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“Traveling Bandit” has Robbed Banks in at Least 6 States Including Tennessee

“Traveling Bandit” has Robbed Banks in at Least 6 States Including Tennessee

FBI Agents in six states are working to determine whether one man is responsible for a string of bank robberies from Tennessee to Utah. The robber first struck in December in Florida. Five days later, he is believed to have robbed another bank North Carolina. On January 4th, 2019, he robbed a bank in nearby…MORE

Knoxville Award Grant for Lead Remediation

Knoxville Award Grant for Lead Remediation

The City of Knoxville has been awarded $3.6 million to remediate lead in low-income homes. The city said it is one of 48 municipal recipients of the funding and the only one in the state. It received a similar grant of $2.5 million in 2013. The city says in a news release it will work…MORE

Homicide Charges After Police Investigate Suicide

Homicide Charges After Police Investigate Suicide

A Claiborne County man is facing murder charges after officers responded to an apparent suicide New Year’s Day. Detectives responded to Sunset Lane in New Tazewell Tuesday morning finding 50-year-old Michelle Renee Smith dead. Officials say evidence suggested the wound was unlikely to self-inflicted. After interviewing witnesses, the victim’s husband, 43-year-old Bill Smith, was arrested…MORE

Missing Claiborne County Teen

Missing Claiborne County Teen

Police in Claiborne County need help finding a missing 19-year-old teen. Brooke Yeary was last seen Christmas Day. Yearly is described as 5-foot-2, 195 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Officials say Yeary could have left the state, possibly in Kentucky or Virginia. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police.MORE

UT adviser fired after prior harassment comes to light

UT adviser fired after prior harassment comes to light

Lee Waldrep has been fired from his position as an academic adviser at UT Knoxville after the school discovered he sexually harassed women at his prior job at the University of Illinois. Waldrep had worked for UT’s College of Architecture and Design since March of this year, seven months after he resigned from his position…MORE

Saturday Quake Near Mascot Upgraded to a 3.0

Saturday Quake Near Mascot Upgraded to a 3.0

An earthquake near Mascot Saturday night has been upgraded in intensity. The quake happened at 11:12 Saturday. It originally registered as a 2.7, but the USGS has since pushed it to a 3.0. Officials say that size of quake is not uncommon, and we should prepare for more. Saturday’s quake was felt in parts of Georgia,…MORE

Nashville abortion patients sent to Knoxville

Nashville abortion patients sent to Knoxville

Women seeking abortions in Nashville will now have to travel hours outside the city after the only clinic that offered abortions in the region has temporarily halted its services. Tereva Parham, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, confirmed Monday the Nashville-based clinic stopped offering abortions last week but the clinic is…MORE

Car thief caught after shooting at deputies

Car thief caught after shooting at deputies

 The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office have concluded an investigation with the arrest of a Virginia man who shot at Hamblen County deputies during a pursuit. Authorities received a report of a stolen vehicle and spotted it near White Oak grove Road in Morristown. They tried to initiate a traffic stop,…MORE

Man facing prison for urinating on cereal

Man facing prison for urinating on cereal

A Tennessee man is facing up to 3 years in prison for urinating on a Kellogg’s cereal conveyor belt at a Memphis facility. News outlets report 49-year-old Gregory Stanton pleaded guilty last month to tampering with consumer products. He was indicted by a grand jury in September. Stanton worked for the plant in 2014 and…MORE

Naked, knife-wielding woman hospitalized after officer-involved shooting

Naked, knife-wielding woman hospitalized after officer-involved shooting

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting occurring Monday afternoon at a home in South Knoxville. Dispatch received a call about a woman cutting herself. A few minutes later another call was received from neighbors about a naked woman in the street who was cutting herself and had also cut someone else.…MORE

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Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show

Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show

The 2019 Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show takes place February 1st – February 3rd, 2019 at the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville!

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

WOKI is excited to partner with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to give away tickets to shows throughout this year’s season of concerts!

Children’s Hospital Radiothon

Children’s Hospital Radiothon

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