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Hawkins County forest fire a 2,000 acre uphill battle

Hawkins County forest fire a 2,000 acre uphill battle

The haze on the horizon of Hawkins County is actually an area choked with smoke from a 2,000 acre forest fire.  Crews have struggled to contain the fire for the last five days along Short Mountain near Mooresburg.

"Since last Thursday we've been on a mountain here that is inaccessible by vehicles. It's accessible by dozers due to the rocky terrain. We can't just go take a truck and put this fire out," said Gary Murrell, director of Emergency Management for Hawkins County.  "We have guys trying to cut lines by hand to keep the fire contained."

American Red Cross hosts fundraiser in Knoxville Monday

American Red Cross hosts fundraiser in Knoxville Monday

The American Red Cross is hosting a Hurricane Sandy recovery effort fundraiser at its West Knoxville location on Monday.

The fundraiser drive-thru will be open from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm at its location on 6921 Middlebrook Pike.

The organization is asking for people to drop off monetary donations only.

Some local celebrities will make stops at the drive-thru. The Knoxville Ice Bears' hockey players are scheduled to drop by around 2:00 pm. Pro Bass Master Ott DeFoe will visit with people from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

Thin line between Sandy rain and snow keeps road crews busy

Thin line between Sandy rain and snow keeps road crews busy

The potential for piles of snow in the higher elevations of East Tennessee from Superstorm Sandy kept road crews busy Tuesday.  That includes Cocke County where the highway department maintains 700 miles of roads, many of which are in mountainous areas.

Nearly a dozen flights cancelled at McGhee Tyson Airport

Nearly a dozen flights cancelled at McGhee Tyson Airport

Superstorm Sandy is causing flight delays and cancellations throughout the country.

So far, more than 15,000 flights have been cancelled and in Knoxville, we are seeing the effects.

Robin Vanleigh is sort of lucky, "I'm going from here to Chicago to Phoenix."

She's not headed to the Northeast, but she's still worried about her flight plan.

"So far, everything is on time, but since I am flying into Chicago and Sandy is making her way closer and closer, I am getting a little concerned that I might get stuck there," explained Robin.

Superstorm Sandy delays flights in East Tennessee

Superstorm Sandy delays flights in East Tennessee

Thousands of flights are canceled throughout the country. At McGhee
Tyson airport, as of 8:00 am Tuesday 6 flights had been canceled with
more expected throughout the day and Wednesday.

The cities affected are New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

If your travel plans include Atlanta and Charlotte, those destinations are showing on time departures, however, you might have s canceled flight from there.

The airport in Chattanooga shows no cancellations. The Nashville airport has cancellations all over the Northeast.

Meteorite found in Claiborne County to be on display

Meteorite found in Claiborne County to be on display

Eastern Kentucky University has acquired a 33-pound meteorite from an East Tennessee family that used the space rock as a doorstop and flower bed ornament over the years.

The meteorite was initially found in a cow pasture near Tazewell, Tenn., in the 1930s by Tilmon Brooks, the late grandfather of Donna Lewis, a school secretary in Pineville, Ky.

Tests at the University of Tennessee concluded that the meteorite likely came from a known meteorite strike that had first turned up evidence in Tazewell in 1853.