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Suspect arrested in string of church parking lot burglaries


Hamblen County deputies arrested a man accused of a sting of auto burglaries in church parking lots.

Detectives arrested Jason E. Harris, 36, of Morristown Friday morning, after a victim's stolen credit card was linked back to Harris. When investigators arrested Harris at his home on Bethesda Road, they noticed a burn pile nearby with items that belonged to several other victims.

Officials said Harris confessed to the crimes, and authorities believe that he stole to fuel his drug habit.

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Greene Valley Development Center to close


(WBIR - Greene County) A judge ruled Thursday to close the Greene Valley Developmental Center (GVCD), a state-run facility that is home to people with developmental disabilities.

The judge made that decision after hearing both sides state their case in Nashville last week.

THP investigating Greene Co. chase and fatal crash


(WBIR) The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a police chase that may have led to a fatal accident.

Troopers said a Greene County Sheriff's deputy was chasing Jason Mistele, 22, on Highway 107 in Greeneville Monday night.

Mistele then ran off the side of the road and flipped his car.

The crash killed his passenger, Daniel Gross, 21, who was thrown from the car.

THP is investigating why deputies were pursuing the car.

Teen pleads guilty to being accessory to murder of friend's dad


(WCYB) A teenager charged in connection with a Greene County murder entered a plea Thursday in juvenile court.

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Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend multiple times


A Hamblen County woman is in jail after deputies say she stabbed her boyfriend multiple times.

About an hour after midnight Thursday, Hamblen County deputies responded to a stabbing on Elijah Martin Road where they found the victim bleeding heavily from his stomach. The boyfriend told police that his girlfriend, 48-year-old Robyn Jeanine Mason, stabbed him.

Crews immediately flew the victim to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he's undergoing surgery.

Woman accused of beating elderly relatives with skillet


A Hamblen County woman is accused of beating her elderly relatives with a skillet.

Deputies said Kristi Ann Greene, 43, of Morristown was drunk she went over to her family's house and hit two of her relatives in their heads with a skillet.

Crews took both victims, who are in their 80s, to the hospital.

Officials charged Greene with two counts of elder abuse and two counts of aggravated domestic assault. She's being held on a $100,000 bond.


Greene Valley closure draws opposition from families


The state's efforts to close down Tennessee's last remaining large institution for people with limited mental functioning drew an impassioned response in federal court on Wednesday from relatives with loved ones still living there.