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The White House is featuring holiday decorations from the Great Smokey Mountains this season.

The White House is featuring holiday decorations from the Great Smokey Mountains this season.

The White House is featuring holiday decorations from the Great Smokey Mountains this season.

Officials said the East Room has the Smokies alongside the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and Shenandoah National Park.

The White House said the decorations are aimed to show how the United States is home to breathtaking natural wonders.

The Great Smokey Mountains National Park said this perfectly depicts the ridges of forests, diverse plant and animal life, and the beauty of the Smokies.
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A former Knox County Schools security officer is arrested for sexual exploitation of minor.

A former Knox County Schools security officer is arrested for sexual exploitation of minor.

A former Knox County Schools security officer is arrested for sexual exploitation of minor.

KCSO said Anthony Roy Bennett allegedly distributed pictures of minors having sex or simulating sex.

KCSO said Bennett was arrested on 22 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor last month. He was fired before his arrest and placed on administrative leave.

KCSO said Bennett is being held on a $75,000 bond.
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Knox County Has a New Maternity Policy Which They Hope will Attract New Employees

Knox County Has a New Maternity Policy Which They Hope will Attract New Employees

At the November Commission meetings, Knox County’s Human Resources Department introduced a new employment policy they hope will help recruit and retain talented workers. Under the new policy, which applies to both births and adoptions/placements, those eligible for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will be compensated for up to eight weeks at their full, regular…MORE

An East Tennessee Baker in Quarterfinals of the Greatest Baker Competition

An East Tennessee Baker in Quarterfinals of the Greatest Baker Competition

An East Tennessee baker advancing into the quarterfinals of the Greatest Baker competition. Emily Cooke, owner and baker at Buttercup Bakehouse in Maynardville, has made it through five heated rounds. Cooke specializes in banana pudding cookies and danishes as well as a German Pastry, the recipe from her grandmother who immigrated from Germany. Winning the…MORE

Morristown Police Need Help to Find Missing Man

Morristown Police Need Help to Find Missing Man

Morristown Police Department investigators are searching for Doyel Cockrell, who has not been seen or heard from since November 7. Cockrell was last seen at New Buds Bar in White Pine. Police say Cockrell is not wanted for a crime, police and his family just want to confirm that he is safe. He is 6…MORE

It Might be a Little Harder to Get a Real Christmas Tree This Year

East TN farmers are running out of Christmas trees quickly. Some East TN farmers said this year wasn’t the best for harvesting Christmas tree crops and they have to prepare years in advance when planting their trees. The farmers said the drought-like conditions have affected the number of trees they were able to grow and…MORE

A 21-year-old man is missing from Knoxville.

A 21-year-old man is missing from Knoxville.

A 21-year-old man is missing from Knoxville.

KPD said Dawson Miller was reported missing by his sister after she had not heard from him since Sept. 10.

Crime Stoppers said the Tennessee Valley Fair was in town at the time Miller was last seen and left home saying he was going to join a road crew.

KPD said Miller is 6’3″, 155 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. He was last seen in the 3600 block on Magnolia Avenue wearing an orange shirt, blue jeans and Adidas shoes.

If you have any information contact the East TN Valley Crime Stoppers. We have his photo on our website, Newstalk987.com.

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A man is indicted for pointing a gun at a minor after ding-dong-ditching at his home.

A man is indicted for pointing a gun at a minor after ding-dong-ditching at his home.

A man is indicted for pointing a gun at a minor after ding-dong-ditching at his home.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office said a minor was ding-dong-ditching with some friends when a car approached them as they were walking home.

KCSO said the minor and the friends ran into the woods as the car approached them and Jeffrey Cheek got out of the car and pointed a gun at them saying if they moved he would shoot.

KCSO said Cheek then told the minor to get in the vehicle by pointing at the car with his gun. The minor and the friends did not refuse because they thought they would be shot if they did.

Cheek was charged with aggravated assault.
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Two juveniles are dead after overdosing on Benadryl.

Two juveniles are dead after overdosing on Benadryl.

Two juveniles are dead after overdosing on Benadryl.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said police responded to a CPR call at Plains Academy and found two 15-year-old girls unconscious and unresponsive.

Police said the girls stole several packs and a bottle of Benadryl from the nurse’s station at the facility the night before. Both became ill and fell unconscious the following morning after taking an undetermined amount of the medication.

Police said one of girls was pronounced dead at Sango Emergency room on Nov. 29 and the other died at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital yesterday.

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NewsTalk 98.7’s Titans Suite Experience

Update: Congratulations to Arturo Cano! He is the Grand Prize winner of the Titans Suite Experience! Arturo won 4 suite tickets to the Titans VS Jaguars game on Dec. 11th plus a parking pass and a $100 Visa card.

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XHunger Tour 2022

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