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Former Grainger Co. inmates plan to settle rape lawsuit


A lawyer representing three prison inmates in a $186 million rape lawsuit says his clients plan to settle.

The three women say former guard Jessie Cummings repeatedly raped them, and they believe his supervisors, Bobby Owens and Brad Johnson, made it possible.

Authorities looking for Union Co man who shot at a house


(WBIR) The Union County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man they said shot a neighbor's house.

UCSO said they are looking for Edward "Bud" Wilson, of Andersonville. Deputies responded to a report of shots fired from Wilson's neighbor, who said he was shooting at their residence.

When deputies arrived at about 10 p.m., they said he started firing more rounds at the house and then fled. The deputies asked that Highway 61W be shut down near the Big Ridge State Park as they searched for Wilson.

Law enforcement, community mourn loss of young officer


(WBIR) People in Claiborne and Union counties mourned the loss of a young man Sunday morning after he died in a motorcycle accident.

Andrew Davidson, 18, was a member of the Union County Sheriff Department's Explorer Program and training to become a reserve deputy.

He was also a volunteer firefighter and the son of Tazewell-New Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Davidson.

Teen motorcyclist dies in Union Co. crash


The Union County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of its own.

18-year-old Andrew Davidson was part of the department's Explorer program and was training to become a reserve deputy.

He was heading home from work around 2:30 Wednesday morning when his motorcycle crossed the center line in a curve on Maynardville Highway and hit a tractor trailer. Troopers say Davidson was driving too fast.

The truck driver was not hurt.

Troopers say no charges will be filed.

Insurance company's new guidelines affect limb-saving treatment


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(WBIR-New Tazewell) A change in policy for one of Tennessee's leading insurance companies could cost a Claiborne County woman her foot, and thousands of others the treatment they need.

School raises $6K for heart association


A small East Tennessee elementary school is celebrating after they raised thousands for a disease affecting one of their fellow students.

In total, Paulette Elementary School in Union County raised $6,000 for the American Heart Association this year. Friday, the students watched as administrators ran through a "Duck-Dynasty" themed obstacle course.

One of this year's highest fundraisers was a kindergartner named Milah. She was born with heart disease and survived open-heart surgery at the 18 months old.

State audit finds multiple problems in Grainger Co. government


State officials are concerned about a number of problems found in a recent audit of Grainger County.

The State Comptroller's office listed a number of issues in multiple departments in a press release Monday, and recommendations for fixing them.