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White Lightning Trail festival offers glimpse of area's heritage

(WBIR - Claiborne County) It was a music-filled trip down memory lane in downtown Historic Cumberland Gap on Sunday.

The sweet sounds of guitar and drums helped commemorate the Fourth Annual White Lightning Trail Festival.

The event put on display the rich history of the communities connected by the trail which starts in Knoxville.

"The purpose of the trails to get people off the interstates, and into small, quaint little towns like Cumberland Gap" Carl Nichols, Director of Tourism said.

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One man charged with BUI after Norris Lake boating accident

An Andersonville man is charged with BUI after an overnight boating accident on Norris Lake.

TWRA officials told 10News the accident happened in Union County, on the water between Waterside Marina and Point 19.

Around midnight Sunday morning, officials said a runabout boat with five people on board ran into the back of a pontoon boat. There were six people on-board the pontoon.

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.

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.

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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.

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.