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Census Report: Some States Lose and Gain Seats in the House

Census Report: Some States Lose and Gain Seats in the House

The 2020 census report was released Monday including data on which states will see a change in their representation in congress.   Tennessee will see no change in representation.   Texas will gain two seats in the House of Representatives. Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each add one seat.   California, Illinois,…MORE

TWRA Identifies Boater Killed in Weekend Accident on Douglas Lake

TWRA Identifies Boater Killed in Weekend Accident on Douglas Lake

The identity of the fisherman who lost his life in Douglas Lake boating accident is now known. 65 year-old Billy Ray Martin of Pikeville, KY died yesterday (Sunday) in the accident that occurred upstream of Douglas Dam near Anchor Down campground. Billy Ray Martin and 30 year-old Brandon Martin, also of Pikeville, were fishing with…MORE

Crews Continue to Try to Extinguish Fire in Cocke County

Crews Continue to Try to Extinguish Fire in Cocke County

Update: Crews are still working to extinguish the fire and the Welcome Center has been closed temporarily.   ORIGINAL STORY: Cocke County Fire Department responding to a wildfire off I-40 near the Welcome Center, in the Mill Creek area. The fire is about 70 acres large and was not contained as of late Thursday night.…MORE

Former Tennessee Senator Thelma Harper has Died

Former Tennessee Senator Thelma Harper has Died

Former Tennessee Senator Thelma Harper, who became the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, has died. She was 80. The longtime Nashville lawmaker’s daughter, Linda Harper, says that her mother died “peacefully and unexpectedly” Thursday while holding her hand. Harper became a senator in 1989 and was first elected to her seat in…MORE

Abortion Remains Bill Heads to Bill Lee’s Desk

Abortion Remains Bill Heads to Bill Lee’s Desk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It will now be up to Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Lee to decide whether some medical providers will be required to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions.   The proposal that received final legislative approval Wednesday in the GOP-supermajority Senate has sparked criticism among reproductive rights advocates, who argue…MORE

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Transgender Bathroom Bill, it now Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Transgender Bathroom Bill, it now Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill that would put public schools at risk of civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms or locker rooms that don’t reflect their gender at birth. The proposal cleared the Senate yesterday (Wednesday). There are slight differences from the version the House passed Monday. The…MORE

Man Indicted After Allegations of Threatening Judge and Attorneys

Man Indicted After Allegations of Threatening Judge and Attorneys

A Cookeville man has been indicted after being accused of threatening a judge and two attorneys in Sevier County.   In February, TBI special agents began investigating allegations involving Sevier County inmate Tyler Dakota Matthews. The investigation revealed that Matthews wrote letters to a Sevier County judge and an assistant public defender threatening to harm…MORE

Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival Begins This Friday and Brings Celebrations of Spring to East Tennessee

Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival Begins This Friday and Brings Celebrations of Spring to East Tennessee

Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health begins this Friday (4/23) and runs through June 7. You can enjoy more than half-a-million blooming flowers, a new dining pass that provides an unforgettable culinary journey, and a warm spring atmosphere filled with the sounds of inspirational music emanating from stages throughout the Pigeon Forge…MORE

Seven People are Arrested for Disrupting a Knox County Commission Meeting

Seven People are Arrested for Disrupting a Knox County Commission Meeting

Seven people are arrested for disrupting a Knox County Commission meeting. Those protests were regarding the ongoing desire and demand to see the body camera footage in the shooting at Austin-East Magnate high school which killed 17 year old Anthony Thompson Jr. and injured Officer Adam Willson. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says those who…MORE

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Game On Against Cancer

Game On Against Cancer

Game On Against Cancer takes place June 25th, 2021 at The Wakefield Corporation. This benefit event features celebrity matches on a variety of home gaming equipment, a silent auction & more!