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Dandridge approves new bridge to replace one paved with history


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(WBIR- Jefferson County) The Dandridge City Council approved plans last week for a new bridge to replace the Hoskins-Jarnagin bridge that crosses Douglas Lake.

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Firefighters battle blaze at Morristown metal recycling and scrap business


(WBIR-Morristown) Firefighters responded to a fire at a Morristown metal recycling and scrap business Sunday night.

Hamblen County dispatchers say the call about a fire at Morristown Iron and Metal came into the E-911 Center around 10:10 p.m.

At the time of this posting, there have been no report of injuries.

Dispatchers say three volunteer fire agencies are on scene including South Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department.

Morristown set to activate new speed cameras


(WBIR) Police in Morristown will be turning on speed cameras this week at two new locations in hopes of reducing crashes.

The systems on Highway 25E and Highway 160 are scheduled to be activated on Tuesday. Officers will be sending out warnings for speeding violations caught on camera for two weeks. After that, drivers will be fined $50 for violations.

According to authorities, the cameras will only track vehicles traveling more than 11 miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

Construction, holiday travel back up traffic on I-40


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(WBIR) Construction, Hurricane Arthur and the Fourth of July are creating a perfect storm for traffic delays on one stretch of road in East Tennessee.

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I-40 W in Jeff Co reopened after disabled tractor trailer


(WBIR) A major back-up in Jefferson County is affecting the busiest travel day of the July 4th holiday weekend.

According to TDOT, Interstate 40 Westbound was temporarily shut down Thursday in Jefferson County around 2 p.m. because of a disabled tractor trailer on the bridge under repair at mile marker 425.

Crews moved the vehicle out of the way and reopened westbound traffic around 2:40 p.m.

Father who received new home charged with arson


(WBIR - Newport) A Cocke County man whose family received a new home built by volunteers is now behind bars and facing arson charges.

Newport police arrested Tony Williams Monday on three counts of aggravated arson, one charge of setting fire to personal property, and one charge of coercion of a witness.

Police say Williams is accused of setting three vehicles on fire. The fire also damaged a nearby home.

Metal pole impales 24-year-old man during crash in Morristown


(WBIR) A metal pole impaled a 24-year-old man during a single-car crash in Morristown.

Gerald C. Bryan of Morristown died in surgery Wednesday.

Bryan's Toyota Corolla ran off Fish Hatchery Road near the intersection of interstate 81 at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. The car then went down an embankment and into a field, before hitting a metal pole. The pole went through Bryan's chest and into the seat of the car.

The trooper said crews took Bryan to a hospital where he died while in surgery.