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Wounded veteran loses home to Valentine's Day fire


It started as an innocent Valentine's Day surprise from a friend and ended in disaster for Sue Downes and her family.

U.S. Marshals arrest Ky. fugitive after 2-year manhunt

A Kentucky fugitive is in custody and facing child sexual abuse charges after a two-year run from the law.

U.S. Marshals say they arrested 50-year-old George "Junior" Hill, Jr. at a rental cabin in Maynardville Tuesday afternoon.

The Kentucky man was wanted on sodomy and sexual abuse charges of victims younger than 12 years old. He was also wanted in Kentucky for a prior conviction for being a felon in possession of a weapon.

He is currently in the Union County jail on $100,000 bond while he waits extradition to Kentucky.

Five former jailers make first court appearance

(WBIR, Rutledge) - Five former workers at the Grainger County Detention Center made their first appearance in court Monday morning after being indicted on various charges.

In November, the Grainger County Detention Center was locked down after three inmates escaped and weren't missed for days.

The escapes exposed major security and operational issues in the jail.

The TBI opened an investigation into the facility and its employees.

A grand jury returned indictments on five of the workers including the sheriff's son.

Union Co. ferry boat needs a facelift


Imagine living by a body of water and having only one convenient way of crossing it-- by ferry boat. Now, this rare ride is in need of repairs.

The Helms Ferry is in a rural part of Sharps Chapel in Union County. It connects an isolated community on one side of Norris Lake with the rest of the county.

WBIR Olympic Opening Ceremonies Torch Relay

WBIR Olympic Opening Ceremonies Torch Relay

WBIR is inviting our community to take part in a Knoxville-wide Olympic torch bearer relay in celebration of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and to raise money for our friends at the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Rape case against ex-Claiborne Co. school employee moves forward

(WBIR) The case against a former Claiborne County Schools employee, accused of buying beer for a 13-year-old boy and having sex with him, will move forward.

Michelle Lynn Cox, 43, waived her preliminary hearing, which means her case will go to the grand jury.

Her next court date is set for the morning of Feb. 24. She remains free on bond.

Cox worked as the school nutrition field manager and resigned in June.