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Relocated black bear numbers soar in Big South Fork

Scientists say black bears are making a strong comeback on the plateau in Tennessee thanks to a family tree with roots in the Great Smoky Mountains.

USGS research ecologist and UT adjunct professor Joe Clark says the bears' current success started with an experiment a couple of decades ago.

"Well, you know bears were here a long time before we were," said Clark.  "They are an important part of the ecosystem and we have worked to replace this extricated species."

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

It’s Secret City Festival time again in Oak Ridge! The bands have been selected, the schedule is filling up, and tickets to this year’s headliner concerts go on sale Monday, May 6.  Tickets are priced at an early bird rate of $17. After June 7, ticket prices go up to $20.  

Girl adjusts to life in TN after mother abandons her in Mexico

The hard part is over for Macy Neely, 8, and her grandmother, Christy Hawks. But even though she is safe and sound, she still has to readjust to life in East Tennessee.

Hawks rescued Macy from a Mexican orphanage in January with the help of a team of child advocates. Macy lived there for three years as a ward of the Mexican government. Guadalajara police found her when she was barely four years old abandoned, with only her dog. She spoke only Spanish at the time of her rescue, a language no one in her family knows.

Crash shuts down I-40W in Cumberland County

I-40 westbound is shut down in Cumberland County because of a crash.

According to TDOT, the crash was reported around noon (eastern) at milemarker 333, just east of the Crab Orchard exit.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a tractor trailer has overturned and trapped another vehicle.  There's no word on any injuries.  Officials do not know what the truck was carrying, but something is leaking, so a hazardous material team has been sent to the scene.

Students, teachers honored for increased TCAP scores

Education officials honored students and teachers at a local elementary school for their scores on the TCAP tests.

Crab Orchard Elementary got the 2013 Value-Added Achievement Award. It honors schools that have big gains year-to-year on TCAP scores.

Students, teachers and staff celebrated at an assembly on Tuesday. The principal says it is a reward for all their hard work.

"The kids come to school as often as they can and teachers teach from the time they get here until they go home. Everyone works really, really hard," said Principal Rebecca Farley.

"We Back Pat" NASCAR diecast soon available

The orange "We Back Pat" Nascar vehicle was a big hit at Bristol Motor Speedway last August.

Soon, a limited number of diecast models will be sold.

John Vandell, owner of JP's Nascar Outlet in Crossville, bought the rights to reproduce the vehicle.

"I had so many people call me about the Pat car when Trevor raced it and I couldn't find anybody that was making it," Vandell said.  "I just thought it had to be done by somebody.  Nobody was going to do it so I am."

TBI charges 2 men in Crossville drive-by shooting

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged two men with attempted murder, following a drive-by shooting in Cumberland County Sunday night.

Authorities said Ken Carr McGee, 33, was shot once in the abdomen and was airlifted to a local hospital.

Officials said Danny Bilyeu, 36, of Crossville shot at a house in Crossville and the injured the victim. Another adult and two children were inside the home when the shooting occurred.