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Residents rally to save facility for disabled


With a federal judge's hearing to close Greene Valley Developmental Center (GVDC) a week away, concerned citizens are doing everything they can to postpone a decision.

Dozens of people showed up for the "Rally for Greene Valley" on Thursday in hopes they can convince a judge to push back the January hearing.

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Deputies: Man admits to shooting wife in self defense


A Cocke County man admitted to deputies that he shot his wife in their Newport home, according to a Cocke County Sheriff's Office release.

Officials said Toby D. Dunn, 39, shot his wife Crystal Dunn, 32, multiple times at their home on Lane Drive on Wednesday. The 39-year-old suspect claimed it was in self defense, but the wife told deputies that she was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

Several car break-ins reported at Hamblen churches


(WBIR) The Hamblen County Sheriff's Office is searching for whoever is responsible for a string of car burglaries at two churches over the weekend.

Authorities said a person broke into six cars at Cedar Grove Baptist church on Silver City Road while the victims were attending services last Sunday. Someone also broke into a car at Mount Zion church on Reeds Chapel Road.

Families fight to keep open facility for disabled


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Carson-Newman will offer associate degree program


Carson-Newman University announced Tuesday plans to offer an associate degree program to help students take part in the Tennessee Promise initiative.

The university will offer a new Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies to target high school graduates looking for more affordable education options.

Officials fighting state closure of facility for disabled


The state has agreed to close a 40-year-old facility in east Tennessee for people with limited mental functioning, a move that advocates say marks a welcome end to an era of housing people with disabilities in large state-run asylums, often for the majority of their lives.

Under the plan, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will shutter Greene Valley Developmental Center in Greeneville by June 30, 2016, moving the remaining 96 residents into more home-like settings integrated into neighborhoods.

Firefighters battle-below freezing temps while fighting house fire


Firefighters said bitter-cold temperatures are a major concern as they battle a house fire in New Market.