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'Click It or Ticket' campaign kicks off today

'Click It or Ticket' campaign kicks off today

Monday kicked off the start of the national campaign urging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Officials said they hope "Click It or Ticket" campaign reminds people that wearing a seat belt could mean the difference between life or death.

Many fatal accidents could have been avoided if people were wearing their seat belts. Last year officials said more than 360 fatal crash victims in Tennessee weren't wearing seat belts. So far this year, 128 fatal crash victims were unrestrained.

Salvage company owner guilty in asbestos case


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The owner and operator of A&E Salvage has pleaded guilty to Clean Air Act violations for removing asbestos from a closed Hamblen County plant without exercising the legally required controls.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, Mark Sawyer was the last of five co-defendants to plead guilty when he entered his plea on Wednesday in federal court in Greeneville. All five are scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 19.

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

Damaged pipe soaks Belk store in Morristown


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Water was pouring into an East Tennessee department store Tuesday afternoon when a drainage pipe was damaged.

2 escaped inmates from Cocke Co. jail back in custody


Update 12:52 pm:

On Monday, officials captured two inmates who escaped from the Cocke County jail this weekend.

Deputies took Jimmy Grooms, 49, into custody at about 12:40 p.m. Monday. About 12 hours before Grooms' arrest, authorities captured Austin Fine, 20 without incident.

Injured veteran getting specially adapted home


Unique mosquito-fighting approach in Greeneville


As the weather warms up, some cities are starting to fight mosquitoes, and the town of Greeneville has a unique approach.

Public works crews drop briquettes in the storm drains and in standing water to kill mosquito larvae. The town started doing it about 12 years ago when the West Nile virus scare started.

Each briquette lasts about 150 days.

Officials say it's cheaper and easier than spraying roads.