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Arts in the Gap offers opportunity to embrace Appalachian culture

(WBIR-Harrogate) A university on the borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia has launched a summer community arts program.

Lincoln Memorial University is embracing the culture of the area with a program called Arts in the Gap.

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Teen rape victim's mom: 'You can't trust anyone'

A former Claiborne County Schools employee is accused of buying beer for a 13-year-old boy, then having sex with him.

According to court documents, Michelle Lynn Cox, 43, is charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of purchasing alcohol for minors and one count of aggravated statutory rape.

White Lightning Trail Fest takes over Cumberland Gap

A small portion of the historic White Lightning Trail will turn into a festival area Saturday and Sunday.

The White Lightning Trail Festival will gear up June 29-30, 2013 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.

Vendors and music will fill the downtown area from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day.

A car show, 5K run and Bike run are also scheduled for Saturday.

The White Lightning Trail Festival is named one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast for June 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Hawkins Co. lawyer appointed 3rd District Circuit Court Judge

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's office announced Thursday a former state senator and Hawkins County lawyer will be replacing retiring Third District Circuit Court Judge Kindall T. Lawson.

Mike Faulk will serve the counties of Hawkins, Hamblen, Greene, and Hancock.The 59-year-old served two sessions as state senator for Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties according to a press release from the governor's office.

He has worked in the Faulk Law Office in Church Hill in Hawkins County since 1982.

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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.

Prosecution will seek death penalty against Bean Station shooting suspect

(WBIR-Rutledge) A former police officer charged with killing two people and injuring two others in a shooting spree at a Bean Station pharmacy waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday morning.

The accused shooter, Jason Brian Holt, appeared in court at the Grainger County Justice Center for the second time since the arrest.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn says the state will seek the death penalty against Holt.

Because Holt did not have a preliminary hearing, his case will face a grand jury.

5 Claiborne Co. bridges closed after failing inspections

(WBIR-Claiborne Co.) Five bridges have been closed in Claiborne County after TDOT said it found serious problems during this week's inspections.

Of the 67 bridges in Claiborne County, TDOT has inspected 38. Five failed inspections.

"The biggest thing about it is when they make that recommendation, and if we don't do something and someone gets hurt, we're going to be liable so I'm not going to put myself in that position. So we're going to shut them down as a mandate," said Bill Fultz, the Claiborne County Road Superintendent.