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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.

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Families fight to keep open facility for disabled

Carson-Newman will offer associate degree program

Carson-Newman University announced Tuesday plans to offer an associate degree program to help students take part in the Tennessee Promise initiative.

The university will offer a new Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies to target high school graduates looking for more affordable education options.

Officials fighting state closure of facility for disabled

The state has agreed to close a 40-year-old facility in east Tennessee for people with limited mental functioning, a move that advocates say marks a welcome end to an era of housing people with disabilities in large state-run asylums, often for the majority of their lives.

Under the plan, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will shutter Greene Valley Developmental Center in Greeneville by June 30, 2016, moving the remaining 96 residents into more home-like settings integrated into neighborhoods.

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Firefighters battle-below freezing temps while fighting house fire

Firefighters said bitter-cold temperatures are a major concern as they battle a house fire in New Market.

Massive fire severely damages Mosheim business

Morristown residents report hearing, feeling loud boom

The Hamblen County Emergency Management Agency is checking into a loud boom several people heard and felt Tuesday morning.

The agency says it received dozens of calls from people living on the East and Southeast side of Morristown.

Officials are working with an agency in Memphis to determine what caused the booms and where it came from.