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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.

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Greene Co. woman dies in morning house fire

(WCYB) One person is dead after a house fire Tuesday morning on Valleydale Road in Mosheim.

The call came in just after 5 a.m. after a passerby spotted the flames.Greene County Sheriff's Department investigators say the victim was found inside the home.

Her name has not been released.

The sheriff's department is waiting on a positive identification from medical investigators.

The home was consumed by flames by the time firefighters got to the scene.

Jefferson Co. deputy fired after suspected DUI crash

A Jefferson County deputy has been fired after being charged with driving under the influence over the weekend.

According to the sheriff, Deputy Chelsea Bolin was driving her personal car Sunday night while off duty when she wrecked it.

Dandridge Police worked the crash because it was within city limits. Bolin was charged with D.U.I. because she appeared to be under the influence.

Firewood ministry helps heat those in need

(WBIR - Greene County) When the temperatures fall, most people can turn up the heat, but others don't have the luxury of a thermostat in easy reach.

One group is hard at work each week, to help provide those in need a little relief from the cold. Every Saturday from October to April, from dawn to dusk, you'll find the Greene County Firewood Ministry sawing away at donated wood.

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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.

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.