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Officials arrested wanted man after days-long crime spree


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Officials said they arrested a wanted man who has led authorities on a number of high speed chases through several counties during a crime spree that lasted several days.

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2 arrested on drug charges after search of Hamblen Co. motorcycle club


(WBIR) Hamblen County authorities arrested two men Saturday on drug charges after a search of the Copper Head Motorcycle Club.

Deputies arrested Daniel Lee Starnes, 36, and Steven Hopkins, 44, on multiple charges including meth possession.

Investigators recovered 10.8 grams of crystal meth from Hopkins and 16.2 grams from Starnes.

Both men are scheduled for arraignment on Monday morning.


Two pedestrians hit trying to cross I-40 in Cocke County


Update Sunday 2:30 p.m.:

One pedestrian died and another was flown to the hospital Saturday night after they tried to cross the interstate in Cocke County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

A report stated Joshua Newport and Mary Funkhouser walked out of the wood line near mile marker 447 and were hit by a car while trying to make their way across the road.

Hamblen County schools out, rural roads still treacherous


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(WBIR - Hamblen County) Ice and snow may close schools across East Tennessee, but emergency calls don't stop for Hamblen County paramedics and Sheriff's deputies.

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I-81 N. in Jefferson Co. reopened after multi-vehicle wreck


Multiple vehicles collided in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Jefferson County, shutting down northbound lanes for about an hour Wednesday.

The accident happened between mile marker 3 and 4 as snow moved through East Tennessee.

A TDOT spokesperson reported all lanes were back open as of 2:30 p.m. However, the backup extended four miles.

There were only minor injuries reported, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.


Hamblen Co. man accused of stabbing, killing stepfather


Future uncertain for families, community around Greene Valley


(WBIR - Greene County) A judge's decision this week to close down Greene Valley Development Center (GVDC) in Greene County has a wide-reaching impact for nearly 100 people who live there and their families.

Some Greene Valley residents have had the same caregivers for decades, and their families say they now have to worry about the quality of care moving forward.