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Dozens of marijuana plants go up in smoke in Hamblen Co.


More than a hundred marijuana plants went up in smoke Thursday in Hamblen County.

The sheriff's department worked with the Governor's Task Force/ Marijuana Eradication Unit to search for marijuana grows from the air.

Officers in a helicopter spotted the large marijuana patch along the Hamblen and Greene County line in the Fish Hatchery Road area.

According to the Governor's Task Force, Hamblen County is consistently ranked third in the country for the highest number of marijuana plants seized.

Where is the supervision at DCS youth centers?


Just two years after the last death in a juvenile facility run by the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, two teenage boys have committed suicide less than three weeks apart. These tragedies are coming all too frequently, and it renews the question of whether DCS is following all of its procedures to protect the children in its care.

New details: Police captain traded drugs for cigarettes & candy


Editor's note: A previous headline misidentified the police officer as the chief instead of a captain. We apologize for this error.

A Newport police captain charged in a drug and money laundering scheme has reached a plea deal.

According to court documents, James Holt agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of distributing hydrocodone and possessing a firearm while committing that crime.

DCS reports 2 hanging deaths at detention facility


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the deaths of two teens in separate apparent suicides within a three-week span at a Department of Children's Services facility that houses delinquent youth from across the state.

DCS asks TBI to review state youth facility suicides


The Department of Children Services has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to review two recent deaths at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge.

Rob Johnson, communications director for DCS, said they believe a student hanged himself in his dorm room Friday morning. Crews took the 18-year-old to Jefferson Memorial Hospital and then to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He passed away Saturday evening.

Crews working to finish Jefferson H.S. before class Friday


(WBIR-Dandridge) Classes begin at Jefferson County High School in just a few days, but work continued Monday to finish a major construction project..

"We're on schedule to open," said Michael Phagan, the director of facilities at the school system. "Four out of the five classroom pods, and we'll have the commons area open and the media center open."

2nd death reported since July at state youth facility


(WBIR) A student at Mountain View Youth Development Center passed away this weekend, from what appear to be self-inflicted injuries. It's the second death at the facility in the past several weeks.

Both deaths are under investigation.

The center is a Department of Children's Services facility for youths that typically have three or more felony charges.