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KCSO: Former Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center Employee Arrested, Charged

KCSO: Former Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center Employee Arrested, Charged

Knoxville, TN (WOKI) A former employee at the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center was arrested Tuesday, charged with bringing contraband into a penal facility. Knox County Sheriff’s Office officials say 55-year-old Donald Ray Russell was charged after Superintendent Richard Bean told the sheriff’s office about the incident. According to Bean, Russell took his phone…MORE

Pigeon Forge Police Department Looking for Missing Teen

Pigeon Forge Police Department Looking for Missing Teen

Pigeon Forge, TN (WOKI) The Pigeon Forge Police Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old girl. PFPD officials say Makayla Pliss left her home Monday and was last seen near Honey Lane in Sevier County. Pliss is described as white, 5′5″ tall and 115 pounds with blond hair and hazel eyes. Police say she was…MORE

Crews Respond to Fire in Campbell County

Crews Respond to Fire in Campbell County

Campbell County, TN (WOKI) A brush fire in Campbell County is under control Wednesday morning. Crews responding to that fire Tuesday night around 10:00 p.m. in the area of White Rock Road. Several homes were threatened for a time. Officials report that crews have been scaled back on the fire, but extra support has been…MORE

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Sumner County Teen

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Sumner County Teen

Nashville, TN (WOKI / WVLT / WSMV) The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide Amber Alert Tuesday on behalf of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office in middle Tennessee. Authorities are looking for 15-year-old Sebastian Wayne Drake Rogers. Sebastian is white, five feet five inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last…MORE

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Knoxville, TN (WOKI) The Knox County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday afternoon that Sheriff Tom Spangler has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In an open letter from Spangler, he said he learned late last week that he had the disease. He said he is “grateful the cancer was caught early, and the prognosis is excellent.” Spangler…MORE

Driver in Deadly Knox County Crash Sentenced

Driver in Deadly Knox County Crash Sentenced

The driver convicted in a deadly 2021 crash in Knox County received his jail sentence. 42 year old Roger Barnhart learned Tuesday that he will spend eight years behind bars. Barnhart was driving on Maynardville Highway near Texas Valley Road under the influence when he crossed several lanes of traffic, hitting a car being driven…MORE

KPD: West High School Student Seriously Injured after Pedestrian Crash

KPD: West High School Student Seriously Injured after Pedestrian Crash

Knoxville, TN (WOKI) A 16-year-old West High School student is taken to UT Medical Center Tuesday morning after being hit by a car. Knoxville Police Department officials say the student was crossing Sutherland Avenue around 8:00 a.m. when she was hit by a Toyota 4Runner. KPD says the driver of the SUV was attempting to…MORE

TBI Issues Silver Alert for Claiborne County Man

TBI Issues Silver Alert for Claiborne County Man

Knoxville, TN (WOKI) The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issues a Silver Alert Tuesday afternoon for a missing 86-year-old man out of Claiborne County. TBI officials say Curtis Mason was last seen on Monday in Harrogate near the Parks Circle area. They say Mason may be driving a silver Pontiac Montana van with license number 40870PD,…MORE

Expanded Sevier County Program Aims to Save Lives

Expanded Sevier County Program Aims to Save Lives

Sevier County, TN (WOKI / WVLT) More than just a water gauge, Sevier County’s Flood Warning System has expanded to further ensure the safety of the entire region. Housed in nine locations across the county, the Flood Warning System is made up of field sensors and a web-based software called Contrail. The system monitors streams,…MORE

Hawkins Co. School Bus Driver Dies in Crash on Highway 70, THP Reports

Hawkins Co. School Bus Driver Dies in Crash on Highway 70, THP Reports

Hawkins County, TN (WOKI) A Hawkins County school bus driver is dead after a wrong-way crash Monday morning. The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on Highway 70 North at Willow Road. Tennessee Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Tylor Short, an Eidson, TN native, was driving southbound in a 2005 Chevy Silverado when he hit a school…MORE

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Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk To Make Alzheimer’s A Memory!

Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk To Make Alzheimer’s A Memory!

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Knoxville Opera 2024

Knoxville Opera 2024

Check out all the excitement that The Knoxville Opera has to offer this season, including the Rossini Festival April 20th, and Cendrillon May 3rd, 4th & 5th!