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Victim's friend: "Good riddance" to convicted killer, Byron Looper

A notorious killer from East Tennessee was found dead Wednesday in his prison cell at the Morgan County Correctional Complex.

Byron "Low Tax" Looper was a household name in the late 1990s. The one-time property assessor was convicted of assasinating State Senator Tommy Burks.  Looper was running against Burks for his long time state senate seat.

The TBI is investigating the circumstances surrounding Looper's death in prison.

Crossville sailor nominated to lead the Pacific Fleet

(WBIR, Crossville) Crossville native, Navy Vice Admiral Harry Harris Jr., earned his fourth star this week, along with a prestigious honor.

President Obama nominated Vice Admiral Harris Monday to lead the Pacific Fleet as the current leader moves into a position in the Pentagon.

Harris will succeed current commander Cecil Haney, who will become the next commander of US strategic command.

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.