-term development plan. They recently met with neighborhood residents and others interested in the historic location. Developers say at least some component of the development may be senior housing, either ... Read more
  • Lots of nuts and berries in Smokies good for bears September 22, 2014 black-bearGATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Wildlife experts expect fewer nuisance bears in East Tennessee this fall because a good crop of nuts and berries in the Smokies should prevent them from ranging in search of food. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Biologist Bill Stiver told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1uNRjrj) acorns from red oaks and chestnut oaks appear to be plentiful. White oak acorns are also abundant in some parts of the Smokies. Those are preferred by deer and bears. Stiver called the wild cherry crop “unbelievable” this year. He noted that the cherries help tide the bears over in August and early ... Read more
  • Man seen with missing UVa student being sought September 22, 2014 hannah grahamCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A man authorities believe is the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. But they say they also want to talk to him about the missing teen. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Sunday that Virginia State Police issued warrants for Jesse Matthew on a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving. Matthew hasn’t been charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen early on Sept. 13. Longo said police want to talk to Matthew, who was seen with Graham before ... Read more