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Community welcomes injured Marine back to East TN

A wounded warrior is now back home in East Tennessee after nearly two years in Afghanistan.

In June 2011, Marine Sergeant Christopher Hancock lost both his legs in an IED explosion while on duty in Afghanistan. The Crossville man has spent the past two years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Study: 1 out of 4 East TN kids lives in poverty

New data shows about 25 percent of children in Tennessee are now living in poverty on average, according to the newest Kids Count data report.

Those numbers vary greatly throughout East Tennessee. Cocke County has the highest number in our area with nearly 49 percent of children living below the poverty level. Union, Fentress, Campbell and Claiborne counties also have high numbers.

Knox County has the lowest in East Tennessee at 17 percent.

Tennessee ranked 39th overall for child well being, down three positions from the previous study.

Local option gas tax could fix road problems

(WBIR-Crossville) Recent rains and flooding caused serious problems to roadways in Cumberland County, adding to the financial issues the Road Commission is already facing. Local leaders said a local option gas tax could be the answer.

Scott Blaylock, the Cumberland County road superintendent, recently attended a Cumberland County Commission Budget Committee meeting, asking the commission for more funding.

Big South Fork sequestration closes pool, cuts staffing

As summer vacationers start to flock to national parks, more of them are discovering the great outdoors far away from the Smoky Mountains at the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area (NRRA).  Attendance at Big South Fork has steadily grown each year and now averages around 700,000 visitors a year.

TBI: Woman shot after chase, firing at officers

(WBIR- Cumberland Co.) The TBI is investigating the death of a Cumberland County woman who was shot by police after she shot at officers in a Crossville neighborhood and then led them on a chase.

According to the TBI, a woman called E-911 early Wednesday morning, saying her 37-year-old daughter had jumped out of a car near the Camelot subdivision. She said her daughter, Angela Smith, was on drugs.


Another 911 call came in around 2 a.m. from a man reporting he'd seen a woman running from his neighbor's carport.  

Hillbilly Heaven

Well, they were lined up to get in a few hours before hand.

We passed them and they just stared.

Outsiders coming through to tell the world, ok maybe just East Tennessee, about their special place.

Insert a yee haw here. 

So Jacob and I drive up and all you can see is mud, grass and some huge structures, and a lot of Porta-Pottie type buildings.

I'm not in Kansas anymore Toto.

Then he came to us-- the C.R.O. (Chief Redneck Operator) Jeff Darragh.

Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!

Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!



Cherokee Caverns to offer “Old Fashioned Lantern Tours”  on Saturday, May 25th from 10am til 4pm.   Tour caves the way they used to in the old days!